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City of Greater Geelong
Geelong is a great place to live because there are so many things to do. We have the best pools and I love that I can swim and play in them all year round.
Welcome to the City of Greater Geelong Annual Report for 2008-2009. The City of Greater Geelong acknowledges the Wathaurong as the traditional custodians of this land.
Our Vision Geelong: coast, country and suburbs is the best place to live through prosperous and cohesive communities in an exceptional environment.
2008-2009 Highlights About this Report 3 4
Governance Framework Internal Audit Statutory Information External Funding Community Arts and Community Festivals Grants Councillor Community Grants Domestic Animal (Cats and Dogs) Management Plan Update
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Geelong – The Best Place to Live Work and Play City of Greater Geelong at a Glance A Word from our Mayor A Word from our Interim Chief Executive Ofﬁcer Our Council Systemic Planning Process
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Year in Review
A Snapshot of the Year’s Achievements Outstanding Achievements Summary of Financial Results for 2008-2009 and Five Year Trends
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Health and Wellbeing Economic Development Environment Community Safety and Security Transportation Parks, Sport and Leisure Education and Research Arts, Culture and Heritage Telecommunications
87 93 99 105 109 113 119 123 129
Shaping Geelong’s Future Council Funding Priorities The Year Ahead
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Organisation Structure Our Values and Behaviours Chief Executive Ofﬁcer Divisional Operational Performance Human Resource Management Staff Proﬁle Employee Excellence Awards Recognition of Service Awards Our Volunteers
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Democracy Best Value 2008 -2009 Performance Statement Victorian Local Government Indicators 133 137 141 147
Standard Statements and Annual Financial Report
Calendar of Events Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Index Index Glossary
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Best Value 60 Customer Service Commitments and Achievements 61 Community Engagement 64
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two and three of the long awaited Geelong Ring Road opened Opening of the $8 million Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre The $1 million redevelopment of the Geelong West Library and Customer Service Centre completed Memory Bank exhibition and Mouth to Mountain relay held. two of the three elements of the Connecting Identities project Victorian Community Cabinet Meeting held in Corio.6 million of funding secured through the Federal Government Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program Over $50 million injected into the local economy from our major events calendar State leader in drought recovery.8 million Youth Activities Area on the Waterfront $2. The Carousel on Geelong’s Waterfront averages over 48. Annual Report 2008 . refer to the Performance Section starting on page 85.2008-2009 Highlights Geelong named as the sole host city of the 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships Opening of the $1. water saving initiatives and turf management on sports grounds and reserves Sections one. the biggest gathering of Federal Government in Geelong’s history For more information on each of the highlights listed above.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 3 .000 riders per year.
au and firstname.lastname@example.org weekdays to call us on (+ 61 3) 5272 5272 Post Write to us at: City of Greater Geelong PO Box 104. It also identiﬁes the future directions and challenges that lie ahead for our city. simply contact us via one of the following easy ways: Telephone Pick up the phone between 8.vic. news media.au OR phone them on (+ 61 3) 5272 4893 In Person You can always visit us at any one of our seven conveniently located Customer Service Centres: Geelong City Hall.gov.gov. businesses.au Mayor and Councillors Email them at email@example.com Hancock Street Ocean Grove Cnr The Avenue and Presidents Avenue Where to get a copy You can view a hard copy of the Annual Report at each of the seven Customer Service Centres. City Plan describes our strategic objectives and key strategies. please contact our Customer Service call centre on (03) 5272 5272.com.au 4 Annual Report 2008 .gov. Council staff and the wider general community. and addresses the minor setbacks experienced throughout the year.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .00am and 5. The City of Greater Geelong’s City Plan 2008-2012 is the guiding document for this Annual Report. The Annual Report 2008-2009 meets with our commitment to be transparent in performance reporting. The Annual Report provides an update on the highlights and achievements emanating from this program. Contact Us If you need further assistance or information on a service or Council facility.Overview About this report The City of Greater Geelong Annual Report 2008-2009 provides a comprehensive account of Council’s performance from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.geelongaustralia. Electronic copies are available on our website www. on pages 31-33. community and interest groups.au Email Get online and drop us an email at: contactus@geelongcity. residents. all levels of government.gov.vic. 163 High Street Corio Corio Shopping Centre Drysdale 18 .vic. or at any of the Municipal Libraries. The aim of the Annual Report is to inform all Council stakeholders including ratepayers. If you would like a copy to keep. Council embarked on an ambitious program of actions during 2008-2009 aligned to the nine Pillars of a great city and the two themes: Democracy and Best Value.geelongaustralia. This is the last year that we will report on the Pillar and Themes as a new framework has been adopted as part of City Plan 2009-2013. Geelong 3220 Australia Fax Send us a fax on (+ 61 3) 5272 4277 Web www. The new framework consisting of the three strategic directions is outlined in the Looking Forward section of this report.vic. to arrange for one to be sent to you. 30 Gheringhap Street 131 Myers Street Geelong West 153A Pakington Street Belmont Library.
Geelong truly is the best place to live. More than 100 bollards line the waterfront. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .Overview With something for everyone.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 5 Overview . many of which were made from huge wooden pylons recovered from the Yarra Street Pier which was partly destroyed by ﬁre in 1988. work and play.
Cheetham Salt Works and cement manufacturing at Fyansford. hospitality and tourism. Our City and its People With a population of over 212. coastal and suburban areas. Through the World Wars and to the mid 70’s Geelong’s manufacturing boomed.000. Geelong is also the gateway to the world renowned coastline of south-west Victoria via the Great Ocean Road. comprising country. Geelong truly is the best place to live. professional services. thousands of new jobs have been created in health. With the region experiencing a period of rapid growth. The municipality is bounded by the Moorabool Shire in the north. but today is often described as the heart and soul of the town. The city is a major centre for investment with over 15. including the opening of the Shell Reﬁnery in 1954 and Alcoa aluminium smelter in 1963. Huge wool stores surrounded the waterfront with some still remaining today. The Ford Motor Company was established in 1925 in Geelong and despite economic hardships over the years. You Yangs National Park. This was made evident by the tens of thousands of fans who turned out to honour their heroes after the Geelong Cats broke a 44-year drought to claim the 2007 AFL Premiership. the City of Greater Geelong is Victoria’s largest regional centre. a passionate community. With such great natural assets it isn’t hard to see why the change has been so successful. the municipality covers 1. They were informed that the bay was called Jillong (Geelong) and the land Corayo (Corio). A high proportion of this will come from new ‘greenﬁeld’ growth areas identiﬁed for development. Located some 75 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. Geelong’s proximity to Melbourne. Wyndham City and the Borough of Queenscliffe in the east.245km2. retail. Total residential dwellings are estimated at 92. when it should have been the other way around! Following the gold rush era of the 1860’s. as well as other suburban expansions.Overview Geelong: the Best Place to Live. a vibrant economy and a great lifestyle. education. Surf Coast Shire and Golden Plains Shire in the west and Bass Strait in the south. the change in markets and modern needs has seen a decline in some sectors of the manufacturing industry. Work and Play Geelong offers quality living. The region is characterised by the multi-award winning Waterfront overlooking Corio Bay. Geelong began its rise as an industrial town with the main trade in its early days being the processing of wool. they approached the Wathaurong people and asked for the name of the area. beautiful parklands and wildlife sanctuaries. it remains a major player in the region. With a proud history. Over time. most notably Armstrong Creek.000 people.000 people.000 years prior to white settlers arriving.070. the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula. Whilst manufacturing is still signiﬁcant employer within the city today. 6 Annual Report 2008 . wetlands. History The Wathaurong people lived in the Geelong region for more than 25. spread across more than 50 suburbs and townships. housing Deakin University and the Westﬁeld Shopping Centre.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .000 businesses and a highly skilled workforce of over 121. work and play. It has been long since debated that the Europeans may have in fact made a mistake in ascribing Corio to the sea and Geelong to the land. the Barwon River. When the explorers Hume and Hovell arrived in the area in 1824. The establishment of the Geelong Football Club in 1859 initially provided an outlet for local cricketers during the winter months. its liveability and its price advantages continue to place it in an ideal position to attract new residents and investment. Sport and recreational activities has and continues to play a major role in Geelong’s history. the population in the next 20 years is expected to exceed 290. extensive job and business opportunities and a wide range of recreational and cultural events and activities to take part in or just simply sit back and enjoy. or at least this is how they construed the conversation. Towards the end of the 19th century saw the opening of the Gordon Institute of Technology.
000 tonne oil rig) being undertaken at Geelong Port’s Lascelles Wharf and the refurbishment of Skilled Stadium’s Ross Drew Stand. and Supporting existing businesses and driving strategic growth sectors. Theatrical and musical productions are regularly staged as are exhibitions. skiing on the Barwon River or just enjoying our region’s beautiful beaches are also favored pastimes. or taking part in the many local sporting opportunities offered to all ages. Australian Supercross Championships. A further $678 million worth of redevelopment and construction is now underway and includes the Rippleside Quay development. Geelong truly is. Major events play a major role also. Open for Business Geelong is a City ‘Open for Business’. business and investors. all-weather thoroughbred racing facilities at the Geelong Racing Club. Sailing on Corio Bay. Barwon Water’s bio-solids drying facility at Black Rock. world class major events and ﬁne dining and entertainment. and the drive to be a model for growth in Australia has just begun. the reﬁt and repair of Kan Tan IV (a 13. a refurbished velodrome. an international standard baseball centre. While it is recognised that traditional industries will continue to be key economic and employment drivers. There are wide expanses of open space and diverse waterways to enjoy. and will continue to be the best place to live. Each weekend you can visit one of a number of markets held in the region. Whether it is joining a crowd of thousands to watch the Geelong Cats play at Skilled Stadium in the Australian Football League competition. and during the summer month’s night markets are proving a hit with locals and visitors alike. many kilometres of walking and bike tracks. Geelong Week Sailing Regatta. With a booming economy. the Edgewater development along Waterfront Geelong and Barwon Health’s Emergency Department upgrade. local culture and rich natural and built heritage. and triathlons are just some of the high proﬁle major events on the regions doorstep. this is a place and time of exciting possibilities – one where the commitment to be ‘open for business’ is real. national and international cycling events. The Best Lifestyle The Geelong region offers a diverse and exceptional lifestyle. a commitment that underpins our approach to economic development. at the same time it is critical to focus on growth and emerging sectors that will underpin prosperity in the new globalised economy. a newly upgraded Landy Field athletics track and state-of-the-art leisure and aquatic facilities.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 7 Overview . Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . great sporting facilities.Geelong is characterised by its bayside location and the city’s waterfront precinct is a popular tourist destination. and to adopt a partnership approach in economic development activities. There really is something for everyone! A leisurely stroll or ride along the awardwinning Waterfront or the more challenging Bellarine Rail Trail is popular on weekends all year round. the redevelopment of Westﬁeld Geelong. There are facilities for all seasonal sports from top class golf courses and equestrian facilities. Over the past 12 months there has been $826 million invested in the Geelong region from a large range of sectors. the Promenade Towers Apartments. The region offers sport and recreation activities for everyone. Brokering major projects and investment. the Transport Accident Commission headquarters. a great lifestyle and a framework in place for a sustainable future. Geelong is a city with great cultural energy. We are proud of our artistic traditions. cultural experiences. The Australian International Air Show. work and play. ‘Open for Business’ is about being open and ﬂexible. Geelong’s community leaders are united in transitioning the economy for the future through: Providing strong leadership and fostering regional collaboration. to facilitate rather than regulate. For government. Multicultural diversity is also celebrated throughout the year through events such as the Pako Festa and the National Celtic Festival. This includes completed projects such as the Geelong Ring Road from Corio to Waurn Ponds.
2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . 8 Annual Report 2008 .Overview Geelong’s position as a waterfront city is one of our region’s biggest strengths and has led to a wide range of public and private development opportunities.
335 Economic Recurrent Income Recurrent Expenditure Rates Revenue Rates Revenue as a per cent of Recurrent Income Capital Expenditure Working Capital Ratio (level of current assets available to meet current liabilities) Outstanding Loans Borrowings Debt Servicing Ratio No. of Building Permits issued Building Activity value No.4 14.070 116.616 10.963 396 303 242 597.122 127. No.9 115.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 9 Overview . of Kms of Footpath Renewed No. of Kms of Roads Resurfaced No.2 0.602 736.265 Full time: 824 Part time: 359 Casual: 82 219.7 124.City of Greater Geelong – at a Glance Unit 2007-2008 2008-2009 Staff Annual Equivalent Fulltime (EFT) Staff EFT 1.236 Full time:819 Part time:345 Casual:72 203. km km No.414 434 338 294 501.063.4 56.4 193. ground based treatments No.40 5. of Dog Registrations No. No.161 858. of Meals delivered (Meals on Wheels) by Council No.5 56.369 4. $M No.812 120.8 181.000 30.6 26. of Hours of General Home Care Delivered by Council No. No. of Children in Council run Child Care Centres No.165 29 316 1.4 136. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .452 29 657 1.0 204. kg kg kg kl No.7 0. of Cat Registrations Environment Garbage Volumes (Kg/household) Recycling Volumes (Kg/household) Green Waste Volumes (Kg/household) Council Water Consumption Mosquito breeding site treatments – no.854 3. of street and park trees planted (excludes trees planted in new subdivisions by developers) $M $M $M per cent $M per cent $M per cent No.7 52.9 71.557 9.489 30. of days sites treated aerially Mosquito breeding site treatments – no. No.38 4.398.388 1. of Tourists visiting the region Community No. Hours No.000 7 51 1.513 13 72 987 123.
We also undertook a number of drought recovery and water-saving initiatives. In partnership with the Federal and State Governments we developed the Youth Activities Area at the Waterfront. It was also a proud moment when the Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre opened in December 2008 with a free family fun day. We have continued to work on a range of projects that address environmental and community needs. We remained steadfast in our commitment to major events. Lastly the East-West trafﬁc improvements have continued at the following locations: Myers Street / Yarra Street. I’d like to think that in the current Council’s term we will make signiﬁcant progress on three priorities in particular: Developing the industrial land at Heales Road. the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd held the ninth Community Cabinet at Corio Bay Secondary College. The sympathetic redevelopment of the Geelong West Library is another project we are especially proud of. It is not every day a mayor is able to abseil down the front of City Hall! This truly magical 12-hour. Looming large in the 2008-2009 year has been the global ﬁnancial crisis. On 7 December 2008. One event I was proud to be involved in was Mouth to Mountain.000 distributed to 37 community groups. You can read about the progress of those priorities on pages 34-38. Early in 2009 Council was allocated $2. Our message has been loud and clear – Geelong Is Open for Business – and we know what we want for our future to be bright. John Mitchell Mayor City of Greater Geelong 10 Annual Report 2008 . the second event in a series of three in the Connecting Identities project which was held during May. a half court for basketball. especially with Geelong hosting the 2010 UCI World Championships. with an election in November 2008 returning eight councillors and introducing four new councillors. Highlights included the 12th Australian Masters Games. We were able to present our case for Geelong to the Prime Minister and other key ministers and provide all Cabinet members with a kit of information about our great region. We have also supported a myriad of smaller events through our Community Arts and Festivals Grants Programs. Ryrie Street / Swanston Street / Sydney Parade. supporting a program of 26 events that pumped over $50 million into the local economy in 2008-2009. Council installed solar panels on the roof of the National Wool Museum and a micro-wind turbine at Limeburners Point Boat Ramp as part of our Greenhouse Response. Gaining a commitment to extend the Ring Road to the Bellarine. past and present. Latrobe Terrace / Ryrie Street. working closely with both Federal and State Governments to keep our local economy ticking over. as is the Drysdale Football and Netball Club Redevelopment. The Geelong Ring Road Stage Two opened in December 2008 and Stage Three opened in June 2009. the new Council. with $160. 54 kilometre relay took water from the mouth of the Barwon River at Barwon Heads to the top of the You Yangs. quickly established what we wanted to achieve in our four year term. As we look forward. It has been a year of two Councils. six months ahead of schedule. Thanks to all my fellow Councillors. Building an exhibition and convention centre for Geelong. we are committed to continuing to work closely with the Federal and State Governments to get things done. the 2009 Australian International Airshow and various cycling events. This terriﬁc space was ofﬁcially opened in November 2008 and features skating surfaces.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . but I’d like to mention three particular projects that were major priorities with the previous Council. Already this road has made a difference to trafﬁc ﬂows. 2010 promises to be a very exciting year. We knew we needed to respond with courage and determination. A big thanks to all those we have worked closely with to achieve our best for Geelong. We.6 million through the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program to spend on projects that were ready to start. We reviewed the 13 priorities of the previous Council and agreed to continue the focus on big picture priorities. Thanks too to both Kay Rundle and Stephen Grifﬁn for their efforts in running the organisation and to all the staff for ensuring Geelong is the best place to live. stages and other multipurpose areas. A list of the projects funded through this grant program can be viewed on page 93.Overview A Word from Our Mayor I’d like to welcome you to Council’s Annual Report for the 2008-2009 ﬁnancial year.
Brokering major projects and encouraging investment.A Word from our Interim Chief Executive Ofﬁcer It is a great privilege to have been appointed the interim CEO of the City of Greater Geelong. rail. We believe Geelong. world-renowned tourism industry and our proximity to air.2 million. During 2008-2009 the City recorded a healthy period of ﬁnancial operation. the 2008 National Award for Local Government for Excellence in Alcohol Management.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 11 Overview . $71. This is an important initiative of the organisation’s career succession planning.8 million was spent on capital works with projects such as the Leisurelink replacement facility at Waurn Ponds. Council has been active in joining the State and Federal Governments in tackling the effects of the global ﬁnancial crisis on Geelong’s economy. the Mayor and Councillors. Work has begun in preparing a Reconciliation Action Plan to guide Council’s activities and relationships with local indigenous people. Thank you also to all staff. In all our activities it is important we keep abreast of what the community wants. During the year Kay Rundle won the SACS award for Local Government Leadership. and the 2007-2008 City of Greater Geelong Annual Report received a Gold Award at the prestigious Australasian Reporting Awards. with a keen eye for what really matters and a strong belief in the power of good relationships to make a difference. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . Thank you to each and every one of you for making a difference to the lives of others and the environment we all enjoy. signiﬁcant asset growth and an operating surplus of $14. the road construction and replacement program and the completion of the Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre. One of the great traditions here at the City of Greater Geelong is the contribution of over 700 volunteers who help us deliver services. thus ensuring services continued to be provided to the Geelong community. Recently I was proud to take part in a ceremony that recognised the many staff who have given the City of Greater Geelong 20 or 30 years of service. education and health sectors. can weather the crisis. I have been with the City since July 2008 and have lived in the region for many years. Stephen Griffen Interim Chief Executive Ofﬁcer City of Greater Geelong Her prize money was used to develop the ACCELER8 Emerging Leaders Program which provides an opportunity for eight permanent employees to attain practical leadership skills. Over the year we have conducted more than 100 formal consultation events. reﬂected in higher closing cash balances. These are important local contributions to closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. research and innovation facilities. Among them were Eveleen Sparrow who has been working at the Settlement Road Belmont School Crossing for 30 years and Len Williams who has spent 30 years maintaining the central areas of Ocean Grove. Their stories about their time with the City and the people they have met were heart-warming. Leading the way with regional collaboration. emerging ready for a major growth period. Together we are demonstrating that Geelong is Open for Business by: Supporting existing businesses and identifying new growth sectors. We will remember him. Victoria’s second biggest city. It is also important to recognise the efforts of those staff who stepped up to cover for those assisting in tackling the bushﬁres and cleanup. projects and events to the people of the City of Greater Geelong and beyond. Council’s Information Technology Manager Andrew Downie also received an award at the Municipal Association of Victoria’s inaugural Local Government Excellence in ICT Awards. sea and road facilities. as is their continued dedication. At the City we have worked hard in the 2008-2009 ﬁnancial year to boost our capital works program and keep jobs in Geelong. Pt Lonsdale and Barwon Heads. The Municipal Association of Victoria coordinated Council assistance with the City providing services to the Murrindindi and Nillumbik Shires. Vale Danny Shepherd. providing the opportunity for the community to have their say. We will be able to capitalise on our existing assets such as our industrial and manufacturing base. In 2008-2009 we received many awards that reﬂect the dedication of our staff. In June Council adopted the Indigenous Statement of Recognition and Commitment 2009. I welcome the challenge to deliver positive outcomes for the community. Kay has been an exemplary leader of the organisation. These included Geelong Otway Tourism’s three awards at the 2008 Melbourne Airport Victorian Tourism Awards. I particularly want to acknowledge the efforts of our staff in assisting communities affected by the Victorian bushﬁres. a much admired staff member who tragically died in the bushﬁres. For me Geelong really is the best place to live! I would like to acknowledge Kay Rundle. CEO of the City of Greater Geelong from March 2003 to May 2009.
The municipality is made up of 12 wards. 9. 12.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .000 residents. with one Councillor elected to represent each ward. 6. Overview 12 1. 5. 10. 3. 2. providing services and facilities for more than 212. 4. 11. Austin Cheetham Coryule Beangala Buckley Deakin Kardinia Brownbill Kildare Cowie Corio Windermere 9 6 10 11 Corio Bay 8 7 5 1 2 4 3 12 Annual Report 2008 .Our Council The City of Greater Geelong is among the largest of the 79 Councils in Victoria. 8. 7.
In late 1997 the Council was restructured by the State Government and the 12 ward makeup was changed to four wards. In March 2001.Council History Geelong became a Local Government entity under the Incorporation of the Town of Geelong Act (an Act of NSW Parliament) on 12 October 1849. Fostering community cohesion and encouraging active participation in civic life. Subsequent to this. At the end of that one year term. The Mayor has several roles including chairing Council meetings. Council Elections Victorian Local Government Elections are held every four years. November 2004 – November 2008 Cr Tom O’Connor. and the enormous contribution they each made to the City. Windermere Ward Service to Council: November 2001 – November 2008 Cr Peter McMullin. Providing leadership by establishing strategic objectives and monitoring achievements. the Council reverted to its current 12 ward system with 12 Councillors. the community.com. They take part in formulating. At this time. Councillors are elected by the community and they represent the overall public interest of the region and their respective ward. Coryule Ward Service to Council: November 2004 – November 2008 Cr Tony Ansett. Ensuring that resources are managed in a responsible and accountable manner. civic and ceremonial functions. A detailed map of the new ward structure can be viewed on the Geelong Australia website: www. however some ward boundaries were modiﬁed. 12 Councillors were elected with each Councillor representing one ward. adopting and reviewing the corporate plan. A further review was completed by the Victorian Electoral Commission in May 2008 with the decision to maintain the current structure. ensuring that Council decisions are carried out and representing the City at government. the Mayor may wish to stand for re-election as Mayor for a further term or decide to stand down. Since 1993 the structure of our Council has undergone some signiﬁcant changes. Corio Ward Service to Council: March 1998 – March 2001. Council has a number of roles including: Taking into account the diverse needs of the local community in decision making. Advocating the interests of the local community to other communities and governments. six local Councils and part of a seventh (Barrabool) were formed into one large municipality called the City of Greater Geelong (18 May 1993). The Mayor is elected by the 12 Councillors for a one-year term. Between 1993 and 1995 the City of Greater Geelong was governed by four Commissioners appointed by the State. and their constituents: Cr Lou Brazier. The Victorian Local Government elections were held in November 2008. The City of Greater Geelong acknowledges the four outgoing councillors. The election of Mayor is usually held in December. Victoria’s Local Government reform began in 1993 when the State Government introduced legislation to combine more than 200 small local Councils into 78 larger Councils (now 79). In March 1995 the new City of Greater Geelong held its ﬁrst election. The ward boundary changes took effect for the General Election held in November 2008.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 13 Overview . the second Council was elected in 1998 consisting of nine Councillors.au The Role of Council Council operates under the Local Government Act 1989 and is elected to provide leadership and good governance for the municipality and the local community. Buckley Ward Service to Council: November 2004 – November 2008 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .geelongaustralia. annual budget and other operational plans and also make informed decisions on Council policies and funding requirements. with four new Councillors and eight returning Councillors elected to represent the City over the next four years.
