Annual report now available for Coast community
  • Thursday 03 December 2015
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The Sunshine Coast community can now check on its council’s progress from the past 12 months thanks to the release of its annual report for 2014/15.

Endorsed by councillors at their November ordinary meeting, the annual report is one of the ways council informs the community and stakeholders about the services it has delivered, the projects it has undertaken, and its achievements during the financial year.

It also includes council’s audited financial statements as well as messages from Mayor Mark Jamieson and acting CEO Ray Turner and key statistics and information on the Sunshine Coast and council.

“2014-15 was a very important year for the Sunshine Coast which saw us make significant progress with many projects that are going to enhance our economy and the lives of our residents,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The annual report has a range of very useful information on council and demonstrates we are doing some outstanding things for our community.

“Our residents and other stakeholders can be certain our councillors and staff are determined to deliver a host of positive outcomes for the future to follow on from what has already been achieved to help us towards our vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green, diverse.”

Hard copies of the annual report will be available at council libraries and customer service centres and can be viewed and downloaded from council’s website http://bit.ly/1Roy3x9

The major achievements for the year included:

A new economy

• Awarded $169 million in contracts to local business

• Commenced work on a new city centre at Maroochydore

• Approved 1737 development applications

• Preferred route options identified for Light Rail project for the Coast

• Completed the environmental impact statement for the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion

A strong community

• Adopted the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015

• Delivered 1800 library programs and workshops to more than 38,000 participants

• Awarded $3.7 million in grants to more than 700 community applicants

• Hosted 28 major events attracting 63,000 people

• Received more than 178,000 customer phone calls

An enviable lifestyle and environment

• Progressed the new solar farm facility to tender stage

• Environmental land purchased through the Environment Levy now totals 2761 hectares

• Managed the largest Land for Wildlife program held by a local government in Australia, with 874 registrations

• Worked closely with developers to achieve new communities in Palmview and Caloundra South

 Service excellence and a Public sector leader

• Delivered a balanced budget for 2015/16 - $588 million

• Recognised for strong financial management by Queensland Audit Office

Received awards for a variety of achievements including:

• An Excellence in Innovation award from Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Queensland for an online development tool

• Three awards at the Institute of Public Works Engineering State Excellence Awards for: Maroochy Sand Renourishment Project