Welcome to this month's edition of the CCB Newsletter.
Just a reminder that the Local Government Election will be held on Saturday, 10 September 2016 and voting is compulsory. The list of candidates standing for Mayor and candidates for each Ward is available from the website
Wow, where did the last four years go? If you want to recap on what the council has done over the last term you can pick up the 'End of Term Report' which is an attachment to the agenda for the last Ordinary Meeting of council on Tuesday, 16th August 2016.
The last meeting of council has a report on the financial performance for the last year (2015-2016) and it was pleasing that a surplus position was achieved.
Council is excited that the area has attracted two large future events:
-The 2016 Australian PGA Seniors Championship on the 25-26 November 2016 at Mollymook Golf Club.
-The Nitro Circus will visit Nowra on Saturday, 22 April 2017.
There are just so many events happening every month- watch www.shoalhavenholidays.com.au to keep track of what's happening in the region.
On behalf of Council, I encourage you to meet with our Community and CCB Engagement Officer, Kate Ryan, who is a valuable resource for you to link into council to advocate for projects as well as provide Council feedback on what your town or village needs and wants.
"Bring on spring"
Russ Pigg, General Manager.
Little blue dinosaur program for summer
Council is encouraging CCB's to participate in The Little Blue Dinosaur Program this summer.
The program was highly effective in holidays townships Huskisson and Vincentia last summer.
The program will mean Council's traffic management department will consult with CCB's and install a series signs in areas the community identify as a potential concern for pedestrians.
The program was started in 2014 by the parents of Tom McLaughlin who tragically died in a pedestrian road accident on the Central Coast. For more information email: council@Shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au
Huskisson foreshore masterplan
There are only a few days left for residents to provide feedback to Council on the draft Huskisson Foreshore Masterplan and associated development options.
The Masterplan has been prepared with a view to further enhance the area's iconic tourism site and gateway to Jervis Bay and is seeking the communities input into their preferred option.
The four potential development concepts are currently on public exhibition until 10 August at Council Administrative Centre in Nowra or on Council's website www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au
Disability inclusion action plan
Council is developing a Disability Action Plan and hosting three engagement workshops this month.
The Action Plan is a requirement under the NSW Disability Inclusion Act (2014) and outlines how Council will build more an inclusive community.
If you have a disability, are a carer or just interested in helping create a more accessible community for everyone come and take part in the workshops.
Sessions are open to the general public however RSVP is encouraged to 4429 3456 before Monday, 15 August 2016.
Workshops will be held:
Tuesday 23 August 10am -12noon
Shoalhaven City Council Administration Building
Bridge Road, Nowra
Jervis Bay Rooms
Wednesday 24 August 10am- 12noon
St Georges Basin Community Centre,
21 Meriton Street
St George's Basin
Thursday 25 August 10am-12 noon
Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway
Vincentia opens Orion Beach pathway
Last week Council joined the Vincentia community to officially open the Orion Beach Pathway.
The 55km walking track now links a the walking route around Jervis Bay increasing access for residents, tourists, cyclists and make it easier for prams, people with a disability and cyclists.
The pathway showcases the wonderful vistas across Jervis Bay and more importantly provides safe access for the community.
The project was jointly funded by Council who partnered with the Australia Government and NSW Lands to build the missing 510 metre section of pathways commencing at Minerva Avenue and ending at Plantation Point Parade.
The route of the path was carefully chosen with community consultation to minimise environmental impact as well managing the steep landscape and respecting the cultural heritage.
Workshops to reduce energy costs in your home?
Shoalhaven City Council in partnership with Kiama Municipal Council, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage are hosting a series of Home Energy Basics Workshops.
The workshops will provide tips and tricks to minimise energy consumption and reduce costs. Including how better to understand your energy bill, how to make your household more energy efficient.
Workshops will be held:
Saturday 3 September 9.30 -11.30am Bomaderry
Saturday 3 September 1.30- 3.30pm Kiama
Monday 10 October 9.30-11.30am Bomaderry
Monday 10 October 1.30-3.30pm Kiama
Thursday 1 December 10.00am - 12noon Kiama
Places are limited so please register with Kiama Community College on 4232 1050 or email.
Create a safer community together
The Shoalhaven Community Action Team (SCAT) is a Council led initiative in cooperation with the NSW Police
Shoalhaven Local Area Command that discuss prevalent safety issues in the region.
