Function and Form of CPCC – recommendation
The following 5 point strategy is a recommendation from a meeting of participants and supporters of the CPCC held on 7 October. Consistent with our CPCC processes which sees all directional and policy issues determined by community-advertised public meetings, this recommendation will be presented, questioned, debated & amended, and determined at a meeting to be held at Ourimbah RSL from 10:00 to 12:30 on Saturday 25 November.
The recommendation comprises 5 strategies …
Strategy One: An always current CPCC – the plan.
CPCC ‘s over-riding purpose, its ‘raison d’etre’, is to have a ‘peoples’ plan’ …. that is, a plan which sketches a ‘preferred future’ for the Central Coast residents. The ‘plan’ … and its strong community support, gives political legitimacy and strength to the work of representatives who pursue it. In respect of Strategy One, there is much work, both organisational and intellectual, which requires an organisational group of about 3 or 4 people with research and writing skill-sets, and a knowledge of management procedures.
This Group will be called “Strategy One – Research and Planning” [SORP].
The SORP’s job will be to:
1. Organise and maintain a thorough community-wide and community-engaging set of procedures which results in:
[a] a concise but clearly-stated over-arching ‘vision’ statement which describes the “look” of the Central Coast if the CPCC is implemented
[b] for each of the policy categories, a succinct statement of goals appropriate for media interest and usage.
[c] an always up-to-date CPCC, endlessly refreshed with community-based participation and thinking endorsed by CPCC Inc, but emerging from continual face-to-face consultation with individuals, consultation with organisations throughout civil society, CPCC policy workshops, and public events as outlined in Strategy Two.
2. Collaborate with, as strategically and protocol-appropriate, Council staff with a view to assisting Council shape its
management planning consistent with the CPCC. All contact with Council officers is to be known by more than one
member of SORP, and all advice and engagements are expected to be reported back to SORP
3. Advise the CPCC Co-ordinating Committee concerning appropriate times and content for submissions by CPCC to Council, NSW Government and Federal Government.
4. Work in close consultation with the CPCC Co-ordinating Committee and, between meetings, the Convenor of the Co-ordinating Committee
Strategy Two: Events with Action-Purpose
Central Coast residents will want their Council to be heavily engaged in 2 types of actions simultaneously:
[a] planning, and integrating planning, across all 18 policy categories, on a long-term and phased basis [see Strategy One – above]
[b] immediately attending to the most pressing of policy categories, especially those associated with residents requiring care and/or special attention, such as: governance & anti-corruption, caring, housing, health, environment, and the aged/pensioners.
The SORP will be responsible for [a].
In respect of [b], CPCC can initiate, organise, convene, broker and/or conduct a series of events each year that are designed to assist the Council to better understand, and act, on pressing issues. This will require an organisational group with a convenor and several people with time and organisational skills. This Group will be called “Strategy Two – Events, Action with Purpose” [STEAP].
The events organised by STEAP must be approved by Strategy Five “Co-ordinating Group” [COG] and, as much as possible, should be:
[a] part of a STEAP pre-planned schedule year-by-year, with capacity to respond to suddenly-emerging issues
[b] outcome action-oriented for all participants, and the organisations they represent
[c] Expose, audit, “summit” and/or “triage” policy areas of concern, such as:
* Central Coast environment
* Central Coast caring: disability, domestic violence, ADF veterans, un-diagnosed menatally ill, homeless
* Central Coast youth [Wyong focus; Gosford focus]
* Central Coast housing, including emergency housing, and housing for the homeless
* Central Coast performing arts & culture
* Central Coast pensioners
* Central Coast economy
* Central Coast small business
For example, throughout the Central Coast there are many environmental matters requiring attention, some more urgent than others. We know of many protest-cum-campaigning environmental groups on the Central Coast, and we acknowledge the umbrella organisation CEN and its continuing valuable networking. Presently, we do not have a comprehensive log of: “old” issues requiring repair; current issues to be addressed; future issues to be avoided with near-future actions. Nor do we have a “triage-d” ordering of priority environmental issues confronting residents throughout the Coast.
To address this need, and to assist Council in this regard, CPCC could, if it thought appropriate, sponsor a public event … maybe a lecture followed by a series of evening/weekend workshops designed to collectively engage, and to get agreement among, all environment groups … and across-party-lines with Councillors who must, eventually, determine any emerging “triaged” plan of environmental management for the Central Coast.
This event could be organised by CPCC in conjunction with a People-friendly Council, or if the Council is hostile, then CPCC could proceed with a People-friendly company or set of companies.
