NSW Department of Planning and Environment

We shared responsibility for implementing actions and monitoring the intended outcomes in the Central West Orana Regional Plan 2036 with our important regional stakeholders, including councils, other state agencies, service providers and the development industry.

The 2036 plan is currently under review with a draft plan on exhibition in November 2021. To receive updates, register your details.

The purpose of this implementation plan was to:

  • ensure ongoing collaboration and agreement on the implementation of actions
  • assign accountabilities for the implementation of actions
  • explain the role of different groups and committees involved in implementation
  • guide the Central West and Orana Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee in its role of overseeing delivery of the regional plan
  • inform the annual monitoring report.
Implementation

Goals, directions and actions

The regional plan comprises 4 goals, 29 directions and 126 actions. The goals articulate the intended outcome; the directions identify the broad issues or policy areas that we need to focus on, and the actions represent the steps we need to take or initiatives we need to introduce/implement to achieve the goals. Actions are either implemented as strategies or as initiatives.

The NSW Government has identified a lead agency and relevant partner stakeholders for each action. The lead agency is responsible for project managing the various tasks required to ensure success. Key stakeholders are those agencies, councils or organisations considered important partners for implementation. The list of partners is not exclusive and additional stakeholders may be identified as implementation progresses.

Indicative timings for actions are as follows:

  • Immediate – 0 to 2 years
  • Short term – 3 to 5 years
  • Medium term – 5 to 10 year and
  • Long-term – 10+ years.

Some actions are also designated as ‘ongoing’ to reflect their delivery being achieved through local environmental plans, local planning strategies and other land-use planning instruments that must be consistent with the regional plan.

Each action in the regional plan will be implemented through a mix of mechanisms. These will reflect a range of ongoing strategies and catalyst initiatives that will deliver on the vision and directions in the plan, including:

Strategies

  • Local planning directions issued under Section 9.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 by the Minister for Planning that ensure council planning strategies and controls are consistent with the regional plan
  • Integrated planning and reporting under the Local Government Act 1993
  • Whole-of-government policy alignment.

Progress on delivering these actions will be reviewed as part of any review or adjustment to the regional plan.

Catalyst initiatives

  • Matters that require a partnership between council and the NSW Government
  • Publication of reports or data
  • Regional collaboration across government, business, key stakeholders and the wider community for specific projects and processes.

Download the Implementation Plan

Governance

Effective governance arrangements are critical to successful delivery.

Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee

The Central West and Orana Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee has been established to oversee and coordinate the implementation of the regional plan. It brings together the agencies and organisations responsible for delivering the majority of the proposed outcomes under the regional plan. The focus of the committee is implementation of the regional plan.

Representation on this committee is about engaging relevant and operations-focused people from agencies and organisations responsible for delivering the majority of proposed outcomes under the regional plan.

The role of the committee

The role of the committee is to:

  • oversee and coordinate the implementation of the regional plan
  • provide accountability for delivery of the regional plan
  • be kept informed of general progress and participate in delivery of priority actions
  • monitor and track the progress of implementation of the regional Plan
  • where impediments are identified, collaborate for resolution
  • provide a forum to discuss and resolve implementation issues or action delivery in a changing regional policy environment
  • provide high-level progress updates to the Central West and Orana Regional Leadership Executive (via the Department of Premier and Cabinet)
  • inform the preparation of the annual monitoring report
  • inform and participate in a 5-year review of the regional plan.

Committee membership

  • Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Joint Organisations of Councils
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Transport for NSW

Supporting groups

The Central West and Orana Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee can be supported by outcome-specific groups that bring together appropriate personnel (government, industry or community) to provide advice on particular issues or projects.

Existing governance framework

It is important to recognise the existing, broader governance framework in operation within the region to ensure the Central West and Orana Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee complements current activity.

The Central West and Orana Regional Leadership Executive, which is a Department of Premier and Cabinet-led initiative, is a body that supports close working relationships between NSW Government agencies and the Joint Organisation of Councils. The network encourages strategic collaboration, consultation, solution brokerage and engagement on regional priorities across government.

The committee benefits from having access to the same agency and local government organisations that comprise the Regional Leadership Executive. This is particularly important where the NSW Government ‘Fit for the Future’ reforms are changing the way government works with councils on local priorities.

Other planning strategies for CWO

The NSW Government has in place, or is developing, a number of other strategies that will influence the implementation of the regional plan, including the Central West Regional Transport Plan, Newell Highway Corridor Strategy and Golden Highway Corridor Strategy.

The Central West and Orana Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee will have a role in ensuring that there is appropriate coordination across the implementation of these strategies. This applies particularly to those strategies that address housing, growth and infrastructure. It is anticipated that these strategies will complement the focus on growth in the regional plan.

It is also important there are strong links with community strategic plans proposed by councils and that they set out key strategic priorities identified by local communities over 10 years.

Review mechanisms

Annual monitoring report

An annual monitoring report will be prepared to monitor progress on implementation of the regional plan. This will report progress on goals, directions and actions, with a particular focus on the priorities that have been agreed with the Central West and Orana Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee. It will also list achievements and important regional highlights from the year.

Implementation priorities will be revised and a new program for work will be identified for each subsequent year.

Regional plan review

The regional plan will be subject to a 5-yearly review, or reviewed as necessary, to update and revise the strategies provided through the goals, directions and actions. A 5-yearly review will revisit regional performance, challenges and opportunities and incorporate the most up-to-date information provided through the census process. The review of the regional plan will be informed by the Central West and Orana Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee as well as the annual monitoring reports.

Implementation plan

The priorities identified in this implementation plan will be updated on an annual basis as part of the annual monitoring report and will form the work program for each subsequent year. This will ensure that implementation of the regional plan remains current and responsive to regional conditions.

Download the implementation plan (PDF, 5.9 MB).

Monitoring report

The Monitoring report provides an overview of work undertaken by the NSW Government, local councils and other stakeholders to implement the Central West and Orana Regional Plan 2036.

The report identifies the key achievements for delivering on the goals, directions and actions of the regional plan and outlines progress on the delivery of priority actions over the past 2 years. The report also outlines the work plan that will be progressed over the next 12 months.

Download the Monitoring Report 2019 (PDF, 629 KB).

Page last updated: 20/07/2022