Hobsons Bay City Council Annual Report Summary 2008-09 Working towards a sustainable future This document is a condensed version of the full Annual Report, which is available on the Council’s website www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au Introduction Purpose of This Brochure This brochure summarises the Council’s performance in the 2008-09 financial year against the strategies and targets in the Council Plan. The Council Plan sets out the Council’s vision, values, strategic objectives, strategies, performance indicators and targets. Accessible performance reporting supports the Council’s commitment to transparency and accountability to the community. Environmental Impact This summary brochure is printed with vegetable inks on recycled, non- chemically bleached paper. The Annual Report has been produced in electronic format in order to reduce its environmental impact. Copies The Annual Report and this summary brochure are available from the Council’s website www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au Printed copies may be requested by telephoning 9932 1000. Feedback We are committed to continuous improvement and welcome your feedback. Please email feedback to email@example.com or write to Annual Report Feedback, PO Box 21 Altona 3018. Alternative Formats The Annual Report and this summary brochure are available in a large font format from the Council’s website www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au To request an alternative format, please telephone 9932 1000. Council Vision Working together to achieve a vibrant and sustainable community that celebrates its diversity and provides opportunities for all. Council Values Passion about our people, city, services and environment Respect for each other Integrity Diversity in our people and environment Excellence in all we do. Hobsons Bay at a Glance Named after William Hobson, Commander of HMAS Rattlesnake, who surveyed Port Phillip and Hobsons Bays 66 square kilometres in size Over 20 kilometres of bay frontage 86,100 residents 30 per cent of residents born overseas 29,600 jobs within the municipality, 31 per cent of which are filled by local residents. Councillors as at 30th June 2009 A new Council was elected in November 2008. Williamstown North Ward Cr Peter Hemphill Mayor 2008-09 0419 762 266 firstname.lastname@example.org Williamstown Ward Cr Angela Altair Deputy Mayor 2008-09 0419 762 267 email@example.com Altona Ward Cr Tony Briffa JP 0428 549 642 firstname.lastname@example.org Altona Meadows Ward Cr Luba Grigorovitch 0427 553 494 email@example.com Altona North Ward Cr Michael Raffoul 0428 127 376 firstname.lastname@example.org Seabrook Ward Cr John Hogg 0427 855 172 email@example.com Spotswood Ward Cr Bill Tehan 0429 013 199 firstname.lastname@example.org Hobsons Bay - Victoria’s Sustainable City Hobsons Bay City Council was named Victorian 2009 Sustainable City at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities awards on 2nd June 2009. The award acknowledges the efforts of the Council and the community in ensuring that Hobsons Bay is a leader in the sustainability field. Sustainable Cities Awards Lloyd Knight Winner, Young Leaders award Seaworks Winner, Heritage and Culture award The Substation Winner, Community Pride award Hobsons Bay Civic Centre Energy Efficiency Program Finalist, Energy Conservation Award Summer Litter Blitz Finalist, Zero Waste Award Clean Beaches Awards Kororoit Creek Catchment Coordination Project Finalist, Protection of the Environment Award Dogs’ Breakfast Finalist, Community Government Partnership Award Major Highlights 2008-09 The Council: Opened the $11.55 million BayFit Leisure Centre Opened the $3.7 million Altona Sports Centre redevelopment Designed and commenced construction of the Altona North Community Library Was named Victorian 2009 Sustainable City at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities awards Launched a tourism website www.visithobsonsbay.com.au Collaborated with community groups to restore and open The Substation, Newport Continued the Laverton community renewal project, receiving a further three years funding Adopted the Greenhouse Action Plan 2008-2013 Adopted the Water Plan 2009-2014 Completed a water diversion project at Spotswood Pavilion Received 89 per cent in the Civic Mutual Plus public liability insurance audit, with a positive impact on insurance premiums Contained the average residential rate increase to 4.3 per cent. Financial Highlights The Council is in a sound financial position as at 30th June 2009 $10.7 million operating surplus $96.722 revenue $87.765 million expenses $20.04 million spent on capital works $626.07 million in net assets (an increase of $14.99 million) $18.14 million cash balance 164 per cent working capital ratio. 