The next Special Council Meeting will be held in the Council Chamber, Braeside Avenue, Ringwood, on Wednesday 19 October 2016, commencing at 6:00pm and your presence is requested.
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Director Planning & Community
1. Formal Consideration of Annual Report 2015/16 4
DIRECTOR Planning & Community – Phil Turner
Formal Consideration of Annual Report 2015/16
To formally consider the Annual Report 2015/16 pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Act 1989 (the Act) and associated regulations.
The recommended decision is not a ‘Major Policy Decision’, as defined in section 93A of the Local Government Act 1989, or a ‘Significant Decision’ within the meaning of the Election Period (Caretaker) policy.
Strategic / policy issues
The following directions contained in Maroondah 2040: Our Future Together and the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 4: 2016-2017) provide the strategic framework that underpins the purpose of this report.
Outcome Area: A well governed and empowered community
Our Vision: In 2040, Maroondah will be an empowered community that is actively engaged in Council decision making through processes that consider the needs and aspirations of all ages and population groups. Council will provide strong and responsive leadership, ensuring transparency, while working with the community to advocate for and ‘champion’ local needs.
Key Directions 2013 – 2017:
8.1 Provide enhanced governance that is transparent, accessible, inclusive and accountable
8.2 Ensure responsible and sustainable management of Maroondah’s resources, assets, infrastructure and natural environment
Under Section 131 of the Act, Council is required to prepare and submit an Annual Report to the Minister for Local Government within three months of the end of each financial year. The 2015/16 Annual Report was submitted to the Minister on 22 September 2016. Receipt of the report was subsequently acknowledged by the Minister’s office and Local Government Victoria.
Section 134 of the Act also requires Council to hold a meeting to consider the report within one month of submission to the Minister. This meeting is required to be an open meeting and at least 14 days’ notice of the meeting must be given. Such notice was given in The Age newspaper on 22 September 2016 and the Maroondah Leader on 27 September 2016.
Issue / discussion
Council endorsed the Annual Report for submission to the Minister at its meeting held on 19 September 2016 and a copy of the report was subsequently forwarded on 20 September 2016.
The necessary statutory advertising has been undertaken and copies of the report have been made available from the Council Service Centres, Croydon and Realm Libraries, and Council’s website.
Key features of the Annual Report as required by section 131 of the Act, include the following matters:
· A report of Council’s operations during the financial year
· Audited financial statements for the financial year
· Performance Statement prepared under Section 132
· Report on the Performance Statement prepared under Section 133
· Inclusion of Council results relating to the Local Government Performance Reporting Framework for 2015/16
The report demonstrates Council’s ongoing commitment to the Maroondah community, highlighting a range of achievements including:
Maroondah’s new state of the art aquatic and leisure centre opened its doors to the community in August 2015. The $52.2 million centre features a 66.5 metre pool and 10 metre diving tower, a warm water pool, a dedicated learn to swim pool, large toddler and children’s leisure play pool, a large gym with three separate group fitness rooms, child care facilities and a café. It also has two indoor waterslides which can be used all year round, and dry diving facilities unique in Australia, which allow for more effective training routines, and provide divers, from beginner to elite, the ability to perfect their technique in a more controlled environment.
Realm, Council’s new library, cultural, knowledge and innovation centre commenced operations on 29 October 2015. The $24 million state-of-the-art facility incorporates a library with areas to engage children and young people; a comprehensive Council service centre; ArtSpace; the Centre for Regional Knowledge and Innovation; BizHub business resource centre and co-working space; a café; reading spaces; and a local history display.
Ringwood Town Square
Ringwood Town Square officially opened in October 2015 after many years of planning, negotiation and development work between Council, QIC and the Victorian Government. As the cornerstone of the new Eastland redevelopment, Ringwood Town Square provides access to Realm, Ringwood Station and bus interchange, and a range of restaurants and boutique retail stores. Council has worked in partnership with Eastland to deliver a range of community and civic activations in the Ringwood Town Square precinct, including markets, live music performances, festivals and civic events.
Upgrade of Ringwood Station and Bus Interchange
The Victorian Government’s $66 million upgrade of Ringwood Station and Bus Interchange was officially opened in February 2016 with a community celebration. The vibrant new station precinct helps to ensure that Ringwood is an easily accessible destination for regional business, commercial, retail, social and cultural activities. Throughout the project, Council successfully advocated for the implementation of good design principles and the inclusion of accessible infrastructure such as lifts, escalators, ramps and stairs.
