ANNUAL REPORT

2018

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Our Mayor

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be elected representative of this diverse municipality and Council’s aim is to make Cardinia Shire the best possible place to live, work, raise a family and do business”

Mayor Introduction

As Mayor of Cardinia Shire Council for 2017-18, I’m pleased to present our Annual Report.

My fellow councillors and I have worked with each other, the community and Council staff to support positive change and deliver much-needed services and facilities across the shire.

Council is committed to providing leadership, including community engagement with stakeholders, to ensure the long-term sustainability of our communities and townships.

We‘re mindful of the social, environmental and economic impacts of our decisions and we aim to ensure present and future generations will benefit.

We continued our strong focus on advocacy - receiving more than 6 million dollars of funding assistance to help Council deliver projects throughout our Community.

We practice transparent governance, and this year we trialled live webcasting our Council Meetings as well as continued our Youth Council program, which gives young residents the opportunity to learn and work together with Council.

We’ve delivered a number of major projects and community facilities:

  • Bridgewood Primary School and Integrated Child and Family Centre
  • The IYU Recreation reserve pavilion and
  • The redevelopment of Pakenham Kindergarten

And commenced works on other projects:

  • Deep Creek Reserve
  • Lang Lang Recreation Reserve
  • James Bathe Recreation Reserve
  • The new Hills Hub
  • The redevelopment of Cardinia Cultural Centre

We also introduced some important strategies:

  • Our Liveability Plan
  • Our Child, Youth and Family Strategy
  • A new Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy
  • Our Sustainable Environment Policy
On behalf of Council, I look forward to continuing our work in the years ahead, and I hope you enjoy this year’s Annual Report.

Cr Collin Ross, Mayor 2017–18

CEO Introduction

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“We have worked steadily and with exceptional dedication to deliver a range of services and projects, develop and adopt new plans and policies, and build, upgrade and renew important infrastructure for the benefit of Cardinia Shire.”

CEO Report

Throughout the past 12 months, our organisation has worked steadily and with exceptional dedication to deliver a range of services and projects, develop and adopt new plans and policies, and build, upgrade and renew important infrastructure for the benefit of Cardinia Shire.

With almost 400 staff working collaboratively to achieve our shared organisational goals for the benefit of the community, investing in our people is paramount to success. We make a conscious effort to develop a skilled and professional workforce that continually strives to go from good, to great, to excellent. I am proud of Council’s achievements in delivering professional, personal, and cultural development opportunities.

Delivering major projects

Council completed and progressed a number of major projects this year, delivering quality facilities to serve our growing community into the future.

Highlights include:
  • Bridgewood Primary School and integrated Child and Family Centre: This ground-breaking precinct development opened this year, allowing students to transition from an integrated early learning and development environment to formal education in the primary school, also providing a Maternal and Child Care Health service and parenting support programs
  • Pakenham motorsport Precinct: A world-class motor sport precinct is being developed on a specially zoned 64-hectare parcel of land, which will include a race track and associated infrastructure, driver training and education programs, plus an events and exhibition space
  • Deep Creek Reserve: Work progressed steadily at the 48-hectare greenfield development, which will be a place of environmental and recreational significance, and will include the shire’s first regional all abilities playground
  • Lang Lang Community and Recreation Precinct: Works are well underway to deliver a major recreation and community precinct, which will include sporting facilities, multipurpose community spaces, parks and other open spaces for recreational activities
  • Hill’s Hub: Work began on a reinvigorated Hill’s Hub to bring a range of existing community services and organisations under one roof and provide additional multipurpose spaces for the community, providing greater access to community activities.

Advocating for regional investment

It is crucial that Council continues to advocate for and work in partnership with other organisations and levels of government to attract investment into the region and provide the services, facilities and economic benefits needed for our growing population.

Examples include:
  • Melbourne’s third airport: Council, together with the South East Melbourne Group of Councils, has advocated for a third airport to be built in the south-east region for a number of years. We believe an airport in the region will drive growth and provide new jobs in transport, logistics, tourism and agriculture, becoming a major economic and employment driver for our local communities. We are continuing to advocate to the Victorian Government to ensure an appropriate location for the airport
  • Team 11: Council has supported south-east Melbourne's bid to bring an A-League and W-League soccer club to the region. The club would become the region’s first professional sporting club to both train and play in the area, working alongside over 100 local clubs and providing a pathway to professionalism for local players. Team 11 is a great way to unite the more than 160 nations represented in the community through a shared love of soccer.

Achieving organisation excellence

Cardinia Shire Council continues to be recognised for excellence in people management, maintaining Gold Accreditation against the global Investors in People standards. Our accreditation is international recognition of Council as an employer of choice and a high-performing workplace committed to excellence.

Council was recognised with the following awards and designations in 2017—18:
  • Cardinia Shire designated as an International Safe Community through the World Health Organisation
  • 2017 Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Award winner for the Youth Services’ film Marcus
  • 2018 Australian Government National Awards category winner in Prevention and Community Safety for Together We Can
  • 2018 Gold Medal winner in the Municipal Association of Victoria’s Local Government Innovation Awards for Together We Can
  • 2018 Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Award from Municipal Association of Victoria for Excellence and Innovation in Records Management
  • 2018 Playspace Development Award for a project under $500,000 from the Regional Awards of Excellence, Parks and Leisure Australia, Victoria and Tasmania Region for PB Ronald Reserve in Pakenham
  • 2018 finalist in the LGPro Outstanding Program or Project for Aged and Disability Services
  • 2018 finalist in the LGPro Excellence Awards under Service Delivery Initiative for our Facilities Maintenance and Management Services contract collaboration with Yarra Ranges and City of Dandenong Councils.
In addition to the two awards mentioned here, Cardinia Shire’s collective impact initiative Together We Can contributed significantly to a reduction in family violence in our shire. In the year April 2017 to March 2018, the Crime Statistics Agency reported a 23.7 per cent decrease in the rate of serious family violence incidents in Cardinia Shire.

In more personal news, I announced my upcoming retirement from the workforce and as CEO of Cardinia Shire Council, effective from October 2018. I’ve enjoyed a rewarding 11 years as CEO, working with staff that have continued to be passionate, committed, flexible and agile throughout a time when the shire has experienced incredible growth. This has positioned Cardinia as one of the most successful Councils in Victoria and one that is well placed to take on the challenges of the future under new leadership.