Overview Geelong serves as a cultural hub for the region and the city holds an important collection of public art. 14 Annual Report 2008 .2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .
Thomson. He is employed at V/Line and has been an active participant in many local sports and community organisations. Cr Macdonald is a strong advocate for residents and is working to ensure their concerns and aspirations are communicated to Council. disability. Drumcondra. which includes Breakwater.au Cr Rod Macdonald (Deputy Mayor) Cheetham Ward Elected to Council: November 2004 Portfolio: Economic Development Cr Macdonald represents the Cheetham Ward which includes the townships of Curlewis. South Geelong. Cr Mitchell is involved in the following Committees: Audit Advisory Committee Community Arts and Festivals Assessment Committee Water Taskforce Planning Committee Geelong Major Events Geelong Regional Alliance (G21) Committee for Geelong Community Renewal Committee – Whittington Geelong Safety Committee Telephone: 0400 616 147 E-mail: mayor@geelongcity. South Barwon Swimming Club and the GCA Sharks Swimming Club. Geelong and the Central Business District. Cr Macdonald is involved in the following Committees: Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Plan Steering Committee Bellarine Rail Trail Advisory Committee Planning Committee Geelong Regional Library Corporation (Chair) Telephone: 0458 509 994 E-mail: councillor@geelongcity.” Cr Abley is involved in the following Committees: Community Arts and Festivals Assessment Committee Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee Central Geelong City Marketing Committee Planning Committee Geelong Major Events Geelong Regional Library Corporation Geelong Art Gallery Geelong Future Cities Steering Committee Street Access for the Aged and People with Disabilities Advisory Committee Western Beach Reference Committee Telephone: 0419 358 223 E-mail: councillor@geelongcity. Cr Macdonald has lived within the Cheetham ward area for over 15 years and now operates a small business in Newcomb. Cr Mitchell was re-elected unopposed at the November 2008 Council elections and subsequently elected as Mayor. Whittington and St Albans Park.au Cr Barbara Abley AM DSJ Brownbill Ward Elected to Council: November 2001 Portfolio: Arts and Culture Cr Abley represents Brownbill Ward which includes part of East Geelong.au Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . Leopold and Wallington. She previously served as Deputy Mayor for one year and two years as Mayor. He has been awarded Life Memberships of Thomson Football Club. Moolap. Newcomb. the ﬁrst female to hold this senior position on the City of Greater Geelong Council. Barbara Abley is a third term Brownbill Ward Councillor.Introducing our Councillors Overview Cr John Mitchell Mayor Austin Ward Elected to Council: November 2004 Portfolio: Communications Sport and Recreation Cr Mitchell represents the Austin Ward. Cr Mitchell was born and raised in the Austin Ward.vic.gov.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 15 . Geelong West. Her inﬂuence in the community and contribution to the City’s future directions extends beyond Council and is best explained by her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2007 Queens Birthday Honours’ List “For service to Local Government and Regional Development.vic.gov. after serving the previous two years as Deputy Mayor. having previously served with the Royal Australian Air Force. health and service organisations.vic. He has lived in the area for over 45 years and is married with three children. particularly through the Geelong Region Alliance (G21) and to the community through a range of aged care. He is active in the local community and understands the issues affecting his ward.gov. Drysdale.
Cr Fisher is involved in the following Committees: Disability Advisory Committee Grafﬁti Reference Group Windsor Park Steering Committee Planning Committee Community Reference Committee Neighbourhood Renewal DW Hope Centre Local Learning and Employment Network Telephone: 0439 011 003 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 16 Annual Report 2008 . initiated play groups.vic.gov. Cr Doull lives in Portarlington and has been a Bellarine Peninsula resident for the past 13 years. art house ﬁlms. Member.gov. Cr Farrell is involved in the following Committees: Audit Advisory Committee Planning Committee Submissions Review Panel (Chair) Community Arts and Festivals Assessment Committee Bellarine Multi Arts Facility Committee of Management (Chair) Geelong Local Safety Committee Geelong Drug Action Plan Committee Grafﬁti Reference Group (Chair) Geelong Gaming Action Plan Committee (Chair) Local Government Working Group on Gambling Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council Industry Code of Conduct Working Group Courthouse Youth Arts Centre.vic. Portarlington. as well as the rural area of Mannerim and parts of Marcus Hill. Kylie is currently school council president at her children’s primary school and a committee member of her local little league football club. His hobbies include bushwalking. Norlane and North Shore. Cr Farrell lives in Ocean Grove. Indented Head. volunteered countless hours in clubs. Kylie is an integration aide who works with children who have speciﬁc needs. having made the “sea change” from Melbourne almost 20 years ago. where he represented the Borough on the Music Festival. both coaching and on committees and has engaged local mothers to increase their access to services.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Climate Change Cr Doull represents the Coryule Ward which includes the townships of Clifton Springs. theatre and hoarding books. She is keen to preserve the rural character of the Bellarine and is committed to protecting the unique identity of our wonderful coastal towns.2008.Introducing our Councillors Overview Cr John Doull Coryule Ward Elected to Council: November 2008 Portfolio: Environment and Sustainability.gov.vic. ﬂying in outback Australia. Cr Farrell has a long-established commitment to working across the entire local government sector to better engage Councils and their communities on issues that affect our young people. She is also a strong advocate for meaningful participatory consultation across all Council’s decisionmaking processes and practices. Cr Doull is a qualiﬁed pilot and ﬂying instructor. from the planning and consultation to the implementation of projects and programs. Kylie draws on this sense of kinship in all aspects of her role as Councillor.au Cr Kylie Fisher Corio Ward Elected to Council: November 2008 Portfolio: Community Development Cr Fisher represents the Corio Ward which includes the suburbs of Corio. Cr Doull is involved in the following Committees: Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Plan Steering Committee Bellarine Rail Trail Advisory Committee Geelong Regional Storm water Reuse Project Water Taskforce Planning Committee Barwon Regional Waste Management Group Victorian Local Governance Association (Board Member) Association of Bayside Municipalities Telephone: 0448 560 897 E-mail: councillor@geelongcity. Heritage and Finance/Audit Committees. Cr Farrell has a strong conviction that local government is about grass roots issues and that her most important role as a Councillor is to provide a two-way link between Council and the wider community.au Cr Jan Farrell Beangala Ward Elected to Council: November 2004 Portfolio: Democracy and Governance. who also studied building (project management) at RMIT and worked for a high proﬁle architect in Melbourne. He served as a Councillor at the Borough of Queenscliffe from 2004 . alternative Australian music. St Leonards and Northern Rural Bellarine. Kylie has been instrumental in the running of many festivals and community projects in the Northern Suburbs. Education and Youth Cr Farrell represents the Beangala Ward which includes the townships of Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale. Kylie has lived in the Northern Suburbs of Geelong for nine years and feels very passionate and proud to be a member of such a strong community. Board of Management Courthouse Redevelopment Project (Chair) Ocean Grove Community Enterprise (Board Member) Municipal Association of Victoria (Board Member) Telephone: 0437 103 035 E-mail: councillor@geelongcity.
gov. He served two terms as Mayor from 2006–2008. Through sporting clubs and school committees he is very active in his local community. Highton and part of Waurn Ponds. Lovely Banks. Cr Katos is the father of a young family. Cr Katos is involved with the following Committees: Audit Advisory Committee Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Plan Steering Committee Water Taskforce Planning Committee Geelong Major Events Telephone: 0407 042 856 E-mail: email@example.com. He is passionate about our City and the region and enjoys the opportunity of working with residents and business owners to make a positive contribution to the community.vic. Major Events Strategic Development Indigenous Affairs Cr Harwood represents the Kardinia Ward which includes Belmont and a large part of Grovedale. A lifelong resident of Geelong.gov. Lara born and bred. Bruce also maintains a ﬁrm commitment to ensuring the Geelong region is exposed for optimum economic and tourism opportunities. A Belmont resident. Cr Harwood is involved in the following Committees: Planning Committee Barwon Regional Waste Management Group (Director) Geelong Otway Tourism Board Geelong Major Events (Chair) Australian Airshow Committee Geelong Sailing Week Regatta Committee Telephone: 0409 512 544 E-mail: councillor@geelongcity. Anakie. Rosewall and Staughtonvale.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 17 Overview .Cr Cameron Granger Windermere Ward Elected to Council: November 2008 Portfolio: Heritage. Cr Granger has long had a strong interest in local government. Point Wilson. Cameron will continue to aim for the best possible sustainable development for the beneﬁt of future generations in Windermere Ward whilst engaging with the community at all levels. Little River. Cr Granger is involved in the following Committees: Community Arts and Festivals Assessment Committee Planning Committee Geelong Heritage Centre Geelong Regional Library Corporation Telephone: 0448 718 347 E-mail: councillor@geelongcity. Cameron has a deep appreciation of the need to consult with the community.au Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . He has a strong environment commitment to the Barwon River and Belmont Common areas as well as supporting local sports clubs and community groups. and the township of Ceres.vic. Cr Katos is a small business owner in Geelong. Rural and Regional Affairs Cr Granger represents the Windermere Ward which takes in the townships of Avalon. Cr Katos joined Council following a by-election in May 2008 and was subsequently re-elected unopposed at the November 2008 election. He intends to see further economic growth in the ward when Leisurelink is completed. Bruce was initially elected to Council at a by-election in February 2003 and was re-elected in 2004 and 2008.au Cr Andrew Katos Deakin Ward Elected to Council: May 2008 Portfolio: Planning Finance Multicultural Affairs Cr Katos represents the Deakin Ward which includes the suburbs of Wandana Heights.vic. Lara.au Cr Bruce Harwood Kardinia Ward Elected to Council: February 2003 Portfolio: Tourism. Bruce is a Police Ofﬁcer with over 28 years’ service. currently attached to the Geelong Criminal Investigation Unit.
Introducing our Councillors
Cr Dr Srechko ‘Stretch’ Kontelj OAM KSJ Kildare Ward
Elected to Council: March 1998 Portfolio: Major Projects Cr Dr Kontelj represents the Kildare Ward which takes in the suburbs of Newtown/Chilwell, Manifold Heights and Herne Hill, the township of Fyansford and parts of Stonehaven. First elected in 1998, Dr Kontelj is now in his fourth term on Council. Dr Kontelj was born and educated in Geelong and currently lives in Newtown with wife Paula and his two youngest children. He has a long history of community involvement, particularly in supporting ethnic communities for which he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2001 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Local Government. Dr Kontelj has practiced Law for over 20 years and is Legal Director Asia/Paciﬁc, for international optometry group Specsavers. Dr Kontelj also serves in the Australian Defence Force as a Specialist Reserve Legal Ofﬁcer with the RAAF. He holds Degrees in Law, Economics, Accounting, Business Administration and Governance from Monash, Melbourne and Deakin University and in 1999 was awarded Deakin University Law School’s ﬁrst Doctorate in Juridical Science. Dr Kontelj was Mayor of the City from March 2001 until April 2002. As a family man living in Geelong, Cr Kontelj has a genuine interest in the well being of his community and is motivated by his Council responsibilities to make Geelong a better place to work, live and raise a family. Cr Kontelj is involved in the following Committees: Kardinia Park Steering Committee Planning Committee Water Taskforce Northern Community Hub Project Telephone: 0419 327 303 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cr Andy Richards Buckley Ward
Elected to Council: November 2008 Portfolio: Parks and Gardens Transport and Infrastructure Cr Richards represents the Buckley Ward which includes Barwon Heads, Breamlea, Mount Duneed, Waurn Ponds, parts of Grovedale and the semi-rural areas to the southern boundaries of the City. Cr Andy Richards is passionate about making sure the future development of Armstrong Creek meets high standards, and ensuring its integration with surrounding suburbs like Grovedale, Waurn Ponds, Marshall, Mt Duneed and Connewarre. Andy is also interested in developing new employment opportunities to ensure the city’s prosperity into the future. Andy has broad experience in the political and industrial relations ﬁelds, and led the successful Your Rights at Work campaign in 2007. Cr Richards is involved in the following Committees: Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Plan Steering Committee Disability Street Access Advisory Committee Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee Planning Committee Barwon Regional Waste Management Group Geelong Regional Alliance (G21) Transport Pillar Telephone: 0408 321 344 E-mail: email@example.com
Cr David Saunderson JP Cowie Ward
Elected to Council: March 2001 Cr Saunderson represents the Cowie Ward which includes the suburbs of North Geelong, Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Batesford and Hamlyn Heights. David has always lived in Geelong’s northern suburbs and has previously worked as a journalist and as Electorate Ofﬁcer. His main aim for Council is to deliver top quality services that meet the community’s expectations, as well as working to improve the community consultation process. Cr Saunderson is involved in the following Committees: Community Arts and Festivals Assessment Committee Planning Committee Geelong Regional Library Corporation DW Hope Centre Western Heights Local School Proposal Telephone: 0409 809 860 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Any changes to this cycle or any additional Special Meetings are publicised through the media. Meetings are open to the public and at the start of ordinary meetings public question time gives any member of the community the opportunity to freely ask a question on any Council-related matter. Most meetings are held in the Council Chamber at City Hall at 7.00pm, however on a quarterly basis Council Meetings are held at venues around the municipality. This encourages greater access to the Councillors and the operations of Council. During the 12 months to June 2008 Council Meetings have been held at the following locations: Leopold Sportsmans Club, 26 August 2008 Drysdale, Potato Shed, 24 February 2009 Norlane, Centenary Hall, 12 May 2009
Council Meeting Attendance July 2008 – June 2009
A total of 22 Ordinary and 1 Special Council Meetings were held during the period July 2008 to June 2009. The attendance record of Councillors is set out in the table below. Attendance is recorded in tables prior to and following Council Elections held in November 2008.
July 2008 to November 2008 Meeting Attendance
Name Cr Abley Cr Ansett Cr Brazier Cr Farrell Cr Harwood Cr Katos Cr Kontelj Cr Macdonald Cr McMullin Cr Mitchell Cr O’Connor Cr Saunderson Ordinary 9 10 8 10 9 9 8 10 9 9 9 10 Special Total 9 10 8 10 9 9 8 10 9 9 9 10
December 2008 to June 2009 Meeting Attendance
Name Cr Abley Cr Doull Cr Farrell Cr Fisher Cr Granger Cr Harwood Cr Katos Cr Kontelj Cr Macdonald Cr Mitchell Cr Richards Cr Saunderson
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Ordinary 12 12 11 12 10 11 12 10 12 12 12 8
Special 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Total 13 13 12 12 11 12 13 11 13 13 13 9
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Systemic Planning Process
Information (IM) Research, community engagement
Implement and Monitor
City Plan Resouce Plan Annual Budget
Metrics Measure and report our progress toward achieving outcomes.
The Systemic Planning Process is based on the concept of continual learning from past experiences and actions in a strategic planning context.
It is designed to promote commitment and accountability and links community needs, corporate strategic directions, plans and outcomes. It ensures that council decisions are evidence based and establishes clear measures of performance to enable progress to be assessed and reported.
An Agreed Vision
Vision The Best Place to Live
Mission Building Relationships
Processes Review performance and respond.
Strategic Directions Plan of action to get from current, to future state. Community Wellbeing, Environment, Growing the Economy
Actions / Projects Priority Actions within Strategies / Master Plans
Critical Success Factors
How to Close the Gaps
Strategic Outcomes What we are trying to achieve or inﬂuence in each strategic direction
Strategies Strategies / master plans that support the Strategic Directions
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Tens of thousands of spectators enjoyed action packed aerobatic displays at the 2009 Australian International Airshow held at Avalon. Photo courtesy of Rob Kysela.
The Year in Review
At Council we pride ourselves on delivering a broad range of services and projects that meet the needs of our community, and continually look for innovative improvement opportunities. This section provides a snapshot of our achievements over the past 12 months.
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Year in Review
Several control orders were declared relating to the Domestic Animal (Dogs and Cats) Management Plan. This provides the direction and key strategies that will be undertaken over the next ﬁve years. 22 Annual Report 2008 . adults and volunteers getting involved in 48 separate local events and activities. The City of Greater Geelong was allocated $2. The City of Greater Geelong General Council Elections were held. as well as an order requiring cats to be conﬁned between sunset and sunrise from 1 July 2009.8 million Youth Activities Area on the Waterfront was ofﬁcially opened. Council adopted the revised Drug Statement Policy. The new and improved Ocean Grove Skate Park at Shell Road Reserve was opened with a free youth event. The popular Dell at Clifton Springs was reopened to pedestrians.100 people attending over the 10-week period. to provide a concise. July The UCI Road Cycling World Championships 2010 course was announced. Construction commenced on the new $30 million Leisurelink Gym and Aquatic Centre. The ground breaking Hatching the Past: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies exhibition was held at the National Wool Museum over the September school holidays. and coordinated by the City of Greater Geelong. The City of Greater Geelong joined the State Government in the Global Skills for Provincial Victoria Program 2008-2010. with 17. The $1. was launched at the National Wool Museum. The revised Municipal Strategic Statement was adopted by Council.800 children. the Doulos. with a record 12. easy-to-use and strategically robust Local Planning Policy framework.500 people was held to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the construction of Osborne House. Council adopted the Guidelines for Walkable Coastal Environments. in an effort to address the regional skills shortage. which will assist Council in prioritising footpath and infrastructure projects to encourage walking within coastal communities. fast tracking several projects that will provide tangible community beniﬁts and add stimulus to the local economy. September The World’s oldest ship.Year in Review A Snapshot of the Year’s Achievements This year has seen many milestones and events that Council and the community can be proud of. greatly improving access and safety. docked at Cunningham Pier – its only Victorian destination on its last Australian tour. Below is a snapshot of just some of these achievements. October The Victorian Seniors Festival Geelong was held over the month. Barwon River and the café precinct in Pakington Street. Following a $1 million upgrade. The 2008 Children’s Week was successfully held. as part of the City of Greater Geelong’s EcoChallenge program. The facility is designed to offer the region’s 44. the Geelong West Library was reopened after 11 months of redevelopment providing a dynamic cultural and community hub and Customer Service Centre. The solar array represents the largest renewable energy installation in Central Geelong. music by local DJs and a free barbecue. August Library services in the Geelong region embarked on an exciting new era with the launch of Reading Revolution: New Generation Libraries – the Geelong Library Plan 2008-2013.500 participants getting involved in the 116 events and activities organised by local community groups.000-plus youths a dedicated space for a wide range of sporting and recreation activities. which has a strong focus on partnerships and community engagement to ensure a whole-of-community approach to tackling drug and alcohol misuse within the municipality. incorporating some of Geelong’s best features such as the waterfront. including specifying areas within the municipality where dogs can be off leash. The exhibition featured a collection of over 40 short ﬁlms and numerous written anecdotes capturing locals recollections of their lives in Geelong. a state of the art facility at Waurn Ponds. Memory Bank. including demo skaters.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . with eight returning Councillors and four new Councillors elected.6 million in the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program. Geelong Otway Tourism announced that annual visitor expenditure in the region topped $1 billion for the ﬁrst time. The Nine Network national breakfast show Today was broadcast live from Steampacket Place on the Geelong Waterfront. with more than 6. with a new sealed walking path and new timber steps. A 36-panel solar array was installed on the roof of the National Wool Museum. November A free community event attended by over 1. showcasing the region to a national audience. the ﬁrst element of the major arts project Connecting Identities.
Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . after more than six years at the helm of Geelong. Ford Australia opened its new $20 million Advanced Centre for Automotive Research and Testing in Lara. shared walkways. Council moved to guarantee the future of organised sport in the Lara area. which was developed by the City of Greater Geelong. New cycle lane treatments were undertaken in Central Geelong. to assist communities affected by the Black Saturday bushﬁres. St Hilliers was chosen as the preferred developer for the Haymarket Site in Myers St. to improve local roads. City of Greater Geelong CEO Kay Rundle announced she would be taking up a new position as CEO at the City of Port Phillip. April The new Information Communications Technology Cluster was launched comprising of various public and private organisations. A micro wind turbine was installed at Limeburners Point Boat Ramp. Hamlyn Heights. February The City of Greater Geelong launched the new Community Directory on the Geelong Australia website.December The much anticipated Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre was opened. most of the walls and windows installed in the gym.000 spectators. The Geelong Night Markets. with the structure complete. who will work together to facilitate ICT investment and secure jobs for Geelong. with high friction coloured surface being installed at high proﬁle intersections within the city. clearing the way for the $50 million project to proceed. providing valuable encouragement for all sectors of the Geelong region’s economy. enabling residents and the general public to access information on community groups. with the installation of a water treatment system expected to save around 90 per cent of backwashing water. new park furniture. The largest yachting regatta in the Southern Hemisphere. were held in Johnstone Park each Friday night throughout the month. The 12-hour. Waterworld Aquatic Centre received an eco-friendly upgrade. including landscaping works. Council committed to providing staff and equipment for the short and long term bushﬁre relief effort. which provides management assistance to 32 local kinders.000. was held over the Australia Day weekend on Corio Bay and the Waterfront. with over 5. clubs and services available within the municipality. Unprecedented numbers ﬂocked to the 27th annual Pako Festa on the last weekend of the month. associations. attracting over 450 yachts and 100. with works including tree plantings.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 23 Year in Review March . January The City embarked on a $305. The City of Greater Geelong and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development signed contracts for the transfer of land at Vines Rd. state of the art cricket nets and tennis court improvements. was held. which were at threat due to prolonged drought conditions. endorsing the Lara Outdoor Recreation Studies Plan and Lara Recreation Reserve Master Plan. and to protect and enhance our bay. from the mouth of the Barwon River to the top of the You Yangs. Council renewed the three-year funding agreement with the Geelong Kindergarten Association. The makeover of Highton Reserve neared completion.000 campaign to save a number of signiﬁcant trees within the municipality. with 121 primary schools. The 2009 Australian International Airshow was once again a huge success with tens of thousands of spectators enjoying action packed aerobatic displays and exhibitions. the Borough of Queenscliffe and the Department of Planning and Community Development. This sets guidelines for bayside councils to take a collaborative approach to responding to the anticipated impacts of climate change. The Rudd Government held its ﬁrst Victorian Community Cabinet Meeting in Corio. with the proposal for the site including 10. The number of children participating in the Kids – ‘Go for your life’ program exceeded 20. the biggest gathering of Federal Government Ministers in Geelong’s history. to allow for the development of the new Western Heights College campus and shared community facilities. installation of a new playground. June Construction on the Leisurelink Gym and Aquatic Centre passed the halfway mark. Mouth to Mountain. The collaborative plan. The City of Greater Geelong played a central role in saving the iconic Geelong business Viridian Glass. The Point Lonsdale Structure Plan was adopted. The National Wool Museum celebrated 20 years since it ofﬁcially opened as one of the country’s most important bicentennial projects. The City of Greater Geelong signed the Association of Bayside Municipalities Climate Change Charter. run by the Queen Victoria Market and Central Geelong Marketing. The centre has proved very popular. The power generated will be fed back in to the electric power grid and used to power the boat ramp lights.282m2 of ofﬁce space and car parking for 610 cars. and the 50-metre legacy pool from the 2007 World Swimming Championships fully assembled. one of the ﬁrst vertical axis models to be installed anywhere in Australia.600 visits per week. Planning Minister Justin Madden announced land at the prospective Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre redevelopment would be re-zoned. Geelong roads received a welcome funding boost from the Federal Government with the allocation of $7. Geelong Week Sailing Regatta. The Integrated Infrastructure Delivery Plan to guide the development of the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area was completed. May The second major event of the Connecting Identities project. car park improvements. kinders and childcare centres now involved. contains directions on the key issues facing the local community. and at least 60 local jobs. the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia. Whittington’s Early Learning and Family Centre @ Apollo was ofﬁcially reopened following a major upgrade.8 million over ﬁve years. 54-kilometre relay saw 96 community ambassadors representing our 12 wards carry water contained in story vessel sculptures.