2008-2009 Expenditure: for every $100, the Council spent... Capital Works $24.21 City Maintenance and Cleansing $17.18 Customer Service and Governance $13.03 Disability Services and Aged Care $12.02 Parks and Recreation $7.55 Family, Youth and Childrens Services $5.21 Health and Regulatory Services $3.94 Asset, Works and Maintenance $3.34 City Strategy $3.08 Community Development $2.81 Library Services $2.77 Urban Planning and Development $2.53 Arts Events and Tourism $2.33 $100.00 Objective 1: Infrastructure and Transport Goal: To properly plan, build and maintain sustainable infrastructure Highlights Completed the road rehabilitation program on time and within budget Adopted and implemented the Road Safety Strategy 2008-2010, including reviewing parking restrictions and traffic controls and developing programs and educational materials Completed traffic management and control projects such as line marking and roundabout Installation Continued to implement the Local Area Traffic Management Program, including installation of speed cushions, pedestrian refuges, footpaths and traffic islands Developed a pocket-sized TravelSmart map Conducted a sustainable public transport program in Laverton. Performance against Strategic Indicators and Targets Key Strategic Performance Measure Target Result Activity Capital Works % completion of the annual 95% 93% Program Capital Works Program Local Roads and Community satisfaction ≥55 57 Footpaths rating Local roads and Condition rating based on Improve Improved footpaths four yearly roads and footpaths audit Traffic Management Community satisfaction ≥59 59 and Parking rating Facilities Objective 2: Civic Pride, Economic Development and Tourism Goal: To deliver on tourism potential by promoting the city’s icons and open space, foster community pride and stimulate employment and investment opportunities Highlights Won a state award in the national Australian Business Arts Foundation Awards for the Art in Public Places program Launched a tourism website www.visithobsonsbay.com.au Established a partnership with Volunteer West to increase volunteering opportunities in Hobsons Bay Improved visual amenity and streetscapes through works such as powerline relocation in Altona and Laverton Implemented an extensive calendar of events to complement the Sustainable Tourism Strategy Conducted programs for small business owners, unemployed residents, and other community members, including delivering an accredited retail course Collaborated with community groups to restore and open The Substation, Newport Approved the former EPA building in Altona for use by community groups such as the Men’s Shed. Performance against Strategic Indicators and Targets Key Strategic Performance Target Result Activity Measure Economic Community ≥64 62 Development satisfaction rating Appearance of Community ≥69 65 Public Areas satisfaction rating Objective 3: Community Wellbeing Goal: To foster wellbeing through the provision of high quality services and amenity Highlights Opened the $11.55 million BayFit Leisure Centre and the $3.7 million Altona Sports Centre redevelopment Designed and commenced construction of the Altona North Community Library Continued the Laverton community renewal project, receiving a further three years funding Conducted the Food Safety Awards, presenting certificates to 69 local food businesses Supported community wellbeing through measures including youth programs, outreach services for new and emerging communities, and implementing the Ageing Well Strategy Released the Laverton Neighbourhood Profile Launched the Disability Action Plan 2008-2012 Undertook over 25 upgrade projects to community facilities Finalist in the state government’s Early Years Awards for the Playgroup Leaders Workshop program Launched YourTutor, a free online tutoring service for primary and secondary school students Adopted the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2008-2011. Performance against Strategic Indicators and Targets Key Strategic Performance Target Result Activity Measure Health and Community ≥75 75 Human satisfaction rating Services Library visits Percentage increase 5% 24.1% (from 176,884 visits in Internet visits to 219,529 visits) Percentage increase 5% 2.9% (from 648,487 visits in visits in person to 667,935 visits) Recreational Community ≥71 75 facilities satisfaction rating Objective 4: Environment Goal: To maintain and enhance the natural and built environment for today and future generations Highlights Named Victorian 2009 Sustainable City at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities awards Adopted the Greenhouse Action Plan 2008-2013 Adopted the Water Plan 2009-2014 Completed a water diversion project at Spotswood Pavilion Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with