It has been a privilege to lead an organisation of individuals who embrace and live the corporate values of Cardinia Shire Council. I am confident the next CEO will successfully lead the organisation towards even greater achievements and new levels of excellence.

Garry McQuillan - Chief Executive Officer

About Us

Your Councillors

Organisation structure

Cardinia Shire Council organisation structure at 30 June 2018

Garry McQuillan – Chief Executive Officer

Garry has a long history in local government in Victoria and NSW and has held the position of CEO at Cardinia Shire Council for over 10 years. He is a member of the Interface and South East Metropolitan group of councils.

Also a member of the Foodprint Melbourne Stakeholder Advisory Group, Garry advocates for the interests of Cardinia Shire as a significant area of food production on Melbourne’s fringe and Australia’s ‘asparagus capital’. In his role as CEO, he actively promotes agriculture in the region and works to increase access to recycled water for the region’s farmers.

Garry is passionate about supporting our growing community and has been influential in promoting healthy living for Cardinia’s residents. In particular, he has helped foster a new partnership between Council and Sustain Australian Food Network, which aims to create a fair and sustainable food system and reduce the obesity rates in Cardinia Shire by 30 per cent over the next 10 years.

In his support of the Together We Can initiative and White Ribbon campaign, Garry is a strong advocate for promoting awareness and support services for preventing and ending family violence. In addition, he encouraged and supported his staff to achieve recognition as a White Ribbon accredited workplace in 2016.

He believes in supporting all Council staff to reach their potential and seeks to position Cardinia Shire Council as an innovative, progressive and responsive organisation that meets the demands of a rapidly growing community. In 2017, Garry proudly received the Investors in People Gold Accreditation on behalf of Cardinia Shire Council for its commitment to high performance through good people management.

Michael Ellis – General Manager Assets and Services

With more than 38 years’ of knowledge and experience in both local government and the private sector, Mike joined Cardinia Shire Council in March 2000. He has management and engineering qualifications, and is a member of LGPro and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia.

A major priority for Mike is delivering a significant capital works program while maintaining and renewing the shire’s existing assets to ensure long-term sustainability. With a focus on empowering his staff, he leads his teams to achieve timely delivery of new assets and infrastructure, enabling the provision of facilities and services that meet the demands of our rapidly growing community.

Business unit areas

  • Engineering services and capital works
  • Environment and heritage
  • Operations
  • Parks and gardens
  • Public buildings
  • Roads and drainage
  • Waste management


Derek Madden – General Manager Corporate Services

Derek joined Cardinia Shire Council in 2010, with 10 years’ experience in two other Victorian local government organisations. Prior to joining local government Derek gained extensive international experience in the IT and Funds Management sectors, specifically focusing on business improvement and financial management. A qualified accountant, Derek also holds post graduate qualifications in Organisational Dynamics (MSC), Business Administration (MBA), and recently completed studies in developing digital strategies for business – leading the next generation enterprise through Columbia University New York.

As General Manager Corporate Services, Derek brings his broad academic and working experience to help focus the organisation on the need to better manage resources to deliver systems and services that best meet the needs of our community. During his time at Cardinia Shire Council significant Victorian and Australian government recognition has been achieved in area of digital transformation and this has allowed the organisation to continue to better match the needs of the community with its ability to deliver.

Business unit areas

  • Communications
  • Support to the Mayor and councillors
  • Service planning and improvement
  • Customer service
  • Financial service
  • Governance
  • Information management/records management
  • Information technology
  • Insurance
  • Rates
  • Property services


Jenny Scicluna – General Manager Community Wellbeing

Having worked in the local government sector for 17 years, Jenny led a broad range of community services in the eastern and northern regions of Melbourne before joining Cardinia Shire Council in February 2015.

Jenny’s foundation qualifications are in the education sector and she is particularly interested in organisational leadership, change management and cultural development. She has recently completed a Masters in Human Resources Management at Deakin University.

Passionate about supporting the health and wellbeing of Cardinia Shire’s residents, Jenny is proud to lead accomplished teams that work on the frontline in our community.

Business unit areas

  • Arts and culture
  • Cardinia Cultural Centre
  • Cardinia Life
  • Child, family and youth services
  • Community development
  • Community grants
  • Social inclusion
  • Emergency management
  • Libraries
  • Maternal and child health
  • Ageing well
  • Community engagement
  • Active and passive reserves
  • Social and community planning


Andrew Paxton – General Manager Planning and Development

Andrew joined Cardinia Shire Council in 2016, holding qualifications in Landscape Architecture and a Master’s in Business, also bringing with him experience from other councils and Victorian government in planning, building, health, local laws, design, park management and sustainability.

Andrew is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), LGPro and the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA).

As the General Manager Planning and Development, Andrew is focussed on ensuring planning and systems are in place to support the timely delivery of services that consider and prepare for meeting the needs of our community and future generations.

Business unit areas

  • Building
  • Compliance services
  • Economic development and tourism
  • Planning enforcement
  • Statutory planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Growth area planning


Waudi Tahche – General Manager People and Culture

Waudi joined Cardinia Shire Council in September 2015, bringing with him more than 20 years of Human Resources experience in the private sector and across diverse industries. Waudi is a Certified Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI) member, LGPro member, and has completed a Bachelor of Business.

With a passion for improving the performance of people and organisations, Waudi leads his team in supporting Council to develop and evolve. Waudi’s major focus is on cultivating a positive organisational culture through leadership development, people programs, policies, and the employment of the Activity Based Working model.

Business unit areas

  • Human resources
  • Learning and organisational development
  • Payroll


Fast Facts

2017/18 Fast Facts

Your rates at work

Our Area

  • Located 55 kilometres south-east of Melbourne
  • One of 10 ‘interface councils’ around the perimeter of metro Melbourne
  • 10 per cent main growth area Beaconsfield, Officer and Pakenham
  • Large rural population in 27 townships
  • Cardinia Shire covers an area of 1,280km²
  • Cardinia Shire is one of the fastest growing local government areas in Victoria.
  • An average of five families move into Cardinia Shire every day – 36 per week.
  • Estimated population 109,043 *2018
  • Population increase 56,000 over the next 10 years
  • The median age of residents is 35
  • The largest percentage of the population are ‘parents and homebuilders’ aged 35–49 (21%), followed by young people aged 12–24 (17%) and our ‘young workforce’ aged 25—34 (14.6%).
  • Growth areas within Cardinia Shire have a much higher proportion of young children aged 14 years and under compared with Greater Melbourne.