The group is open to all community groups and residents who wish to attend and meet four times a year.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 30 August 2016. Shoalhaven City Council Administration Building, Jervis Bay Room 1 from 2pm -4pm.
Tea and Coffee will be available RSVP to 4429 3456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shoalhaven City Council will be holding elections for their representative council on Saturday, 10 September 2016.
You must vote at a venue in your council area. There is no absentee voting at local council elections.
If you can't make it to a polling place on Election Day, you may be eligible to cast a pre-poll. Check now if you are eligible to pre-poll vote at or a postal vote at www.votensw.info
Pre-poll voting will open on Monday, 29 August with voting locations open around the region.
Pre-poll voting booths are:
Nowra, Unit 1,10 Pleasant Way.
Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway.
Re-Exhibiting of Berry District Park Masterplan
Several changes to the Berry District Park Masterplan have taken place and it is now on exhibition until
Wednesday 24 August 2016 and can be viewed on Council's website.
Council is also seeking feedback on the criterium facility as well as the removal of the long vehicle parking area on North Street and additional parking in the off street car park.
Council is also seeking community feedback on the naming of the park with several names proposed including 'Boongaree Park' and 'Bill Bramley Park'.
Community feedback and comments on the Masterplan referencing file 49929E can be forwarded to Council's
General Manager via email@example.com post PO Box 42 Nowra 2541
The last month has been a busy period with a number of large projects on exhibition including the Bomaderry Sporting Precinct Masterplan, the Bay and Basin Community Hub and the Huskisson Foreshore Masterplan.
June also signalled the end of financial year resulting in Council adopting a new budget and Fees and Charges for 2016/2017. Council also adopted a new Delivery Program. All of these documents are available on Council'swebsite and we encourage you to share them with your communities, so that they understand what Council is planning to achieve in the next year. The budget includes continued expenditure on infrastructure, further planning for important community projects and improvements to our roads.
The State Government advised the Council Elections will be held on 10th September 2016. This includes the election of 12 Councillors- Four (4) Councillors in each of Wards 1,2 and 3 and the election of a Mayor. This means that the current Council is coming to the end of its term, with new nominations to be a Councillor being received between the 1st August and the 10th of August 2016. Information about becoming a Councillor and key dates are available on our website with further details also contained below.
We encourage you to talk to your members about the election, ensure that members are enrolled to vote and to understand the election process.
Our coast our lifestyle
The Shoalhaven boasts a coastline of exceptional variety and Council is currently seeking community input on how it should manage coastal erosion.
'Our Coast, Our Lifestyle' community engagement initiative will ensure community views inform decision making about how the coastline is managed in the future.
We are currently encouraging residents and visitors to the region to take part in an online survey. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ourcoast) The survey should take less than five minutes to complete and is an
important component in gauging community feedback.
If you want to get involved or simply find out more about the risks of coastal erosion please visit www.ourcoastourlifestyle.com.au (http://www.ourcoastourlifestyle.com.au/)
CALLING ALL PROSPECTIVE COUNCILLORS
Are you interested in running for election as local Councillor?
Members of the public considering running for the positions of Mayor or Councillor for Shoalhaven City Council at the September 2016 local government elections are invited to attend one of the two briefing sessions.
Ulladulla Candidate Briefing Session
Monday 25 July 2016 commencing at 9am
The Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla NSW
Nowra Candidate Briefing Session
Monday 25 July 2016, commencing at 4pm
The Studio, Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Bridge Road, Nowra NSW.
The briefingsessions are conducted by Local Government NSW. For further information on the NSW Local Council Elections visit our website.(http://shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Council/About-Coun...
council bins on parks and public land
Many of the coastal villages will have noticed downsize in the number of Council bins on public land around the Shoalhaven.
Council has recently implemented a new waste management strategy to combat the increase demand on our bin collection services throughout the summer months.
These bins will be returned again for the busy summer period and garbage collections increased to meet the high demand on many of our coastal villages.
This strategy was highly successful during the 2015/2016 summer period with a lower number reports of overflowing waste in public bins.
Council welcomes any feedback regarding the current availability of garbage bins in your area by phone
4429 3111 or email (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=CCB%20Newsletter%20Bins%20on%20Public%20Land) .
To report a problem with bins on parks and public land complete an on line maintenance request here.(http://shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Property/Report-a-...
regional sporting hub master plan
The draft Bomaderry/ Nowra Regional Sports and Community Precinct Master Plan is currently on public exhibition until 1 August, 2016.
