Lord Howe Island Community Strategic Plan 2019-2029

Our community is an important part of who we are on Lord Howe; whether we have been here for generations or have just arrived we are the current caretakers of the island and we need a plan. A plan to ensure that the Lord Howe Island we experience in the next 10 years, and that will be inherited by our children, maintains and improves our unique island lifestyle and protects what we value most.

The Community Strategic Plan (CSP) aims to build on what we already do so well, whilst addressing any areas that we could improve on. The CSP is a 10 year plan that reflects our community’s goals for the future, outlining the community’s priorities and aspirations, and how these can be achieved with the support of the community and LHIB.

It is a whole of community plan, in which community members, local businesses, LHICS, LHIB and community groups have an important role to play.

What do we want to find out?

Where are we now?

  • What do we value most about our Island and our lifestyle? What are our guiding values/principles? What are the key issues that we need to face now and in the future?
  • What are our assets, resources, experiences, strengths and capacities that we can build upon? What works well in our community?

Where do we want to be in 10 years?

  • What is our preferred future and vision?
  • What are our key priorities?

How do we get there?

  • What are possible strategies, actions and resources to achieve our goals?

How do we know when we get there?

  • What are our performance indicators to ensure we are on track? 

Guiding Principles

  • Community Connection- supports and encourages each other in our daily lives as well as in times of crisis, valuing the contribution of all Island members. Fosters trust, tolerance and community inclusiveness.
  • Island Character and Heritage– retains and enhances our Island character, heritage, cultural traditions, environment and lifestyle.
  • Environment and Sustainable Practices– respects our natural environment
  • Safety and Freedom- retains our unique sense of safety and freedom.
  • Positive mindset – encourages community spirit, positive attitudes, hopefulness and a passion for our community.
  • Business Excellence and Collaboration- encourages a strong, innovative, profitable and collaborative business environment. 

What’s been happening to date:

CSP Survey - 4th December 2018

The CSP survey was released on 4th December 2018, aimed at beginning to answer the abovementioned questions -  ‘Where are we now’ and ‘Where do we want to be in 10 years’.
Surveys can be returned via email or in person to the Post Office, LHI Museum or LHIB survey boxes

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHIhaveyoursay18

By filling out the CSP survey you will help define priorities and themes that will be used to create the draft Community Strategic Plan.

LHICS Workshop - 5th December 2018

On the 5th of December, Darcelle met with students from LHICS to encourage students to express their opinions on issues that impact their lives. This information was collated and will contribute to a number of discussions that will flow into the CSP.

All students were asked to put dots on a map of Lord Howe to show us where their favourite spots are.

The majority of students’ answers to a mini-survey reflected the following:

  • Favourite plant on Lord Howe: Kentia Palm

  • Favourite place on Lord Howe: Gower’s Milking Bail

  • 50% of students would like to live on Lord Howe when they grow up

  • 70% of students would like to work on Lord Howe when they grow up

  • The top answer about what is important to keep for the future on LHI was: To keep it clean, and keep ‘all the kindness’

  • The top answer about what is important to change for the future on LHI was: Don’t use as much plastic/ recycle more

Community Strategic Planning Workshop - 12th December 2018

On Wednesday the 12th December a community planning workshop was run at the Public Hall from 5-7pm. The workshop was well attended with approximately 40 attendees and resulted in many challenging but constructive discussions.

The aim of the planning session was to start to identify and understand community priorities and form some key themes based on four areas:

  1. Health, Education & Youth

  2. Development, Housing, Infrastructure and Transport

  3. Economy

  4. Environment

These key themes were then explored in the context of:

  • Where are we now?

  • Where do we want to be in 10 years?

  • How will we get there?

Preliminary Review of collected information

Some preliminary themes and priorities that have arisen so far are:

Workshop Key Themes:

  1. Mental Health
  2. Aged Care
  3. Housing availability
  4. Cultural Identity

Survey themes:

Survey Question: In order to ensure the CSP reflects the community's priorities, please identify the level of importance for the following services:

  1. Health
  2. Positive Aging
  3. Tourism
  4. Education
  5. Culture & Heritage
  6. Business Development

*Positions based on current survey results

Respondents to the survey also identified that energy supply was an important issue for the community and the LHIB will be looking to incorporate this into future workshops.

It is important to note that the survey is not a way to rank issues or views. It does however; allow people’s priorities to be expressed and to determine if certain themes are of more importance to different groups of respondents.

What’s next:

  1. Darcelle will be meeting with many groups and clubs to talk about their priorities in different areas throughout January.
  2. Please continue to fill out the survey, online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHIhaveyoursay18 or in paper copy at the LHI Museum, Post Office or LHIB.
  3. There will be four in-depth community consultation sessions scheduled for January/Early February 2019 focusing on each of the four topics - Health, Education & Youth, Development, Housing, Infrastructure and Transport, Economy, Environment - aimed at further exploring some of the themes emerging from the survey.

If you would like any further information, please contact:

Darcelle Matassoni
Strategic Planning Officer


02 6563 2066 ext. 40