Households and housing

  • Households: 37,684
  • 38% are couples with children
  • Couples without children (approximately 23%)
  • One-parent families (13%)
  • Lone households (19%)
  • 18 per cent own their dwelling
  • 47 per cent have a mortgage
  • 28 per cent are renting

Industry and economy

  • Ninety-four per cent is employed
  • 64 per cent work full time and 34 per cent work part time
  • The top four industries of employment among Cardinia Shire residents are construction (12.6%), retail (12.4%), health care and social assistance (11.8%), and manufacturing (10.6%)
  • Technician and trade work are the dominant occupations in the shire

Major Projects

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Deep Creek Reserve

End of Cameron Way, Pakenham

DescriptionAll-abilities play space, wetlands and a sustainably-designed community and education centre, nursery, passive reserves, car parking and access roads.
UpdateTenders have been awarded and works have commenced for the following stages of this development:
  • Construction of the building and services
  • Construction of the regional all-abilities playspace
  • Civil works package for the car park and associated drainage
  • Construction of new holes at Pakenham Golf Course
The works associated with landscaping have also been awarded and will be undertaken following completion of the civil works. The majority of these works are expected to be complete by mid-2019.

Melbourne Water have recently confirmed funding to construct the large wetlands area at the southern end of the reserve.
StartMarch 2017
EndMid-2021
Cost$10.325 million

Lang Lang Community and Recreation Precinct

Bordered by Soldiers Road to the east and Caldermeade Road to the north.

DescriptionMajor sport and recreation reserve including passive recreation areas.
UpdateStage 1 of the project includes the construction of two football ovals, four netball courts, car parking, access roads, wetland and stormwater re-use system, oval irrigation and facility sports lighting. Stage 1 works have been completed in preparation for the building of a pavilion and establishment of grass on the ovals.

An architect has been appointed through our tendering process for the design of the pavilion and is completing stakeholder engagement. This will ensure the design of the pavilion best suits the user groups and wider community.
StartMarch 2017
EndMid-2020
Cost$10 million

James Bathe Recreation Reserve

67 Caversham Drive, Pakenham

DescriptionDistrict-level sport and recreation reserve adjacent to the Melbourne Water wetlands.
UpdateThe initial civil works package includes the construction of two football ovals, two netball courts, car parking, access roads, a basketball court, cricket nets and a playground area. These works have been awarded and are under way.

Design for the building works is complete, with construction to follow the completion of the civil components. The construction contract is in the tender process, with appointment of a builder to occur in August and works to commence later in 2018.
StartSeptember 2016
EndMid-2022
Cost$10.3 million

Eastern Dandenong Ranges Rail Trail

Starts at Kilvington Drive, Emerald or McBride Street, Cockatoo.

DescriptionDetailed design and construction of a 6.5km extension of the Emerald–Cockatoo trail through to Gembrook.
UpdateConstruction of a 6.5km multi-use trail from Cockatoo to Gembrook, consisting of both concrete and gravel path construction. The project was awarded to a contractor and works commenced in August 2017. The majority of works along the path have been completed with a short section around the Cockatoo School recently completed following service relocations. The community have enjoyed use of the completed sections of the trail and an official opening is planned.
StartFebruary 2017
EndApril 2018
Cost$2.5 million

Hills Hub

400A Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald.

DescriptionNew community hub to enhance existing community activities and emerging local needs, including skill development, training, employment creation, support of youth programs, and support for tourism. It will include a purpose-built community space and an arts display space. The Hills Hub will accommodate stakeholders such as Lions Club, U3A, Men’s Shed, Emerald Toy Library, Emerald Playgroup and other community groups.
UpdateThe Hills Hub project has been in development since late 2014. An advisory group of stakeholders across a wide range of community organisations was established for inclusion in the detailed design phase. Council has undertaken extensive consultation and negotiations to design a multipurpose facility.

A construction contractor was awarded the tender for the building works and has a completion target of June 2019.
StartMarch 2018
EndConstruction is due to be complete by June 2019
Cost$8.13 million

Emerald Netball Facility

DescriptionA new Emerald Netball Facility and the associated infrastructure at Pepi’s Land.

The works will be undertaken in the following three stages:
  • Stage 1b – Internal works including carpark, retaining walls, site services, stormwater drainage, netball courts, lighting and building platform for future pavilion.
  • Stage 1a – External works including road widening of Beaconsfield–Emerald Road, adjacent to the site.
  • Stage 2 – Construction of the pavilion.
UpdateWorks are progressing well and nearing completion for Stage 1b. The courts are now complete, with lights and coach boxes still to be installed. Line marking and fencing will be completed following this. Outfall drainage is under construction.

VicRoads has approved the design of Stage 1a. The construction contract is being prepared.

Detailed design of the pavilion is continuing with input from stakeholders. The construction contract is due to be tendered later in 2018, dependent on feedback received from stakeholders.
StartJuly 2017
EndJune 2020
Cost$3.2 million

Emerald Lake Park dam wall reinstatement

Emerald Lake Rd, Emerald VIC 3782

DescriptionReplacement of outfall drainage pipe and reconstruction of Emerald Lake Park Road dam wall.
UpdateA leak was identified in the Emerald Lake Park outfall drain in March, with expert dam and hydraulic engineers providing advice. Road closure, a response program and an inspection regime were put in place immediately.

