Commencing in February 2021, the Shire undertook its biggest engagement process to date, Pathways to 2031, consulting with community members and stakeholders in determining our future priorities. During Pathways to 2031, the engagement process was developed to provide the community with a diverse range of engagement options, providing the opportunity to contribute towards the development of the draft Strategic Community Plan.

The first stage of engagement provided a solid foundation for developing a new Strategic Community Plan that is reflective of the community. The community workshops, internal staff and elected member workshops and the day summit were extremely valuable in understanding the context and desires for the community, which are reflected in the draft plan.

The Pathways to 2031 engagement process for the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu sought feedback on the draft Strategic Community Plan through an online survey. The online survey was promoted from the 3rd to the 31st August 2021 through the following channels:

• Shire Facebook page
• Shire website
• Ballidu community Facebook page
• Wongan community Facebook page
• Emailed to community group networks
• Promoted in the ‘Boomer’ local newsletter
• Hard copies available to public at the Community Resource Centre and the Shire Administration Centre.

The final engagement process provided a small sample survey of community members that have supported the draft strategy. The survey was widely advertised through a diverse range of communication channels, with the survey period extended from 21 to 28 days to allow a longer feedback time.  The survey results were positive and supported the new draft strategy, with 72% -100% supporting each question in the survey.


The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu’s Strategic Community Plan outlines the long-term community needs in terms of vision, values, aspirations and priorities; with reference to the Shire’s other local government plans, information and resourcing capabilities. Ultimately, the Strategic Community Plan will drive the development of all planning, resourcing and other informing strategies for the Shire from 2021 to 2031.

However, the Strategic Community Plan is not static and a full review will be required every four years. Extensive consultation with community members has identified the community's vision for the Shire’s future, including aspirations and service expectations. Whereas the integration of assets, services and financial plans ensures the Shire’s resource capabilities are matched to community needs and where structural reform is being established, this integrated approach to planning will help the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu identify and meet the requirements of the local community.

The plan was adopted by Council at its ordinary meeting of on Wednesday 15 December 2021.

A copy of the plan is available to view and download here:

Click here to download Pathways to 2031: Our 10 Year Strategic Community Plan