Our Inner West 2036 - Community Strategic Plan

What is the Community Strategic Plan (CSP)?

It identifies the community's vision for the future, long term goals, strategies to get there and how to measure progress towards that vision. It guides all of Council's plans, policies and budgets.


How was the CSP developed?

Our Inner West 2036 has been shaped by a large and diverse range of people across all age groups, geographic areas, cultures and languages. The input from over 7,000 people over 18 months has determined the vision and the strategic direction of the Plan. Read the Engagement Outcomes Report for more information.


Read the draft document

What is the Community Strategic Plan (CSP)?

It identifies the community's vision for the future, long term goals, strategies to get there and how to measure progress towards that vision. It guides all of Council's plans, policies and budgets.


How was the CSP developed?

Our Inner West 2036 has been shaped by a large and diverse range of people across all age groups, geographic areas, cultures and languages. The input from over 7,000 people over 18 months has determined the vision and the strategic direction of the Plan. Read the Engagement Outcomes Report for more information.


Read the draft document

Our Inner West 2036 - A community strategic plan for the Inner West community

Hard copies are available to read at all of Council's Service Centres:

  • Ashfield Service Centre, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
  • Leichhardt Service Centre 7-15 Wetherill Street, Leichhardt
  • Petersham Service Centre 2014 Fisher Street, Petersham


Have your say

Council invites you to provide feedback on the draft Plan. Submissions can be made:

Submissions close at 5pm on Sunday, 27 May 2018.


What happens next?

All community feedback will be collated into a report to Council. The elected representatives will decide whether to adopt the plan with or without changes. Members of the public can attend the meeting where Council makes its decision. Updates will be published on this page. You can sign-up to keep updated via our monthly e-newsletter.

  • Council endorses the first Community Strategic Plan - Our Inner West 2036

    22 days ago
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    Council considered a report, including community feedback, at a meeting on 26 June 2018. It was determined that Council endorses the first Community Strategic Plan - Our Inner West 2036. The plan informs all of Council's plans, policies and budgets. Find out more and read the plan.


    Council considered a report, including community feedback, at a meeting on 26 June 2018. It was determined that Council endorses the first Community Strategic Plan - Our Inner West 2036. The plan informs all of Council's plans, policies and budgets. Find out more and read the plan.

  • Creating Our Inner West 2036 - Update

    7 months ago
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    December 2017 the process continues...

    In mid-2017, more that 3000 community members contributed to the Creating our Inner West 2036 adult and youth surveys which built on the Statement of Vision and Priorities and invited further feedback about the issues facing the inner west.

    Following elections in September 2017, new Councillors were engaged on the Community Strategic Plan engagement and results to date. Work is now underway to engage partners and service providers, and draft the document.

    December 2017 the process continues...

    In mid-2017, more that 3000 community members contributed to the Creating our Inner West 2036 adult and youth surveys which built on the Statement of Vision and Priorities and invited further feedback about the issues facing the inner west.

    Following elections in September 2017, new Councillors were engaged on the Community Strategic Plan engagement and results to date. Work is now underway to engage partners and service providers, and draft the document.

  • Futuring Inner West 2036 - Engaging with the Arts Community

    7 months ago
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    Council commissioned Fictions to engage with the local artists community to get their views on the Community Strategic Plan - Creating Our Inner West 2036. Two workshops were delivered with over 20 people participating. You can view a vox pop video from these workshops here. For more information you can read the report here.

    Council commissioned Fictions to engage with the local artists community to get their views on the Community Strategic Plan - Creating Our Inner West 2036. Two workshops were delivered with over 20 people participating. You can view a vox pop video from these workshops here. For more information you can read the report here.
  • What makes Inner West special? Photo Competition

    10 months ago
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    As part of Creating our Inner West 2036, a photo competition was held for under-25s to share what makes the Inner West special for them. More than forty entries were received from young people, with 20 entrants winning a $50 voucher and a chance for their photos to appear in the new Inner West Community Strategic Plan.” See the winning photos

    As part of Creating our Inner West 2036, a photo competition was held for under-25s to share what makes the Inner West special for them. More than forty entries were received from young people, with 20 entrants winning a $50 voucher and a chance for their photos to appear in the new Inner West Community Strategic Plan.” See the winning photos
  • Community Pop Ups

    10 months ago
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    Council coordinated over 40 pop ups, vox pops, displays and events across the LGA to promote the “Creating Our Inner West 2036” survey. The community was encouraged to have their say to help build a Community Strategic Plan for the future Inner West.

    Council coordinated over 40 pop ups, vox pops, displays and events across the LGA to promote the “Creating Our Inner West 2036” survey. The community was encouraged to have their say to help build a Community Strategic Plan for the future Inner West.
  • Youth Survey

    10 months ago
    Youth survey

    More than 200 young people completed the “Creating Our Inner West 2036” youth survey. The youth survey was promoted by Councils’ staff in youth programs, workshops and with local schools.

    More than 200 young people completed the “Creating Our Inner West 2036” youth survey. The youth survey was promoted by Councils’ staff in youth programs, workshops and with local schools.
  • Children as Citizens Project

    10 months ago
    Children as citizens

    Children at the Inner West Early Learning Centres were encouraged to express their opinions, choices and preferences on issues that impact their lives. The engagement included conversations, songs, drawings and a mapping of places children like to go in their local area. This information was analysed and organised into the areas of the Strategic Priorities and will feed into the development of the Creating Our Inner West 2036.

    Children at the Inner West Early Learning Centres were encouraged to express their opinions, choices and preferences on issues that impact their lives. The engagement included conversations, songs, drawings and a mapping of places children like to go in their local area. This information was analysed and organised into the areas of the Strategic Priorities and will feed into the development of the Creating Our Inner West 2036.

  • Carnival of Cultures event

    about 1 year ago
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    Council's engagement team hosted a stall at Ashfield's Carnival of Cultures on 19 March 2017. Bilingual volunteers helped to ensure that all the Inner West community could participate in Creating Our Inner West 2036. Check out some pictures of what kids love about the Inner West in our photo gallery.

    Council's engagement team hosted a stall at Ashfield's Carnival of Cultures on 19 March 2017. Bilingual volunteers helped to ensure that all the Inner West community could participate in Creating Our Inner West 2036. Check out some pictures of what kids love about the Inner West in our photo gallery.