The outfall drain has been replaced and the dam wall reconstructed. Final road pavement works and downstream batter protection have been put on hold until the spring/summer months.
StartMarch 2018
EndNov 2018
Cost$650,000

Road pavement renewal program

  • Hall Road, Pakenham South
  • Seven Mile Road, Nar Nar Goon
  • Manks Road, Dalmore
DescriptionThe 2017–18 road pavement renewal and rehabilitation program involved the complete rehabilitation of a number of roads across the municipality.
UpdateReconstruction works associated with the deterioration of pavements at:
  • Hall Road, Pakenham South
  • Seven Mile Road, Nar Nar Goon
  • Manks Road, Dalmore
Works included the removal and/or stabilisation of existing pavement and an improved pavement make-up. All of the removed material was recycled locally. The works addressed the continual maintenance and repair costs associated with these roads, increasing time efficiency for Council’s Road Maintenance Team and improving the overall safety, ‘ride-ability’ and appearance of the roads.
StartJuly 2017
EndJune 2018
Cost$2.12 million

Unsealed Road Re-sheeting Program

DescriptionReplenish the crushed rock material on selected unsealed roads across the municipality under the 2017–18 unsealed road re-sheeting program.
UpdateApproximately 46 kilometres of unsealed roads were replenished with new crushed rock material to replace materials diminished due to inclement weather conditions and general wear and tear.
StartSeptember 2017
EndApril 2018
Cost$960,000

Our People

Achievements

  • Cardinia Shire’s new Liveability Plan 2017–21 adopted, underpinned by a collective impact approach
  • Child and Family Strategy 2017–21 adopted, reinforcing our shire as a UNICEF ‘Child Friendly City’
  • Together We Can engaged with over 14,000 people contributing to a 23.7 per cent decrease in family violence
  • Inaugural Community Emergency Resilience Forum hosted

A Liveability Plan for Cardinia Shire

Council adopted Cardinia Shire’s new Liveability Plan 2017–29 in September 2017. It is our municipal public health and wellbeing plan, which outlines the health and social priorities for Cardinia Shire residents.

The plan contains seven long-terms goals:
  • Improved mental health and wellbeing
  • Improved social cohesion
  • Improved safety
  • Reduced family violence
  • Reduced obesity
  • Reduced financial vulnerability
  • Reduced harm from tobacco, alcohol, drugs and gambling
The plan is underpinned by a collective impact approach, where 20 partner organisations support the implementation and ongoing monitoring of the plan.

Council hosted two Community Summits during October 2017 to encourage community groups, volunteers and individuals to connect and develop new programs aligned to the seven priority areas identified in the Liveability Plan 2017-2029. Around 110 people attended these summits and 23 community projects were identified for action.

Council held its inaugural Food Forum in November 2017 as part of the Cardinia Food Circles collective impact initiative. The aim of the initiative is to create a healthy, sustainable, delicious and fair food system for all Cardinia Shire residents. Following the Food Forum, a community engagement process was conducted through ‘Kitchen Table Talks’ to inform the development of Cardinia Shire’s food system strategy.

Facilities for a growing shire

Every year, we develop new community facilities and refurbish or upgrade our existing facilities to meet the needs of Cardinia Shire.

Our growing population creates a demand for new children’s centres, community centres, public amenities and sporting facilities. Major capital works projects we completed in 2017–18 include Bridgewood Primary School and Integrated Child and Family Centre, the IYU Recreation reserve pavilion and the redevelopment of Pakenham Kindergarten. We also made great progress on other projects including Deep Creek Reserve, Lang Lang Recreation Reserve, James Bathe Recreation Reserve, the new Hills Hub, and the redevelopment of Cardinia Cultural Centre.

In addition to building new community facilities, we also invested $560,000 to improve the condition of existing public buildings and spaces across Cardinia Shire. These works include building extensions as well as upgrades and refurbishments, such as outdoor spaces, kitchens, painting and car parking. Minor capital works projects we completed in 2017–18 include resurfacing the floor at Pakenham Hall, upgrading the air conditioning at Nar Nar Goon Preschool, plastering and fencing works at the Flower Street senior housing units, replacement decking at Beaconsfield Kindergarten and Lilypond House Community Centre, asbestos removal at multiple sites, plus a range of other works.

Services for families and young people

Council adopted its Child and Family Strategy 2017–21 in August 2017. The strategy incorporates five focus areas for local children, young people and their families to be safe, be healthy and happy, be connected, realise their potential and achieve economic wellbeing. The strategy aligns with the current Council Plan and Liveability Plan and reinforces Council’s commitment to Cardinia Shire being a ‘Child Friendly City’, which is recognised worldwide by UNICEF.

In 2017–18 mental health services were increased across Council facilities and the National Disability Agency delivered outreach in our Integrated Child and Family Centres. As part of the integrated service provision model, Maternal and Child Health services were provided at the new Bridgewood Primary School and Integrated Child and Family Centre, including the provision of a smalltalk supported playgroup. Council’s Maternal and Child Health service also ran support groups for first time parents; facilitated Wonderfun, Mothergoose and Wondermums groups to provide parental guidance; and established a working group to promote further inclusiveness in the service.

The Cardinia Youth Support Program supported Over overmore than 100 young people during 2017–18. Council’s Youth Services delivered a range of in-school, after-school and school holiday activities and programs, assisting young people to develop life-skills. The Youth and Family Outreach Program, delivered by Windermere, was also extended this year after the a successful pilot project for youth mental health. Council’s Youth Services also hosted the Good Choice Awards to recognise young people making good life choices, a Pride Formal to support LGBTIQ+ young people and their friends, and the annual Battle of the Bands event.

Together We Can gathers momentum

Cardinia Shire’s collective impact initiative Together We Can is a whole of community approach to tackling the complex social problem of family violence. The program is delivered through a partnership between Family Life, Cardinia Shire Council, and the shire’s residents, workplaces, community services, other government agencies, clubs, groups, media, schools, churches, philanthropists and health services.

The Crime Statistics Agency reported a 23.7 per cent decrease in the rate of serious family violence incidents in Cardinia Shire from April 2017 to March 2018, which is an impressive achievement for Together We Can. The initiative was recognised for its work with two awards in 2017–18. Together We Can was the 2018 category winner for Prevention and Community Safety in the National Awards for Local Government and the gold medal winner in the Municipal Association of Victoria’s National Local Government Innovation Awards.

Together We Can delivered nine community solutions in 2017–18, engaging directly with over 14,000 people to help stop, prevent and end family violence in Cardinia Shire. In July Council partnered with Outlook to host a White Ribbon morning tea that focused on the increased vulnerability of women with a disability. In August Together We Can held a Community Leadership Summit to educate community leaders about their role in the prevention of family violence. In November we supported the White Ribbon Walk Against Violence with a community event that attracted around 150 hundred people.

Emergency planning for safer communities

Cardinia Shire has a long history of flooding and bushfires that have resulted in property loss and damage, stock loss and even loss of life. Emergency planning and management is a critical area in building safer communities because it helps communities to prepare for safety risks and emergency events. In 2017–18, Council undertook prescribed burns to reduce fire hazard for the first time in many years as part of its 10-year prescribed burning plan.

