$21.2m in works com­pleted across shire

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - Adrian We­ston.

THE Cam­paspe Shire 2016/17 An­nual Re­port is now avail­able to the pub­lic.

The re­port which goes into de­tail of the hap­pen­ings of the coun­cil over the last 12 months was adopted by the coun­cil re­cently.

Mayor Adrian We­ston said the re­port de­tails ma­jor projects com­pleted across the year as part of the $21.2 mil­lion in works across the shire.

“Works to the value of $10.3 mil­lion were com­pleted on var­i­ous road, drainage and bridge projects with an­other big year planned this com­ing fi­nan­cial year of $11 mil­lion for roads,” he said.

While the re­port de­tails some achieve­ments, it also cov­ers the challenges such as the down­turn in the dairy in­dus­try, con­sol­i­dat­ing the im­pacts of rate cap­ping into the long-term fi­nan­cial plan­ning and ex­ter­nal fi­nan­cial pres­sures.

“These challenges un­der­line the im­por­tance of coun­cil con­tin­u­ing to ad­here to its tight fis­cal ap­proach to en­sure it re­mains on track with the longterm fi­nan­cial plan,” Cr We­ston said.

Some of the achieve­ments high­lighted in the re­port in­clude:

■ Re­duc­ing waste to land­fill by 7.1 per cent, in­creas­ing the amount of re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als by 3.2 per cent and ex­pan­sion of the gar­den or­gan­ics ser­vice by 121 per cent over a five year pe­riod.

■ On­go­ing ex­pan­sion of the Learn-to-Swim pro­gram and in­creased at­ten­dances at pools.

■ Adop­tion of six cam­paigns to di­rect ad­vo­cacy ef­forts.

■ Lead­ing the state for the pro­cess­ing of plan­ning per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions com­pleted within 60 days at 91 per cent, with an av­er­age of 42 pro­cess­ing days.

Cr We­ston said the fi­nan­cial and per­for­mance state­ments have been in­de­pen­dently au­dited with state­ments from the Vic­to­rian Au­di­tor-Gen­er­als Of­fice.

The re­port is avail­able from coun­cil’s web­site and cus­tomer ser­vice cen­tres.

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