Our Guiding Principles

Council's Guiding Principles and Values

The following Guiding Principles were adopted to ensure a holistic approach to planning and service development by Council.

  • Community - To develop a strong inclusive community that promotes access, equity and participation in decision making, working towards a better Lane Cove for everyone.
  • Creativity - To nurture diverse creative expression in the community and foster innovation to meet the needs of Lane Cove.
  • Sustainability - To ensure that all decisions consider a balance of economic, environmental, cultural and social elements to enhance the quality of life in Lane Cove.
  • Best Value - To balance the provision of quality services to the community of Lane Cove with cost, and to always seek continuous improvements to the services provided.

In addition, Council has adopted the following values which Council will display in meeting the communities needs:-

  • Customer Focus - We listen to the needs and wants of our customers and provide exceptional customer service
  • Integrity - We are fair and consistent in our actions and we act ethically, honestly, responsibly and respectfully
  • Consultation - We seek to understand before acting and are sensitive to residents needs and situations
  • Equity - We deal equally and honestly with customers and each other
  • Leadership - We focus attention on what is really important, lead by setting a good example and seek to improve outcomes, processes and relationships.

Principles for Local Government

  • provide directly or on behalf of other levels of government, after due consultation, adequate, equitable and appropriate services and facilities for the community and to ensure that those services and facilities are managed efficiently and effectively
  • exercise community leadership
  • exercise its functions in a manner that is consistent with and actively promotes the principles of multiculturalism
  • promote and to provide and plan for the needs of children
  • to properly manage, develop, protect, restore, enhance and conserve the environment of the area for which it is responsible, in a manner that is consistent with and promotes the principles of ecologically sustainable development
  • have regard to the long term and cumulative effects of its decisions
  • bear in mind that it is the custodian and trustee of public assets and to effectively account for and manage the assets for which it is responsible
  • facilitate the involvement of councillors, members of the public, users of facilities and services and council staff in the development, improvement and co-ordination of local government
  • raise funds for local purposes by the fair imposition of rates, charges and fees, by income earned from investments and, when appropriate, by borrowings and grants
  • keep the local community and the State government (and through it, the wider community) informed about its activities
  • ensure that, in the exercise of its regulatory functions, it acts consistently and without bias, particularly where an activity of the council is affected
  • be a responsible employer