Council also hosted a Community Emergency Resilience Forum in May 2018 for local residents and community groups. Over 80 people attended the forum, which focussed on promoting resilience building and community preparation for emergencies. Community emergency resilience is a community’s ability to use the resources at their disposal to respond to, withstand, and recover from emergencies. It benefits the whole community and is strengthened by identifying and training community leaders to support their communities. Attendees of the forum learnt about resilience issues facing communities in the shire, discussed local initiatives that build resilience to emergencies, and planned new initiatives to improve community resilience to emergencies.

Our Community

Achievements

  • Disability, Access and Inclusion Policy 2017–21 adopted and nine actions in the Disability, Access and Inclusion Action Plan 2017–21 completed
  • Cardinia Shire designated as an International Safe Community through the World Health Organisation
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Advisory Committee established to help inform new policies and services
  • The inaugural Cardinia Community Leadership Program had 16 graduates, with a further 20 people accepted into the 2018 program

Fostering diverse communities

Council is committed to ensuring all residents feel valued, included, respected and able to access the range of services, programs and facilities offered by it. In 2017–18 Cardinia Shire was designated an International Safe Community through the World Health Organisation’s accreditation process. Only a small number of municipalities across Australia have achieved this designation, and upon designation Cardinia Shire would be the third International Safe Community in Metropolitan Melbourne and the fourth in Victoria.

Council also established its first Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Advisory Committee to strengthen community partnerships, provide a voice for the shire’s recently arrived residents from culturally diverse backgrounds and to help inform new policies, plans and services. Council hosted or supported a number of community events to promote cultural diversity including Harmony Day, World Refugee Day, a South Sudanese community celebration, and an interactive panel for staff with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders. In June 2018, Council also became an official supporter of the ‘Racism. It stops with me’ campaign through the Australian Human Rights Commission.

In May 2018, Council hosted a special raising of the pride flag at the Civic Centre to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). The event invited the community to demonstrate support for the LGBTI+ community and help foster an inclusive community where all residents feel safe. In addition, Council’s Youth Services hosted a Pride Formal to support LGBTIQ+ young people and their friends, and also continues to facilitate a ‘Be Ur Self’ LGBTI+ group and a ‘Transmixer’ group for young transgender people.

Council’s Maternal and Child Health service continued to foster connected communities by offering a Mothergoose group for families of CALD background to support language development and social connections. The service also employs family support workers from CALD backgrounds to support engagement of CALD families within the Maternal and Child Health service.

Ensuring accessibility and inclusion for all

In accordance with Section 38 of the Disability Act 2006, Council is required to prepare a Disability Action Plan, and in compliance with the Disability Amendment Act 2012, is required to report on the implementation of the action plan in its annual report. Council’s Disability, Access and Inclusion Action Plan 2017–21 aims to ensure all people in the community have equal access to services, facilities and resources. It provides a strategic framework to guide future planning, decision making and resource allocation for Council, the Cardinia Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee, and the community.

Council has already completed nine of the 30 actions in the plan. These include:
  • Deliver YouMeUs disability awareness training to Aligned Leisure staff
  • Assist the community’s transition to the NDIS by providing resources and information to people with a disability, their families and carers in the lead up to Cardinia Shire’s 1 September 2018 NDIS roll out
  • Develop marketing and communication strategies to inform the community about the operation of the NDIS
  • Ensure residents of Council’s ten community housing properties (seniors and people with a disability) have information about My Aged Care should they require community home support services or access to NDIS services
  • Work with Red Cross and local disability and support agencies to identify vulnerable people and facilitate the development of personal emergency management plans
  • Develop a plan for emergency evacuation at the Civic Centre that makes specific provision for staff and visitors with mobility limitations
  • Develop a life skills program for children at Officer Specialist School, delivered by Council’s Youth Services, to increase the participation of young people with disabilities in mainstream programs and services
  • Continue to deliver infrastructure for Early Childhood Intervention Services, while supporting external providers to deliver services for children with a diagnosed development delay
  • Positively profile disability and employment in Grow magazine (a Casey Cardinia business publication)
In 2017–18 Council also delivered an Access and Inclusion Upgrade Program to improve the accessibility of a number of Council facilities.

Communicating with our community

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Website usage 2017–18

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Council’s Customer Service team aims to provide end-to-end service when responding to customer requests for information, products or services that are received via telephone, fax, email, mail, and in person. We also have an after-hours service, which operates 5pm–8.30am, Monday to Friday, as well as on weekends and public holidays.

Council continued to produce and deliver its quarterly resident magazine, Connect, to all residents and businesses in the shire. The print magazine is delivered to over 43,000 letterboxes and digital versions are available on our website in standard, large print and audio formats. In 2017–18 we brought management of the publication process in house, achieving both cost savings and greater control over timeframes and design decisions. Our ongoing improvements have resulted in a more relevant and engaging magazine for residents.

With many Cardinia Shire residents experiencing long commutes to work or busy raising families, Council is committed to ensuring they can interact with us at times that suit them. Our website makes it easy for our residents to find information and transact with us online. The site’s online forms and payment options enable residents to do the vast majority of their business with us online if they choose. Our website is compliant with international WCAG2 AA standards for accessibility and can be used with assistive technologies such as screen readers and can be read in other languages via Google Translate. Our content is also written in plain English so it is easy for people of all literacy levels to understand.

Facebook continued to be our most successful platform with the highest level of engagement with our community. Private messaging has become an additional Customer Service channel and Facebook advertising has continued to be a cost-effective and high-impact promotional platform.

In 2017 we started broadcasting live video posts on our Facebook page, which generated high page engagement and video views. In 2018 we trialled live webcasting Council meetings via our YouTube channel, CardiniaTV, and then cross promoted this on Facebook and Twitter. At 30 June 2018, Council had 6,919 likes on Facebook, 4,333 followers on Twitter, 1,529 LinkedIn followers and 88 subscribers on our YouTube channel. Our YouTube videos had 8,667 views in the financial year.

Developing community leaders

Council recognises the significant contributions made by our community’s local leaders, mentors, engaged citizens, passionate community groups, and committed volunteers. These people play an integral role in supporting our community to be diverse, to grow, to change, and to be active.

The Cardinia Community Leadership Program is the result of a partnership between Cardinia Shire Council and Leadership Victoria. The program aims to develop the leadership skills of participants and empower them as community leaders. This will enable them to enact positive change in their communities and inspire others to do the same. The program helps participants take collaborative action on local projects, issues and community building initiatives in a way that supports diversity and inclusion.

