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Council adopts annual report

Netballers try out the new courts at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council this week adopted its annual report outlining the organisation’s performance for the 2017/2018 financial year.

The report provides a summary of highlights, progress against objectives in the Council Plan, a performance statement and a financial report on a budget of more than $37 million.

“This year’s annual report marks off the first year of actions guided by the Council Plan 2017-2021 delivered in innovative, creative and connected ways,” said Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Bronwen Machin.

“While the report is a mandatory requirement it’s a great way for Council to demonstrate transparency and show ratepayers how we are providing valuable programs and services, and managing vital infrastructure to meet the broad needs of our community.

“Of course we can’t do it all on our own. Take a look at the report to see our achievements and advocacy priorities, how we are getting the community involved in projects and decision making and the partners that we are working with.

“You will also see some innovative examples of what we are doing to improve service delivery from trialling new ways to extend the life of our roads to introducing new corporate systems to streamline processes for residents and ratepayers,” she said.

The annual report was delivered to the Minister for Local Government by 30 September 2018, in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989.

The financial report and performance statement were signed off by the Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) in September.

“I would like to thank fellow councillors, staff, volunteers and all our partners for their dedication and hard work throughout the year,” said Mayor Machin.

Download the report from the news and publications section of Council’s website.

2017/2018 highlights

• Delivery of an $8.14 million capital works program including the annual road and bridge renewal programs.
• Completed the Stage 1 redevelopment to transform Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve into a multi-purpose sports precinct and junior sports hub.
• Built an outdoor play area and upgraded toilet facilities at Maldon kinder, following the installation of LED lights and new flooring last year.
• Completed a three year program of building upgrades and safety works to improve community facilities across the shire.
• Developed designs for an all ages and accessible play space in Victory Park in Castlemaine along with streetscape designs for seven towns.
• Joined with partners to provide mental health first aid training for young people, teachers and parents.
• Motivated thousands of kids from 12 primary schools to walk more than 11,500km during Walk to School Month.
• Co-delivered healthy aging projects with community and neighbourhood houses to improve transport and social connections in the community.
• Delivered nearly 7,500 meals and provided home, respite and support care to help more than 800 residents live independently in their homes.
• Provided more than 1,300 immunisations and more than 1,250 key age and stage visits to children registered with the maternal and child health service.
• Partnered with councils and agencies to develop a region-wide emergency management plan and led the clean-up and recovery effort from severe storms in December 2017.
• Earned a HART award nomination for advancing reconciliation by introducing a Survival Day component to our Australia Day event run in partnership with the local indigenous community.
• Adopted a Refugee Welcome Zone Action Plan and facilitated an LGBTIQ+ Roundtable to develop a more welcoming and socially inclusive community.
• Partnered with Mount Alexander Animal Welfare and local vets to provide discounted cat de-sexing for low income earners.
• Provided more than $140,000 to support 61 community groups to run programs and events.
• Launched online directories to help connect people and businesses in the shire.
• Installed solar panels on the Market Building to produce half the building’s energy needs, saving about $5,000 a year to invest in other energy efficiency measures.
• Appointed a new contractor for kerbside waste and recycling collection.
• Hosted a jobs fair and workshop series to provide training and support for job seekers and local businesses.
• Launched the At Home Residency Program at The Phee and participated in the Regional Centre for Culture to put the spotlight on creativity in the shire.
• Supported the development of La Larr Ba Gauwa Park in Harcourt to boost tourism and the local economy.
• Prepared planning amendments to pave the way for a new supermarket in Castlemaine, provide more housing options and better protection from flood and fire.
• Introduced a new Facebook page to keep the community informed and began the installation of a new corporate system to streamline processes for customers.

Image: Completion of the stage one redevelopment of Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve was a highlight for the year.

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