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Chief Executive

Officer’s Report

It is with great pride that I present Moreland City Council’s 2015–16 Annual Report.

Having completed my first full financial year as CEO, I am delighted to report that Moreland

City Council has continued to deliver a strong financial and operational performance.

The introduction of the State

Government’s rate capping legislation

from July 2016 will present councils

with a range of financial challenges

over the coming years. At Moreland,

we have worked hard to comply

with the new framework and

live within our means, while still

delivering quality services. A major

challenge in the longer term will

be maintaining civic assets and

managing infrastructure growth

to meet community expectation

aligned with the

Moreland 2025

Community Vision

.

Changes to the

Local Government

Act 1989

will also shape how Council

governs in this new landscape.

Council is engaged with the State

Government’s review, and will

continue to contribute to the Municipal

Association of Victoria’s taskforce

to ensure the reforms improve the

way our local democracy functions.

Council continues to connect with

our community to communicate

the value of the essential services

of local government. While ‘roads,

rates and rubbish’ might be our

bread and butter, Council does

so much more to support the

everyday life of people in Moreland.

While these services are less visible,

they are just as important and in

some cases life-changing.

In 2015–16, we delivered 155,216

meals to Moreland’s older or disabled

residents, immunised 15,038

Moreland residents, taught 3,618 of

Moreland’s kids how to swim and

kept 13,360 of our furry community

members safe through registration.

We kept Moreland on the move by

resurfacing 37 of our roads, and our

LED streetlight rollout continues to

make our streets safer and more

sustainable, with 3,673 new lights

installed this year. 31,023 kilometres

of our streets were cleaned, with

30,425 tonnes of garbage and

16,419 tonnes of recycling collected.

Our operating expenses for the

year totalled almost $170.63 million,

with an accounting surplus of

$22.42 million. Overall financial

outcomes were in line with the

Five Year Financial Plan

, which

outlines our medium-term blueprint

for delivering services and

maintaining assets.

We invested $24.68 million into

capital works in 2015–16. Of this,

the largest share was invested in

land and building assets, at $6.34

million, with $4.62 million invested

in roads and car parks, and $10.2

million invested in other infrastructure

assets, including footpaths and

cycle ways, drainage and bridges

and other assets.

In 2015–16, we delivered

155,216 meals to Moreland’s

older or disabled residents,

immunised 15,038 Moreland

residents, taught 3,618 of

Moreland’s kids how to

swim and kept 13,360

of our furry community

members safe through

registration.

We launched a new community

space at 33 Saxon Street ($170,000)

and upgraded Anderson Road,

Fawkner, as part of our Shopping

Strip Renewal Program ($437,500).

Works on the Brunswick Cycling

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

OFFICER’S REPORT

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