Kevin Pratt Pavilion
The Kevin Pratt Pavilion at Mullum Mullum Reserve was officially re-opened in February 2016, following a $2.8 million dollar redevelopment and refurbishment. Two large multipurpose rooms have been added, enabling clubs to hold social functions and build their membership base. The rooms are also used by University of the Third Age Ringwood (U3A) for a range of activities. The new pavilion provides enhanced facilities for Norwood Sporting Club, which includes the Norwood Football and Cricket clubs as well as the Junior Football Club, Netball Club and Social Golf Club.
Parkwood and historic land swap
Refurbishment of the former Parkwood Secondary College was completed early in the 2015/16 financial year. During the financial year, Council also secured a land swap arrangement with the Victorian Government which will see Council take possession of approximately 35,000sqm of land, in two parcels, in exchange for an 8,000sqm piece of Council land adjacent to the Melba College which will go to assisting with the upgrade of the Melba College site. The first parcel of land which Council will take ownership of is approximately 15,000sqm at Parkwood, resulting in the cancellation of Council’s current lease agreement at Parkwood resulting in ongoing financial savings. The second parcel of land that will be given to Council is approximately 20,000sqm of the former Croydon South Primary School site. Council has advocated for some time to the Victorian Government to seek to have part of the former Croydon South Primary School site made available for community use.
Over the past two years, Council has developed a new housing strategy to establish future policy directions and guide future residential development. The process of developing this Strategy involved developing a holistic body of background research along with considerable engagement with the community and key stakeholders. The Strategy sets out a vision for housing in Maroondah, addresses issues facing the municipality and sets out key directions and priority actions to address these challenges.
Active & Healthy Ageing Initiative
Council launched the Active & Healthy Ageing Initiative in October 2015 as Council’s and the community’s blueprint for creating an age-friendly Maroondah. The initiative is a partnership between Council and the community to introduce age-friendly projects and services that support an active and healthy population. The aim is to maintain and increase wellbeing throughout life as we work towards becoming a more Age Friendly City. The Initiative has been endorsed by COTA Victoria and was developed following extensive community consultation and ongoing engagement.
Maroondah Children’s Plan 2015-2019
In August 2015, Council adopted the Maroondah Children’s Plan 2015-2019. The Plan builds on previous Early Years Plans and details how Council will work to enhance the lives of children aged 0 to 12 and their families living in the municipality.
Advocacy for Federal election
Council conducted a successful advocacy campaign in the lead up to the 2016 Federal election. Commencing in October 2015 key projects were identified and detailed information was provided to the major candidates in the three electorates, Casey, Deakin and Menzies. With the election of the Federal Coalition in July 2016, residents can look forward to more than $40 million in Federal funding towards significant roads, community and sporting projects in Maroondah.
Financial / economic issues
The cost of printing Council’s 2015/16 Annual Report is met within the current budget. A relatively small number of Annual Report copies will be printed on recycled stock to meet statutory, administrative and community needs. The Annual Report will also be made available on Council’s website for download.
A small print run of the Our Achievements 2015/16 document will enable circulation of this summary to relevant stakeholders, Council service centres and libraries. The cost of printing this supporting document is met within the current budget.
Environmental / amenity issues
Social / community issues
Pursuant to section 131 of the Act:
· Following the submission of the Annual Report to the Minister, Council must give public notice that the Annual Report has been prepared and can be inspected at the Council Offices.
· Section 134 of the Act also requires Council to hold a meeting to consider the report within one month of submission to the Minister. This meeting is required to be an open meeting and at least 14 days’ notice of the meeting must be given.
In accordance with the provisions of the Act, such public notice was published in The Age newspaper on 22 September 2016 and in the Maroondah Leader newspaper on 27 September.
Copies of the endorsed Annual Report were also made available for inspection at the Council Service Centres, Croydon and Realm Libraries and Council’s website.
No submissions were received.
The Annual Report 2015/16 confirms that Council has made significant advances towards achieving the community aspirations relating to community service delivery, environmental enhancement, economic development, infrastructure development and civic administration and leadership, in addition to its statutory requirements under section 131 of the Act.
Annual Report 2015/16
1. FORMALLY ENDORSES THE MAROONDAH CITY COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT 2015/16
2. NOTES THAT THE RELEVANT STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN MET