Progress report reveals council is tracking well

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Six priorities and actions that council committed to carrying out during this financial year from the Council Plan 2018–2022 Update 2019–2020 have been completed, with council ‘on track’ in its progress to deliver 111 more.

The Council Plan guides how resources are allocated to sustainably deliver infrastructure, services and programs to the community. The Council Plan Quarterly Report – March 2020 was endorsed last night and tracks the City’s progress against the plan’s 11 strategic priorities, four-year key priorities and one-year actions.

Out of the 130 priorities and actions reported on within the plan, the following items were completed by the end of March 2020:

  • implement a new approach for the Community Investment and Support Fund
  • continue to invest in programs and facilities to support gender equity in sport
  • trial a flexible parking solution for the CBD
  • update the Tourism Development Plan to identify new priority infrastructure projects
  • establish and fund the Community Events Grant Fund and
  • establish and support an organisational change management function.

A seventh item, ‘Construct a green organics facility’, was completed in a previous financial year.

Some of the achievements during the January to March quarter include:

  • adoption of the Social Housing Plan
  • endorsement of a scoping study confirming the need for a pool on the north Bellarine
  • opening of the new Stead Park skate park
  • endorsement to prepare a Sustainable Development Plan for Osborne House
  • adoption of the Shared Trails Masterplan
  • graduation of our first Community Leadership Program participants
  • completed the Gheringhap Street drain project
  • announced the new Youth Council and election of a new Junior Mayor and Deputy Mayor and
  • developed a Customer Experience Strategy.

Of the total 130 priorities and actions, only two are yet to start, and only 10 actions are not on track for their scheduled completion.

Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor

Council’s worked hard to complete seven items and deliver some real achievements, including investing in programs and facilities that support women’s participation in sport and adopting the Shared Trails Masterplan.

We’ve also endorsed a scoping study confirming the need for a pool on the north Bellarine, with two potential locations identified in Drysdale. This was a key step in facilitating the delivery of a 50-metre pool funded with $10 million from the federal government.

These are really exciting outcomes that the community will benefit greatly from.

Councillor Kylie Grzybek - Deputy Mayor 

This report is a good measure to track council’s progress and keep the team accountable. I’m pleased to see there are many achievements and items completed.

There is more work to be done but we’re committed to tackling the areas that are falling behind. I hope we don’t see too much of an impact on the next report as a result of the pandemic.

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