The Monday, October 12, council meeting was a strong affirmation of the work we have been focused on over the past five years.
Council was presented with the annual report including the audited financial statements for the 2019/20 financial year, which again demonstrated the strong financial position that Council has worked hard to establish.
The report was referred to Council for endorsement from our audit committee which had reviewed and ratified its contents.
The annual report highlights the work that has been delivered within our community, with last year featuring the largest ever capital works program for our region, noting that this was all achieved with a modest surplus for the fifth year in a row.
This program has continued into 2010/21 with Council reviewing the financial report for the period ending 31 August.
Our financial position remains strong and we are in a favourable position to budget while key and capital projects are well progressed and on track.
As Mayor, I am very proud of our strong financial management which has enabled us to continue delivering throughout the Covid-19 crisis that has affected so many communities.
Council also considered and approved several nominations for membership of the community advisory committee - a committee of community representatives who meet regularly to provide advice to Council on projects to benefit the community.
Council appointed six continuing members as well as welcoming two new members, Heather Richards and Peter Crowley, to the committee.
I look forward to working with the new committee over the next year to progress further initiatives.
It was great to see the level of enthusiasm for these roles and the commitment from within the community, reflected in the number of applicants we received for the positions.
Council also endorsed the Draft Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, a plan that we had put out for public consultation in August and which provides a blueprint for how we will ensure that Council operates in an inclusive manner for all its residents as well as how we will ensure our infrastructure meets the needs of these residents.
I know I speak on behalf of my fellow Elected Members in wishing everyone in our community good health in this current time and look forward to being able to report further work in a month's time.