At the meeting Tuesday evening, Council received the Annual Report 2019/2020. Due to COVID-19, councils were permitted additional time to prepare their Annual Report, which serves as a report of operations for the 2019/2020 financial year and the previous Council.
CEO, Evan King, said that the Annual Report is one of the ways that Council reports on its performance.
“Annual Reports ensure that councils are measuring and reporting on their performance in a consistent way to promote transparency and accountability.”
“It gives the community a snapshot of how we are performing against the Council plan, Annual Plan, Budget and Local Government indicators,“ said Mr. King.
The Annual Report included a snapshot of achievements, challenges and opportunities for 2019/20, and included:
- An additional $1.5 million of funding through the Fixing Country Roads Program.
- Planning for the future of community sport and active recreation with adoption of the Doug Lindsay Recreation Reserve and Trentham Sportsground masterplans, as well as the adoption of a 10-year Playspace Strategy (Play is for Everyone).
- Adoption of a Spray Minimisation report to reduce the use of herbicides within the Shire as part of our roadside and reserve week management program.
- Continuation of our Hub for Premium Produce project to assist, unlock and grow the capacity of our premium producers in the Shire and surrounding region.
- Responding to the COVID-10 pandemic and investing in improving our working conditions and technology for staff as the organisation plans for the move to the Hepburn Hub in 2021.
- Undertaking significant projects such as the review of Local Law No 2 and the update of the Hepburn Planning Scheme. Both projects saw great interest and input from the community. Moving forward Councillors and the organisation will review how we engage and consult with or diverse community.
The Annual report includes a financial summary, with the Audited Financial and Performance Statements adopted by Council at the September Council Meeting, available on our website.
The Annual Report details progress against the 2017-2021 Council Plan objectives and actions. Our new Council will begin consultation with the community over the coming months to develop a set of documents, including a 10-year Community Vision, 10-year Financial Plan and 4-year Council Plan that will guide the Council for 2021-2025.
The Annual Report is available for viewing on Council’s website (www.hepburn.vic.gov.au) and at the Shire’s Customer Service Centres, Libraries and Hubs.