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
Cr Collin Ross, Mayor 2017–18
“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.”
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
- 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
- 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
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 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