City West Water for the supply of recycled water from the Altona Treatment Plant to the playing fields at Altona Green Won a RESPECT (Recognition of Excellent Sustainable Practices in Early Childhood Teaching) Award for Altona North Childcare Centre Performed energy efficient lighting upgrades, including halving greenhouse gas emissions from lighting at Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown. Performance against Strategic Indicators and Targets Key Performance Target Result Strategic Measure Activity Street trees Loss in street No net Achieved. Removed 500 trees across the loss street trees and planted municipality due 1,400 to removal Waste Community ≥78 76 management satisfaction rating Storm water Usage for Increase Increased. A 1.5 mega watering sports usage litre storage pond was grounds, parks created to water the and reserves Bayview Street Reserve, Williamstown Objective 5: Civic Leadership Goal: To provide high-level representation, leadership and advocacy on behalf of our community Highlights Conducted Council elections in November 2008 Adopted the Council Plan 2009-2013 Received a commendation at the National Awards for Local Government for the New and Emerging Communities Youth Leadership Program Received 89 per cent in the Civic Mutual Plus public liability insurance audit, which has a positive impact on calculation of insurance premiums Implemented programs to attract and retain quality staff, including an extensive corporate training calendar and a comprehensive health and wellbeing program Maintained SafetyMap accreditation of the occupational health and safety system Improved the Council’s customer service delivery through enhancements to the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre. Performance against Strategic Indicators and Targets Key Strategic Activity Performance Target Result Measure Council interaction and Community ≥74 75 responsiveness satisfaction rating Community engagement Community ≥61 61 satisfaction rating Overall performance Community ≥66 67 satisfaction rating Local government regulations Community ≥66 64 and satisfaction rating by-laws enforcement Reporting on cross-directorate Quarterly reports Quarterly Quarterly reporting strategic teams to the Council reporting was discontinued in 2009 Voting at Council elections Voter turnout at ≥78% Average turnout 2008 election 73 % Objective 6: Planning and Development Our Goal: To protect existing neighbourhood character and ensure appropriate future development Highlights Introduced Amendment C33, Industrial Land Management Strategy into the Hobsons Bay Planning Scheme Completed stage one of the review of the Municipal Strategic Statement Completed a draft parking strategy for Williamstown Commenced restoration and repair works at Williamstown Town Hall. Performance against Strategic Indicators and Targets Key Strategic Performance Target Result Activity Measure Town planning Community ≥60 57 policy and satisfaction approvals rating Objective 7: Financial Sustainability Goal: To continue to manage the municipality in a financially responsible and sustainable manner Highlights Maintained a strong financial position throughout the year, continuing to reduce loan liability Contained the average residential rate increase to 4.3 per cent Implemented 93 per cent of the capital works program Provided financial services to support the establishment of the Regional Kitchen Group joint venture Improved financial reporting systems. Performance against Strategic Indicators and Targets Key Strategic Performance Targe Result Activity Measure t Civic Mutual Maintain our Top The Council received 89 per Plus risk rating rating within the 25 % cent for the Civic Mutual Plus top 25th liability audit and is within the percentile of top 25th percentile of audited the state Councils; however the official state ranking will not be confirmed for another year because the audit is now biennial. Half of Victoria’s Councils were audited in 2008-2009 and the remainder will be audited in 2009-2010. Debt servicing Reduce debt ≤ 2% 0.18%. The Council servicing as a continues to reduce its debt percentage of servicing ratio in line with its total revenue ‘no new loans’ policy. Hobsons Bay City Council 115 Civic Parade Altona 3018 PO Box 21 Altona 3018 Telephone 03 9932 1000 After hours 03 9236 0550 TTY 03 9398 8504 Fax 03 9932 1039 Email email@example.com Website www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au Hobsons Bay City Council is committed to protecting and enhancing our environment.This publication, when printed, is printed with vegetable inks on recycled, non-chemically bleached stock. If you need the assistance of an interpreter, please ring TIS on 131 450.
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