THE Campaspe Shire Council’s 2016-17 Annual Report has been released.
The report outlined achievements and challenges from the past year as well as projects for the year ahead and audited financial and performance statements.
Mayor Adrian Weston said the report also detailed major projects completed throughout 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,” Cr Weston said.
While the report details 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 long term 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-General’s office.
The report is available from council’s website and customer service centres.