The draft aims to set out a long term vision to guide the development of a facility that will meet the future needs and requirements of the City over the next 30-40 years.
The draft masterplan integrates the Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre and a remodelled indoor aquatics facility in the Community Pavilion interconnected with extensive open parklands, play facilities, walking paths with outdoor fitness stations, cycleway and the opportunity for
Community Gardens, along with carparking.
Implementation of the draft would be a significant and challenging financial investment for Council and would depend on a combination of Council funds and grants.
To view the master plan or make a submission see Council's website.(http://shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Council/Public-exh...
Council has a number of engagements and documents on exhibition throughout July/ August
* Masterplan for the Huskisson Foreshore Precincton exhibtions and Workshops
* Bay and Basin Community Hub Masterplan
* Bomaderry Regional Sporting Hub Masterplan
calling for International youth day award nominations
Council is reminding residents that nominations for the inaugural International Youth Day Awards close on 15 July.
Council will present awards in the categories: The Challenge and Change Award, The Good Neighbour Award, The Positive Youth Award, The Community Citizenship Award, The Inspiration Award.
Nominees must be between 12 and 24 years of age as of 1 January 2016,be a current residents or a resident in the last 12 months of the Shoalhaven.
For more information or to find a nomination form please visit www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au(http://www.shoalhaven.ns...
NAIDOC EVENTS IN THE SHOALHAVEN
NAIDOC Week was officially launched this week at Council with a special ceremony to symbolise the spiritual and cultural connections our local community have to the Shoalhaven.
There have been a number of events around the Shoalhaven including the annual NAIDOC Family Fun Day.
Unfortunately due to wet weather this event was postponed and will now take place next Wednesday 13 July.
millards creek corridor bushcare info day
Council is inviting community members to volunteer with a new Bushcare Group in Ulladulla.
A drop in centre will be set up on the reserve outside the Ulladulla Civic Centre where you can drop in and find out more about volunteering with the new Bushcare Group at Millards Creek.
The information day will held on Saturday 23 July at 1pm to 4pm.
For further information contact The Shoalhaven Bushcare Coordinator at email@example.com
The unexpected announcement of the merger proposal on 18 December 2015 seems a long time ago.We have celebrated Christmas, the New Year, and Australia Day, and now Easter is rapidly approaching.
Council has attended the Public Inquiries in Nowra and Ulladulla and made verbal and written submissions to the State Government opposing the proposed merger with Kiama.
Council has categorically resolved to oppose the merger and has made representations to the Minister for Local Government, the Delegate, local members and the Premier.
But what’s next?
Despite facing this uncertain time, Council still needs to focus on "business as usual" and is current working on:
* Preparing our draft budget & DP/OP for 2016/17;
* Preparing for the ‘End of Term’ Report (Council are in the fourth year of their term which commenced in September 2012);
* Preparing for Council elections in September ‘16 (though there is some speculation that if Council is merged the election may be deferred until March ‘17); and
* Completing our works programs and capital projects that Council committed to do in 2015/16.
Our half yearly CCB Executive Meeting on 5 May 2016 is an opportunity to discuss these and other matters, I encourage all of you to attend. Official invitations will be sent to all CCBs shortly.
Neighbour Day – Sunday 27 March
Council is encouraging the community to put the kettle on for Neighbour Day, Australia’s annual celebration of community on Easter Sunday, 27 March.
The principal aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with the people who live around us, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
Developing strong relationships with neighbours is an integral part of creating a connected community, and it is well know that connected communities are often safer, healthier and more resilient communities.
How can you celebrate Neighbour Day?
You can celebrate in any way you choose. It can be as simple as inviting the person next door, across the street or on the next farm over for a barbecue, a chat, or just a cuppa.
This year’s Neighbour Day falls on Easter Sunday, so why not combine Easter festivities with a neighbour? Organise an Easter egg hunt with the family next door or invite your neighbours over to meet your Easter visitors.
Every day is Neighbour Day, so if celebrating on Easter Sunday is not possible, simply choose another day.
If you would like to celebrate in a big way, for example, by organising a street party or an event in the local park, please contact Council to register your event.
For more information or to register your event, please phone Council's friendly Community Development team on 4429 3456, or visit
Our Coast, Our Lifestyle
Council has a responsibility for managing the risk of coastal erosion along the Shoalhaven coastline and is seeking input from the community regarding available management options.
