Warrnambool 2040: our plan – our future

In April 2017 Warrnambool City Council started a community conversation about your aspirations and expectations for Warrnambool as a place to live, work and play over the next twenty years.

The Warrnambool 2040 (W2040) plan will create a vision, and identify priorities and goals for the city, through an extensive, community-led process.

Between April 2017 and early 2018 there will be heaps of opportunities to talk, listen and be part of the conversation which will influence the future of Warrnambool.


What is Warrnambool 2040?

Warrnambool 2040 (W2040) will be a long term community plan for the future of Warrnambool*. It will capture the community’s vision and priorities for the next twenty years.

W2040 will define the kind of place people want Warrnambool to be in the future. It will guide the actions of Council, other local organisations and influence all levels of government.

* Warrnambool is used to describe the whole local government area of Warrnambool City, not only the city itself. The term Warrnambool includes the communities of Dennington, Woodford, Bushfield, Allansford and the other rural areas within the municipality.

How will Warrnambool 2040 be developed?

Developing a plan for Warrnambool 2040 will involve an extensive process that provides as many people as possible an opportunity to be involved and express their opinions.

W2040 will involve one of the largest community conversations ever undertaken in the City. The engagement process has been designed to engage individuals, groups and organisations that have an interest in the municipality and its future. It will be an opportunity for residents to get involved in planning for and influence the future of the City.

The community engagement process will be delivered in three stages:

Phase 1 (April to June 2017) will raise awareness and understanding of the Warrnambool 2040 plan and capture local aspirations for Warrnambool in the future. Learnings from Phase 1.

Phase 2 (October 2017) will involve a community led process to develop a shared vision, goals and priorities.

Phase 3 (Early 2018) A draft community plan will be released for community input.  The draft will detail the shared vision, goals and priorities for Warrnambool 2040 and will also identify which partners to the plan are responsible for achieving the goals and how progress on the plan will be monitored.