Identifying Council Outcomes
Outcomes are a requirement of the Local Government Act 2002 (the
Act). An amendment to the Act in November 2010 altered the
definition of community outcomes, and the requirements for
identifying and monitoring them. The new definition means that the
outcomes now need to describe Council's own contribution to
well-being. Previously we were required to identify outcomes
that the community as a whole, including Council as one partner,
worked to achieve. We did not have the responsibility of achieving
any of the outcomes on our own.
We responded to the change by deciding to identify a new set of
Council Outcomes because we wanted to make sure they accurately
reflect how we work with others, meet community expectations and
fulfil our legal core functions, in all the work we do. To
reflect the change in focus of our outcomes we refer to the
outcomes as CouncilOutcomes rather than Community Outcomes.
In April and May 2011 we used a two stage process to develop our
new Council Outcomes.
In the first stage we held a Regional Aspirations Workshop. Key
stakeholders from across the region attended and identified high
level aspirations for the Bay of Plenty. The participants
worked collaboratively to identify:
- What they love about the Bay of Plenty;
- What their aspirations are for the future of the Bay of Plenty;
- What role the Regional Council could play in achieving these
There was general agreement that Council:
- Actively leads the region's contribution to environmental
- Facilitates and supports economic well-being in the region;
- Works with others to ensure social and cultural well-being is
met in the region.
In the second stage we held a Council workshop to distil the
results from the Regional Aspirations Workshop so that we could
understand how Council contributes to the four well-beings.
Workshop participants sorted the material, looking at what the
Regional Council can achieve and what other agencies are better
equipped to achieve. Draft outcome statements were then identified
by describing what we could realistically hope to achieve during
the next 10 years.
The key results of the two stages were summarised into a set of
clear, achievable and process-driven outcome statements that imply
change and fit within a ten-year planning timeframe. Council
formally adopted the outcomes on 26 May 2011.
The 13 Council Outcomes describe Council's own contribution to
economic, environmental, social and cultural well-being. In the
past we might have had only a limited contribution to a particular
Community Outcome, with most of the work being done by other
organisations. Now we can align our work to achieving all of our
Council Outcomes. Being directly accountable for achieving the
outcomes improves our ability to monitor our performance and to
undertake the right actions to ensure we are improving well-being
in the Bay of Plenty.