In 2006, Lithgow City Council prepared for the future with the development of its ‘Strategic Plan 2007 – Our Place, Our Future’ which provided strategies for the next 20 years. The plan was developed following an extensive consultation process to identify the aspirations and priorities of the community. The plan was broken up into 11 Principal Activity Areas; Community, Transport, Employment, Heritage, Education, Health, Environment, Arts and Culture, Youth, Growth and Governance and Administration.
As part of the implementation of the ‘Strategic Plan 2007 – Our Place, Our Future’, Council developed a range of plans, strategies and studies including:
These documents have been used to inform the development of Our Place...Our future Community Strategic Plan 2025.
As of 1 July 2011, it has also resulted in significant infrastructure upgrade such as:
- $30m upgrade of Lithgow and Wallerawang Sewerage Treatment Plants
- $421k to undertake Stage 1 of the Farmers Creek Flood Plain Mitigation Program completed and investigation, survey and design work undertaken for Stage 2.
- $1.4m for the construction of 2,000,000 litres water reservoir and trunk mains on Guilds Hill to cater for new development in South Bowenfels and an additional $800,000 allocated for continued upgrade of water reservoirs during 2011-2015.
- $1.9m to be spent on a water main renewal program in Lithgow, Wallerawang and Portland over the next four years.
- $1.4 allocated to be expended on Stage 1 of the Lithgow Aquatic Centre development.
- $5.8m spent on upgrading facilities within the Lithgow Sporting Precinct; Tony Luchetti Showground, Ashley Grandstand, Glanmire Oval, Civic Ballroom, Lithgow Skate Park, Lithgow Cycleway/walkway, Marjorie Jackson Soccer Fields, Lithgow Croquet Court, Jim Monaghan Athletics Oval, Watsford Oval.
- $100k funded by Xstrata Coal NSW for the development of the Lithgow History Walk
- $120k to undertake works at Eskbank House Museum, Blast Furnace Park and Lake Pillans wetland.
- $250k to upgrade the Hassans Walls Lookout.
- $170k to install fluoridation dosing equipment for the Lithgow Water Supply.
- $4m upgrade to Clarence Water Transfer system to increase the security of water supply to Lithgow and the villages.
- $571k spent on community hall upgrades throughout the local government area with an additional $415k of capital works currently in-progress.
- $69k spent on upgrading Wallerawang Library with a further $35k spent to refurbish new premises for the Portland Library ensuring three modern Libraries for the Lithgow region.