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Council adopts annual report

Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve

Council has adopted the 2016/2017 Annual Report, which outlines the achievements of the organisation against its Council Plan objectives.

Thursday 19 October 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council this week adopted the 2016/2017 Annual Report outlining the organisation’s performance to deliver on its vision for the shire.

“The annual report highlights a busy year of achievement and the final year of progress on the strategic goals in the 2013-2017 Council Plan,” said Darren Fuzzard, Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Council’s vision and objectives have enabled a consistent approach to investing our efforts and ratepayer funds over the past four years,” said Mr Fuzzard.

“The report also highlights the vast amount of work undertaken to develop a new vision and plan since the election of the new Council in October last year,” he said.

Council invested $8.62 million in capital works to improve community buildings, roads, bridges, footpaths and sporting reserves.

“In addition to completing our road renewal and bridge replacement programs, we analysed our entire footpath and trail network to prioritise future works, and stage one of the Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve redevelopment is nearing completion,” said Mr Fuzzard.

Council continued to invest in the wellbeing of the community with a focus on families, youth and older people. Community halls and hubs were also renewed to create welcoming spaces for people to connect.

“The annual report summarises the breadth of services that Council is called upon to help make the shire a welcoming place for residents,” said Cr Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“It also highlights where we work in partnership with other organisations and community volunteers to deliver services and fulfil our commitments in areas such as reconciliation, supporting refugees, delivering aged-friendly services and managing and protecting our environment,” she said.

Council supported local businesses through an awards program and completed the Diamond Gully Structure Plan to facilitate growth. It also made significant progress on several planning amendments, streetscape improvement plans and the Castlemaine to Maldon Trail to help boost local jobs and the economy.

“I am proud of staff and Councillors for their tireless work, and am grateful to the huge number of people who work alongside us in our community,” said Mr Fuzzard.

“I would also like to thank former Mayor Sharon Telford for her leadership and strong work ethic during her time on Council,” he said.

The annual report was delivered to the Minister for Local Government by 30 September 2017, in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989.

Read the 2016/2017 Annual Report.


Image: The transformation of Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve sports hub was one of Council’s key achievements for the year.


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