In November 2017, 16 people graduated from the inaugural Cardinia Community Leadership Program. In May 2018, a further 20 people were accepted into the 2018 program. Council is confident all participants will be enabled to increase their participation in community activities, groups, projects, volunteering, advocacy and on community advisory committees.

Appreciating our volunteers

Council acknowledged and thanked the shire’s many volunteers at its annual volunteer reception In May 2018. The event recognised the work of hundreds of volunteers across 560 organisations in our shire and announced the recipient of the Stan Henwood Award. On the evening, Council recognised hundreds of volunteers for the generous contributions they make in our shire – whether that be in arts and culture groups, youth and children's organisations, sporting and recreation groups or as providers of aged care and disability services, education and training, or emergency services.

On the night, Eric Bumpstead was announced the 2018 Stan Henwood Award winner for his lifelong contributions to the local community. The award, now in its 14th year, recognises lifetime achievements in community service and volunteering. Eric has been a member of the Upper Beaconsfield Fire Brigade since 1957, serving as Captain for 24 years. He is an inspiring leader who has spent 61 years of his life protecting the community against the threat of fire, during which time he led the way for women to enter the brigade as active members in the 1980s.

Our Environment

Achievements

  • Sustainable Environment Policy 2018–28 adopted, ensuring a holistic approach to biodiversity, climate change, waste and water
  • The shire’s 1,000th solar system installed at Emerald Library as part of our Aspirational Energy Transition Plan 2014–24
  • Cardinia Shire Council’s Civic Centre achieved a five star Green Star Rating (office as built v3) from the Green Building Council of Australia
  • Continued increases in resource recovery in our green waste and hard waste contract, now up to 31 per cent

Protecting our environment

Council’s commitment to protecting and enhancing the natural environment was further demonstrated in 2017–18. Council adopted the Sustainable Environment Policy 2018–28 in June 2018, which provides a framework to ensure a consistent and holistic approach in the areas of biodiversity, climate change, waste and water. It identifies the challenges facing the municipality in these areas, outlines the plans and strategies already in place, and indicates further work required to address our challenges.

Also in June, Council consulted the community on two environmental strategies. One of these was the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, which is being developed to guide long-term strategic direction and efforts to preserve the natural habitats and wide variety of plant and animal life within the shire. It identifies key opportunities for Council to work in partnership with the community. The other was the current Pest Plant Management Strategy, which is being reviewed and updated to reduce weed infestations across the shire. The review included a detailed consultation process with the community, internal council stakeholders and Victorian government departments and authorities.

Council is also developing a Significant Tree Register to protect trees believed to be significant in Cardinia Shire. These trees will be professionally assessed and placed on a list of recommendations, which will then be sent to the Victorian Government as a planning scheme amendment. In other initiatives, we delivered the second year of the Peri Urban Weed Partnership Project, planted approximately 500 trees, shrubs and grasses at Pepi’s land in collaboration with Johns Hill Landcare, held a ‘Trees For Weeds’ event in conjunction with Friends of Emerald Lake Park, and hosted the annual environmental friends groups’ end-of-year celebration to thank the volunteers who help conserve our bushland reserves.

Improving sustainability

Council continued to implement the actions in our Aspirational Energy Transition Plan, which aims to achieve zero net emissions for Council operations by 2024. Actions under this plan include provision of sustainable measures to community facilities such as solar panels, water tanks, and energy efficient lighting. In 2017–18. We celebrated the shire’s 1000th solar system installation at Emerald Library.

Other actions we completed include:

  • Installation of a 84kW solar PV system (312 solar panels) at Pakenham Library, Hall and U3A
  • Installation of a 23kW solar PV system (76 solar panels) at Emerald Library
  • Installation of a 7kW solar PV system (25 solar panels) at Gembrook Preschool
  • Supported installation of a 5kW solar PV system (17 panels) at Koo Wee Rup Senior Citizens through a community capital works grant
  • Supported installation of a 5kW solar PV system (17 panels) at Cockatoo Kindergarten through a community capital works grant
  • LED lighting upgrades at Pakenham Library, Hall and U3A and Koo Wee Rup Outdoor Pool
  • Upgraded the Building Management System at Cardinia Life for monitoring water use.
Cardinia Shire Council’s Civic Centre in Officer achieved a five star Green Star Rating (office as built v3) from the Green Building Council of Australia, the national authority on sustainable buildings, communities and cities. The Civic Centre’s design and construction is a prime example of forward planning and strikes a balance between sustainability and cost efficiency. We are also working on updating our Environmentally Sustainable Design tool, which specifies sustainable design requirements for Council buildings, and are developing a sustainable building design and operation policy for Council buildings. These items provide financial and environmental benefits for Council and the local community.

In other initiatives, we delivered residential energy assessments to 22 householders in partnership with the South East Councils’ Climate Change Alliance, implemented a trial Solar Savers Program to enable eligible pensioner households to install solar systems with no upfront costs, and published five editions of our Down to Earth environmental eNewsletter for our community.

Managing our waste and recycling

In 2017–18 Council continued to achieve increases in resource recovery in our biannual green waste and hard waste contract, now up to 31 per cent. In conjunction with the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group and other councils, we commenced a feasibility study into alternative waste and resource recovery technologies to landfill for south east Melbourne. We also negotiated a contract extension for garbage and recycling collection to include eight refurbished replacement vehicles in the fleet, significant savings, and new targets to help with the ongoing growth of our shire.

In the past two years, the illegal dumping of rubbish across Cardinia Shire has increased from 60 cases per month to more than 100 cases per month on average. While Council has achieved efficiencies in handling dumped rubbish, it still comes at a cost to our shire, both financially and environmentally. In a jointly funded initiative with Sustainability Victoria, Council trialled the use of CCTV cameras at dumping hot spots, changing the location of the CCTV cameras every four to six weeks. The CCTV footage will be used to record site activities and help identify offenders and help reduce the illegal dumping of rubbish.

While the kerbside recycling industry faced ongoing challenges in its operations during 2017–18, Council was able to continue its recycling processing services, ensuring transparent communication and education for our community. Council is committed to recycling, and our Waste and Resources Recovery Strategy strongly advocates for reuse and recycling. Our vision is to ensure waste and resource recovery services will be appropriate, provide value for money, and produce improved environmental benefits and amenity for our community.

