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Council Plan

The Council Plan 2017-2021 sets out our vision and priorities for the current Council term. It provides an overview of the strategies, services and programs that we will implement as part of its commitment to making Bayside a Better Place.

The Council Plan was developed in response to the ideas and aspirations expressed to us by the community in the Community Plan 2025.

Council Plan 2017-21 (PDF, 6.94MB)

In 2016 more than 1,200 community members, representing a broad range of backgrounds, participated in a variety of surveys, face-to-face engagements and online forums to create the Community Plan 2025. This consultation provided valuable insights into what residents value and what is needed to make Bayside a better place. It was used to inform and prioritise the development of this Council Plan.

Community Plan 2025


What our community said What we will deliver over the next 4 years
We want community infrastructure that responds to the changing needs of the Bayside community
  • 11 new or upgraded female friendly sporting pavilions with improved disability access
  • 37 new or upgraded playgrounds
  • A major upgrade to the Sandringham Library and planning underway to build a new facility in Highett
  • 4 additional basketball courts
  • 2 indoor and 8 outdoor netball courts
We want to continue to enjoy access to Bayside's foreshore, beaches, parks, gardens and bushlands and to have quality facilities and infrastructure within public space that promotes sustainability
  • 4 hectares of new open space in Highett
  • Increased investment in enhanced open space and foreshore
We want to choose our preferred mode of safe and convenient transport.  We want Bayside to be more easily accessed on foot and on bike, and road users to consider the safety of others when sharing the road network
  • Removal of 6 high risk zones along the Bay Trail
  • A network of well-connected bicycle routes
  • An advocacy action plan for better bus routes and commuter parking
We want homes that are close to services, facilities and transport, and suit our stage of life.  We want development that is sensitive to neighbourhood character
  • Promotion of Councils' planning and urban design objectives through advocacy
  • Delivery of an effective and efficient planning process that facilitates certainty for applications and objectors and encourages compliance with development controls
  • Identification and pilot of new policy and process options to strengthen discretionary controls for activity centres
  • Delivery of an updated housing strategy addressing current growth projections, residential development and neighbourhood character objectives
We want a vibrant local economy that reflects the skills and diversity of the Bayside Community
  • Development and delivery of the Dendy Street Beach Masterplan to improve visitor access to Dendy Beach
  • Upgrades to Sandringham Village and the Beaumaris Concourse
We want to be environmental stewards, taking action to protect and enhance the natural environment for future generations
  • Protection of the unique ecological and environmental value of Ricketts Point
  • Reduction of the Bayside community's waste footprint
  • Improved management of stormwater and water quality through initiatives such as the Dendy Park Water Harvesting project
We want to be supported and engaged to live an active and healthy lifestyle
  • Development of the Wellbeing for all ages and abilities strategy to support measurable improvements in community wellbeing
  • Improved gender equity in decision making in the community
  • Improved opportunities for volunteering
We want effective stewardship of Council resources
  • Council will be debt free by 2018
  • Council will invest $162 million in new community infrastructure