Award Category/Award Service or project awarded International Australasian Reporting Awards National Environs Australia Sustainability Awards 2008 National Local Government Awards 2008 Australian Tourism Awards 2008 Australian Tourism Awards State Heart Foundation Victoria Awards Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia Keep Australia Beautiful Awards SafeRoads 2008 Municipal Association of Victoria’s Local Government Excellence Awards Planning Excellence 2008 Victorian Awards Planning Excellence 2008 Victorian Awards Social and Community Services Awards Stormwater Excellence Awards Victorian Aquatic and Recreation Awards 2009 Victorian Coastal Awards Victorian Coastal Awards Victorian Early Years Awards 2008 Victorian Tourism Awards 2008 Victorian Tourism Awards 2008 Victorian Tourism Awards 2008 Victorian Tourism Awards 2008 Victorian Meetings Industry Awards 2008 Victorian Meetings Industry Awards Regional Geelong Business Excellence Awards Smart Geelong Researcher of the Year Awards 24 Annual Report 2008 .2009 | City of Greater Geelong Gold Award Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability by an urban or larger council . Health Services.Winner Meetings and Business Tourism .Winner Young Achiever Award.Finalist Regional Convention Bureau .Silver Award Excellence in Alcohol Management Visitor Information and Services category .Outstanding Achievements Year in Review In 2008-2009 the City of Greater Geelong.Winner Specialised Tourism Services .Winner Safer Communities Award City of Greater Geelong 2007-2008 Annual Report Geelong Healthy Waterways Program Geelong Safety Committee .Hall of Fame Visitor Information and Services .Finalist Government Funded Award .Integrated Alcohol Management Project Geelong Otway Tourism Geelong Otway Tourism Reinventing an approach to Footpaths – implementing the Thinking Planning Map Geelong Waterfront Youth Activities Area Eastern Beach City of Greater Geelong Road Safety Programs Andrew Downie – City of Greater Geelong Information Techonolgy Manager Leopold Community Hub and Strategic Footpath Network Walkability Toolkit: making walking not just possible but preferable Kay Rundle – City of Greater Geelong former Chief Executive Ofﬁcer Balyang Sanctuary redevelopment Kardinia Aquatic Centre Guidelines for Walkable Coastal Environments Limeburners Link Early Learning Centre@Rosewall Geelong Otway Tourism Geelong Otway Tourism Geelong Otway Tourism Julie Nardi – Geelong Otway Tourism Geelong Otway Tourism Geelong Otway Tourism City of Greater Geelong Customer Service Team Greater Geelong Cycle Strategy Back to table of contents .Highly commended Meetings and Business Tourism – Finalist Implementation of Plans and Policies to Support Health Commendation Award Clean Beaches Victoria’s Friendliest Beach Award Finalist Local Government Excellence Road Safety Award Excellence in Information and Communications Technology – Individual category Social and Community Based Planning Planning for Health and Wellbeing Leadership in Local Government Best Stormwater Management Initiative Roejen Services Facility Management Award Coastal Planning Award Education Category – Finalist Better access to Child and Family Support.Winner Corporate and Social Responsibility . individual staff and community partnerships received a number of acknowledgements and awards. for excellence in innovation in the delivery of a range of services and projects. Schools and Early Education .
4 2006-2007 $M 106.2 12 9.9 44.0 158.7 70.5 219.8 4. More detail is contained in the Standard Statements and Annual Financial Report starting on page 149.9 2.2 2006-2007 6. The recurrent result includes $4.8 31.7 170.3 40.1 4.7 36. and how those funds are spent.5 2008-2009 $M 78.7 51.3 2005-2006 $M 97.9 2007-2008 9.1 60.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 25 Year in Review .8 11.5 9 6.4 million from the Grants Commission 2009-2010 allocation in June 2009.8 29.3 1.6 million relating to incomplete discretionary projects that will be completed in 2009-2010 and the receipt of $4.5 41. Council provides a diverse range of services with employee costs representing 38 per cent of Council’s recurrent expenditure.6 2005-2006 $M 65.8 2008-2009 14.$Million 15 14.4 2007-2008 $M 73.3 1.5 per cent of Council’s annual turnover and was achieved with regular operational review and tight cost controls across the organisation.5 184.1 67.8 38.2 Financial Results Recurrent Result Surplus (Deficit) . Further explanation of actual and budget results is provided in the Standard Income Statement on pages 152-153.8 54.3 10.2 million represents 6.0 4.6 1.7 5.0 50.8 4.9 31.7 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 The 2008-2009 recurrent result of $14.0 9. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .1 203.4 204.7 2004-2005 1.5 178.7 2005-2006 0. Recurrent Income Rates Government Grants Fees and Charges Interest Total 2004-2005 $M 88.5 193.4 6 3 1.3 160.3 10.6 0 0. Council budgets for a recurrent surplus as a source of funding for the capital works program and to ensure efﬁcient use of rates.7 2006-2007 $M 69.6 56. In 2008-2009 Council received 57 per cent of its recurrent income from rates.3 34.8 32.4 2008-2009 $M 124. The break up of recurrent income and expenditure details where Council receives its funds.6 2007-2008 $M 115. grant and fee income in providing services to the community.9 39.4 35.6 0.0 Recurrent Expenses Employee Beneﬁts General Works Administration Utilities Depreciation Total Recurrent Result Surplus (Deﬁcit) $M 2004-2005 $M 61.2 169.5 30.Summary of Financial Results for 2008-2009 and Five Year Trends The following information presents ﬁnancial results for 2008-2009.2 11.
0 million. cash contributions from developers of $2.2 40 40.1 48 $ of current assets per $ of current liability 60 Working Capital Ratio 2.4 million.1 million as a result of drawing down the loan of $12.9 24 25. 26 Annual Report 2008 .0 million for Leisurelink was deferred.04 0.13 36 31.3 12 13. Council continues to have a strong working capital ratio and capacity to borrow as required for future capital works. The working capital ratio has improved in 2008-2009 due to the increase in the closing cash balance.0 1. Council continues to have the capacity to meet its debt repayments.08 30 27. Council’s ratio shows that a low percentage of rates is used in loan servicing and after taking out the new loan.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .3 10 20.82 1.40 4.$Million 43.6 million and provides funds to complete the carry over capital works in the future.7 3 2 1.1 million and assets received from developers of $11. The reduction in the ratio is due to the repayment of an $18 million loan in June 2008. Council took out a loan of $12.2 25 % Debt Commitment 6 5 4. The cash balance covers Council’s long service leave obligation of $11.4 20 15.5 $Million 50 Loans 30 26.8 30.Financial Results Year in Review Net Result Surplus Deficit . An additional loan of $6.5 0 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 0.68 1.2 million. The level of capital income includes unbudgeted grants received of $7.0 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 The closing cash balance at the end of 2008-2009 has increased to $53.5 10 15. The non recurrent income items included income for capital projects of $15.5 1.9 16.0 1. This loan was approved by the Australian Loan Council and was included in the 2008-2009 Budget assumptions.6 14.36 1. Cash and Investments $Million 53.7 million.76 4.9 20 4 15 12.83 5.4 million.5 2. The Debt Commitment ratio shows the percentage of rates required to pay back principal and interest on Council loans. Over the past ﬁve years the Net Result has continued to be impacted by high levels of building and subdivision activity. providing Council with assets transferred from developers. receipt of the ﬁrst installment of 20092010 Grants Commission allocation and the lower than expected capital expenditure.7 million in June 2009 to fund capital works (speciﬁcally the new Leisurelink Gym and Aquatic Centre and the Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre).1 0.73 0 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 0 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 1 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 The 2008-2009 net result was $43.
9 2005-2006 $M 22.4 45 Council has an extensive capital works program to renew.4 million 15 0 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Plant and vehicles $4.7 3.3 43.8 2.4 3.1 million Drysdale Landﬁll Cell $0.8 60 61.1 38.3 10.9 2007-2008 $M 23.7 0.6 10.7 million Thomson Reserve upgrade $0.5 million Youth Activities Area $1.0 0.8 2006-2007 $M 20.9 30 52. This included: Leisurelink replacement $11.3 million IT asset replacements $1.2 million Road replacement and construction $10. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .9 2.5 million Land purchases $5.4 2.2 36.3 3.5 1.8 million on capital works in 2008-2009.0 million Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre $5.2 36. upgrade and provide new assets to ensure the continuation and improvement of services provided to the community.3 36.2 0.0 2.8 10.2 million Eastern Beach Seawalls $1. Assets Capital Program Capital Expenditure $M 75 71. Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal 2004-2005 Parks and Road Maintenance Road and Footpath Works Building Maintenance Recreation Infrastructure Community Infrastructure Total $M 21.3 2008-2009 $M 25.1 12.7 million Customs House upgrade $0. Expenditure on road and footpath works increased due to an increase in core funding.7 million Drainage replacement and construction $2.5 49.6 2.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 27 Year in Review .4 million Footpath replacement and construction $2.5 million Council’s captial expenditure was high in 20042005 due to the developement of Skilled Stadium.9 0.5 million Parking Meters upgrade $0. Council spent $71.3 40.Construction of the new Leisurelink Gym and Aquatic Centre is over the halfway mark with the centre on target to open during the ﬁrst half of 2010.3 0.6 9.0 2.5 Council budgets maintenance and renewal expenditure to maintain its assets in line with the priorities identiﬁed in its asset management plans.
$702 Increased due to the new loan of $12.7 million taken out in 2008-2009 and an increase in the Landﬁll Provision due to the timing of the proposed rehabilitation and the extension of the use of the site by one year. good or excellent.227 Increased in line with the population and housing growth and the budgeted rates increases. with 57 per cent of respondents rating community engagement adequate.6 million in 2007-2008 to $19.72 per $1 The Capital Renewal and Maintenance Gap indicates that expenditure has increased in 2008-2009. A detailed version can be found on pages 147-148. with 69 per cent of respondents rating advocacy adequate.Victorian Local Government Indicators Summary The following indicators provide data for comparisons with other Councils and the opportunity to assess our own performance. $428 Increased due to high surplus resulting from increased income from rates and grants.082 Increased due to rise in payments to employees and increased depreciation costs. $1. 57 The indexed mean declined from 61 in 2007-2008 to 57 in 20082009. good or excellent. Operating Result per Assessment Average Operating Expenditure per Assessment Community Satisfaction Rating for Overall Performance of Council (Indexed mean) Average Capital Expenditure per Assessment $275 $2.4 per cent in 2008-2009 due to the mix of projects and the level of expenditure on upgrade and new projects. $0. Council will continue to address the level of maintenance and renewal in line with its Asset Management Plans. Eastern Beach Seawalls and Youth Activities Area. renewal expenditure decreased from 29.000 60 $526 Renewal Gap on all Assets $0.029 Increased in line with the population and housing growth and the budgeted rates increases. $0. 53 The indexed mean declined from 56 in 2007-2008 to 53 in 2008-2009. $711 Increased due to the commencement and/or completion of a number of large projects during the year including the Leisurelink facility. $2. Year in Review Indicator Average Rates and Charges per Assessment Average Rates and Charges per Residential Assessment Average Liability per Assessment 2007-2008 $1. businesses and government. Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre.44 per $1 Renewal and Maintenance Gap $0. This enables us to initiate improvements in our service delivery and to build relationships with the community.7 million in 2008-2009. this being a 7 per cent drop from the previous year. As a percentage of total capital expenditure.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .7 per cent to 27. 60 Remains consistent with result for previous year.156 $976 $555 2008-2009 Comment $1. this being a 5 per cent drop from the previous year.65 per $1 Advocacy and Community Representation on Key Local Issues (Indexed mean) 61 Engagement in Decision Making on Key Local Issues (Indexed mean) 56 28 Annual Report 2008 .54 per $1 Renewal expenditure increased from $15.
Looking Forward In June 2009. and just a few of the major projects that will come to fruition in the coming twelve months. The following section details our new planning framework. Council adopted City Plan 2009-2013. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .2009 | City of Greater Geelong 29 . More than 720 competitors from 48 countries will compete and they will be watched by a worldwide television audience of some 400 million people. the key funding priorities that represent Council’s long-term ambitions for the municipality.The 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships will be held in Geelong in September 2010. This key document will guide Council’s strategic direction for the next four years.
We have identiﬁed 11 key outcomes to assist us to achieve our strategic directions. This served us well but the changing economic.Looking Forward Shaping Geelong’s Future Between 2004 and 2008 the City operated under a planning framework of nine pillars and two themes. The following is a summary of the strategic directions and their outcomes: 30 Annual Report 2008 .2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Growing the Economy. Councillors and the Management Team have adopted three strategic directions which represent the key strengths required by our City to continue to prosper into the future. This new planning framework has been incorporated in City Plan 2009-2013 (Council’s corporate plan) which was adopted in June 2009. Each year we will review these outcomes and measures. giving us the ﬂexibility to respond to the ever changing needs of our community. and Sustainable Built and Natural Environment. We will report against this framework quarterly from September 2009 for annual actions and in the Annual Report for the 2009-2010 reporting period. These strategic directions are Community Wellbeing. Based on research and consultation. social and environmental landscape of our region has created new opportunities and challenges for our community. A series of measures have been developed to assess our progress.
Development of the Cosmopolitan Heart: The development of Geelong’s cosmopolitan heart will be driven through key projects that embrace our natural and built assets.enabling full participation in life and minimising avoidable treatment costs. parks and reserves and community facilities. Managed Growth: Geelong will continue to position itself as the best place to live by fostering job creation.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 31 Looking Forward . A balanced diet and regular physical activity are essential for good health. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .Future plans for the Geelong region take into account the economic. such as the proposed Intermodal at Lara. the Ring Road and Heales Road Industrial Estate. Growing the Economy Objective: Securing Geelong’s Economic Future Outcomes: Plan and Develop the National Transport and Logistics Precinct: We will facilitate the National Transport and Logistics Precinct which is focused on strengthening our key existing assets such as Avalon Airport. interaction and knowledge building and improved participation in the workforce and community. the Port of Geelong. which encourage destination walking. Liveable neighbourhoods: Creating places with easy access to local amenities such as shops. We will encourage new assets that compliment the existing assets. a community focus and provide opportunities to reduce isolation. Increased lifelong learning and literacy: Supporting learning at all stages of life by offering a wide variety of experiences and resources enabling school readiness through early years. Community Wellbeing Objective: To improve the health and quality of life of all residents of Greater Geelong Outcomes: Improved healthy eating and physical activity: Physical health is critical to the wellbeing of the individual and community . sustainable development practices and improved community wellbeing. social and environmental needs of the municipality.
Our natural systems are under stress including waterways. A reduction in the organisation’s environmental footprint: We want to ensure that all decisions made by staff and Council reﬂect our philosophy of environmental sustainability. declining soil health. Agreed standards for sustainable development are in operation: Reﬂecting our leadership role in the community. The use of the region’s natural resources needs to be balanced against the impact on natural systems including the potential loss of habitat and biodiversity.Looking Forward Sustainable Built and Natural Environment Objective: The City of Greater Geelong leads the community in sustainable planning and environmental action Outcomes: Increased use of public and active transport: Options for accessible transport are key to sustainability and wellbeing. particularly in implementing the Planning Scheme and Building Code. We will need to work closely with both the Federal and State Governments to achieve this and to implement the plan. 32 Annual Report 2008 . urban designs and active transport support programs that reduce our car dependence. natural habitat areas. We will encourage a variety of transport modes. introduced pests. and are a top priority for our community.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . delivering capital works and services or buying goods and services. We will give priority to these options in planning and development. we will reduce the impact we have on our natural environment. The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is established: Climate change poses a risk in sustaining communities into the future. we will ensure we meet Environmentally Sustainable Development Standards ourselves and encourage good design and development in the community. designing projects. Whether we are planning for the future. coastline land and soil. deteriorating water quality and climate change impacts. We need to ensure we have considered the likely changes that will take place in our region and have developed a plan to adapt to those changes. Enhancement and protection of natural areas: Biological diversity is the natural wealth of our municipality and provides the basis for our life and prosperity.
but that Council is the best place to work. Informed and engaged community: We will ensure the community is informed about matters that impact on their lives and have opportunities to participate in decision making processes by consulting widely and openly. Motivated and skilled staff: We will encourage our staff to be motivated. Efﬁcient service delivery: We will deliver efﬁcient and effective services that meet the growing needs of our community.Balyang Sanctuary is one of 114 listed wetlands in the Geelong region. These are important as they not only guide us on how we service and communicate to our community. and to maximise customer satisfaction. well-trained and well-resourced to enable them to make informed decisions and to deliver efﬁcient and effective services that beneﬁt our community. but also how we manage our staff and resources. Annual Report 2008 . Back to table of contents Safe work environment: We will provide a safe work environment by maintaining occupational health and safety (OHS) processes which meet and exceed current legislative standards. some of which are listed under the Ramsar Convention of International Importance. understanding and proactively responding to internal and external customer needs. Customer focused organisation: Over the past ﬁve years we have worked hard to build a culture of listening. We have set ourselves high standards to ensure that Geelong not only remains the best place to live. Supporting the Delivery of our Strategic Outcomes To support the delivery of our strategic directions and outcomes we have identiﬁed several internal areas of focus. and by continually providing OHS training to all our staff. Our goal is to continue to be a customer-focused organisation that considers the customer’s perspective.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 33 Looking Forward . This is underpinned by our 21 Customer Service Commitments. Responsible ﬁnancial management: We will provide a sound ﬁnancial basis that supports our strategic priorities and enables us to deliver services and infrastructure that will ensure the sustainability of our region into the future.
with 4. 34 Annual Report 2008 . An update on the progress of each of these projects will be reported to the community on a quarterly basis. a business centre and some retail outlets. Back to Enhances and activates the Waterfront. Creation of 600 construction jobs and 700 ongoing EFT positions. The facility is estimated to earn $350 million in the ﬁrst 20 years. These priorities represent Council’s long term ambitions for the municipality.000m2 of associated exhibition space.Looking Forward Council Funding Priorities Our Council has identiﬁed key projects for the municipality. each of which is recognised as having particular strategic importance for the future of the Geelong region. Beneﬁts: Estimated delegate expenditure of $56 million per annum within the region. They do not replace or take precedence over the core functions of Council. The priorities reﬂect the diverse needs within the municipality. however a lack of suitable convention space limits our ability to capitalise on the growing national conference market which generates $17 billion annually. so economic stimulus and job creation are common themes. In identifying the priorities Council took into account the potential impacts of the current global ﬁnancial climate. Offers a large ﬂexible space for community use. The development would also have banqueting facilities including meeting rooms.2009 | City of Greater Geelong table of contents . The proposed Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre would include a purpose built conference and exhibition facility designed to cater for 1. The following is a summary of the City of Greater Geelong funding priorities. Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre Overview: Geelong is a multi-award winning convention destination.200 delegates. ranging from large scale infrastructure development opportunities to grass roots community facilities.