Where possible & appropriate, the format would comprise an academic presentation of the problem[s] as it/they confront the Central Coast in particular, followed by a local expert[s], followed by participative collaboration in outcomes-oriented discussion and workshops. The event would be brokered by CPCC, with all participating supporting organisations given acknowledgement, credit and participative roles.
Strategy Three: Public Visibility
CPCC needs to grow from within the community.
CPCC needs to be absorbed into the consciousness of the community. Its visibility is key to our potential to gain unequivocal support from the community in general, and a majority of Councillors in particular.
CPCC needs a small team of IT and media-savvy and community-savvy people who can:
* exploit every opportunity as it arises
* systematically arrange invitations for CPCC speakers to present the CPCC at meetings of members of the myriad non-government organisations throughout Central Coast civil society, beginning with large organisations such as Progress Associations, resident action groups, representative associations of residents mentioned in the CPCC, sporting clubs, community organisations, unions, employers such as large public sector and private sector employers, and so on
* regularly place [rostered] letters & articles in media
* systematically maximise social media coverage and engagement
* organise visibility in commercial centres, local markets, special events, and sporting events
* be aware of opportunities which permit CPCC to foster an ever-deeper understanding with an ever- widening audience.
* liaise with Strategy Four and DRAFT various hand-outs as required
This might best be done with a group comprising a convenor and several others in a team comprising IT skills and presentational skills. This small self-actuating group will be called “Strategy Three – Public Visibility” [PubVis]
Strategy Four: Third-Party Campaign Funding and Preparations
At the 2020 Council elections CPCC needs to enter the election campaigning more seriously focussed on influencing the election outcome, entering the fray earlier, and better-resourced. Thus, the CPCC needs to:
* estimate a budget required in 2020, by Xmas 2017, and start the process of collecting donations, including weekly/monthly direct bank deposits. CPCC needs a war-chest.
* Start in 2017, to build a list, with contact details, of small businesses that would carry a CPCC corflute in 2020
* Liaise with PubVis to build a list of civil society organisations which will invite CPCC speakers to explain the CPCC
* Book sites in key shopping areas where CPCC can set up a Saturday morning table + corflute throughout 2018, 2019, 2020
* Discover private properties who will permit the placement of corflutes on their properties in key locations. List them. Collect contact details.
* wo/man all pre-poll and polling booths in its own right.
* have corflutes on pre- & polling days with the CPCC logo + the names of recommended candidates
* have HTV hand-outs with the CPCC logo + the names of recommended candidates
* organise the booths with tables, chairs, corflutes
* publish the hardcopy plan 5-6 weeks out from the election
* determine the candidates to be supported by CPCC 8 weeks before the election. Parties and potential independent candidates to be notified by CPCC of the cut-off date
* take an intensive and persistent interest in negotiations concerning preferences with a view to ensuring pro-CPCC candidates ONLY preference other pro-CPCC candidates
* consult with other campaigning entities
* be visible at shopping centres and markets regularly … every occasion ? … on corfluted table/brolly
* lobby all political parties to understand that late candidate pre-selections may lead to confusion and/or non-support from CPCC. Candidates should be known 3 months before the elections.
CPCC should, consistent with its resources, and not weakening its capacity to successfully prosecute the 2012 Council election campaign, take an interest in, and declare its position in respect of, both the NSW elections and the Federal elections.
Strategy Four will best be organised using a convenor and several members with specific campaign-oriented skills and interests. The group will be called “Strategy Four – Third-Party Campaign Funding & Preps Group” [FAP]
Strategy Five: Our organisation.
CPCC will be incorporated under the name “Community Plan Central Coast Inc”
CPCC will have a formal structure designed to facilitate its purposes, collect and expend monies, and provide clear guidelines in which its members and office bearers are expected to act.
The CPCC Inc will be structured to comprise elected [from a public meeting] personnel:
* An over-all convenor
* The SORP convenor
* The STEAP convenor
* The PubVis convenor
* The FAP convenor
* 2 others.
1. Each of the convenors to roster themselves to ensure all Council meetings are attended by senior CPCC personnel.
2. The Co-ordinating Committee will be responsible for thorough knowledge of its members on matters concerning timing, significance and content of: NSW Government’s Central Coast Regional Plan 2036, and its Implementation Plan; Council’s so-called ‘Community’ Strategic Plan; Local Environment Plan[s]; Coastal Zone Management plans; Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (or “the EP&A Act”); the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (“the EP&A Regulation”); State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs)
3. Quorum of 3. Over-all convenor acts between meetings in consultation, as best s/he can, with other appropriate convenor[s].