In other initiatives, we increased our compost bin rebate from $30 to $50 and allowed for garden mulchers to be included. We also provided a free drop-off service for green waste and owing to its success, will continue the service for a further two years. As a result of a green bin promotion project, an additional 680 green waste bins were taken up in the community.

Thoughtful planning

Council continues to assess planning permit applications with regard to environment and vegetation protection policies. We also encourage developments to incorporate environmentally sustainable design measures where appropriate. In 2017–18, the following planning scheme amendments were progressed:
  • Planning Scheme Amendment C223, which applies the Heritage Overlay to Dalmore Hall to ensure the ongoing use and preservation of this historical building
  • Planning Scheme Amendment C229, which protects movement corridors of the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot
  • Planning Scheme Amendment C242, which protects a number of historically significant places in the Pakenham Activity Centre.

Our Economy

Achievements

  • Casey Cardinia Visitation Strategy 2017–20 adopted, encouraging the establishment of tourism activities and facilities across the shire
  • Networking, training and promotional opportunities delivered through Casey Cardinia Region
  • Three Casey Cardinia Business Breakfasts, the annual Women’s Business Lunch and the Casey Cardinia Business awards were supported
  • Employment and business opportunities were facilitated through the planning of town centres and employment precincts

Developing the tourism industry

Council adopted the Casey Cardinia Visitation Strategy 2017–20 this year to encourage the establishment of tourism activities and facilities in appropriate areas of the shire. It provides a strong plan to help strengthen the region’s tourism industry and provide opportunities for tourism operators and affiliated businesses. Led by industry and supported by the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire Council, the strategy’s recommendations aim to lay the foundations for increasing regional jobs and growing visitation, to the benefit of local businesses, the community and both councils.

As part of the strategy, the Casey Cardinia Tourism Advisory Committee successfully transitioned to an independent, skills-based, regional tourism board called the Casey Cardinia Regional Tourism Organisation. During 2017–18 Council also completed a Destination Melbourne Management Plan for Melbourne’s outer south-east in partnership with City of Greater Dandenong and City of Casey. We also completed research into visitation specific to the Casey–Cardinia region to help the local tourism industry and the new board to identify opportunities to build the industry. The research will also inform the branding strategy for the region, which has also been commissioned and will be driven by the newly formed Casey Cardinia Regional Tourism Organisation.

Supporting local business

Council continued to deliver networking, training and promotional opportunities for local businesses through Casey Cardinia Region, a partnership between Cardinia Shire Council and City of Casey. In 2017–18 three events were held as part of the Casey Cardinia Business Breakfast series, giving business people in the area opportunities to connect with other local business operators and hear from high-profile guest speakers. The business breakfasts continued to be well attended with over 100 attendees at each. The annual Women’s Business Lunch was also successful with over 300 attendees gathering to connect over lunch, network and be inspired by a guest speaker. The Casey Cardinia Region also ran the annual Casey Cardinia Business Awards to recognise significant achievements in the areas of agriculture, business, community, hospitality, manufacturing, tourism, sustainability, and celebrate those who contribute to the social, economic and sustainable benefit of the region, enhancing the region’s reputation as one of the most workable places.

Council is also committed to supporting local businesses when engaging suppliers and contractors as part of our organisational operations where possible. Our Procurement Policy and tender and contract management processes support many local businesses across Cardinia Shire. In 2017–18 Council had 301 active local suppliers, representing total expenditure of $23 million. This represented 30 per cent of council’s total spend. We also provide differential rates for agricultural and cultural or recreational land use properties to help our local businesses. In 2017–18 there were 1,176 properties recorded as farming and cultural or recreational land use that received a 25 per cent discount on the base general rate.

Planning our development

Employment precincts are important areas for Council to continue to develop to help build town centres, facilitate employment opportunities and attract industry into the shire. In 2017–18 we progressed the following plans:
  • Exhibited the Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan, which incorporates a local town centre to facilitate employment
  • Exhibited the Officer Town Centre Review, which will help facilitate jobs in the town centre
  • Drafted the Pakenham South Precinct Structure Plan, which aims to attract industry to the area and facilitate jobs in an industrial area
  • Supported Puffing Billy in the design and implementation of the proposed Discovery Centre at Emerald Lake Park, including the preparation of Amendment C243, which provides the planning approval for construction
  • Completed Planning Scheme Amendment C220, which implemented height and built form controls for the Beaconsfield Activity Centre, encouraging commercial and retail development.

Our Governance

Achievements

  • Council Budget 2017–18 adopted, providing the largest budgeted amount for capital works in the shire’s history – more than $55.6 million
  • Advocacy program delivered to local candidates in the lead up to the State Election, detailing 57 projects across the shire
  • A total amount of $6,151,441 was received in funding assistance as a result of 14 successful grant applications
  • Community consultation opportunities provided through a variety of channels and interactive dashboards launched

Advocating for our shire

It is crucial that Council continues to advocate for and work in partnership with other levels of government and organisations to deliver community services and facilities that will cater to the specific needs of Cardinia Shire’s demographic.

During the 2017–18 financial year, Council submitted 45 grant applications for a total of $21,602,141. Of these applications, 14 were successful, and Council received a total amount of $6,151,441 in funding assistance. Funding programs were diverse and supported Council in delivering new and renewed playgrounds, youth programs, crime prevention and reduction programs, and recreation reserve grounds and pavilions.

Cardinia Shire is a member of the Interface Group of Councils and has been advocating strongly to other levels of government throughout 2017–18 to increase funding support for services in the interface areas which experience high population growth and great geographic distance.

Council continues to actively engage with all local politicians, both federal and state, seeking their support for local initiatives. In the lead up to the state election, Council prepared a detailed package of 57 projects in the Bass, Gembrook and Narracan electorates and used this to advocate the interests of Cardinia Shire to our local candidates. Council works particularly hard in the lead up to elections to influence government priorities that will benefit our local communities.

Delivering a responsible budget

After community consultation, Council adopted the budget and Council Plan for the 2018–19 financial year in May. More than $55.6 million was allocated for capital works in the upcoming year, with $21 million for new projects and $34 million towards upgrade and renewal projects. This is the largest budgeted amount for capital works in the shire’s history, and $10 million more than the previous year’s capital works program. Council’s 2018–19 budget will provide significant new infrastructure, deliver much-needed community services, and maintain our existing assets while remaining financially responsible. This has been achieved by continuing to focus on organisational efficiencies, which have kept Council’s operational costs among the lowest in the state. Continued efficiencies in contract management and other sources of expenditure generated significant savings in 2017–18.

