Open & Collaborative Leadership

In 2030 we will have a strong local democracy with an actively engaged community and effective partnerships.

Our open and collaborative leadership provides the foundation for excellent governance where we have a shared approach to delivering strategic outcomes. We want to address social, environmental, economic and civic issues by inclusive and effective processes. Widespread community involvement in local planning makes good sense for the design and use of assets and services. Our services are better suited to community needs and achieved with efficient use of resources.

What We Want As a Community

The Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan was developed following a significant shared planning process with direct input from a wide cross section of the community. It seeks to build on our strengths and unique assets, and describes our shared long term vision for a resilient city that is smart, liveable and sustainable.

To share your ideas on how we can work towards achieving a smart, liveable and sustainable Newcastle, email us at

Open and Collaborative Leadership objectives

7.1 Integrated, sustainable long-term planning for Newcastle and the Region.
7.2 Considered decision-making based on collaborative, transparent and accountable leadership.
7.3 Active citizen engagement in local planning and decision-making processes and a shared
      responsibility for achieving our goals.
7.4 The City of Newcastle: A local government organisation of excellence.

Open and Collaborative Leadership projects

These projects form part of the strategies that will be actioned through the Four-Year Delivery Program and One-Year Operational Plan. Find out more about  Delivering the Plan.

Making Progress

Community outcomes we want to see with Open and Collaborative Leadership include high level of community participation in identifying and achieving local and regional priorities. We want to be an informed and empowered community with open, accountable and democratic leadership supporting ethical and robust decision-making and a resilient civil society.

The   State of the City Report (pdf) details a set of community indicators to measure our progress towards Open and Collaborative Leadership and a smart, liveable and sustainable Newcastle.

Find our more about  Measuring our Progress.