- Friday 15 November 2013
Sunshine Coast Council today presented and adopted its Quarterly Progress Report for the first quarter of 2013-14 showcasing a number of important achievements.
Corporate Planning Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson said many residents would be surprised and pleased to learn where council had spent their rates in the first quarter of this financial year.
“Council has achieved a great deal over this past quarter across a variety of focus areas,” Cr Dickson said.
“We, as in councillors and council staff, should all be very proud of the effort that went into these successes and ready to take credit for our hard work.
“Often we don’t share our triumphs as much as we really should outside the organisation so the general public simply aren’t aware of the great things we are doing that benefit them, their families, communities and the region as a whole.”
This report presents the Quarterly Progress Report for the period 1 July to 30 September 2013 – quarter 1. The report has been prepared to inform council and the community on implementation of projects, activities and programs from council’s Operational Plan 2013-2014 and implementation of the Corporate Plan 2009-2014.
“We continued to build economic sustainability of the region for the first quarter, representing the Sunshine Coast at the Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Taiwan as part of a delegation of South East Queensland Mayors and seeing 233,000 passengers travelling through the Sunshine Coast Airport,” Cr Dickson said.
“We also launched Sunshine Coast – The Natural Advantage: Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033 to deliver a new economy which is more prosperous, resilient and productive.
“Environmental sustainability continues to be a priority as we called for expressions of interest to build a solar farm on the Sunshine Coast to reduce council’s future energy costs.
“We also purchased property at Verrierdale and Mt Ninderry totalling 312.97 hectares to ensure long-term protection of bushland for future generations.
“Our work to build a sustainable community and lifestyle included a sensational eighth Sunshine Coast Art Prize, attracting more than 380 diverse entries.
“Local residents, businesses and visitors to the area would have appreciated the preparations behind this year’s Caloundra Music Festival which continues to get bigger and better, delivering some of the best local, national and international acts.”
Cr Dickson said good governance and quality service were always critical factors in the way council operates.
“We commenced an impressive 114 of the 126 projects and activities in council’s Operational Plan 2013-2014 and completed 18% of the annual capital works program,” he said.
“Our customer contact staff managed over 55,000 phone calls, over 10,000 emails and conducted over 1,100 web chats while our relevant Regional Strategy and Planning staff were hard at work processing more than 360 development applications.
“We also finalised the new structure for the organisation in readiness for the de-amalgamation changeover date of 1 January 2014.”
For more information about council’s achievements – past, present and planned for the future, visit council’s website.