We have taken an innovative approach in our contract that looks after repairs and maintenance of our facilities by partnering with two other Councils – a first in local government. This has resulted in a more affordable service for us owing to economies of scale. This means we can channel the savings into better service and maintenance for our facilities, benefitting the range of child and family services, community groups, sporting clubs, and others that use or operate in Council facilities. This innovation in facility repairs and maintenance has gone above and beyond best practice in local government, which resulted in Cardinia Shire Council acknowledged as a finalist in the 2018 Local Government Awards of Excellence in the category of Service Delivery Initiative.

In other achievements, Cardinia Shire Council was acknowledged at the biennial Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards in May for its innovative and cost-saving approach to modern records management in local government. The Records Management team worked with eCloud Business Services to automate all incoming correspondence, resulting in a saving of 80 hours of work per week, a reduction in the cost to process mail, and an improved quality of data.

Engaging with our community

We regularly consult with our community to help us make decisions in a range of areas. We want our community to be informed of our operations and provide input. Seeking community feedback ensures that we know the priorities and expectations of our community and can take this into account when we make decisions around planning, service delivery and other areas. We are committed to ensuring our community members are informed of Council operations and are able to have input in a balanced and appropriate way, leading to shared support and collaboration.

Cardinia Shire Council has championed transparent local government performance reporting by providing interactive dashboards to the community. The dashboards display data from various organisational systems in a central online location using a tool called Power BI. The Power BI dashboards are linked to underlying reports that are updated daily where possible. The public can access information about Council’s performance anytime, anywhere via Council’s website. The tool also enables the organisation to view live data, reducing the need to generate periodic reports internally.

Cardinia Shire Council’s dashboards provide information about:
  • The community
  • Local growth trends
  • Current and future land development
  • Statistics about key services
  • Delivery progress on major projects
  • Delivery progress of actions set out in the Council Plan
During 2017–18 Council also trialled live webcasting its Council Meetings, providing further opportunities for the community to be informed of Council decisions.

Financial Performance

$ 87.1 million
Operating surplus
$ 40.5 million
on capital works (which was a $16.9 million increase from the prior year)
$ 1.3 million
Net Assets
$ 1.5 million
Savings through efficiencies

Comprehensive Income Statement

For the year ending 30 June 2018, Council’s operating result was a surplus of $87.1 million (see Figure 1), which was $79.4 million higher than budgeted. Revenue exceeded the budget by $82.3 million.

Contributions of non-monetary assets were $40.4 million favourable due to higher than budgeted noncash contributions of infrastructure assets, and cash contributions were $29.8 million higher due to increased development activity within the shire.

Operating and capital grants income were a combined $6.1 million favourable due to the receipt of unbudgeted grants, including funding of $5.0 million received from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF).

Rates and charges income was $2.4 million better than budget mainly due to higher rates and supplementary rates revenue from an increase in rateable properties. Operating expenditure was $2.9 million higher than the budget. This was mainly due to materials and services expenditure being over budget by $2.7 million, primarily as a result of the recognition of capital works, priority works and community capital works expenditure which was budgeted in the capital works program. The 2017–18 adjusted underlying result (the result for the year adjusted for non-recurring or one-off items of income or expenditure) is a surplus of $7.2 million. This is slightly better than the 2016–17 result of a $6.6 million surplus. The budgeted underlying surplus for 2017–18 was $0.014 million.

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Balance Sheet

The Balance Sheet represents the overall financial worth of Council (net assets). This comprises what Council owns as assets (total assets) less what it owes as liabilities (see Figure 3). Net Assets as at 30 June 2018 totalled $1.5 billion; an increase of $357.0 million from 30 June 2017, mainly due to an increase in the value of property, infrastructure, plant and equipment assets as a result of the addition of new and contributed assets and the revaluation of existing assets, particularly land and land under roads.

Employee costs were $0.5 million under budget mainly due to vacant positions within the organisation during the year and the favourable impact of adjustment to employee provisions. Staffing levels have slightly increased over the year (see Figure 2).

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Statement of Cash Flows

The closing cash and cash equivalents balance as at 30 June 2018 was $57.8 million, a $5.4 million decrease from 2016–17.

Additionally, the balance of longer term investments is $51.5 million, an increase of $23.5 million from the previous year.

Total cash and investments are $109.3 million, an overall increase of $18.1 million (see Figure 4), mainly due to the receipt of developer levies and unbudgeted grants.

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Statement of Capital Works

The Statement of Capital Works identifies costs of constructing or acquiring property, infrastructure and plant. Council spent $40.5 million on capital works in 2017–18, which was a $16.9 million increase from the prior year (see Figure 5). This increase is mainly in the recreational, leisure and community facilities and the roads categories. (Note: the purchase of the new Civic Centre in Officer is included in the amount for 2014–15 in Figure 5).

Grant funding

During 2017-18, Council received $24.8 million in Australian and Victorian government funding, a decrease of $1.9 million from 2016-17. The annual grant from the Victoria Grants Commission is lower due to timing of instalment payments, but has been partly offset by the receipt of unbudgeted grants and additional funding for several existing grants. The full amount of grants received is reported within Note 2.4 of the Financial Report.

Business improvements

Throughout 2017–18, Council continued to build its culture of improvement and innovation across 63 improvement projects. The program delivered $1,318,254 in efficiencies, comprising both real and opportunity savings that increase Council’s capacity to deliver its services. The improvements identified and quantified for the 2017–18 year build on the $4.38 million delivered in the preceding six years, producing $5.7 million in savings for the past six years.

Development Contribution Plans (DCP)

Urban development generates demand for a range of costly infrastructure. Development contributions and associated requirements enable Council to recover a significant portion of those costs from the beneficiaries of growth.

Development contributions are divided into four groups:
  • Major roads and traffic control infrastructure
  • Other development infrastructure (pre-schools, playgrounds and basic sporting open space)
  • Community infrastructure (community centres, libraries and indoor sporting facilities)
  • Land required to facilitate the delivery of the above
Although the collected contributions do not meet the full cost of the growth area infrastructure, the contributions are vital to Council’s capacity to deliver critical infrastructure to service its new communities as development surges.