Annual Report packed with achievements
  • Thursday 15 November 2012

Sunshine Coast Council has today endorsed its 2011-12 Annual Report.

Corporate Planning portfolio holder Cr Christian Dickson said the report contained a lot of good news "which all councillors can be proud of".

"We achieved a great deal during the 2011-12 year beyond strong fiscal management," he said.

"This included the development of a Social Infrastructure Strategy and committee $1.9 million for major events such as the PGA, Noosa and Mooloolaba triathlons and the Caloundra Music Festival.

"We delivered council’s new Local Disaster Management Plan, acknowledging the Floods Commission Report – and of course we drafted the first-ever Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme.

"We have started work on a new Public Transport Plan and committed to the Sunshine Coast Light Rail Project."

Cr Dickson said council’s environmental credentials during the year were also substantially enhanced.

"We expanded council’s holding of environmentally significant land to a total of 580 hectares, through the expenditure of $2.8 million of the Environment Levy," he said.

"We have developed the Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy – and we have won our fair share of environmental awards on the way, including the Australian National Riverprize, and the Queensland Premier’s Sustainability Award."

Finance portfolio holder Cr Chris Thompson said the report summarised achievements in the final year of the amalgamated council’s first term.

"Again, we have ticked all the financial benchmark boxes which have been signed off by the Queensland Auditor-General, maintaining our fiscal discipline and setting a strong example," he said.

"Our capital works program covered more than 1000 projects at a value of $189.7 million.

"We also developed a $604m 2012-13 budget; we reduced many development fees to encourage economic activity; we supported local businesses through tendering and other local spending to the value of $219m.

"We also acquired the Horton Park Golf Course land to facilitate development of the Maroochydore CBD."