Major Initiatives

Theme 1: Liveable and well designed — A well planned City that is a great place to live.

We will deliver detailed Structure Plans for Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick, which address development, open space, business and transport, and an Activity Centre Strategy for all our centres.

Outcome: Structure Plans which address development, open space, business and transport for Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick were adopted by Council 27 February 2018.

Outcome: The revised Activity Centre, Housing and Local Economy Strategy was adopted by Council on 25 July 2017.

We will invest a minimum of $30 million annually through Council’s capital works program.

Outcome: Actual spend as at 30 June 2018 is $35.23 million.


Theme 2: Accessible and well connected — A City that is easy to move around, full of safe travel options and walkable neighbourhoods.

We will develop a new Integrated Transport Strategy, which identifies and sets the City’s goals for various transport modes, with a focus on creating safer and walkable neighbourhoods.

Outcome: The Integrated Transport Strategy 2018–2023 was adopted by Council on 12 June 2018.

We will complete a municipal-wide Car Parking Strategy.

Outcome: The Car Parking Strategy could not be completed until the Integrated Transport Strategy was adopted. This is now expected to be finalised in November 2018.


Theme 3: Safe, healthy and inclusive — A strong and safe community that brings people together and enhances health and wellbeing.

We will develop a comprehensive Community Safety Plan in collaboration with the community that includes a range of crime prevention strategies. 

Outcome: Community Safety Plan endorsed by Council on 12 June 2018.

We will develop a transparent and prioritised program towards all-abilities access in all Council managed community facilities, aligned with Council’s Disability Access Plan.

Outcome: All-abilities access improvement works have commenced at six Council pavilions. Consultants have been appointed to prepare a five-year All-abilities Access Program.


Theme 4: Clean and sustainable — An attractive and sustainable environment for future generations.

We will continue to implement our Open Space Strategy priority actions, including improvements to Spring Road Reserve in Caulfield South; a new sensory garden at Rosanna Street Reserve in Carnegie; and commence the implementation of the EE Gunn Reserve Masterplan in Ormond.

Outcome: Spring Road Reserve community consultation, detailed design and documentation were completed. The construction program has been put on hold to first enable the upgrade of a neighbourhood underground drain upgrade in close proximity to this Reserve.

Outcome: Rosanna Street Reserve community consultation, detailed design and documentation for delivery has been completed. The contract for construction was awarded in May, however due to contractor availability, construction could not commence until July 2018.

Outcome: As part of the endorsed Masterplan for EE Gunn Reserve, detailed design was completed and tender awarded for the construction of a new cricket and baseball practise training net facility.

We will increase the amount of community open space in Joyce Park.

Outcome: Community consultation has been completed. This project is currently in the detailed design stage, with construction planned in early 2018–19.

We will develop masterplans for Caulfield Park and the Lord Reserve; Carnegie Swim Centre; and Koornang Park precinct.

Outcome: Draft Masterplan options have been developed for Caulfield Park and will be presented to Councillors in July 2018. Concept Masterplan options were presented to Councillors on 27 March and 12 June 2018 for Lord Reserve/Koornang Park Masterplan in conjunction with Carnegie Swim Centre redevelopment options.


Theme 5: Informed and engaged — A well governed Council that is committed to transparency and engages residents in decision-making.

We will review and enhance our Community Engagement Strategy and develop a new Connecting with Young People Strategy.

Outcome: Draft Community Engagement Strategy was released for public exhibition on 6 March and the Connecting with Young People Strategy was endorsed by Council on 12 June 2018.

We will receive an unqualified audit opinion in relation to the completed 2016–17 Financial Report and Performance Statement and year on year thereafter.

Outcome: The 2016–17 Financial Report and Performance Statement were completed by 30 September 2017 with an unqualified audit opinion.

We will develop an Advocacy Strategy which informs the community of our advocacy program and outlines our advocacy goals.

Outcome: Advocacy Strategy 2018−2020 has been developed and endorsed by Council 19 December 2017.