Improved environmental conditions in Corio Bay. economic and tourism opportunities. The project also includes an extension of the Geelong Gallery and an upgrade of the surrounding public realm. Cater for the growing need for boating and marine industry facilities. To date the project has attracted $7. as well as a restored Osborne House homestead. planning of an upgrade to the Geelong Performing Arts Centre. Beneﬁts: Private investments will lead to job creation and further indirect economic stimulus. Yarra Street Pier Overview: The former Yarra Street Pier was part of the Geelong Waterfront for more than 100 years until it was destroyed by ﬁre in 1984. Beneﬁts: Public sector investment will stimulate the regional economy. Beneﬁts: Stimulate job growth in the construction sector as well as creating permanent employment opportunities in the manufacturing. maintenance / repair. This project proposes to reconstruct the Yarra Street Pier providing a public facility that will enhance water access. long-term. Geelong Marine Industry Project Overview: The Geelong Marine Industry Project which has been informed by the Osborne House Marine Precinct Masterplan . Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . The Geelong Future Cities Project – Arts Precinct Overview: In partnership with the State Government.aims to develop an industrial marine precinct at St Helens on Corio Bay to support the recreational marine industry. boating and tourism industries.accompanied by marine based retail. Included in the precinct would be manufacturing. Improved environmental outcomes. This will go towards the upgrade of the Courthouse Arts. major events. storage and slip / lift facilities . Collaborative cultural opportunities. Signiﬁcant increase in visitor numbers. State of the art facilities catering for a growing community.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 35 Looking Forward .9 million in funding from the State Government. comprehensive master plan to create a precinct that enlivens the cultural life of the people of Greater Geelong and its visitors. Tourism related retail and other service activities along with improved public access will add a more vibrant level of activity to Central Geelong and the Waterfront. clubhouse and improved facilities for boating.The eastern edge of the Geelong Waterfront provides glorious views back towards the city. recreation. and planning for an integrated Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. The signiﬁcant economic beneﬁt of the Geelong Week sailing event will increase. the Geelong Future Cities project aims to develop and implement a strategic.
the Geelong Port and Avalon Airport. but with the servicing of a 327 hectare area of the Estate with roads and reticulated services.Looking Forward Council Funding Priorities Heales Road Industrial Estate Overview: The Heales Road Industrial Estate. Signiﬁcant growth potential for new and existing business operations such as the Geelong Port and Avalon Airport. Ring Road Extension to the Bellarine Peninsula Overview: A complete ring road facility through to the Bellarine Peninsula is a much sought after aspiration for our region. Beneﬁts: Employment opportunities across all sectors of the economy within our region. Compliments the National Freight and Logistics Precinct. and support a freight intermodal facility north of Lara. is the most signiﬁcant emerging industrial area west of Melbourne. maximising the area’s very large economic potential. This project aims to develop transport links between the Heales Road Industrial Estate.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Increased tourism opportunities as a result of easier accessibility. National Transport and Logistics Precinct Overview: Freight and logistics are an industry sector which will continue to grow in Australia. and is expected to develop rapidly over the next ﬁve years. Beneﬁts: Increased employment opportunities through the attraction of new industries. Beneﬁts: The easing of east west trafﬁc congestion through Central Geelong. Reduction of trafﬁc through residential suburbs and townships. Provide stimulus to the local economy. Demand for high quality industrial land has outstripped supply. This link. including a possible river crossing is yet to receive commitment from the Federal and State Government and is currently a component of land use planning which is being undertaken as part of the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth area. and in particular the Geelong region. adjacent to the new Geelong Ring Road in Corio. An intermodal facility would strengthen the precinct and give it enhanced national signiﬁcance. it will provide sites for a wide range of industries. Enhance the entry into Geelong. 36 Annual Report 2008 .
Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . Civic Accommodation Overview: Council’s administrative and civic functions are currently spread over a number of locations. This project will examine the potential to construct a single ofﬁce building on a site that Council has acquired within the Western Wedge precinct. More efﬁcient utilisation of staff and Council’s administrative functions. The economy will be stimulated through jobs created during construction and the freeing up of commercial space for further business investment. Beneﬁts: Better use of existing social and physical infrastructure including public transport.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 37 Looking Forward .The Geelong Ring Road has dramatically reduced travel times between Geelong and Melbourne.000 dwellings and a potential population of 54. Beneﬁts: Growth is managed in a sustainable way and will provide for diversity in employment and social infrastructure. A thriving local economy in a revitalised urban centre. Energy and resource efﬁciencies. as well as community and social infrastructure that fosters social interaction. This is one of the largest strategic planning projects ever undertaken by the City and will provide for up to 22.000 jobs. Long term cost saving due to signiﬁcant reductions in rental and utility expenditure as well as costs saved on ofﬁce reﬁts due to growth and change. Creation of a potential 22. An Integrated Infrastructure Delivery Plan has been developed to guide the planning for infrastructure such as roads and drains. A fairer city through reduced social disadvantage. Additional construction jobs during the development stages. Ryrie Street and Moorabool Street known as the Western Wedge has been earmarked for redevelopment into a more intensive commercial and residential area. Armstrong Creek Overview: The vision for Armstrong Creek is a residential development that meets the highest standards of sustainable living. More efﬁcient use of land and resources. La Trobe Terrace. An area bounded by Corio Bay. health and wellbeing and an environmentally sustainable way of living. Transit Cities Overview: The Transit Cities program is a State Government initiative to improve the use of public transport by promoting high density developments around public transport hubs such as the Geelong Railway Station.000 people. Beneﬁts: Improved customer service and business delivery through increased internal collaboration and communication.
Portarlington Community Building Initiative. economic. including children’s services. A strategic approach to social infrastructure planning is being adopted due to these numerous ageing facilities becoming increasingly less ﬁt for purpose and the requirement for additional facilities due to growth. libraries and community centres. Increased tourism in the region adding stimulus to the local economy. senior citizen centres. For further information please refer to the Council Funding Priorities 2009 document on www. Implementation will be over the long term and will respond to greatest need and will take advantage of partnership and government funding opportunities. Council Funding Priorities Looking Forward Mineral Springs Spa Overview: The natural mineral water present beneath Corio Bay presents a unique opportunity to further enhance the Waterfront precinct. Corio Norlane Schools Regeneration – consolidation and upgrade of educational facilities.GEELON W.CO M. The key projects are: Corio Norlane Neighbourhood Renewal – community development. In Corio and Norlane. particularly public housing. Major investment through private development and operation. Community Renewal and Regeneration Overview: The City is currently involved in a number of whole of government responses to addressing disadvantage in parts of the municipality through improved social. Beneﬁts: Upgraded community infrastructure which meets service provision and environmental standards.A ALIA. Greater equity across the municipality. To capitalise on this untapped source.AU U Back to table of contents . In Corio and Norlane. Easier access by grouping together services and working in partnership with other organisations. increased mix of public / private housing providing for a potential population increase of up to 30. Council proposes to establish a therapeutic mineral springs spa and bath house utilising naturally occurring mineral water that currently emanates from the coast embankment at Eastern Park. senior citizens centres.000. libraries and community centres.geelongaustralia.au CITY OF GREATE GEELONR G/ COUNCIL FUNDING PRIORITIE S/ 2009 38 Annual Report 2008 .Council owns and maintains 761 buildings including over 150 maternal child health centres. EELO ONGA GAUSTR TRALIA. Beneﬁts: Increased health and wellbeing opportunities for the local community. kindergartens. Whittington Community Renewal. educational and physical environments. A greater “sense of place” which builds community identity and spirit. community services and an adult learning precinct. Beneﬁts: Increased community involvement in decision making and activities enhancing community pride. Corio Norlane Urban Renewal – upgrade of built environment. Area speciﬁc social infrastructure plans will be developed with local communities.COM.com. Improve the built environment and create community employment initiatives.2009 | City of Greater Geelong WWW. new and remodeled schools serving as community hubs. Community Infrastructure Overview: Council currently provides more than 150 kindergartens.GE WWW.
it is anticipated that about 250. The structure is complete. The City of Greater Geelong has provided $28 million for the new Leisurelink and the State Government has contributed $2 million plus the 50-metre legacy pool. People driving past can really gain an appreciation of the scale of this fantastic facility. Asia and North America. Mark the dates 29 September to 3 October 2010 in your diary. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . Spa/Sauna. equating to a world wide audience of some 400 million people. The estimated economic beneﬁt of this major event to Victoria and Geelong is around $80 million. This is the biggest sports and leisure project ever undertaken by Council and the new facility will be a vital community asset. which will be set up in the roof. A learn to swim pool. utilising the latest environmental technology. Cannon Bowl Waterslide: A 12-metre to 15-metre high slide featuring a large bowl which swirls swimmers around before dropping them out of a hole into a pool. and those keen to splash around the adventure park. Separate pool and gym change facilities. The new Leisurelink will cater for all – from people learning to swim to lap swimmers. A state-of-the-art gym and aerobics complex with greater ﬂoor space. This is a fabulous coup for Geelong and recognition of our reputation as a major events venue.host city of the 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships. A hydro pool with ramp access. In addition to the television audience. group exercise rooms and a wider range of equipment.The Year Ahead The City will embark on an ambitious program of actions in the coming year. enjoying the Gold Coast theme park style waterslides. the opening of the new Leisurelink Gym and Aquatic Centre. Multi purpose rooms. There will also be a massive gym with group exercise rooms and a crèche. which will be staged in September 2010. right here in Geelong. We will see Australia’s best cyclists don the green and gold and compete as a team against the best from Europe.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 39 . The 2007 world championships at Varese in northern Italy were covered by 105 television stations. The new Leisurelink is expected to open early in 2010. The Black Hole Waterslide: A 12-metre to 15-metre high twisting tube ride in total darkness until swimmers reach the ﬁnal splashdown. most of the walls and windows have been installed in the gym and the 50-metre legacy pool from the 2007 World Swimming Championships is now fully assembled. Features of the new Leisurelink will include: An eight lane 50-metre competition standard swimming pool with ramp access and boom enabling it to be divided into two 25-metre pools. are contested by national teams similar to the Olympics. The world championships. A $248. The world is coming and you can see all the action for free. Three of the major projects that will come to fruition during this time are the planning for the 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships. Leisurelink Gym and Aquatic Centre The new Leisurelink Gym and Aquatic Centre being built at Waurn Ponds has now passed the halfway mark. Kids’ splash pad: rubber ﬂooring play space with water shooting from fountains and jets at random. More than 720 competitors from 48 countries are expected to compete in this event which is second only to the Tour de France in terms of importance and prestige in international cycling. Water Adventure Park featuring water cannons.000 grant from the Australian Government’s Community Water Grants program will cover the costs of the backwash recycling system and a water harvesting system. but also taking part in the many community events that will be on offer. Geelong won the right to host the championships in part because of its challenging circuit that takes in the hills south of the Barwon River as well as our beautiful waterfront and downtown area. and the ﬁrst stage subdivision of Armstrong Creek. Cycling already features strongly on our annual events calendar with Geelong having staged the opening round of the UCI Road Cycling Women’s World Cup for many years as well as the very popular Bay Cycling Criterium series which attracts leading professionals each year. 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships Looking Forward Tour de France stars and Olympic champions are bound for Geelong .000 visitors and locals will be in Geelong not only watching the racing. an overhead tipping bucket and a spinning water wheel. A state of the art underground backwash water recycling system has also been set up. Cycling in Europe attracts a fanatical following.
com m 40 Annual Report 2008 .Melbourne rail line and stops short of Mount Duneed Road leaving the ridge of hills as a natural boundary and backdrop to the development.000 people. and a future east-west road link from the new Geelong Ring Road to the Bellarine Peninsula. Two employment precincts will provide for a diverse range of employment. with home-based businesses encouraged. Armstrong Creek will be developed into a sustainable community that sets new benchmarks in best practice urban development. Looking Forward The Year Ahead Armstrong Creek Geelong’s largest growth area. Measures will be put in place to ensure the new community is as environmentally sustainable as possible. Armstrong Creek is located south of the Warrnambool . Planning for this development commenced in 2005. Where possible street. The City of Greater Geelong and the Department of Planning and Community Development have prepared an Integrated Infrastructure Delivery Plan in conjunction with other agencies. Armstrong Creek will have a web of walking and cycling paths so that residents are not dependent on cars to get around.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . wetlands and water storage ponds. responsible and smart growth. recreation. park and facility lighting will use solar technology and residential lots will be orientated to maximise passive heating and cooling. education. The vision for Armstrong Creek is one of sustainability. with the ﬁrst lots expected to be available in 2010. Activity centres will provide a heart to residential areas focusing on co-location of services business and retail. a station west of the growth area. Safe.Geelong’s largest growth area. Armstrong Creek will be home to approximately 55. health and wellbeing. Armstrong Creek is set to deliver 22. walking and cycling paths and closeby schools and shops will promote neighbourly connections.000 jobs across both traditional and emerging industries.geelongaustralia. quiet streets. Roads will give higher priority to pedestrians and cyclists. The planning takes into account future extension of existing rail services including a possible rail connection to Torquay. The western edge reaches to Ghazeepore Road and the eastern boundary extends past Barwon Heads Road in the Marshall area. Sustainable use of water will feature at all levels from water sensitive urban design principles through to the provision of critical infrastructure such as water tanks. For more information on what t’s planned for the year ahead pleas se refer to City Plan 2009-2013 at a www.
innovation. the largest service of its kind in Victoria. The following section outlines our organisation structure. and commitment of Council staff have been the driving force behind many of our achievements in the past 12 months. skills.Council supervises 184 school crossings across the municipality. operational highlights and the key achievements in human resource management over the past 12 months.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 41 Our People . Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . Our People The knowledge.
There are 24 departments each of which is overseen by a senior manager. on 11 August 2009 (This has been disclosed in Note 36 – Events Occurring after the Balance Date). Councillors Community Interim Chief Executive Ofﬁcer Stephen Grifﬁn Our People Research and Policy Advisor to the CEO Fiona Dunbar Internal Audit and Ombudsman Ofﬁce David Lee Corporate Services Jeff Wall (Acting) Economic Development and Planning Kate Sullivan Community Service Irene McGinnigle Major Projects Stephen Wright City Services Dean Frost (Acting) Community Infrastructure and Recreation Dean Frost Marketing and Administration John Brown (Acting) City Development Joanne Van Slageren Aged and Disability Services Karen Pritchard Central Geelong and Waterfront Steve Bentley Engineering Services David Hannah Sport and Recreation Paul Jane Corporate Strategy and Property Services Lindsay Allan Planning Strategy and Economic Development Terry Demeo Arts and Culture Kaz Paton Tourism Roger Grant Environment and Natural Resources Bernie Cotter Capital Projects Mark Gallon Financial Services Mike Kelly Community Development Paul Jamieson Urban Design Felix Hemingway Infrastructure Operations Darren Martin Leisure Services Malcolm Kuhn Organisation Development Howard Oorloff Family Services Robert Were Parks and Support Services Brendan Gaudion Information Technology Andrew Downie Health and Local Laws Gen Hindman Customer Service and Councillor Support Tim McDonald 42 Annual Report 2008 .Organisation Structure As at 30 June 2009. Executive management consists of the Chief Executive Ofﬁcer and six general managers who oversee policy. strategic direction and overall management of the organisation. following Kay Rundle’s resignation. Stephen has since been appointed Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of the City of Greater Geelong. In May 2009 Stephen Grifﬁn was appointed to the role of interim Chief Executive Ofﬁcer. who are responsible for the organisation’s day to day operations and strategic management. the City’s management structure comprises an executive management group.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . and a senior management group.
Share information. motivated. ethical and honest in our actions.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 43 Our People Innovation Respect . Build positive relationships. Our Mission We will focus on developing and maintaining effective working relationships to deliver Council’s strategic directions and high quality services that meet the changing needs of our community. Take responsibility for problem solving. Be responsive to the changing needs of the community. Be loyal and support our work colleagues and organisation. transparent. Be open. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . Integrity We will: Act on our commitments. Be open to learning. We will: Look for and implement better ways of doing things. We aim to foster a culture that embraces a consistent set of behaviours that reﬂect what we all truly value and believe in to deliver effective and efﬁcient outcomes for our community. Be considerate and courteous. Responsibility We will: Be accountable for our decisions and everything we do. enthusiastic. Take pride in the job we are doing. well trained and well resourced staff. We will: Listen and seek to understand the views of others.Our Values and Behaviours Council prides itself on delivering outcomes that serve residents’ needs through committed. Recognise everyone’s contribution and value a job well done.
Dip. There is no doubt that Kay’s contribution has played a major part in the ongoing success we have enjoyed in the Geelong region in recent years.Dip. Stephen has been employed in local government for 21 years and is a member of a number of State Government committees focussing on various issues in the Geelong region. Kay Rundle commenced as Chief Executive Ofﬁcer with the City of Greater Geelong on 17 March 2003 and was the ﬁrst female to be appointed to this position at the City. In May 2009. after being gazetted as a town in 1838. Community Services area. but in her management style. Stephen Grifﬁn commenced as General Manager of Corporate Services at the City of Greater Geelong on 14 July 2008. Stephen was appointed to the position of interim Chief Executive Ofﬁcer replacing Kay Rundle following her departure. Applied Science Dip Ed G Dip Local Government Management MBM No doubt. Following his stint with the City of Melbourne he joined the Wyndham City Council in 1994.Geelong became a Local Government entity under the Incorporation of the Town of Geelong Act (an Act of NSW Parliament) on 12 October 1849.Bus. many staff and managers at the City will continue to use her as a benchmark for excellence in the months and years to come.Bus Stephen Grifﬁn Interim Chief Executive Ofﬁcer from 15 May 2009 B.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .M.Work G. He believes that developing strong partnerships between State and Federal Government as well as the private sector will be increasingly important in delivering large scale projects to Geelong. He then changed careers taking up employment at the City of Melbourne where he worked in a number of areas within the 44 Annual Report 2008 . Stephen started his career as a teacher and taught at a number of schools in Geelong. Chief Executive Ofﬁcer Our People Kay Rundle Chief Executive Ofﬁcer from 17 March 2003 to 15 May 2009 B. Having been responsible for so many services in a municipality the size of the City of Greater Geelong. Kay left her position here on 15 May 2009 after more than six years in the top job to take up an appointment as Chief Executive Ofﬁcer at the City of Port Phillip. One of her many achievements includes developing a working culture at the Council where staff are inspired to not only follow a leader but innovate and improve things themselves.Soc. He worked within the Community and Corporate Services divisions and was the Director of Corporate Services before joining the City of Greater Geelong.Computing G. Kay’s legacy not only includes the many physical developments we see in the Geelong region today. Kay had an excellent ability to understand the technical aspects of disciplines as diverse as engineering to community development. Working closely with Councillors to bring about the outcomes required for the Geelong community is a major focus of Stephen’s role.
at which time Jeff Wall assumed the position of Acting General Manager of Corporate Services. Annual Calendar. Corporate Documents and Brochures and redesigned Geelong Australia website. Annual Report 2008 . In May 2009. Corporate Services is essentially an internal support provider and is integral to ensuring that Council continues to deliver efﬁcient and quality services to our community. Rollout of online employee self service system.Geelong’s major events calendar injected well over $50 million into the local economy in 2008-2009. Completion of Vines Road Community Centre land transaction with Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Divisional Operational Performance Jeff Wall Acting General Manager from May 2009 MBA G Dip Management C Bus Stud (Acc) Stephen Grifﬁn General Manager July 2008 .771 $34.149 Delivery of a responsible 2009-2010 Budget and 2009-2013 City Plan. Stephen was appointed to the position of interim Chief Executive Ofﬁcer. Development of Councillor Induction program and kit in time for November Local Government elections.May 2009 B. Quick facts: Division’s EFT Staff: Revenue ($000) Expenditure ($000): Assets ($000): Back to table of contents 165 $157. Functions provided by this division include: Corporate Strategy Customer Service Financial Services Information Technology Communications and Marketing Governance and Administration Risk Management Major Events Organisation Development Council facility maintenance and leasing management Operational Achievements: Launch of Council’s new intranet. Improved Council communication to the community via various media such as the new Community Update newsletter.161 $160.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 45 Our People Corporate Services . Applied Science Dip Ed G Dip Local Government Management MBM Stephen Grifﬁn joined the Executive Management Team on 14 July 2008.
$8.Dip. 48. The provision of weekly garbage and fortnightly recycling and green waste collection services to 91.Sci. Functions provided by this division include: Engineering Services Asset and Trafﬁc Management Environment and Natural Resources Infrastructure Operations (including road and footpath infrastructure construction and maintenance) Parks and Support Services Waste Services Operational Achievements: Tree Management staff participated in the Black Saturday bushﬁre clean-up including tree condition assessment works. Greenhouse Response initiatives commenced reducing Council’s greenhouse gas emissions.709 $976. Dean Frost assumed the position of Acting General Manager of City Services after Peter’s departure and he is responsible for both the planning and operational elements of City Services. His commitment to addressing environmental concerns.283 46 Annual Report 2008 .3 million in sub divisional assets input into Council’s asset register throughout the year. Divisional Operational Performance Our People City Services Dean Frost Acting General Manager from April 2009 B.500 homes and 1.App.693 commercial properties Completion of over $10 million in recurrent and renewal works programs and the $1.The City of Greater Geelong storm water drainage network consists of 1. Peter leaves Council with many achievements and has been a shining example of true “customer/ community” service.Bus Admin MBA Peter Reeve General Manager (resigned) Dip CE Municipal Engineering Certiﬁcate FIE Aust Peter Reeve commenced with the City on 13 September 2004 and resigned on 9 April 2009. Drought recovery and water saving program continued including ground surface conversions and water harvesting programs. and excellence in service delivery are only some of his passions in his time with us.562 kilometres of storm water drainage pipes. (Human Movt) G. Peter was an excellent contributor to the City and to the wider community.2009 | City of Greater Geelong table of contents .568 $90. Back to Quick facts: Division’s EFT Staff: Revenue ($000): Expenditure ($000): Assets ($000): 363 $30.300 water collection pits and 121 retarding basins.2 million Roads to Recovery Program. public transport.
building services and subdivisions) Economic Development Planning Strategy (land use) Operational Achievements: Drysdale/Clifton Springs Structure Plan. Improved efﬁciencies resulting in quicker turnaround times in issuing planning permits. Quick facts: Division’s EFT Staff: Revenue ($000): Expenditure ($000): Assets ($000): 125 $5. The Integrated Infrastructure Delivery Plan to guide development of the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area was adopted by Council in March 2009.716 $8. Fyans Street/West Fyans Street Structure Plan and the Lara Structure Plan review all adopted in 2008-2009.Retail trade generates almost $2 billion annually and employs just over 16 per cent of the regions total workforce.Cert.Applied Science in Planning G. Annual Report 2008 . As General Manager of Economic Development and Planning. From June 2008 to March 2009 she was the General Manager of the Development Sustainability division.245 $22. as well as continuing to responsibly manage land use and development within the municipality. Point Lonsdale Structure Plan. Kate Sullivan General Manager B. This division was then restructured to enable Council to focus more strongly on the economic development of the city. Building approvals valued in total at $736 million issued in 2008-2009. Council facilitated the retention of the Viridian glass manufacturing operation in Geelong. Kate is responsible for focusing on key projects and new businesses interested in moving to Geelong. Functions provided by this division include: City Development (including statutory planning. in response to the pressures of the Global Financial Crisis.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 47 Our People Economic Development and Planning . Performance Management Kate Sullivan joined the Executive Management Team on 10 August 2005.215 Back to table of contents Commenced development of Geelong: Open for Business campaign. Together with the national business consulting and advisory ﬁrm Deloitte and other key stakeholders.
These works were jointly funded by Council and the State Government Transit Cities Program. CCTV upgrade in Central Geelong from seven cameras to 18.136 Operational Achievements: In an innovative ﬁrst for domestic tourism. contributing to a 35 per cent decrease in criminal and antisocial behaviour.1 million was spent on renewing several of Geelong’s streetscapes in 2008-2009.$2. the ‘Fling & Win’ campaign featuring Spike the Echidna was launched during the year. two and four) along the Waterfront near the Carousel have been completed. GAICD Stephen Wright joined the Executive Management Team on 21 July 2003. This was an innovative way to increase awareness of the region and build a database for use in future campaigns. Major Projects Our People Stephen Wright General Manager Dip CE Municipal Engineering Certiﬁcate G. Quick facts: Division’s EFT Staff: Revenue ($000): Expenditure ($000): Assets ($000): 39 $4. Ritchie Boulevard embankment stabilisation works completed making safe 100 metres of this heritage asset. The objective of the animated game was for players to propel Spike as far as possible down the Great Ocean Road. Functions provided by this division include: Major Projects Development Urban Design Central Geelong and Waterfront Management Tourism Services The completion of streetscape works in the Western Wedge precinct including Deakin Terraces and commencement of works around the TAC precinct.Dip Bus. The game background highlighted icons of Geelong.887 $5. Decking works (stages one. The Bellarine. as well as Tourism and Urban Design. He oversees the Western Wedge development.432 $28. Surf Coast and Otways ending at the 12 Apostles. 48 Annual Report 2008 . Stephen is responsible for the supervision and implementation of major projects and the development and management of Central Geelong and the Waterfront. The Waterfront Youth Activity Area was completed offering a dedicated space for a wide range of sporting and recreational activities for our youth.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .
122 hours in home care.Dip Management G. with almost 2. and the Scarf Festival. Jan Mitchell and the Bollards.Lib BA G. 37.400 hectares of mosquito breeding sites treated aerially. City Learning and Care and Parenting Support Services) Health and Local Laws Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . Division’s EFT Staff: Revenue ($000): Expenditure ($000): Assets ($000): 406 $38. focusing on prevention and shifting cultural attitudes to drug and alcohol use. 50. Functions provided by this division include: Aged and Disability Services Arts and Culture Historical Records Community Development Community Facilities Youth Services Family Services (includes Family Day Care. The School Holiday Program was expanded during the year with the establishment of a ﬁfth service in the northern suburbs. including 123.635 people using the facility.Dip Soc Science Irene McGinnigle joined the Executive Management Team on 4 August 2003. The 2008-2009 mosquito management program was successfully undertaken.954 people visited the National Wool Museum. Successful implementation of Transition to School Pilot Project.000 clients. including development and distribution of 200 resource kits and ﬁve professional development forums held. Community Services General Manager Dip.705 hours in respite care.Over 8. 311 Community Care workers across the City delivered services to almost 8. The Geelong Heritage Centre provided a valuable resource for local historians. 418 Meals on Wheels volunteers delivered 127. Maternal Child Health.126 registered premises within the municipality. Irene is responsible for departments which ensure the health and wellbeing of the community. The Regional Drug Action Plan was launched.700 Operational Achievements: Youth Strategy actions implemented throughout the year including the launch of the Piercing Truth magazine and the L2P Mentor Program.437 hours in personal care and 33.900 children in the municipality were provided with a maternal child health service in 2008-2009.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 49 Our People Irene McGinnigle Quick facts: .747 $139. with 6. Departments under her supervision provide cultural and community programs and services to the diverse community.000 meals in 2008-2009. Food and Health Act inspections were completed on all 2. Major exhibitions included the Hatching the Past: Dinosaurs Eggs and Babies.913 $50. the highest attendance in nine years.
(Human Movt) G.380. Queens Park. Lara Recreation Reserve.200 in the six months of operation of the new Bellarine Sports and Aquatic Centre. Dean is responsible for the management of Council’s capital works program (Community Infrastructure) and the management of a broad range of recreation and leisure services including our aquatic centres and the numerous open space assets within our municipality. Community Infrastructure and Recreation Our People Dean Frost General Manager B. The Capital Projects department completed 88 per cent of planned community infrastructure and recreation projects in 2008-2009. Back to table of contents Functions provided by this division include: Sport and Recreation Services and Facilities Capital Projects Management Leisure Services (including aquatic centres and leisure centres) Quick facts: Division’s EFT Staff: Revenue ($000): Expenditure ($000): Assets ($000): 163 $15. Anakie Recreation Reserve. the upgrade of Belmont Park Pavilion and many playground upgrades and developments. The Queens Park Golf course tee replacement project.Bus Admin MBA Dean Frost joined the Executive Management Team on 29 October 2007. Ervin Reserve.Sci. Active Adult Memberships (over 55-yearolds) at Council’s Leisure Centres increased by 74 per cent from 744 in 2007-2008. Stead Park. This included 1. disability access works at Normanby St Preschool and Barwon Heads Senior Citizens Centre. Drysdale Reserve redevelopment. and the continued construction of the new Leisurelink Gym and Aquatic Centre. Aldershot Reserve and Ash Road. Hume Reserve.593 $20. Completion of Master Plans for King Lloyd Reserve.App. Operational Achievements: Completion and opening of the Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre.296 in 2008-2009.Dip. to 1.2009 | City of Greater Geelong .950 $141. The City of Greater Geelong is now seen as one of the state leaders in turf management and water reuse projects for turf sports. Learn to Swim enrolments at Council’s Aquatic centres increased by 30 per cent to 14.645 50 Annual Report 2008 . This included a variety of projects such as the North Geelong Football and Netball Club Pavilion upgrade. Lake Lorne Pony Club new dressage ring.5 million was spent on upgrades and renewals to Council’s recreation and leisure infrastructure assets in 2008-2009. and drought recovery projects at Kardinia Aquatic Centre and Waterworld Leisure Centre were completed.$11. Council’s management of sports grounds and reserves during Level 4 Water Restrictions saw community sport in the region continue without interruption.
harassment and bullying in the workplace. Equal Opportunity Council is committed to Equal Opportunity in the workplace and has policies and procedures in place to ensure that all staff members are treated fairly and decisions are based on merit. which provides an opportunity for eight permanent employees to attain practical leadership skills across a number of areas. 112 people were assisted through this program. goals and aspirations are also discussed. Following internal consultation throughout the year. service levels to the community. reducing the impact on teams covering additional workloads. This contributes to a healthier and happier workforce. Some of these included: Well 4 Life Program The aim of the Well for Life Program is to make healthy living a priority for all staff with a range of activities offered to employees. to strengthen staff connectedness and facilitate the sharing of information.Human Resource Management In order to achieve the organisation’s goals and objectives. Over 24 months. Each review is strongly focused on how the employee reﬂects Council’s values and corporate behaviours. project updates or matters that Councillors and Council staff should be aware of. 2008-2009 Initiatives A range of employee related initiatives were undertaken in the past 12 months to improve recruitment and retention and further develop our organisation’s capability to thrive in the future. resulting in improved productivity. Over $1 million across the organisation was spent on training and development in 2008-2009. the city strives to foster a dynamic environment that enables each employee to fulﬁll their potential. This not only assists them in achieving their career potential. along with potential learning and development opportunities. Council seeks to be an employer of choice through the many strategies and programs that address individuals’ career aspirations and personal wellbeing. The OD Informer Online Newsletter – circulated to all department managers and coordinators to keep them informed on the latest human resources information and advice to assist in managing their staff. Annual Report 2008 . This program is an initiative created to enhance the organisation’s career succession planning and attraction and retention strategies. in the past 12 months each employee of the city received an annual appraisal on their performance in carrying out their work plan tasks. ﬁnancial planning and retirement session and introduction to yoga. to be utilised when each new employee ﬁrst joins Council. and staff retention. women’s and men’s health seminars.a bi-monthly staff newsletter circulated to all employees. parenting seminar.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 51 Back to table of contents Our People . Future tasks. Beyond Blue information session. Performance Appraisal Procedure As part of Council’s planning process. customer-focused and enjoyable workplace. short-term focused counselling service offered to any employee and their family who are experiencing difﬁculties that affect their wellbeing. Employee Assistance Program The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a conﬁdential. addressing recent activities and organisational goals and objectives. Interlink . Council has rolled out a comprehensive skill based learning program for all staff in preventing discrimination. comprising information from each division on key issues. Throughout 2008-2009. As one of the regions largest employers. Learning and Development The City of Greater Geelong is committed to providing all employees with equal access to occupational and personal development and learning opportunities. The department manual aims to ensure that all the information new staff need to know in their ﬁrst week is delivered to them upon their commencement with the City. This program has now been produced on a DVD that will be incorporated into the induction program for all new staff. This complements the formal Council induction which every staff member participates in within their ﬁrst four weeks of employment. work performance. the City of Greater Geelong distributes a number of communications internally. but also promotes the development of a workforce which has the knowledge and skills necessary for the effective and efﬁcient functioning of the organisation. as well as issues and concerns of a personal nature. Councillor Weekly Update – a weekly email communication broken down by ward. decisions. Enhanced Internal Communications As part of the internal communications strategy. Improved Recruitment Processes Following a review of council’s recruitment procedure. One of the highlights of the 2008-2009 training calendar was the introduction of the ACCELER8 Emerging Leaders Program. a number of improvements were implemented including the introduction of an online recruitment module and revised internal forms to streamline the process. while at the same time creating a productive. or enjoyment in the workplace. This has improved the ability to recruit in a more timely manner. healthy. a number of activities were designed to meet staff needs including nutrition information sessions. This includes: Department Induction Kits In 2008-2009 a formal department induction manual was developed.
Council implemented a number of programs and initiatives to address speciﬁc issues including: Development and implementation of a three year strategy to identify and control the root causes of injuries to Community Care Workers. Audits of contractor activities to ensure continued adherence to Council’s OHS standards and requirements. Continuation of the two-year CitySafe compliance audit program. The committees.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . and was reﬂective of employees’ requirements for providing health and safety consultation.Formal Council induction sessions are held monthly for all new staff members.064 hours). The City conducts regular information sessions and discussion forums during the year for its elected Health and Safety Representatives. Health and Safety Plans Each department within the City of Greater Geelong is required to have a departmentspeciﬁc Health and Safety Plan. The purpose was to ensure it continues to align with the organisation’s structure. During 2008-2009. Committees Review The City’s OHS Committees continued to meet regularly. Our People Human Resource Management Occupational Health and Safety Council is committed to ensuring that work is undertaken in a way that ensures the continued health and safety of all employees. Development and implementation of new management procedures to provide guidance in relation to workplace OHS induction and requirements for OHS consultation. These statistics do not include the many job speciﬁc health and safety training activities that are carried out by individual departments. The continued improvement and implementation of Health and Safety Plans for all departments ensures that hazards associated with daily tasks are identiﬁed and appropriate control measures are put in place to address them. information and awareness. Corporate OHS training sessions. 52 Annual Report 2008 . guidelines and OHS management tools contained in a safety management system known as CitySafe. A review of emergency plans and evacuation procedures of all Council facilities. contractors and the public. ensure effective OHS communication across the organisation. This is achieved through the use of procedures. During 2008-2009 Council’s City Services division undertook a detailed review of its committee and representative structure. These are an integral part of the organisation’s OHS planning process. with 657 participants attending (equating to 2. in conjunction with trained Health and Safety Representatives.
Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .total Total 1500 1236 1266 1200 1219 Total Headcount by Year 2500 2267 2000 2107 2056 2067 2095 Percentage of EFT by Employment Type 6.2% Part-time 28.441 1200 900 747 600 130 102 0 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ 300 3 0 2 19 4 33 18 Other Executive Management Department Co-ordinators Management Male Female The age spread of Council’s staff is consistent with Australia’s ageing workforce trend.6 per cent.267 people. ﬂexible employment arrangements are required. school holiday program staff and school crossing supervisors. ﬂexible working arrangements.0% Casual 5.5% 300 500 0 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 0 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 *EFT (Equivalent Full Time) 38 hours per week. This presents challenges in retaining and recruiting sufﬁcient staff. The distribution between these employment types is shown above.1% 2008-2009 Full-time 65. family friendly policies and learning and development opportunities. which was considerably lower than the past three years.8% 1169 1200 28.465) in the various levels of employment within the city. Indicates the split between males (total 802) and females (total 1.e.5 (EFT).5% 5. succession planning. Annual headcount includes short-term and casual employees such as pool lifeguards.4% 900 1500 28. Council is continuing to address this issue through initiatives such work experience placements. the City employed 2.4% Casual 6. two people working 0.266 equivalent full time staff. or 1. 1 EFT can be made up of a number of positions i.Staff Proﬁle The City of Greater Geelong is one of the region’s largest employers.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 53 Our People . Age Spread of Employees (by headcount) Age Spread of Employess (by headcount) Gender Composition of Employees (by headcount) 650 603 520 470 428 390 305 260 359 Gender Composition of Employees (by headcount) 1500 1. Staff turnover during 2008-2009 was 12.2% 65.1% Part-time 28.0% 600 1000 2007-2008 Full-time 66. as increasing numbers of our employees move towards the retirement phase of their lives.8% 66. This provides beneﬁts for both the community and our staff. In order to deliver the broad range of services provided by council throughout the year. Annual Equivalent Full Time staff* by Year EFT 38 hours per week . As at 30 June 2009.
Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre Team Award Paul Cotter .Woodchipper Operator Shaun Turner . Month July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 Dec 2008 . 31 employees were recognised for their exceptional performance. Parks and Support Services.Supervisor Works South Zone Cameron Littlehales .Water Management Ofﬁcer Brett Allen .Jan 2009 February 2009 Name James Foran .Senior Capital Projects Ofﬁcer Rachel Cairns .Tree Maintenance Operator Joe Bereza .2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .Agency Alan Burns .Strategic Development Coordinator Michelle Secombe .Maintenance Ofﬁcer Parks North Zone David Goldie .Leisure Services Ofﬁcer/Group Exercise Instructor Steve Adams . innovation and business improvement or corporate behaviour.Woodchipper Operator Pat Hancocks .Tree Maintenance Operator Team Award Infrastructure Operations & Waste Department Unit including: Patrick Powell .Centre Manager.Conservation Reserves Team Leader Glenn Woollard . Major Projects 54 Annual Report 2008 .Corporate Applications Support Jack McAllister .Travel Tower Operator Danielle Blake .Water Infrastructure Ofﬁcer Anne Miller .Team Leader Tree Maintenance Steve Ciezarek .Employee Excellence Awards This program is designed to reward and recognise individuals and teams for their exceptional performance in customer service.Centre Director. Capital Projects and Engineering Services Our People March 2009 Parks and Support Services April 2009 Parks and Support Services May 2009 June 2009 Family Services Urban Design.Recreation Open Space Ofﬁcer Richard Dilena .Team Leader Tree Maintenance Chris Beynon . During 2008-2009.Coordinator Ancillary Services Kara Brooks-Koochew .Senior Team Leader Works South Zone Peter Troeth .Senior Capital Projects Ofﬁcer Team Award Tree Management Unit including: Ian Rogers .Tree Planner Daniel Robins .Go For Your Life Project Ofﬁcer Lisa Stillman – Finance and Administration Ofﬁcer Jo Vincent – Executive Assistant Major Projects Department Information Technology Leisure Services Parks and Support Services Family Services Aged and Disability Services Leisure Services Sport and Recreation.Woodchipper Operator Sam Eddy . City Learning and Care Hinga Fletcher .Team Leader Tree Maintenance Ben Collett .Tree Maintenance Operator Tim Kootstra . health and safety/risk management.Driver/Labourer Duty Truck South Zone Amanda Stirrat .
20 and 30 year periods during 2008. and all have made a signiﬁcant contribution to the community of Geelong during their service.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 55 Our People .Recognition of Service Awards Recognition of Service Awards acknowledge the efforts and contributions of staff over 10. These staff are a valuable asset to the organisation. Staff who reached a service milestone this year are: 30 years Stephen Adams Charles Vella Shirley Aitken Donna White Grant Baverstock Leonard Williams Eveleen Sparrow 20 years Linda Baird Terrence Demeo Kevin Garde Lorna Green Sharon Hartigan Brendan Lloyd Denise Price Cheryl Swayn Margaret Van Kan Karen Woolley Boris Bencic Leslie Denham Brendan Gaudion Brenda Halfacre Raelene Hartney Glenda Martyn Velupillai Raveendrampillai Andrew Symons Dennis Watson Colin Brown Richard Dilena Brenden Goodwin Lynda Hansson Geoffry Havelberg Rosemarie McDonald Paul Rizzi Simon Thornton Valma Wedding Antonino Cicero Glenn Dixon Robyn Gray Michelle Harris Lynette Johnstone Jacqueline Murrihy Bernard Robertson Maureen Uttleymoore Stephen Williams 10 years Barbara Wilkinson Derek Wood John Howie Olivia Van Dort Colin Knowles Jennifer Butling Shane Middleton Melissa McBride Andrew Gilmour Janis Keats Elaine Triplett Bernadette Allen Janina Elliott Richard Proctor Pamela Vandermeer Rosemary Shearer Karen Rowbottom Julie Wright Louise Broom Phyllis Lonsdale Matilda Martincic Christina Colwell Gregory Kays Kerrie McCutcheon Helen Whitehill David Jensen Patricia Stewart Kelvin Rogers Therese Peachey Helen Longmuir Cheryl Tyne Luisa Kolar Maureen Marriner Darlene Berry Colin Hatton Susan Malone Pedro Mairos Joy Cunningham Michelle Secombe Jacqueline Petersen Theressa Nero Adam Hornsey Michael Torriero Daniel Tomkins Sally Grist Pauline Williams Raymond Wekwerth Ronald Thomas Ermina Lazic Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .
Our People 56 Annual Report 2008 .More than 420 committed Meals on Wheels volunteers delivered over 125.000 meals during the year.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .
The Food Service is designed to provide nutritionally balanced meals to the aged and people with disabilities to assist in maintaining their independence in their own homes. The Museum has more than 80 volunteers. please ask your school if they have a Walking School Bus program. Volunteers staff information kiosks and promote our city at events such as Geelong Sailing Week Regatta. 230 children led by 70 volunteers saved 45.000kms in car travel.the kind that contribute to climate change! If you are interested in helping out. Volunteers offer their commitment.Our Volunteers Volunteering is integral to the operations of the City of Greater Geelong and makes an invaluable contribution to our community. spinning and knitting demonstrations.000 hot and cold meals per year to people assessed as nutritionally at risk. Walking School Bus Several schools in the Geelong area offer a Walking School Bus to encourage families to walk to school.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 57 Our People . the National Triathlon Championships and the Geelong Show. A 4 star ANCAP rated vehicle is provided for use in the program. please contact the City’s Road Safety Ofﬁcer to ﬁnd out more about helping promote that idea. This program has many health and safety beneﬁts for the families involved . the volunteers provide important social contact and their visits help the City to monitor the health and wellbeing of the clients. Major and Community Events Our region hosts many major and community events throughout the year and volunteers are a very important part of the success of all our events. Council depends on over 700 volunteers who offer their time to deliver essential services to the community. support and experience to assist community members and visitors to Geelong – they form a vital part of the Greater Geelong community.and for the wider community. The Heritage Centre has approximately 15 dedicated volunteers who assist with indexing and project-based assignments working with newspapers.000 ‘black balloons’ . L2P Program L2P is a program which provides access to mentors / supervising drivers for young learner drivers who are facing signiﬁcant barriers to gaining on road experience. As well as the meals program. In 2008. National Wool Museum The National Wool Museum was established to showcase our rich wool heritage from early settlement to present day. If your school would like to see more of their students walking or cycling to school. Walking or cycling saves money. welcoming patrons. Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver meals to the City of Greater Geelong Aged and Disability Services clients.and it’s fun! Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . It is Australia’s only comprehensive museum of wool. assisting in the gift shop and providing weaving. maps and plans. photographs and archival records. The Meals on Wheels program has more than 420 committed volunteers. or a special interest in wool. Many have been long serving volunteers for more than 20 years with a few involved for over 30 years! The volunteers deliver over 125. helps the environment . Our volunteers are present at the following locations: The Geelong Heritage Centre The Geelong Heritage centre holds Victoria’s largest regional archive and historical resources. the Pako Festa and numerous community and arts festivals. many of whom have a background on the land or in the woollen mills. Such barriers might include no access to a vehicle or a supervising driver. Volunteers also provide invaluable assistance in running community events such as the World’s Greatest Pram Stroll. All insurances are covered and training is provided for volunteers. That saved 216. Walking School Buses are only successful because they are supported by volunteer “drivers” and “conductors”. The volunteers assist in a variety of ways in the museum by conducting guided tours.
Along with this.000 telephone calls per year. The volunteers answer over 20. Internet information on volunteering at Council has been updated and improved. Our People Geelong Otway Tourism’s 130 enthusiastic volunteers were successful in winning the ‘Visitor and Information Services’ category for the second year in a row at the Melbourne Airport Victoria Tourism Awards. Council continues to conduct information sharing forums featuring guest presenters for our volunteer coordinators who ensure the smooth running of all of the City’s volunteer programs.au. and we continue to work on strengthening our relationships with contacts in the broader Geelong volunteering network.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Formally recognising the work of our volunteers continues to be important to the City with events such as a recognition ceremony and morning tea during National Volunteers’ Week.geelongaustralia.000 annual visitors to the four Visitor Information Centres in Geelong. For more information on volunteering with the City of Greater Geelong.Our Volunteers Geelong Otway Tourism Geelong Otway Tourism has 130 enthusiastic volunteers who are the ﬁrst point of contact for the 220. Volunteering Information In order to further improve the operation of our Volunteer Network. please contact Organisation Development on (03) 5272 5272 or refer to: www.com. 58 Annual Report 2008 . the volunteers promote our region by stafﬁng stands at major events and conferences and compiling information packs.
Fostering a culture of continuous improvement through our customer service commitments and a focus on actively engaging the community in current and future issues.Our municipality has 145 kilometres of coastline and 120 kilometres of streamside frontages to be enjoyed all year round. are key drivers to improving council’s performance and service delivery.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 59 Continuous Improvement . Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . Continuous Improvement Ensuring our services and projects continue to meet the demands and needs of our community is of paramount importance to Council.
Council is proactive in addressing the Best Value Principles in that it: Voluntarily participates in the statewide Local Government Annual Community Satisfaction Survey. and reﬂects our commitment to performance reporting. (d) A Council must achieve continuous improvement in the provision of services for its community. The speciﬁc outcomes of Best Value will guide Council decisions regarding the future direction of Council services. Reports quarterly to the community on the progress of City Plan actions. and delivers services from numerous locations around the region. They are: (a) All services must meet quality and cost standards. including the results. These business plans also include audit and risk actions. to capture potential projects. priorities and issues of both local and municipal-wide importance. Has developed executive and department scorecards in order to measure performance against targets. Has seven customer service centres spread across the municipality providing easy access for all residents. Provides internal and external training and development opportunities to bring staff up to date with systems and processes and also to up skill our workforce 60 Annual Report 2008 . Conducts annual performance reviews with all staff to set work plans and identify training and development opportunities. events and issues that affect them. Best Value Council’s Best Value Policy To cement a continuous improvement culture across the organisation beyond purely complying with the Best Value legislation. Continuous improvement opportunities are identiﬁed from the survey results. (b) All services must be responsive to the needs of the community. and maintains a database of all consultations conducted by Council. (e) A Council must develop a program of regular consultation with its community in relation to the services it provides. with approximately 100 community engagement events held annually. news media. residents. Sets annual business plans at a department level to address actions and seek improvement opportunities with the community’s best interest in mind. community and interest groups. Undertakes an annual review of performance measures and targets at corporate and department level. Addressing the Best Value Principles Continuous Improvement The Best Value Principles are part of the Local Government Act 1989. Produces an annual report to inform all stakeholders including ratepayers.The City regularly invites the community to provide input into a broad range of projects. assess their viability for funding. Has implemented a project proposal and reporting system. (f) A Council must report regularly to its community on its achievements in relation to the principles above. all levels of government. and then monitor the delivery of those that proceed. Consults regularly with the community on projects.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . services. Conducts a rigorous ﬁnancial reporting process. Engages Customer Service Benchmarking Australia to conduct independent mystery shopping research in order to measure performance against the Customer Service Commitments and identify opportunities for continued improvement. Council staff and the wider general community. businesses. services. (c) A service must be accessible to those members of the community for whom the service intended.