Council has launched a community engagement initiative title ‘Our Coast, Our Lifestyle’ to ensure community views and preferences inform decision making about how the 165 kilometres of Shoalhaven coastline is managed now and into the future.
The Shoalhaven coastline supports a strong tourism industry which is one of the key drivers of the local economy and a foundation of our Shoalhaven lifestyle.
The risk of coastal erosion threatens community facilities and infrastructure, such as beaches, beach access, parks, roads and sewers, as well as private and commercial property, along our coastline, with a potentially negative impact on the tourism industry and our lifestyle.
Coastal management is expensive and Council is seeking to understand community preferences for different management options, and in what circumstances those options are supported, so that it can prioritise actions to appropriately manage coastal risks.
Council has commenced a phone survey to help gauge community preferences and will undertake further community engagement activities up until the middle of the year.
Council is keen to hear from all members of the community on this issue, irrespective of where in the Shoalhaven they live and work.
If you would like to get involved, give feedback or simply find out more about the risk of coastal erosion please visit www.ourcoastourlifestyle.com.au.
1000 Fridges recycled
1000 fridges have now been collected in the Shoalhaven by the NSW EPA Fridge Buyback scheme.
Old fridges and freezers are some of the biggest energy users in the home, costing owners an average of $300 a year to operate.
There are still an estimated 12,756 second fridges in the Shoalhaven area, however, if all Shoalhaven residents gave up their second fridge, collectively, they could save over $3.8 million every year!
After appliances are collected through Fridge Buyback they are degassed and the metals are recycled, making it the most environmentally sustainable way to dispose of a fridge or upright freezer.
To participate, fridges or upright freezers must be a working second appliance that has been in regular use and 200 litres (7.06 cubic feet) or more in size.
In many cases, residents can even obtain a $15 rebate, which is paid when an appliance is collected from homes with six steps or less. Collection is still free when it involves between seven to 20 steps, however no rebate is paid. A fee will apply only if the property has more than 20 steps.
Collections run periodically, to arrange a collection, phone 1800 708 401 or visit www.fridgebuyback.com.au. BEACH ACCESS FOR ALL
Council provides and maintains 235 beach access ways that give the community and tourists access to the beautiful beaches the Shoalhaven has to offer.This is an extensive program and Council is trying its best to enhance these facilities to provide access to all.
Last year Council staff began painting the stairs of beach access ways white to facilitate access for visually impaired people.
Council has received plenty of positive feedback from the community about the initiative.
One example comes from a from a local resident whose mother is visually impaired.
Thanks to the upgrade, in particular the white painting applied to the access stairs at Pope Avenue Berrara, the elderly resident was able to access the beach for the first time in years.
Council will soon be considering further enhancement for disabled wheelchair access to beaches. If you have ideas or suggestions about this, please let Council know.
Water & Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour
As part of Seniors Week 2016, Shoalhaven Water is inviting the community to attend a free tour of two of the region’s major treatment plant facilities on Wednesday 6 April 2016.
The tour allows guests to see firsthand how Shoalhaven Water produces fresh clean drinking water as well as how they treat wastewater for reuse on local farms.
If you would like to join the tour and learn more about these fascinating and complex procedures, please phone Shoalhaven Water on 4429 3214.
council & community, working together
The culverts at the Browns Creek crossing on Quinns Lane, Nowra were recently upgraded to reduce the frequency of inundation by stormwater. During the same period, the road pavement in Wallace Street was reconstructed.
Both roadways were closed to through traffic during the works.
Despite the inconvenience to road users, Council received great support from residents, particularly in Wallace Street where they worked with Council to manage the disruption the works caused to their daily lives.
Council sincerely thanks the residents of Wallace Street for their understanding and support of staff while the works were being carried out. Their efforts greatly contributed to the works being completed as quickly as possible.
During a spell of hot weather, affected residents displayed a true sense of community spirit, taking it upon themselves to hand out cold drinks and refreshments to Council workers.
Council’s outdoor staff regularly perform difficult work in challenging environmental conditions and do not always receive as much appreciation from the community as they deserve. Staff were blown away by the effort put in by residents to make them feel welcomed, valued, and appreciated.
Turpentine Road Update
Work has now commenced on Stage Three, which includes the length of Turpentine Road from Flat Rock Creek to Braidwood Road.
