AT LAST Wednesday’s council meeting, Cr Don Hill enthused about the Quarterly Performance Report April to June 2014, declaring it was an example of “best practice” and “total transparency in governance”. He said it gave “a complete overview of what is going on” and was recommended reading for anyone who wanted to see how well the council was running.
The report shows that 66 of the 71 Annual Plan commitments were achieved, two are currently progressing on track and just three are behind the target.
Highlights of the April to June 2014 period include:
- The Toora and Poowong Outdoor Pools Master Plans were presented to and adopted by Council at the June meeting;
- The Aged and Disability Services team were approached by the Department of Health to lead a fully-funded Gippsland-wide healthy ageing program, ‘Eating for Independence,’ with a strong focus on nutritional needs for older people;
- Council hosted a well-attended professional development opportunity for early years teachers and educators on June 18;
- Council hosted an interagency training exercise with a scenario based on a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak;
- The Sustainability Festival was held on April 13, with 48 exhibitors and attended by over 2000 people. The Recycled Art Exhibition received 81 applications compared to six last year;
- The Yanakie Recreation Reserve Development Project and the Nyora Public Hall Upgrade grant applications were approved through the Putting Locals First program;
- A grant application was submitted for the Great Southern Rail Trail – Black Spur Development Stage 1;
- Councillor iPad rollout and Dashboard Software re-configuration implemented to reduce reliance on paper based agendas and briefings;
- Funding for the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route announced in May;
- Planning permit issued for ViPlus Dairy processing plant second stage development at Toora;
- The National Broadband Network commenced in South Gippsland, with switching on of fixed wireless towers to cover the towns of Fish Creek, Foster (surrounds), Toora, Agnes, Hazel Park, Hedley, Welshpool and Yanakie.
The report is accessible via the council website or by contacting Council on 5662 9200.