Customer Service Performance 2008 . City of Greater Geelong 2008-2009 Council Industry Average City of Greater Geelong 2007-2008 2008-2009 Telephone Performance Score (%) 100 90 80 87 83 75 60 67 93 85 85 76 69 87 83 40 29 20 35 0 Connected Time(Seconds) Greeting Getting through Best Practice Enquiry Communication Resolution Service Delivery City of Greater Geelong 2008-2009 Council Industry Average City of Greater Geelong 2007-2008 62 Annual Report 2008 . between previous period’s results.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . as well as maintaining the excellent results achieved the previous year. Each call/visit is marked on 40 assessment areas including connection time. They show that the City of Greater Geelong has consistently achieved results above the industry benchmark in almost all areas. This indicates the Customer Service Commitments have gone a long way in developing a culture built on listening. understanding and pro-actively responding to internal and external customer needs. greeting. Comparisons of results are made between departments. the City of Greater Geelong engaged Customer Service Benchmarking Australia to conduct independent mystery shopping research throughout 2008-2009. as well as against equivalent surveys undertaken on more than 150 Councils across Australia. The Customer Service benchmarking research is carried out bi-monthly on the Customer Contact Centre. 2008-2009 Face-to-Face Performance Score (%) 100 90 80 92 94 86 99 88 60 40 34 20 43 0 Wait Time (Seconds) Greeting Quality Enquiry Resolution Acceptable Manner Continuous Improvement The City received a major accolade in JulyAugust 2008 when the Customer Service Centre was judged the best entity in Australia for complaint resolution. compared to our 2007-2008 performance. The following graphs represent a summary of the organisations performance over the past 12 months. The independent organisation also identiﬁes areas for improvement each period. and the industry average. and quarterly on all other Council contact centres and face-to face contact points.2009 In order to measure performance against our Customer Service Commitments and identify opportunities for continued improvement. accuracy of information and inquiry resolution.
92 per cent of requests were completed on time during 2008-2009.000 69. During 2008-2009. This will be a focus for all staff in the coming 12 months. from missed bin collections.000 phone calls. requests for service 75. Requests for Service No. This represents a decrease of almost 17 per cent on the previous year. Back to table of contents The City has committed to responding to correspondence received by mail and email within 10 working days.276 67% 60. One of the areas surveyed on is community satisfaction with customer contact.000 80% 77 60% 57 40% 68 70 66% 40 50. which was a signiﬁcant improvement on previous years. Each year the City of Greater Geelong participates in the Department of Planning and Community Development Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 63 Continuous Improvement 40.541 70. Requests for Service come from the community and can be for a range of services. In the past two years. Annual Report 2008 .833 92% 80% 66% 62.000 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 0% 0% 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 No. resulting in no need to lodge a request. This is indication that Council’s commitment to improving customer service is being recognised by the community. tree maintenance to potholes and damage to amenities.000 40% 30% 30 30.In the last year the City’s contact centre answered over 180. increased efﬁciencies in the process of registering reported issues. the City of Greater Geelong closely monitors the percentage of Requests for Service which are completed within the designated timeframe.994 60% % completed in timeframe Response to correspondence within timeframe % responded to within timeframe 100% Overall Customer Service Satisfaction Indexed Mean 80 76 70 60 69 74 80. The graph shows that whilst there has been a 13 per cent improvement in completion rates since the Customer Service Commitments were implemented. 62. 2008-2009 saw a decrease in response to correspondence of seven per cent. and staff training to resolve issues at the point of contact. This decrease can be attributed to improved technology such as the installation of more modern parking and ticket machines.000 68. of Requests for Service % complete within timeframe In addition to reviewing independent research on Customer Service performance.000 20% 20% 20 . animal complaints. customer contact has been one of the highest performing areas for council.994 Requests for Service were received.
com. coordinating our activities with other agencies and stakeholders who are seeking similar outcomes. Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey 2009 Each year the City of Greater Geelong participates in the Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey. we use what we have been told as part of our decision making processes. Key areas for improvement (those services which have a higher derived importance to the community but are not rating as well) were trafﬁc management and parking. Understanding residents aspirations for their community.geelongaustralia. that there are areas we can improve on. This report can be viewed at www. Results of the 2009 survey indicate that the highest rating areas for Geelong were customer contact. Utilising our internet technology.Community Engagement The main purpose of engaging the community is to improve our services and ensure that the priorities of residents translate into Council’s strategies and decision making. Continuous Improvement Demonstrate our commitment to being open and accountable. Governance questions include overall council performance. organisational values. Strengthen our communities by supporting and encouraging active participation in decision making. town planning policy and approvals. programs and services that meet the changing needs of our community. and reward and recognition initiatives. our communities and our other stakeholders by helping us to: Improve our planning processes by using the outcomes of engagement to inform the design of projects. staff have been consulted on areas such as Occupational Health and Safety. We now have in place a well structured community consultation framework. an in-house purpose built consultation database and a newly revamped ‘Have Your Say’ section on Council’s website. the Well for Life Program and the delivery of a range of internal services. Foster working relationships and partnerships between our community. the community and stakeholders. however. Our focus for this improvement includes: Advocating a consistent approach to community engagement throughout the organisation. How we have improved The City of Greater Geelong has undertaken signiﬁcant steps to strengthen our capacity to undertake effective community engagement. health and human services. By engaging our community we are giving them the opportunity to provide feedback on issues that are important to them. Effective engagement provides beneﬁts for the Council. policy and procedure. Reducing duplication and tackling consultation overload. we give feedback to participants and provide evidence on how the results of the engagement have been used. Engaging the hard-to-reach groups within the community.au. and an outline of actions to address key improvement areas were made available to the community. The annual survey is an important way to receive feedback from the community on our performance in the areas of governance and key service delivery. local roads and footpaths and community engagement. stakeholders and Council. Actions to address these areas for improvement are now underway. these provide us with the base foundation for our community engagement process. Where feasible. An organisation-wide consultation with employees is also planned for 2010 to explore staff perceptions in a number of areas including internal communications. 64 Annual Report 2008 . giving us a chance to put things right before they escalate. and recreational facilities. and subsequently identify where there is room for improvement. which is jointly sponsored by the Department of Planning and Community Development and local governments.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Consulting Our Staff Council staff are also given the opportunity to give feedback on topics that are important to them. The 2009 results for the City of Greater Geelong. Fundamental principles of effective engagement are that we listen to what we are told. Become aware of problems and issues early. We realise. waste management. For this to work in an effective manner it requires full commitment from the Council. customer contact and community engagement while service delivery is captured by nine key service areas. Together. In the last 12 months. advocacy.
information source. To collect feedback that would assist in improving the quality of KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. public meetings/forums and ongoing working groups. Survey to Central Geelong Businesses relating to awareness and satisfaction of Central Geelong Marketing Activities. These included sporting clubs (hockey. It’s important for us to know the views of our community and we appreciate the effort made in taking part in these activities. To seek feedback from traders and the community and visitors regarding experiences in Central Geelong. to maximise beneﬁts and minimise disadvantages. people’s daily physical activity and information on walking destinations in Portarlington. allowing community members the opportunity to provide input into a broad range of projects. To determine overall customer satisfaction. customer proﬁle. telephone interviews. to maximise beneﬁts and minimise disadvantages. To seek public submissions on the rezoning of land in Torquay Road Grovedale from Business 4 Zone to Business 1 Zone approval for a shop (ALDI supermarket). services. softball. Annual Report 2008 . To determine overall customer satisfaction. To collect feedback that would assist in improving the quality of Australasian Supercross Championship. baseball. information source. customer proﬁle. In order to gather the necessary information to develop the Stead Park Master Plan. To determine for this event: overall satisfaction. consultation and proposed directions.Community Engagement Events 2008-2009 Throughout 2008-2009 the City conducted over 100 community engagement events. To collect feedback that would assist in improving the quality of the Geelong Week Sailing Regatta. Survey of festival attendees to ascertain perceptions of the event. priorities and issues of both local and municipal-wide importance. Council consulted with a wide range of stakeholders. beneﬁt analysis. One such example of a project that was developed in consultation with the community is the Stead Park Master Plan.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 65 Continuous Improvement . the ideas of stakeholders have been developed into a plan that can guide the future development of Stead Park. To collect feedback that would assist in improving the quality of Jayco Bay Cycling Classic. To seek public input on inset of a new gaming policy into the Municipal Strategic Statement. Norlane. To gather information on people’s perception of their own health. public submissions. improvement opportunities and beneﬁt analysis. information source. These groups were consulted through group workshops. Local Planning Policy Framework. bowls and darts). Many projects involved multiple community engagement events using different methods including focus groups.Greater Geelong Gaming Policy Framework 2007 public exhibition Amendment C185 Aldi Grovedale Australasian Supercross Championship 2009 Survey Central Geelong Farmers Market Survey Central Geelong presentation survey Central Geelong Sidewalk Sales Survey 2008 Central Geelong Stakeholder Perception Survey 2009 Central Geelong Urban Living Project Geelong Night Market Survey Geelong Week Sailing Regatta 2009 Survey Jayco Bay Cycling Classic 2009 Survey KFC Twenty20 Big Bash 2009 Survey Back to table of contents Consultation Objectives / Purpose To ascertain the level of client satisfaction with aged and disability services to develop a continuous improvement action plan. To invite expressions of interest to Central Geelong property owners in a pilot “shop top” residential project. Throughout this process. improvement opportunities. To review progress toward achieving community renewal outcomes to date. North Shore social planning research. relevant agencies such as Barwon Water. door-knock and postal surveys. customer proﬁle. to identify challenges and set future direction. one-on-one interviews and surveys. Stakeholder consultation on Corio. improvement opportunities and beneﬁt analysis. The following is a list of all projects consulted on during 2008-2009: Consultation Name Health and Wellbeing Aged and Disability Service Annual Client Survey 2008 Corio Norlane North Shore Future Dreaming Portarlington Walkability Survey Whittington Community Renewal Strategic Partnership Forum Whittington Flamefest Harmony Day 2009 Survey Economic Development Amendment C168 . soccer. stakeholder committees such as the Corio Norlane Development Advisory Board and Joint Neighbourhood Reference Committee. to maximise beneﬁts and minimise disadvantages. as well as residents. to maximise beneﬁts and minimise disadvantages. The Stead Park Master Plan is being developed in partnership with the Department of Human Services to provide a park that will cater for the community as both a sporting precinct and a community recreation precinct.
U16 AA National Baseball Championships 2009 Survey Waterfront Presentation Survey Environment Amendment C152 . To seek public comment on the draft structure plan for the West Fyans . To seek input into the draft Waters Future Strategy. to maximise beneﬁts and minimise disadvantages. To seek public input on rezoning and overlay amendments. To seek public submission to the Council on the proposed road discontinuance of Matthews Road. public submission Drysdale/Clifton Springs Structure Plan Public comment Limeburners Bay Management Plan Stage 1 Point Lonsdale Structure Plan Waters Future Strategy Water reuse initiatives West Fyans . Continuous consultation of reuse initiatives. to maximise beneﬁts and minimise disadvantages. To seek feedback from residents of Beauford Avenue as to the management of street trees.public comment paths at Western Beach. Western Beach Landscape Management Plan To seek public comments on the proposed management plan to improve the landscaping and walking .2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .” To seek public input into the proposed amendment. To seek public submissions on a combined amendment and planning permit for 545 Barrabool Rd Ceres. Landowner information session on draft masterplan for the Armstrong Creek North East Industrial Precinct. In conjunction with the Borough of Queenscliffe. Corio Skills Shortages Survey Consultation Objectives / Purpose Discussions with key stakeholders including major land owners.Matthews Road. To collect feedback that would assist in improving the quality of New Year on the Waterfront Festival. to maximise beneﬁts and minimise disadvantages. To seek public input into the proposed amendment. To determine if The Carousel is attracting out of town visitors to the Waterfront and measure the economic beneﬁt to the Waterfront. To collect feedback that would assist in improving the quality of U16 AA National Baseball Championships. Landowner information session on draft masterplan for the Armstrong Creek East Precinct. 66 Annual Report 2008 . To update owners on the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Plan and the process for 2009. To seek public comment on the draft management plan. described in the Ocean Grove Structure Plan as the “north east residential corridor. Survey of local employers in the Health and Allied Health Sector.Fyans Street Precinct structure plan To seek public comment on the draft structure plan for Drysdale/Clifton Springs.545 Barrabool Rd Ceres Amendment C60 . Armstrong Creek East Precinct Draft Masterplan Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Plan Landowner update information sessions Armstrong Creek North East Industrial Precinct Draft Master plan Beauford Avenue Bell Post Hill street trees Draft Portarlington Urban Design Framework .North Kingston Downs Ocean Grove Continuous Improvement Amendment C181 .Jetty Road Urban Growth Area Amendment C146 Ada Street Clifton Springs public exhibition Amendment C159 .Barwon Heads Structure Plan Amendment C173 . Avalon airport and Lara Chamber of Commerce. Approximately 20 grounds/clubs throughout municipality. to seek comments and public submissions to the draft structure plan.Consultation Name Economic Development Lara Structure Plan Review New Year on the Waterfront Festival Survey 2008-2009 Pako Festa 2009 Proposed Roads Discontinuance .To seek public submissions on the draft Portarlington Urban Design Framework.Tarkin Court and Tobab Court Bell Park. To collect feedback that would assist in improving the quality of Pako Festa. Corio. Also to answer any questions landowners may have.Fyans Street precinct. To seek public input on amendments land in the Ocean Grove growth area. Geelong Manufacturing Council. ICT Food Cluster and Human Resources network to understand the skilled vacancy shortages that are unable to be ﬁlled through local labour markets. To seek public submissions on proposal to rezone the land from Rural Living Zone to Residential 1 Zone and apply Development Plan Overlay Schedule 21 to the land.
Sport and Leisure Anakie Reserve Master Plan Ash Road Trail Concept Plan Barwon South West Regional Trails Master Plan Bellarine Horse Trail Feasibility Strategy Collendina Reserve redevelopment . Ongoing consultation on suitable site. Continuous monitoring of safety conditions of grounds . issues. Annual Report 2008 . SRV minor grants and country football and netball grants.Consultation Name Community Safety and Security Animal Control Signage . To seek input into the development of horse trails on the Bellarine Peninsula. Approximately 50 clubs throughout municipality were consulted. To seek public submissions on the proposed review of the Road Management Plan. To collect information about the barriers and enablers in relation to children walking and riding around their neighbourhoods. To seek comments and public submissions to the draft ﬁnal report on the provision of outdoor recreation facilities in Lara. To better understand existing travel behaviour to and from school as part of the Victorian Government’s TravelSmart program. To seek public input into the master plan. To prepare a master plan for direction for Council in the future development and improvement of King Lloyd Reserve. To prepare a concept plan for the future development of the open space area in Ash Road adjacent Lake Connewarre. To seek public comment on the current CERM assessment. To seek public input into the master plan. To seek public input into the master plan. To seek submissions from interested members of the public and owners of ﬂood-affected properties on the draft report of drainage/ﬂood study. To seek feedback from interested parties regarding plans for the relocation of the netball court. To brief landowners in the Armstrong Creek East Precinct on changes to road conditions as a result of the trafﬁc report undertaken.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 67 Stead Park (Corio) Master Plan Continuous Improvement To seek public comment to identify issues and opportunities on the master plan for Barwon South West region. To inform interested residents and sporting clubs and seek their feedback on the plans for the renovation of the sports pavilion.social rooms renovation Ervin Reserve (Newcomb) Master Plan Ground inspection working group Hume Reserve (Bell Park) Master Plan King Lloyd Reserve Master Plan Lara Outdoor Recreation Facilities study Lara Recreation Reserve Management Plan Motor Cross Osborne Park Reserve netball court relocation Queens Park Master Plan Skilled Stadium Ross Drew stand redevelopment Sports and Community Club development St Albans Reserve St Helens . . club network and healthy breakfasts. To seek input into the development of a master plan. To seek public input into the development of the reserve area. small town development grants. To seek submissions from interested members of the public and owners of ﬂood-affected properties on the draft report of drainage/ﬂood study. To seek input.assessments made as a group. To seek feedback in the development of the management plan. concerns and opportunities relating to the development of a bus interchange where all buses would stop. To seek submissions from owners of ﬂood-affected properties on the draft report of drainage/ﬂood study. To seek comments and public submissions on the redevelopment plan of the Ross Drew Stand at Skilled Stadium. To inform interested residents and sporting clubs and seek their feedback on the plans for a community storage shed at the reserve. To seek comments on needs.Community Survey Back to table of contents Consultation Objectives / Purpose To seek input from key internal and external stakeholders. To seek input into the review of the master plan. Assisting clubs with core development needs. To seek public comment on the draft Barwon Heads Trafﬁc and Parking Study report.Barwon River Community Emergency Risk Management (CERM) assessment Donga Road main drain catchment drainage/ﬂood study: draft ﬁnal report SE Ocean Grove Drainage/Flood Study South East Ocean Grove drainage/ﬂood study Streets Ahead Project Sub-regional Drug Action Plan Transportation Armstrong Creek East Precinct Trafﬁc Report Presentation Barwon Heads Parking and Trafﬁc Study Central Geelong Bus Interchange Concept Survey Review of the Road Management Plan 2009 TravelSmart School Surveys 2009 Parks. guidance and suggestions into the development of the Sub-regional Drug Action Plan.
To seek public submissions on the draft Public Library Buildings Development Strategy. To seek public comment and submission to the new agreement for the Libraries Corporation between CoGG. and the murmur project.Parent Accreditation Survey 2009 Arts. To seek public input into the draft Statement of Recognition and Commitment 2009. during which community organisations and individuals across the 12 municipal wards explored ideas about local identity. and these ideas were fashioned into a series of 12 sculptures (story vessels). Queenscliffe.Story Vessels Consultation Objectives / Purpose To seek feedback from parents regarding the various events in the school holiday program. Indigenous Statement of Recognition and Commitment National Celtic Festival Survey 2009 Newtown Heritage Study review Potato Shed Master Plan Continuous Improvement Democracy City Plan 2009-2013 and Budget 20092010 public submission Council Meetings 2008-2009 Municipal Elections 2008 Notice of Proposed Local Law . To seek public submission on any proposal contained in City Plan or the Budget. to maximise beneﬁts and minimise disadvantages. Survey of parent perception of the quality standards as assessed against the National Childcare Accreditation Council.Council Meeting Procedures Local Law 2009 68 Annual Report 2008 . To review the previous Ashby Heritage area to determine whether there was still sufﬁcient heritage value in the area to now remove the Design and Development Overlay and implement a Heritage Overlay . To seek public input into the proposed amendment. including the rating strategy. Short interviews with community members. To seek public comment and submissions to the draft master plan for the Potato Shed. Workshops with community members and sculptors. on the topic of local identity and personal connection to local places. Golden Plains and Surf Coast.Geelong Saleyards Ashby Heritage Review Connecting Identities . To seek public submissions relating to the proposed Local Law in accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989.Memory Bank Connecting Identities . Culture and Heritage Amendment C183 . To seek public input into the pockets of the Newtown and Chilwell areas not covered by the current heritage overlay. To collect feedback that would assist in improving the quality of National Celtic Festival.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .Consultation Name Education and Research Central Geelong School Holiday Program Draft Public Library Buildings Development Strategy Geelong Regional Libraries Corporation Agreement The Link . collected for inclusion in the Memory Bank digital archive. To vote in the 12 elected representatives for the City of Greater Geelong. To provide the public with the opportunity to ask questions of their elected representatives.
Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . the Geelong Town Hall remains one of the oldest centres of local government having been in use since 1856 and is the centre of administration for the City of Greater Geelong. This framework aims to support the achievement of Council’s objectives in an open and transparent manner. Corporate Governance To enhance community conﬁdence in the democratic process of Local Government.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 69 Governance . and restored in 1917. the City of Greater Geelong maintains an open and accountable governance framework.Built in 1855.
Governance Framework The framework established by the City of Greater Geelong aims to support the achievement of Council’s objectives in an open and transparent manner.Management Support .2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Monitoring. Community Council CEO Structures Corporate Objectives Governance and Control Organisational Framework Functions Accountability Framework Management Structure Management Standards Control.Risk Management Policy Strategic Planning Budgeting Financial. Review and Compliance External Accountability Council and Committees Internal Audit Manage Monitor and Review Risks Internal Reporting Monitoring Review and Comoliance External Reporting Establishment of Committees Audit Committe Policy Terms of Reference (Council and Committees) New Member Inductions (Council and Committees) Effective Meetings and Quality Records (Council and Committees) Self Evaluation (Council and Committees) Policies Delegations Code of Conduct Communication of Standards Risk Management . and Environment Communication Internal Control Occupational Health and Safety Human Resources Information Technology Governance Establish the Content Identiﬁcation Analysis Assessment Treatment Monitoring and Review of risks Internal Audit Council Executive Management Committee Audit Committee Risk Management Commitee Local Law and Legislation Committee Occupational Health and Saftey Committee New Ventures Grant Management Compliance External Audit Financial Stewardship Performance Reporting Corporate Governance and Disclosure Management Representation Disclosure 70 Annual Report 2008 . Social.
The Audit Advisory Committee plays a key role in assisting the City to fulﬁl governance responsibilities.645 kilometres of sealed roads. The Committee’s corporate governance responsibilities includes ﬁnancial management. occupational health and safety. structured approach in recommending improvement to the control environment. 1.356 kilometres of footpaths and 160 kilometres of bike paths. risk and project management and overseeing of the internal and external audit functions of the City. Audit Advisory Committee The City of Greater Geelong formed the Audit Advisory Committee according to Section 86 of the Local Government Act 1989.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 71 Governance . The present Audit Advisory Committee is: Chairperson: Mr Michael Dowling (Principal of Dowling Corporate Consulting Pty Ltd) Members: Cr John Mitchell (Mayor) Cr Jan Farrell (Democracy and Governance Portfolio) Cr Andrew Katos (Finance Portfolio) Mr Peter Bollen (Former CEO Surf Coast Shire) Ms Linda MacRae (Principal of Local Solutions Pty Ltd specialising in ﬁnancial and local government management) The Audit Advisory Committee meets quarterly and reports to Council. There is ongoing participation in information technology system developments and maintenance and their security. The role also provides policy and procedure advice to the Executive Management Team and actively manages Council’s fraud policy and awareness and staff induction programs. public liability. The Committee comprises six members. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . ethical practices and accountability requirements.The City’s road network consists of 1. which is made up of three Councillors and three external professionals. Internal Audit The internal audit function is an independent. risk management and governance processes. 461 kilometres of unsealed roads. property and other insurance matters. objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve the City’s operations. It assists the Council to achieve its objectives by bringing a systematic. Audit Achievements In 2008-2009 we completed in excess of 85 per cent of a comprehensive risk based internal audit plan.
