Plans & strategies

Council has a number of key strategic plans, which help guide the current and future direction of our Shire. 

Council plans and policies should not exist in isolation; they are interconnected. The NSW Government's Integrated Planning and Reporting framework allows councils to draw their various plans together, understand how they interact and get the maximum leverage from their efforts by planning holistically and sustainably for the future. Our Corporate planning, performance and budget for more detail and to see a visual representation of these connections. 


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Kempsey Shire Council developed an Agribusiness Industry Plan to support the development of the Macleay Valley as a location for smart and sustainable agribusiness to help drive industry diversification into new areas of Agribusiness and Economic Development and build on the Macleay Valley’s comparative and competitive strengths.

Council has also adopted our first Community Participation Plan which outlines the specific ways that community members can learn about and participate in Council decision making, including specifically participating in Strategic Planning and Development Assessment. 

For more information on Community Engagement, please visit the following page on the Kempsey Shire Council website:

Community Engagement


The Crescent Head Master Plan serves as a framework supporting the community in identifying and developing programs that:

  • invigorate the local economy
  • provide improved village public spaces
  • protect and conserve public lands for future generations
  • guard against inappropriate development practices
  • safeguard the character and quality of life inherent in living in Crescent Head.

The Crescent Head Public Domain Plan document and the analysis, strategies and proposals that it outlines follow on from previous high-level masterplan outputs produced by Kempsey Shire Council.

The Crescent Head Master Plan was produced in 2017 and outlined a framework for future planning works and an indicative staging approach to a number of related and discrete challenges in the Crescent Head area.

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