Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Annual Report 2017/18 is now available

Published on 24 October 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire is committed to transparent reporting and accountability to the community.

The 2017/18 Annual Report provides the community with information about Council’s operations and performance during the financial year.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Bryan Payne said the 2017/18 financial year represents the first twelve-month period of Council enacting its 2017-2021 Council Plan, and he is delighted to reflect upon the myriad of achievements celebrated in this time.

“2017/18 saw a strong focus on protecting and improving our environment, as well as preserving the unique character of the Peninsula.

“We finalised a total of five major strategic projects that were later adopted by Council, including the Housing and Settlement Strategy, the Activity Centres Strategy Review, the Tootgarook Wetland Management Plan and the Industrial Areas Strategy.

“All of this work is in service of safeguarding the biodiversity, coastal and township character of our region, particularly areas with high conservation value and our Green Wedge.

“Council’s advocacy for the long-term protection of the Mornington Peninsula’s rural areas has also seen us engage in a substantial campaign to protect and retain our Green Wedge, which comprises around 70% of the peninsula’s total land area.

“To ensure careful planning and management to protect its values for the long term, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council adopted the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge Management Plan 2018.

“I thank my Councillor colleagues for the work they have done over the year and recognise the significant efforts,” concluded Cr Payne.

The 2017/18 Annual Report showcases many significant achievements including:

  • Following extensive community consultation, Council resolved to construct the Rosebud Aquatic Centre, incorporating a 50M pool and leisure complex. The highly anticipated Rosebud Aquatic Centre came one step closer to completion in June 2018 thanks to a $5 million grant from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
  • Council adopted its Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan – Our Health and Wellbeing 2021. The plan is a key strategic document that aims to protect, improve and promote the health and wellbeing of the Mornington Peninsula community.
  • The Shire made significant progress to enhance High Street in Hastings, between Queen Street and Marine Parade. Stage 2 of the High Street Streetscape works were completed in 2018, between Victoria Street and King Street.
  • The new Community Animal Shelter and Pound in Mornington was opened in August 2017. In October, Council adopted the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-21 outlining the Shire’s strategic approach to the delivery of animal management services across the municipality.

The Shire’s corporate performance for the 2017/18 year has been reported against each goal to demonstrate how the organisation is performing to achieve the strategic objectives set out in the outgoing 2017-2021 Council Plan

At the conclusion of the 2017/18 financial year, Council remains in a strong financial position with strong cash flows, reserves and a solid balance sheet.

To date Council has been able to respond well to the Fair Go Rates system and provide an increased surplus that has allowed more spending on capital works and services.

$47M in capital works were completed during the year, $7.4M in debt principal was paid down and a $4M loan drawn down in June 2018 for Street Lighting Bulk LED upgrade project.

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s 2017/18 Annual Report can be downloaded by visiting mornpen.vic.gov.au/annualreport