Local government

Delivering community infrastructure for growing populations

The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) supports 25 member councils in outer metropolitan areas nationwide that are experiencing a higher than average annual population growth. It aims to manage the social, physical and planning challenges associated with the rapid growth. As a crucial part of managing these challenges, the NGAA is investigating the potential establishment…

Creating sustainable cities: leading an international conversation

On 28 and 29 March 2012, the City of Melbourne hosted a workshop called ‘Sustainable Communities: Collaborating, Planning, Delivering.’ The initiative was designed to be part of the work of the C40 Climate Change Leadership Group. A network of large and engaged cities from around the world, the Group is committed to implementing meaningful and…

Future Directions of Community Centres Strategy

With its population expected to rise from 70,000 to 160,000 in the next 25 years, the City of Playford engaged Elton Consulting and Sustainable Focus to look at what community infrastructure would be needed to manage this growth. The result was the Future Directions of Community Centres Strategy which recently received a commendation award from…

Adaptable Housing Guidelines

Elton Consulting was engaged in 2010 to develop Adaptable  Housing Guidelines for Clarence Valley Council. The guidelines are to support the coordinated delivery of a diversity of housing types to meet the needs of different target groups, including aged, disability or changing family circumstances within the community. The Adaptable Housing Guidelines prepared by Elton were…

Holroyd City Council consultation and research program

As part of Holroyd City Council’s ‘Living Holroyd’ project in 2010, Elton Consulting assisted with the largest ever consultation exercise for this western Sydney Council. Aimed at engaging the community in identifying priorities and strategies for the next 20 years, the combination of interactive consultation activities and community-wide social research will ensure the Holroyd Community…

Bega Valley Shire Council Strategy Development

As part of the development of its new Community Strategic Plan, Bega Valley Shire Council sought assistance from Elton Consulting, in partnership with Dr Kim Houghton from Strategic Economic Solutions, to develop strategies around particular issues that are most challenging for the Shire. These included economic development, affordable housing, aging and young people. The project…

Dee Why Town Centre Community Facilities Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study

Dee Why, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, contains the largest population within the Warringah local government area and is set to grow significantly due to its identification as a ‘major centre’ in Planning & Infrastructure’s North East Sub-Regional Strategy. In 2011 Warringah Council commissioned Elton Consulting to develop a Dee Why Town Centre Community Facilities Needs…

Community Forums for Imagine Canterbury

Elton Consulting was engaged by Canterbury City Council to design and facilitate a series of broad based community forums to provide input to the Community Strategic Plan. The project involved leading the community through a discussion about their aspirations, while assisting them to understand Council’s competing demands and limited resources. Elton Consulting also provided facilitator skills…