In 2003/04 Central Otago District Council developed a process to help identify the key issues facing the community. This came about as a result of significant growth in the area at the time and the enactment of the Local Government Act 2002.
The process was called Central Prospects and involved extensive community consultation including a survey, community groups, sector groups and public meetings. This process led to the development of the first set of community outcomes.
Community outcomes are the things that local communities want to achieve to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural interests of the area, now and in the future.
Community outcomes are important as they are a guide for Council in setting priorities and making decisions, and are referred to regularly to ensure the needs and desires of the community are being taken into consideration. They also help set the direction of the Long Term Plan.
Central Prospects – Community Outcomes
The community outcomes have been organised into three strategic directions, under which they have been organised into high-level outcome areas.
- Ease of doing business
- Economic and Business Development
- Skills Development
- Managing Development
- Waste Minimisation
A Safe & Healthy Community
- Arts and culture
- Maintain Services in Local Communities
- Outdoor Recreation
- Safe Community