As one of the fastest growing municipalities in Victoria forecasting a population of 514,800 by 2041, Casey City Council and other service providers have a critical role in responding to the increasing service and facility needs of the Casey community.
The pace and scope of change is unprecedented, Casey’s population is becoming increasingly diverse, and a range of social issues are affecting the community. Growth in new areas is occurring faster and on multiple fronts where there is no pre-existing community infrastructure. Many established areas of Casey are experiencing urban renewal and existing infrastructure is becoming outdated and no longer meeting community needs.
Good community facilities strengthen the life of the community and are places where people can come together to connect, belong and thrive. They are vital to the health and wellbeing of our residents. Casey City Council is committed to creating a liveable City that keeps pace with the standard of health, wellbeing and liveability that the community expects to receive.
Council must balance its social and financial responsibilities to continue to meet community needs in an environment where multiple pressures exist. This includes the State Government legislated capping on rates and the impact this has on Council’s service and infrastructure program delivery. Council is also experiencing increased costs to deliver and operate community infrastructure. We need to ensure that our facilities are socially and financially sustainable now and into the future.
Significant growth presents its challenges; however, it also provides new and exciting opportunities. Proactively recognising and managing growth can lead to positive health and wellbeing outcomes. Fast-paced growth, when supported by the necessary infrastructure, can significantly improve people’s access to the essential services, programs and activities they need to reach their full potential. Delivering quality and appropriate community facilities in Casey’s neighbourhoods that are undergoing transformational change can strengthen people’s sense of belonging and quality of life.
Casey City Council recognises that the current approach to planning and delivering community facilities needs to change, and that a one size fits all approach is no longer appropriate. The Community Facilities Plan outlines how Council plans, delivers and activates community facilities. It sets the scene for a community-led approach through a higher level of engagement and understanding to inform Council on it’s communities’ expectations and aspirations for community facilities. It leads the way for a more transparent, evidence-based program of work that will enable Council to clearly identify the current and future community facility needs for the municipality. This includes the rationalisation of existing community facilities in accordance with contemporary service delivery models in integrated and centralised facilities. It will also position Council to explore innovative opportunities and partnerships that will be required to deliver the necessary infrastructure to support the long-term needs of our community.