This is the final stage of the project and will see the full length of Turpentine Road completely sealed. The project is due for completion in December 2016, weather permitting.
Clean Up Australia Day
More than 500 volunteers rolled up their sleeves earlier in the month to remove rubbish from over 50 sites across the Shoalhaven as part of Clean Up Australia Day 2016.
Council has proudly supported Clean Up Australia Day for over 15 years, and this year was no different. However, the success of the event must be credited to the many individuals and groups who strived tirelessly on the day and throughout the week to clean up their communities.
Council thanks everyone who participated in Clean Up Australia Day as well as those who strive every day of the year to keep our environment clean.
Council has a number of engagements and documents on exhibition throughout March and April.
* Draft Lady Denman Reserve - Strategic Business & Master Plan
* Milton Rainforest Bushcare Action Plan Review 2016
* Moeyan Hill Bushcare Group - Review
* Shoalhaven DCP 2014 - Draft Amendment No 4 - Chapter S2 Badgee Urban Release Area
* "Heritage Estates", Worrowing Heights - Proposed installation of Gates/Barriers
* Proposed Licence - 17 Birriley Street Bomaderry - Nowra Bomaderry Meals on Wheels
* Draft Stormwater Management Policy
* Emergency Overflow Storage Facilities - Various Sewage Pumping Stations - Review of Environmental Factors - Berry / Culburra / Huskisson / St Georges Basin / Sussex Inlet
Thank you to all the CCB representatives that attended our combined meeting on 11 November. We had 14 CCB's represented and I hope you found the meeting interesting and worthwhile. In the meantime, we have also been busy with recent tours of the City. In the last month Councillors and Staff have visited Woollamia, Huskisson, Vincentia, Old Erowal Bay, Sanctuary Point, St Georges Basin , Lake Conjola, Bendalong, Manyana, Sussex Inlet, Wandandian, Bawley Point, Kiola, Lake Tabourie, Ulladulla, Mollymook and Narrawallee.
It's the end of October and just eight weeks till Christmas…..where is the year going! The 'BIG' announcement in October was IPART's Report and assessment of NSW Council's Fit for the Future applications. Shoalhaven City has been assessed as 'Fit' - hooray! Only 40 percent of Councils have been assessed as 'FIT' by IPART.
This month we are trying something a little different in providing the community with a short overview of the east coast low weather event that hit the Shoalhaven in late August.
It is anticipated that this short video will provide the community with a complete overview of the circumstances surrounding the flood event and Council's response to the incident.
Council travelled to Ulladulla Civic Centre for the August Council meeting and some important issues were discussed and adopted.
Reports on the Council performance for 2014/15 were presented with the report highlighting some great results for the organisation.
Two reports have been presented to Council in recent weeks giving a snapshot of our performance over the last 12 months.
The June report on the DP/OP was very pleasing and shows that 84 percent of strategies are on or above target.
The remaining 16 percent are below target for various reasons and will be a focus to continue progress.
After a hectic end to 2014/15 we kicked off the new Financial Year in July with a small break from Council committees and meetings in the first fortnight of the month.
During this period I was able to enjoy a week's annual leave myself, which was nice!
Our July Council meeting was one of the shortest on record taking all of 16 minutes to complete.
Never the less there were still important decisions made including -
- Proposed changes to the Code of Meeting Practice
- Donations to the Milton Ulladulla Chamber for their annual Awards night
- Donation to the Berry RSL Sub-Branch for minor works
- Decision to relocate the Animal Shelter from West Nowra to a site on BTU Road, South Nowra to allow the development and future expansion of the West Nowra Landfill, Waste and Recycling Centre
- Recognising Berry Forum as the new CCB body for Berry
- Accepting tenders to undertake $1.4 million upgrade at Huskisson Wharf
- Accepting tenders for new cabins and ensuite units at various Holiday Haven Tourist Parks ($700,000)
- Accepting tender for Shoalhaven Water Minor Mains Replacement work ($520,000)
I know I say it every month, but yes June has been incredibly busy!
With so much happening across Council we even saw the June Ordinary Meeting stretch across two nights to ensure we got through all the business.
After consideration of almost 100 public submissions (60 of these objecting to the proposed change in Business Rates) and hearing from almost 200 community members at the three public meetings Council has adopted the 2015/16 Delivery Program/Operational Plan with numerous changes as a result of these submissions.
Changes included -
- Adding funding of $200,000 towards the South Nowra Soccer field amenities to match club funds.
