Council plan and budget

Council plan and budget

Council Plan

The Council Plan (PDF, 5MB) is the primary vision and goal setting document for Council during its current term. It sets out our goals and objectives for the next four years and describes how we will review and evaluate our performance.

For the first time, the Council Plan incorporates the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan in recognition of our role in improving community health and wellbeing.

Our long term vision document ‘Vision 2025’, adopted in 2003, was also reviewed as part of the Council Plan development. The refreshed document, now called Vision 2040, has been incorporated into the Council Plan. This gives it more day-to-day relevance and makes us more accountable when measuring our progress.

We will report on our progress of the plan to the community on a quarterly basis.


The Budget Report (PDF, 1MB) describes the revenue, expenditure and resources required to deliver the full range of our services, facilities and projects to the community. It also represents the activities and initiatives that support the achievement of the goals and objectives defined in the Council Plan. Again, we will report quarterly on our progress.

Draft budget 2015/16

From Friday 1 to Friday 29 May 2015, the 2015/16 draft budget will be on public display at each Council service centre. 

Key dates

  • Friday 29 May, 11am: Budget submissions are due.
  • Wednesday 3 June, 7pm: Special Council meeting to be held in Gisborne for those who wish to present their submission in person.
  • Wednesday 17 June, 7pm: Special Council meeting to be held in Gisborne for submissions to be considered and budget to be adopted.

Strategic Resource Plan

The Strategic Resource Plan (PDF, 590KB) outlines the resources needed to achieve the goals and objectives in our Council Plan. The principles outlined in the Strategic Resource Plan help to guide our financial decision making relating to long-term borrowing levels, use of financial reserves, rating strategy, capital investments and the provision of services. It also includes our long term financial forecast of financial statements and indicators.

 The plan is reviewed annually as part of our annual Budget preparation.

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