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Our performance and progress: Council releases Annual Report 2020-21

Published on 22 September 2021
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Council has released its Annual Report for 2020/21, highlighting its achievements and activities over the past financial year.

The Maroondah City Council Annual Report 2020/21 is available for public inspection online until 15 October.

The document is Council’s most comprehensive report to the community detailing its progress in meeting strategic goals and community expectations outlined in the Council Plan 2017-2021.

Mayor of Maroondah, Cr Kylie Spears, said the Annual Report also provided a record of the achievements and financial management of Council for the 2020/21 financial year in delivering a wide range of services to the community.

“Council’s Annual Report is a reflection of everything we have achieved over the past 12 months and provides an opportunity to keep the community informed of our progress,” Cr Spears said.

“Contained within this comprehensive 264-page document are not only facts and figures, but stories behind what we’ve achieved during a most challenging year and what we expect for the coming year,” she said.

“I’m proud to say that we have successfully completed the final year of the four-year Council Plan during one of the most difficult times in the history of our community,” Cr Spears added.

The report shows how, despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Council continues to lead with a focus on ensuring vulnerable people within the community receive the services they require, as well as coordinating community relief and recovery.

Council has also continued its advocacy to the Victorian and Australian governments to seek funding opportunities for a range of significant projects that will benefit the Maroondah community. This includes $8.6 million for intersection and bridge improvements at Canterbury and Heathmont Roads; Dorset Recreation Reserve ($2 million) and JW Manson Reserve ($2.5 million); $600,000 for McAlpin and Yarrunga reserves; $275,000 for a new dog park in Ringwood North, as well as funding from both levels of government for a range of other sporting and community facilities.

Further, the report highlights Council’s continued work with key stakeholders, user groups and the community in planning for the future of our two key Activity Centres (Ringwood and Croydon).

Other strategic long-term planning has taken place resulting in the completion of a new Children and Families Strategy; a new two-year Youth Strategy Action Plan; and a new Liveability and Wellbeing Strategy, which will outline the longer-term directions and key priorities to improve the health and wellbeing of the Maroondah community. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Council has also prepared the Maroondah COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

Cr Spears said that despite the significant negative financial impacts from the long-term closures during 2020 and short reactive shutdowns in 2021 of Council’s leisure facilities, Council had still managed to deliver a substantial capital works program of more than $81 million.

“It is vital we maintain momentum in delivering capital projects that will help stimulate our local economy and support jobs growth to ensure our longer-term recovery,” she said.

“Equally as important is our continued investment in drainage, footpaths/cycle paths and local roads infrastructure to ensure the city’s critical networks continue to operate efficiently, while also continuing to fund the 120 services our community relies on,” she added.

“The significant achievements of the past year are highlighted throughout this report and we commend it as a record of the extent of what has been accomplished to ensure our city not only rebounds from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic but remains a well-connected and dynamic city - one that supports a vibrant, healthy and inclusive community,” Cr Spears said.

It is a requirement under the Local Government Act that all local government authorities prepare and submit an annual report to the Minister for Local Government each financial year.

Read the Annual Report 2020/21.

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