- Adding design works to the program for roads at Milton and Currarong as well as the bridge at Brogers Creek.
- Reallocation of funds to undertake sacrificial seal on Pritchard Avenue, Woollamia.
- Not implementing the significant change to Business Rates.
How is Council performing? Many members of the public have their own opinions on this!
Often, however, opinion is driven by a single issue or maybe two or three localised issues such as potholes for example or something from the two percent of Council business covered in the media.
To get a 'big picture' helicopter view of Council's performance please take the time to view our third quarter (March) reports on the Budget and Delivery Program.
Both reports are available for viewing in the May Policy and Resources Committee meeting business papers and attachments.
During March Council has reviewed its staff resources in the Planning and Development Group and decided to increase staff numbers.
This will result in a new Senior Planner position in the DA section as the number of DA's has increased over the last 12 months and a new Trainee Building Surveyor position to assist with dwelling DA's.
There will also be two new positions in the Rangers/Animal Management operators area as the public demand for more patrols and proactive work has significantly increased.
One Policy that has caused some division in the community is the 'Private Functions on Public Reserves Policy', especially relating to the holding of wedding ceremonies and receptions on foreshore reserves and beaches.
A revised Policy will go on public exhibition shortly - keep an eye out for it and don't miss the opportunity to have your say!
Well, the last month of summer was fast and furious as usual.
Council submitted a tender to purchase the Huskisson RSL foreshore lands adjoining the wharves on Currambene Creek (which we were successful in).
The Shaolin Temple Abbot, Shi Yongxin, personally visited Council on 23 February and paid the mortgage on the Comberton Grange property in full, including interest ($4,162,723.99).
The new independent member of Council's Audit Committee, Professor Phillip Ross, was appointed.
Prof Ross has extensive experience in audit roles and is currently an associate professor in the Discipline of Accounting at the School of Business, University of Western Sydney.
Council determined its new sea level rise benchmarks for 2050 (230 mm) and 2100 (360 mm) and the next step is to revise and move to finalise the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP).
Minister for the Environment, Rob Stokes, visited Callala Beach and announced funding for $40,000 towards further community consultation on the CZMP.
I would like to commence the New Year by wishing each and every one of our CCBs a happy and healthy 2015.
It was a busy month with many visitors to the area enjoying the facilities on offer. Any feedback from our busiest tourism month would be welcome.
While it is only early in the year it is fantastic to see the level of activity taking place throughout the area.
In January alone we have taken receipt of two large Development Applications in Bomaderry and seen the placement of an offshore artificial reef located four kilometres off Shoalhaven Heads.
Further to this we have seen the official commencement of works on the long awaited Vincentia Marketplace project and Planning Approval to enable 50 hectares of Jervis Bay be made available for aquaculture farming.
While the newsletter only started midway through the year I have been extremely pleased to receive so much positive feedback from local residents.
Rest assured, we will be again using the newsletter to keep our local residents informed of Council news and services in 2015.
I would like to take the opportunity to wish each and every one of our CCB members a happy and safe Christmas and New Year period.
Whether you are going away or taking in all that the Shoalhaven has to offer over Christmas, I hope you find the time to share with family, friends and other community members.
I'm sure many of you would be interested to hear that Council recently received the status report on audit results for the 2013/14 financial year.
In great news for the community, the final result saw Council's financial position improve across a number of performance indicators from the previous financial year.
It is also pleasing to note that the organisation was also well placed against the majority of industry benchmarks.
While the results of the recent audit are certainly welcomed, the organisation still has a lot of work to do in improving efficiencies in order to achieve future savings targets.
Council will need to continue its current review of services to ensure the organisation meets the criteria outlined in the NSW Government's 'Fit for the Future' package.
Welcome to the second edition of the CCB Newsletter
I was extremely pleased to receive very positive community feedback following the distribution of the first newsletter.
Council sees the newsletter as a further opportunity to communicate with our CCBs and keep local residents informed and up to date. The Local Government reform, Fit for the Future package and Council's Financial Sustainability will feature in future editions.
The past month has again represented another busy period for Council.
I would like to welcome you to the first edition of the CCB Newsletter.
Council will be using this monthly newsletter as a further avenue to communicate with the CCBs and keep our local residents informed.
While many of you would be aware of some of the organisations’ larger projects, this newsletter has been designed so as to provide an overview of the ongoing works taking place throughout the City.