During the year ending 30 June 2009 no formal complaints were received. Minutes of meetings of special committees established under Section 86 of the Act and held in the previous 12 months except where such minutes relate to parts of meetings which have been closed to members of the public under Section 89 of the Act. A list of all special committees established by Council and the purpose for which each committee was established. Governance 72 Annual Report 2008 . Whistleblower Legislation The Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 commenced on 1 January 2002. Names of Councillors who submitted returns of interest during the ﬁnancial year and the dates the returns were submitted. Details of all property.Statutory Information Information Privacy The City of Greater Geelong is committed to protecting people’s right to privacy and the responsible and fair handling of personal information. Details of senior ofﬁcers’ total salary packages for the current ﬁnancial year and the two previous years including the gross salary. Register of authorised ofﬁcers appointed under Section 224 of the Act. Councils are required to. plant. the value of any motor vehicle provided by the Council and the total value of any other beneﬁts and allowances provided by the Council. Submissions received under Section 223 of the Act during the previous 12 months. undertaken in an ofﬁcial capacity by Councillors or any member of Council staff in the previous 12 months. Provide for matters disclosed to be properly investigated and dealt with. particularly the rules and practices which affect members of the public in their dealings with Council. consistent with the Information Privacy Act. Documents Available for Public Inspection Under the Local Government Act there is certain information Councils are required to make available to the public on request. buildings. The main purposes of the Act are to: Encourage and facilitate disclosures of improper conduct by public ofﬁcers and public bodies. This general right of access to information is limited only by exceptions and exemptions. Council has established procedures to protect people who make disclosures from any reprisals as a result of that disclosure. A list of all special committees established by the Council which were abolished or ceased to function during the ﬁnancial year. Council has in place a policy that sets out the requirements for the management and handling of personal information. Details of overseas or interstate travel. The policy is a public document available on request or on Council’s website. Council will also afford natural justice to any person who is the subject of the disclosure. facilitate and promote the disclosure of information promptly and at the lowest reasonable cost. Freedom of Information (FOI) The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act gives the community the right to access information in the possession of Council. Applications for enrolment on the voters’ roll under Sections 12 and 13 of the Act for the immediate past roll and the next roll being prepared. the City of Greater Geelong received a total of 21 Freedom of Information requests and of those. Copies of Council whistleblower protection procedures are available upon request. with the exception of interstate travel to a neighbouring municipality. it provides access to information about the operation of Council. including the names of the Councillors or members of Council staff and the date. destination. as far as possible. which have been prescribed to protect essential public interests and the private or business affairs of people about whom information is held by Council. 2000 and Health Records Act 2001. ﬁnance and operating leases involving land. 88 and 98 of the Act. Agendas and minutes of ordinary and special meetings held in the previous 12 months kept under Section 93 of the Act except where such minutes relate to parts of meetings which have been closed to members of the public under Section 89 of the Act. Names of Council ofﬁcers who were required to submit a return of interest during the ﬁnancial year and the dates the returns were submitted. Protect persons making those disclosures. Council did not receive any complaints or reports or allegations of improper conduct or detrimental action pursuant to the provisions of section 104 of the Whistleblowers Protection Act. purpose and total cost of the overseas or interstate travel. During the year to 30 June 2009. Importantly. 17 were granted full or part access. This information is as follows: Details of current allowances ﬁxed for the Mayor and Councillors under Section 74 of the Act. the amount of the Council or employer contribution to superannuation. three were either withdrawn or dealt with outside FOI and one was denied access.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . From 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009. computer equipment and vehicles entered into by the Council as lessor or lessee that includes the name of the other party to the lease and the terms and the value of the lease. Agreements to establish regional libraries under Section 196 of the Act. Register of delegations kept under Section 87.
Council’s insurers provided a targeted risk appraisal that allowed Council to review and develop improvements to its construction project management process. In the 12 months to 30 June 2009. A list of contracts valued at $150. Campaign donation returns lodged under Section 62 of the Act by candidates for election. in place of the audit. respect. gender. including the names of persons or bodies in receipt of a donation or grant and the amount of each donation or grant. religion. The objectives include: To provide for peace. Certiﬁcates of Australian Citizenship were presented by the Mayor to 313 residents of Geelong. The status of this is reported regularly to Council.A list of donations and grants made by the Council during the ﬁnancial year. The City’s insurer undertook the annual Property Insurance Assessment. Council’s objective is to fundamentally ingrain risk management in organisational culture through the philosophy that each and every activity will be managed in a manner that will reasonably treat risk. with Council scoring 93 per cent. This Charter came into effect on 1 January 2008. To provide for the administration of Council’s powers and functions. Council’s risk register continues to be reviewed quarterly to ensure it is reﬂective of the activities and associated risks of all Council business. This allows for improvement opportunities to be identiﬁed and implemented in conjunction with relevant contractors. The City has undertaken a signiﬁcant review of its Contractor OHS Management process to ensure works continue to be undertaken so as not to pose undue risks to contractors and the public. To regulate and control the election of Mayor and Acting Mayor. the City hosted eight major ceremonies. Annual Report 2008 . The strategy reafﬁrms that risk management processes are an integral part of Council’s planning cycle and ongoing operations. Risk Management The Corporate Risk Management Policy and Strategy (June 2008 to June 2011) provides ongoing direction for the City of Greater Geelong to manage risks at both strategic and operational levels. The continued improvement in insurance audit results demonstrates that the City has in place a sound risk management framework.Local Law Revision (Revocation of Local Law No. A list of the names of the organisations of which the Council was a member during the ﬁnancial year and details of all membership fees and other amounts and services provided during that year to each organisation by the Council. Contractor Management The City of Greater Geelong continues to employ a large number of contractors to assist with the delivery of a range of major projects and Council services.11 .2009 | City of Greater Geelong 73 Back to table of contents Governance . To promote and encourage community participation. realise aspirations and achieve their full potential. including Council’s procurement process. The City of Greater Geelong has conducted a number of awareness sessions for staff to ensure that human rights principles are considered in decision making processes. Citizenship Acquiring Australian Citizenship enables people to participate fully in our inclusive society. Council is required to demonstrate ongoing compliance and provide certiﬁcation by 30 September annually. Competitive Neutrality and Trade Practices Act Legislation. order and good government. Council Meeting Procedures Local Law 2009 (adopted 23 June 2009 and revoked Local Law No 12) This law relates to meetings of the City of Greater Geelong Council and special committees. 5. This year. equality and dignity. which has been rendered obsolete. This has resulted in a streamlining of the process and improved integration with other relevant systems. Contractors are now able to complete Council’s OHS induction process online and attest their understanding of Council’s requirements. 5 – Library) The objective of this law is to revoke Local Law No. and ensure that Council’s decisions are made in the best interests of the people of the City of Greater Geelong. The City of Greater Geelong continues to undertake regular audits and inspections of contractor activities. A special ceremony was conducted at the Geelong Waterfront as part of celebrations to mark Australia Day. The Charter enshrines civil and political rights and some cultural rights into Victorian Law while promoting and protecting principles of freedom. many of whom shared the occasion with the support of relatives and friends.000 or more which the Council entered into during the ﬁnancial year without ﬁrst engaging in a competitive process and which are not contracts referred to in section 186(5) of the Act. National Competition Policy Compliance In 2008-2009 the City of Greater Geelong complied with the requirements of the National Competition Policy. regardless of their race. or the environment of. Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 In June 2006 the Victorian Parliament passed the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic). Local Laws At 30 June 2009 the following Local Laws remain current: General Local Law 2005 This law regulates activities of people and provides standards and conditions for speciﬁed activities to protect people in. No. the municipal district. Council’s Public Liability insurer conducts assessment audits on a bi-annual basis. background. language or place of birth.
Negotiating rail safety interface agreements with rail operators and VicRoads. including routine and reactive inspections. Such work enables Council to determine appropriate infrastructure to be provided and the level at which assets need to be maintained. The City will strive to be at the forefront of asset management through participation in the Municipal Association of Victoria’s ‘Step Program’. using a large proportion of Council’s ﬁnancial and other resources. This initiative provides guidance to Victorian councils on their asset management effort. human resources and information technology plans. Update of trafﬁc data in corporate systems. operational. Administration of the City’s infrastructure data including input of $8. Strategic asset management recognises the enduring nature of infrastructure assets and ensures that the community’s longterm investment can be realised over its lifecycle. budgetary. Revaluation of the road network (pavement and road surfaces). Development and implementation of a new asset handover process. Osborne House is one of the municipality’s oldest buildings. holds. Asset management will continue to evolve and mature. parks and gardens and civic and community buildings. Activities for 2008-2009 included: Completion of condition assessment of the City’s sealed road network.3 million worth of subdivisional assets into the Hansen asset register. Update of trafﬁc counts on unsealed roads. bridges. drains. Back to table of contents Governance 74 Annual Report 2008 . Update of the council’s Road Management Plan. Renewal: rehabilitation and replacement schedules to be speciﬁed. Update of the three year renewal program for engineering infrastructure. Asset management decisions are formed by evaluation of alternative means of service provision. Operation and maintenance: requiring performance levels. and performance measurement and monitoring. Asset Management The City’s infrastructure consists of networks of local roads.2009 | City of Greater Geelong . ﬁnancing and means of procurement. This historic City asset will be a key component of the Geelong Marine Industry Project. Council creates. footpaths. ﬁnancial business. Validation of current levels of services and future preferences with the community. The phases of an asset’s life cycle are: Acquisition: involving the speciﬁcation of asset type and the timing. It integrates with Council’s corporate. The City’s asset management effort is considerable.Built in 1858. full life cycle costing. Administration of the City’s Municipal Road Management Plan as required by the Road Management Act 2004. operating and maintenance schedules to be speciﬁed. Infrastructure contributes to the City’s transportation and recreational goals as well as providing civic amenities. Priorities for 2009-2010 include: Deﬁning levels of service for infrastructure-based services. maintains and renews these assets on behalf of the community.
Cr Farrell Cr Katos. Cr Abley. Cr Richards Cr Doull. Cr Doull. Cr Kontelj Cr Fisher. Cr Katos. Cr Abley. both internal and external to Council. Cr Richards (substitute) I McGinnigle / Manager Arts and Culture (substitutes) Cr Farrell Cr Abley Any Councillor rotating monthly All Councillors (As from 24 March 2009) Cr Granger Mayor.CEO Courthouse Redevelopment Project Control Group External Governance – Statutory Entities Barwon Regional Waste Management Group Geelong Regional Library Corporation Cr Harwood. Cr Farrell. Cr Granger. Cr Granger. Committee / Group Internal Governance – Advisory Committees to Council Audit Advisory Committee Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Plan Steering Committee Bellarine Rail Trail Advisory Committee Community Arts and Festivals Assessment Committee Disability Advisory Committee Disability Street Access Advisory Committee Geelong Drug Action Plan Committee Geelong Region Storm water Reuse Project – Indented Head Pilot Study Grafﬁti Reference Group Kardinia Park Steering Committee Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee Submissions Review Panel Water Taskforce Windsor Park Steering Committee Internal Governance – Council Committees of Management Bellarine Multi Arts Facility (structure to be reviewed) Central Geelong City Management Committee Development Hearing Panel Planning Committee Geelong Heritage Centre Geelong Major Events Performance Review Committee . Cr Richards Cr Farrell plus 2 Councillors Cr Doull. Cr Abley (substitute) Cr Abley. Cr Harwood Cr Farrell (As from 12 August 2008) Mayor. Cr Richards Cr Macdonald. Cr Macdonald Mayor. Cr Doull. Cr Katos Mayor. Cr Katos. Cr Macdonald. Cr Saunderson (substitute) Representative 2008-2009 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . Cr Farrell Cr Kontelj.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 75 Governance . Cr Abley (substitute) Cr Farrell Cr Doull Cr Fisher.Council Appointments to Committees and Groups The following is a list of current Councillor appointments to committees and groups. Cr Saunderson. Cr Mitchell. Cr Saunderson Cr Fisher Cr Richards. Cr Farrell. Cr Harwood. Cr Abley.
Cr Granger (substitute) Cr Mitchell Cr Farrell. Cr Doull (substitute) Incorporated Association (Membership) Municipal Association of Victoria Victorian Local Governance Association Committee for Geelong Courthouse Arts Youth Centre (Council Meeting 9 May 2006) Cr Farrell. Cr Mitchell (substitute) Mayor.Council Appointments to Committees and Groups Committee / Group External Governance – Statutory Entities (cont) Representative 2008-2009 Incorporated Association (Directorship) Geelong Art Gallery Geelong Otway Tourism Geelong Regional Alliance G21 Geelong Regional Alliance G21 Transport Pillar Cr Abley. Governance 76 Annual Report 2008 . CEO (substitute) Cr Richards.Whittington Geelong Safety Committee Lara (Secondary School) Local Proposal Committee Subsequent Stages Western Heights School Local Proposal Local Learning and Employment Network Cr Fisher. Mayor (substitute). Cr Richards (alt substitute) Cr Doull. this Councillor attends in place of the representative.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . CEO Cr Farrell Unincorporated Association (Informal Network) Association of Bayside Municipalities Cultural Precinct Masterplan Steering Committee Cr Doull Cr Abley Advisory – External Organisation Community Reference Committee Neighbourhood Renewal – Norlane Corio Community Renewal Committee . Cr Richards (substitute) Mayor. Cr Mitchell Cr Granger Cr Saunderson Cr Fisher *Note: Where a Councillor is listed as a substitute. Cr Granger (substitute) Cr Harwood.
2009 | City of Greater Geelong 77 Governance . Building Bellarine Connections and other community development initiatives received $0.2 million to fund the 2008-2009 elements Memory Bank and Mouth to Mountain. The City of Greater Geelong has 184 school crossings. Annual Report 2008 . Examples of funding received during the year include: $2. The Whittington Community Renewal project received almost $0. weed control and vegetation projects. For further information on the full amount received by category please refer to Note 4 in the 2008-2009 Financial Report on page 172. The Skilled Migration program (Global Skills for Provincial Victoria) received $0.4 million was received. Back to table of contents Aged and Disability Service programs received $8. This funding has not only enabled Council to roll out more community infrastructure within the municipality. Community Development programs such as Portarlington Community Building Initiative. External Funding During 2008-2009.0 million was received in the form of Federal Government assistance for early childhood development to go towards the running of the City’s Learning and Care centres and associated programs. Connecting Identities which is a component of the national project Generations received almost $0.3 million program. respite and general care management.6 million was received through the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program. School crossings supervisor subsidy grant of $0. which are attended by almost 1.2 million.5 million in State funding was received for various environmental programs including recycled water. the largest in the state.8 million in Commonwealth and State funding. This was an increase of $11. Over $1 million was received from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for Community Child Health services and just over $1 million in federal funding was received for Family Day Care operations including the Kids.000 children annually. $2. the City of Greater Geelong received $53. Trafﬁc management programs including TravelSmart received $0.3 million was received for the Federal Roads Program and other Vic Roads funded works.5 million for construction works at Eastern Beach Pool was received. The funds were used to directly assist 35 skilled migrants ﬁll vacancies while at the same time continuing with job creation programs aimed at local young people. $0.Go for Your Life program.6 million on that received in 2007-2008. meals on wheels and senior citizen activities and programs. $2. Programs funded included personal.5 million in State funding to support the project and also various activities such as the Whittington FlameFest.Federal funding assistance was received during the year for the City’s award winning Long Day Child Care Services. contributing to this $1.1 million in funding from the Department of Transport. home maintenance. but also added stimulus to the local economy. The ﬁrst installment of $1.3 million in funding from the Department of Human Services.4 million in State funding.
000 2.000 80.000 5.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .000 3.000 4.900 5. Geelong Chamber of Music Society Courthouse Youth Arts Centre Geelong Sculptors Inc. In 2008-2009.000 5.000 4. Below is a full list of successful applicants for 2008-2009.000 to 37 community groups through its 2008-2009 Community Arts and Community Festivals Grant Programs. the Ocean Grove Festival and Whittington’s Flame Fest 2009.403 Governance Do Touch Kids n Art Karingal Choir – Pilot Project Community Outreach Connecting Communities Asha Bollywood Dance – Bringing Bollywood Grooves to Geelong Your Animal Self Exhibition – In Plain View – the forgotten ﬂora 78 Annual Report 2008 . $80. 2008-2009 Community Arts Grants Scheme EVENT International Women’s Day Celebrations 2009 Art from the Heart Revving Up To Sing! Sing Out Strong First Major Concert by Port Musos Inc.500 3. including the Portarlington Mussel Festival.000 1. the City of Greater Geelong contributed just over $160.400 4. Geelong Writers Inc.169 3.000 5. Music at the Basilica Incorporated Back to Back Theatre Inc. From 33 applications received.403 was provided to 21 community arts projects ranging from concerts and theatre programs to a ﬂora exhibition and Children’s Week celebrations.000 5. 19 applications were received for community festival grants with 16 community festivals successful in receiving $80.044 2.Community Arts and Community Festival Grants Community festivals and arts projects add to the vibrancy of Geelong and provide a broader range of recreation opportunities for residents. Barwon Youth Barwon Heads Community Arts Garden Geelong Regional Library Corporation Cloverdale Community Centre Inc.500.000 5. GRANT ($) 4. Music at the Basilica – ‘Seasons’ 2009 Theatre of Speed – Experimental Theatre Centre – 2009 Program Access Arts Presents Moonah Living Memory Fence – Phase 1 Literary Explosion – Children’s Week 18-25 October 2009 Noise Scavengers Geelong Chamber Music Society Concert Series The Lighting of the Lamps ORGANISATION Zonta Club of Geelong Inc. Through the Community Arts and Festivals grants program.000 5. Council is able to help local community groups to get a wide range of projects up and running. Norlane Neighbourhood House Asha Bollywood Dance Diversitat Youth Services (Sweet Program – Creative Insight) Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens Inc. Kids Plus Foundation Geelong Harmony Chorus Barwon Adolescent Task Force Port Musos Inc.000 2. Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre Karingal Inc.890 1.500 5.000 4.
500 4. Diversitat Ocean Grove Arts Network Inc.000 4. 2008-2009 Community Festivals Grants Scheme EVENT Karingal Karnivale Geelong Festival of Sacred Music 2009 – A Multicultural Celebration Portarlington Mussel Festival Lara – We Grow it! We Show It! Touch Your Arts FlameFest 2009 Oriental Chinese New Year Festival Food of the World The Ocean Grove Festival St Leonards Community Festival Bellarine Agricultural Show “Going Potty” Garden and Arts Festival ORGANISATION Karingal Inc. Lara Chamber of Commerce and Industry Crash Course Productions FlameFest Steering Committee Chinese Association of Geelong Inc.Just over $160.000 4.000 3.000 was donated to 37 community groups through the City’s 2008-2009 Community Arts and Festival Grant Programs.000 1.000 4.000 .500 Splash!dance Festival (1st year triennial) Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea (2nd year triennial) Poppykettle Festival (2nd year triennial) Geelong Dance Network Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea Ltd 10.000 Geelong Performing Arts Centre 15.000 3.000 3. St Leonards Vision Committee Bellarine Agricultural Society Inc.000 10.500 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .000 3.000 4.500 4. Music at the Basilica Incorporated Port Arts Network Inc.000 80. Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre GRANT ($) 2.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 79 Governance Geelong Heritage Festival 2009 – Peopling a Nation Geelong and Region Branch National Trust of Australia (Victoria) 5.
In 2008-2009. the program saw $237. Governance 80 Annual Report 2008 . Councillor Community Grants The Councillor Community Grants Program is offered to facilitate community projects and activities undertaken by incorporated not-forproﬁt organisations and groups within the City of Greater Geelong.584 distributed amongst 146 community groups.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . service clubs and community associations. Each year funding is provided to a wide variety of community groups and organisations including preschools. Through the Councillor Community Grants program Council has been able to assist in delivering a diverse range of projects and events that beneﬁt the Geelong community.000 in the 2008-2009 Councillor Community Grants Program. Below is the full list of successful applicants for 2008-2009.146 community groups shared in almost $240. sporting clubs.
395 1.500 1. Deakin University Cricket Club Diversitat Drysdale Tennis Club Inc.000 750 2.925 595 2.500 3.000 700 600 1.500 735 3.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 81 Governance . Highton Cricket Club Highton Primary School Highton Senior Citizens Centre Karingal Inc. Bayside Sharks Soccer Club Bell Park North Primary School Bellpost Kyokushin Karate (Auspiced By Aust Kyokushin Karate Association) Bell Post Hill Kindergarten Bell Post Hill Playgroup Inc.000 1.450 450 1.000 1.2008-2009 Councillor Community Grants Program COMMUNITY GROUP 1st Highton Scout Group Alexander Thomson Cricket Club Anam Cara House Geelong Anglican Parish Christ Church Austrian Club Geelong Inc.304 780 2. Filipino Australian Friendship Association Flinders Ave Tuesday Playgroup GRANT ($) 2. Geelong Gem and Mineral Club Geelong Harmony Chorus Geelong Irish Society Geelong Maritime Museum Geelong Memorial Brass Band Geelong Miniature Aircraft Association Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group Geelong Roller Derby Geelong Rugby League Football Club Geelong Touring Cyclists Inc.500 1.000 800 1.470 2.000 2.400 940 1.500 500 400 1. Geelong Trades Hall Council Geelong Weightlifting Club Geelong West Brass Band Inc.000 600 2.000 2. Cobradah Senior Citizens Centre Corio Baseball Club Corio Cloverdale Soccer Club (Auspiced By The Bosnian Lily Geelong Association) Corio Primary School Country Fire Authority Crash Course Productions Inc.000 500 719 3.000 2.434 900 2.200 1.000 900 2.500 2.320 500 2. Bell Post Hill Sport and Recreation Club Bellarine Agriculture Society Belmont High School Belmont Senior Citizens Club Blind Citizens Australia Clifton Springs Pre School Clonard College Cloverdale Baptist Church Club Italia Geelong Inc. GRANT ($) 4.400 1.200 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .500 600 611 860 500 2. East Belmont Cricket Club Essential Theatre Inc.000 1.500 2.800 500 585 1.000 1.500 COMMUNITY GROUP Football and Netball Geelong Friends Of Grove Nature Reserve Friends Of Ashby Primary School Friends Of Bellarine Rail Trail Friends Of The Barwon Heads Bridge Friends Of The Bluff Fyans Park Kindergarten Fyans Park Tennis Club Geelong and District Anglers Club Geelong and District Poultry Club Geelong Ballroom Dance Club Geelong Bottle and Collect Club Geelong Bowls Club Inc.304 1. Barwon Heads Fine Music Society Barwon Heads Traders and Tourism Barwon Heads Soccer Club Barwon Heads Association Barwon Soccer Club Bayside Entertain and Theatre Inc. Geelong West Sporting Club Geelong Womens Football Club Geelong Youth-Climate Action German Karneval Society Glastonbury Child and Family Services Greening Geelong West Grovedale Girl Guides Guild Saints Cricket Club Highton Bowls Club Inc.000 1.200 2.500 1.158 1.833 1.000 2.500 1.090 1.000 450 1.657 1.400 595 980 900 1.200 3.050 471 500 2.
000 2.000 1.000 1.000 1.100 848 2.023 2.500 3.584 Governance 82 Annual Report 2008 . Geelong Inc. St Marys Sporting Club Inc. Whittington.000 2.326 1.242 1.000 5.2008-2009 Councillor Community Grants Program COMMUNITY GROUP Kiralee Kindergarten Lara Country Fire Authority Lara Chamber Of Commerce Lara Secondary College Lara Sporting Club Inc. St Leonards Vision Committee Sponsored By St Leonards Progress Association Inc.500 500 700 500 1.500 700 1.120 2.520 200 600 2.200 1.000 700 4.600 5.500 662 1.500 800 750 $237. Red Hat Society Region 7 Country Fire Authority Rotary Club Of Belmont Rotary Club Of Ocean Grove Scots Presbyterian Church Smart Geelong LLEN Inc.678 600 COMMUNITY GROUP Breakwater Eagles Football Club (Auspiced By The Polish Community Association) Portarlington Community Association Portarlington Garden Club Portarlington Neighbourhood House Portarlington Primary School Portarlington Tennis Club Inc.650 920 2.450 2.350 2. Moolap Riding Club Newcomb and District Cricket Club Newcomb Power Football Club Noah’s Ark Norlane Neighborhood House (Midweek Basketball) Bosnian Youth Dance Group Sponsored By Norlane Neighborhood House Norlane Neighborhood House (Rio Storytelling) Norlane West Primary School North Geelong Secondary College Ocean Grove Callisthenics College Ocean Grove Arts Network Ocean Grove Bridge Club Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club Ocean Grove Toy Library Paddington Toy Library Parents Without Partners GRANT ($) 600 2.000 2.000 2. Urban Seed Mums and Bubs Corio Norlane Sponsored By Urban Seed Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op Waurn Ponds Mechanics Institute Western Heights Uniting Church Whittington Primary School Whittington Primary School Womens Cancer Foundation Trust Zena Collective GRANT ($) 2. Queens Park Golf Club Rainbow Riders Inc.000 505 1. Newcomb.000 3. South Geelong Primary School St Albans Breakwater Cricket Club St Ignatius College St Laurence Geelong Supercats St Leonards Progress Association Inc.000 5.000 300 2.000 500 1.233 416 1.000 1.000 2.000 2. Leopold and District Community Association Leopold Football Netball Club Leopold Tennis Club Leopold Toy Library Life Activities Club Geelong Lifeway Christian Church Alcoholics Anonymous Sponsored By Lifeway Christian Church Macedonian Orthodox Community Manifold Heights Cricket Club Melbourne Anglican Benevolent Society MG Car Club Geelong Inc.000 1.917 3. Naval Heritage Foundation Australia Inc.000 1.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .000 2.422 1.000 4. St Peters Cricket Club St Thomas Primary School The Heights National Trust The Heights National Trust The Melodaires Thomson Sports Club Inc.400 660 750 850 2.000 3.000 1. Murgheboluc Cricket Club National Servicemen’s Association National Trust of Australia (Vic) Naval Association of Australia.500 2.943 1.200 600 500 4.140 600 1.000 1. South Barwon Community Centre Inc.500 2.500 700 2. U3A Geelong Inc.
The DAMP was adopted by Council on 10 June 2008 and will be implemented over a period of three years.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 83 Governance .000 cats registered in the municipality. In addition the DAMP will ensure the City meets its statutory requirements under the Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act 1994. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . The City of Greater Geelong has one of the largest dog and cat populations of any Victorian municipality. The Domestic Animal (Dogs and Cats) Management Plan (DAMP) is designed to balance differing community expectations and also provide controls to reduce the negative impact pets can have on the natural environment. In preparing the DAMP we consulted widely with special interest groups. with over 30. The following is an update on the ﬁrst year of implementation of the DAMP. many pet owners and other members of the community.000 dogs and 9. Domestic Animal (Dogs and Cats) Management Plan Update The level of pet ownership in Australia is one of the highest in the world. dogs in public places and leadership. The DAMP addresses three key areas: responsible pet ownership.Geelong’s dog and cat population is one of the largest amongst Victorian Councils.
Research into design options which facilitate water access for dogs was undertaken and led to the installation of ‘Flex Mats’ at Fyansford Common and further upstream at Buckley Falls. Macquarie Lawyers – Interpretation of barking dog and dog attack provisions. and land managers. A number of animal management Conferences/Seminars have been attended. DPP 5: Review all processes. bike riders and dog owners. Council received positive feedback from the community. A Dogs in Public Places Policy has been circulated and is also available on Council’s website. Dogs in Public Places (DPP) DPP 1: Develop Shared Use Charter Initial discussions have been held with key stakeholders including land managers. Council’s website has extensive information relating to options for the cat curfew including practical examples of fencing modiﬁcations to contain cats within the property.2009 | City of Greater Geelong . along with maps and other information. The sessions were well attended by dog owners and non-dog owners alike. More research will be done with the Economic Development Unit to identify any potential for public-private partnerships with respect to building. catchment authorities and coastal management agencies. This will be put out to community consultation to ensure fair and equitable access to pathways by pedestrians. policies and procedures associated with responsible pet ownership to ensure they are relevant and current. DPP 4: Explore partnerships to establish pet activity areas. L4: Conduct an Annual Review of this Plan The plan has been reviewed and a project plan prepared for the implementation of year two actions. printed separately to the plan. L2: Attend seminars and brieﬁngs related to current issues/emerging trends in animal management. Back to table of contents Leadership (L) L1: Implement a data collection process and measure performance. Water access area has been established as the ﬁrst step and further planning and development will be undertaken. Ongoing education/participation at community groups. These have been reviewed with the new Dogs in Public Places Policy adopted. operating or a combination of both. A draft shared use charter is under development in conjunction with the Sport and Recreation Department. Web based research into current trends in animal pounds has been undertaken. which will be considered in developing similar educational activities in the future. In particular. Visits to external councils and agencies have been conducted for benchmarking purposes and preliminary designs have been prepared on effective models. System enhancements have been completed to enable greater ability to measure effectiveness/ outcomes with respect to dog attack incidents. policies and procedures relating to dogs in public places and dog control and ensure they are relevant and current. which highlights the dog off-leash areas in reserves. This event was held over three days (evening and day sessions) to maximise the ability for people to attend. dog attack procedures are treated as a living document and as such. are updated with the most recent amendments made to the Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act. The pamphlet has been produced. Governance 84 Annual Report 2008 . river and coastal areas for easy reference by customers. A highly accredited dog trainer/behaviourist was engaged to deliver in a practical manner key messages about responsible pet ownership and safety in the community. Council is keen to have a uniform charter throughout the municipality to assist with a clear understanding of requirements by all. Sessions were held at the Geelong Showgrounds in February 2009 called ‘Understanding Your Dog’. Procedures have been reviewed in light of recent legislative amendments and training provided to animal control ofﬁcers. Maps. DPP 2: Develop community awareness brochure/information on popular off leash areas. Department of Primary Industries – Changes to the Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act 2009. Two staff members have completed Government Statutory Compliance Certiﬁcate IV. Networking has taken place with land managers to identify locations and infrastructure required to implement such a concept. A potential site has been sourced in the industrial area of Lara. general patrolling protocols and the new patrols relating to animal control orders in public places. RPO 2: Review all processes. are available to target information for beach and river areas. dog activity groups and schools has also taken place. DPP 3: Develop and deliver an education program to communicate information on dogs in public places.Domestic Animal (Dogs and Cats) Management Plan Update Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) RPO 1: Explore partnerships to increase animal pound capacity within the municipality. At this stage the Fyansford Common area has been identiﬁed as the preferred initial location. Australian Institute of Animal Management Conference. registration protocols. parks. L3: Conduct web based and literary searches of current issues/trends in animal management and incorporate ﬁndings into practice.
This section details these across our pillars and themes as well as the minor setbacks experienced. Performance Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . . This is the last year that we will report in this way as a new framework has been adopted as part of City Plan 2009-2013. on pages 30-33 . Over the last 12 months there have been many highlights and achievements.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 85 Performance Between 2004 and 2008 the City has operated under a planning framework of nine pillars and two themes. future directions and challenges that lie ahead. including the new and very popular Highton Reserve playground. It also contains an update on the current measures for each outcome and an update on the 2008-2009 Annual Business Plan. The new framework consisting of the three strategic directions is outlined in the Looking Forward section of this report.The City maintains 300 playgrounds throughout the region.
000-plus young people with a dedicated space for sporting and recreational activities.Health and Wellbeing The very popular Youth Activities Area on the Waterfront was opened in November 2008 and provides our 40. Performance 86 Annual Report 2008 .2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .
Within the City of Greater Geelong there are 121 primary schools.000 kids in the Geelong region are now part of the Kids – ‘Go for your life’ program that encourages healthy habits for life. funded by the Victorian State Government. the Cancer Council (VIC) and Diabetes Australia. Facilities include skateable surfaces.500. wellbeing and social capital of the community. a basketball half-court. by working with early childhood services and primary schools to build positive environments to develop healthy habits for life.Health and Wellbeing Health and Wellbeing Objective: Highlights: More than 20. The area is designed to offer the region’s 40. The Kids – ‘Go for your life’ project is a partnership between the City of Greater Geelong.000-plus youths a dedicated space for a wide range of sporting and recreational activities. kinders and child care centres that have signed up to be part of the initiative. The City of Greater Geelong currently has more Kids .2009 | City of Greater Geelong 87 Performance . The Youth Activities Area is a partnership project involving all levels of government with the City providing $880. To have an integrated approach to improving the health. stages and multi-purpose outdoor spaces. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .‘Go for your life’ members and awarded schools and services than any other local government area in Victoria. The new Youth Activities Area was opened at the Waterfront in November 2008.000 each and Ford Geelong Community Affairs Committee contributing $5. The program aims to improve healthy eating and physical activity levels of children. the State and Federal Governments both contributing $440. and has been operating since 2006.000. A great deal of community consultation was conducted throughout the development process and young people will continue to be involved in managing the area and organising youth events to be held there.
concerts and family days giving people the opportunity to take time out to relax and forget about their hectic lifestyles. the statement will form the basis of Council policy and guide the development of the Reconciliation Action Plan. held in December. MINOR SETBACKS The Men’s Sheds in St Leonards and Barwon Heads have suffered delays due to site selection issues. the Healthy Community Plan 2009-2013 provides vital information on the health status of Corio and Norlane communities and sets clear directions on what is required to enhance the physical and mental health of local residents. services. The upgrade is part of the Geelong Future Cities project which involves the redevelopment of the Geelong Cultural Precinct. This program is funded by the TAC and managed by VicRoads. It is expected that decisions will be made early in 2009-2010. Just as important are the demands of a growing population on existing infrastructure. and facilities. Future Directions The $6. the City is ensuring that planning for an ageing population is factored into all its 120 services. Changing community attitudes and practices that discriminate against people with disabilities. This will require careful and sustainable planning into the future to ensure that current and future Council assets meet the changing needs of our community. with service coordination. live music festivals and the Impetus Youth Awards making it a very successful week. We must remain ﬂexible in our decision making and make the most of opportunities that arise that beneﬁt the health and wellbeing of our residents. but also provide more opportunities for young people to be involved in the arts in Geelong. This project is funded until 2010 by the State Government. demonstrating respect for Aboriginal culture. skate competitions. The popular 2008 Alcoa Celebrate ALL Abilities Festival. Mental Health Week promotes mental health and attitudes to mental health. not only provided a number of events around the region. Playground improvement works. The new plan to be developed in 2009 will build on the four objectives for improved access and inclusion as stated in Section 38 of the Disability Act 2006.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . The Drysdale Community Hub project is behind schedule due to requests for further community consultation with the elderly residents. This magazine is produced by young people and explores issues facing youth today. Reducing barriers to employment. relevant. The Piercing Truth free magazine was also launched. Following extensive community consultation. Challenges By 2014 the number of people over the age of 85 years old is expected to increase by 76 per cent and those over the age of 55 years old are estimated to rise from 22 per cent to 32 per cent. Considerable progress towards access of equity to Council services and facilities has been made since the introduction of the ﬁrst Disability Action Plan in 2002 and again when rewritten in 2006. The Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2009-2013 which is due to be completed in November 2009. It is important that the community is fully involved in this project and that feedback informs planning and design decisions to suit all residents.Health and Wellbeing Achievements The Whittington Community Renewal project continues with the re-opening of the Early Learning and Family Centre @ Apollo (formerly known as the Apollo Drive Pre-school) being a big achievement in 2009. The Live Well Positive Ageing Strategy has been developed in response to this. Other achievements over the past year include: A third successive Whittington Festival “Flamefest”. timely and reachable is very important. health promotion and the seamless management of chronic diseases the key focuses. Youth Week was held in April with arts events. In partnership with other regional service providers. Last year activities such as street soccer. The upgrade will not only improve this great facility. These are: Reducing barriers to access goods.500 people enjoying a record 116 events held during October. All these plans are expected to be adopted and commence implementation in mid to late 2009. Also launched was the L2P Mentor program – where members of the public with an adults driver’s licence volunteer to assist learner drivers build up 120 hours of driving experience.5 million Courthouse Arts redevelopment will commence in early 2010. yoga. This plan will list actions for Council in building relationships with Aboriginal people. The Victorian Seniors Festival Geelong was a huge success with over 12. The Youth Strategy implementation continued throughout the year with many programs and events held. will build on the previous plan and respond to emerging social issues. Performance 88 Annual Report 2008 . but more importantly served to increase public awareness that people of all abilities should be welcomed and included in every aspect of community life. During the year several important community events were held. and creating opportunities for Aboriginal people. The Indigenous Statement of Recognition and Commitment 2009 was adopted by Council in June 2009. Promoting full inclusion in community life of people of all abilities. Developed in consultation with Geelong’s Aboriginal groups. Making programs and services accessible to the community in that they are affordable. East Geelong Men’s Shed funded and site secured. Completion of detailed design for the Whittington Link.
Drysdale and Barwon Heads).000 population 300 262.3 Target: To exceed the Victorian rate in each cohort 2008-2009 Result: Achieved in two of the three age cohorts 250 % of Age Cohort immunised 100 93.2 70 78.Moorabool St / Barwon Bridge fencing and landscaping Streetscape Works .7 10.2 90 90.3 78.8 229.1 0 Bloodborne Enteric Other Infectious notifiable 94.3 . and additional bike racks in the CAA.1 10.7 91.TAC Precinct Streetscapes .7 83.Deakin Terraces Streetscape Works .Corio St and Clare St Status P a a “ a a “ Measure: Disease Notiﬁcations – Rate per 100.9 1.7 150 80 100 86 50 56.Landscaping Whittington Centre Hub Streetscape Works .Health and Wellbeing Outcome: Physical Health 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Drug Action Week . Streetscape Works .4 5 1. future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Annual Report 2008 . Newcomb.000 population Source: City of Greater Geelong Health Services Unit / Department of Human Services Measure: Immunisation Coverage Source: City of Greater Geelong Family Services Department/Department of Human Services Target: Not to exceed the Victorian Rate 2008-2009 Result: Achieved in all categories except Zoonoses Rate per 100.1 83.1 88. Lions Club of Leopold disabled toilet Status P a a Measure: Life Expectancy Source: Department of Human Services Life Expectancy at Birth by Local Government Area Target: Maintain 2008-2009 Result: Achieved.Senior Citizens Centres (Geelong West. Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre. result is in line with Victorian trend Age (yrs) 100 90 83 80 78.1 101.9 88.6 70 60 Sexually Vectorborne Vaccine transmitted preventable Zoonoses 50 12<15 months 24<27 months 60<63 months Geelong Victoria Geelong Victoria Back to table of contents Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold. Normanby Street Kindergarten.4 92.6 200 211 199.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 89 Performance 2. Ocean Grove Streetscape Works . Lara Community Centre.Central Geelong and Waterfront Street Trees and Planters.Madeley Streetscapes.Activities and Programs Improve disability access to facilities across the municipality .5 60 50 2000-04 2001-05 2002-06 Females Males Outcome: Healthy Environment 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Mosquito control activities including helicopter application Streetscape Works .
Windsor Park Men’s Shed construction . Surfside Tennis Club Playground Development Program . Paley.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold.Ocean Grove/Drysdale Programs Youth Activities.General Youth Activities . Allister.St Leonards Men’s Shed design . future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Back to table of contents .Health and Wellbeing Outcome: Life Stages Support 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Barwon Inclusion Support Agency .The Outﬁt Youth Activities .3 40 Performance 20 20 0 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 0 2007 2008 2009 90 Annual Report 2008 .Belmont Senior Citizens .Flinders Kindergarten Lara .Barwon Heads Men’s Shed design .North Shore Kindergarten upgrade (toilets and bathrooms) Community Facility upgrades . Safety Glass replacement Community Asset Planning . Winter.Barwon Heads Preschool.Leopold Youth Action Team .5 years Source: City of Greater Geelong Family Services Target: Maintain 2008-2009 Result: Achieved Rates of Participation (%) 100 Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Maintained Indexed Mean 100 80 80 70 60 70 72 60 47.Old Post Ofﬁce reception refurbishment Community Facility upgrades .3 55. Portarlington Preschool Stage 2.National Youth Week Youth Activities .Barwon Valley Belmont Playground Development Program .Adult playground installation. Glenbrae.Shell Rd Reserve Playground . and Aitken Park.shade sails and minor works Family Relationship Service Partnership Program .Lara Youth Centre program development for young people Youth Activities .Whittington Program Youth Activity Area construction .Youth Event Youth Activities . Apollo Drive Kindergarten upgrade.Install playground under surfacing Playgroup and parent support group activities targeted to disadvantaged groups and families Potato Shed .providing support to separated parents Indented Head Community Hall feasibility and futures plan Indigenous Innovations project Men’s Shed .Master Plan implementation Playground Development Program on the following Reserves Timbarra.Waterfront Program Youth Activities .bitumen works laneway and car park Community Facility upgrades .Centenary Hall Community Facility upgrades .East Geelong Playground Development Program .4 40 54.Planning of location based multi-use facilities Community Facility upgrades . John Croft.Portarlington Community Centre Community Facility upgrades . St Leonards Tennis Club. McShane. Kyle. Highton.Providing support to child care services to promote the inclusion of all children including those with additional needs into eligible Commonwealth funded approved child care Children’s Services Facilities upgrades .Waterfront Status P a “ “ a a “ “ a a P “ a a “ “ “ “ a a P P P P P P P P P P a Measure: Community satisfaction with Health and Human Services Source: Department of Planning and Community Development Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Measure: Child Health Assessments – Rates of participation at 3.Geelong West Town Hall curtains Community Facility upgrades .
the volunteers were acknowledged at the Museum’s 20th anniversary celebrations.4 60 56 47.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 91 Performance 40 . Outcome: Connected and Engaged Community 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Community Renewal Projects . % of Residents 100 Target: Maintain 2008-2009 Result: 2008 survey results from the Department of Planning and Community Development had yet to be received at time of print. % of Residents 100 Target: Achieve greater than 50 per cent 2008-2009 Result: 2008 survey results from the Department of Planning and Community Development had yet to be received at time of print.1 20 20 20 0 2004 2006 2008 0 2004 2006 2008 0 2004 2006 2008 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .Health and Wellbeing The National Wool Museum’s Honorary Staff or ‘Hons’.Stead Park Master Plan development Community Renewal Projects – Whittington Drysdale Community Hub Home and Community Care Aboriginal Equity And Access Program Portarlington Community Building Initiative Springdale Neighbourhood Centre Strategic Plan Status “ “ “ P “ a Measure: Percentage of residents who are a member of an organised group Source: Department of Planning and Community Development Indicators of Community Strength Measure: Percentage of residents involved in volunteering Source: Department of Planning and Community Development Indicators of Community Strength Measure: Percentage of residents who have attended a community event Source: Department of Planning and Community Development Indicators of Community Strength Target: Maintain 2008-2009 Result: 2008 survey results from the Department of Planning and Community Development had yet to be received at time of print. % of Residents 100 80 80 80 60 49 40 50.5 60 54 40 51.
2009 | City of Greater Geelong Annual Report 008 2 o 0 2009 City of Greate Geelo g t Greater Geelong eater ea lo o Back to table of contents . but also bring visitors to Geelong as well as providing enjoyment to local residents. Performance 92 An al Repor 2008 20 92 Annual Report 2008 .Economic Development Events such as the Australian Supercross Championships not only inject huge economic beneﬁts into the region.
These projects represent a cross section of the infrastructure types listed in the funding guidelines and are all expected to be completed by the end of September 2009.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 93 Performance . A total of 26 events were supported by Council and the Geelong Major Events committee. Upgrade to the old Post Ofﬁce in Ryrie Street. Implementation of Environment Management Strategy. Geelong Ironman 70. Ocean Grove Boat ramp upgrade and Eastern Park access path to the Lime Kilns ($300. bring people to Geelong and add to the appeal of our region. Stormwater capture and water harvesting at Council depots ($300.000). also saw the crowds ﬂock to these events. The 12th Australian Masters Games was one of the highlights.6 million through the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.000).000). it attracted over 7. The 2009 Australian International Airshow held in March was also a huge success despite facing numerous challenges such as the current global ﬁnancial crisis and extreme weather conditions. Eastern Beach dive tower reconstruction ($60. but also added stimulus to the local economy. Family favourites.000). To enhance the community’s prosperity by developing Geelong’s competitive strengths. This funding has not only enabled Council to roll out more community infrastructure within the municipality.3 and the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic.000). Eastern Park cycle criterium ($150.000). the Pako Festa and Denis Walter Carols by the Bay. Drysdale bus shelter ($6. Held during February and March 2009.000). they also provide entertainment and enjoyment for residents.Economic Development Economic Development Objective: Highlights: Geelong’s major event calendar injected well over $50 million into the local economy in 2008-2009. Other highlights on the major events calendar included the KFC Twenty-20 Big Bash held at Skilled Stadium.000). Australian Supercross Championships also held at Skilled Stadium. Tens of thousands of spectators from here and abroad enjoyed action packed aerobatic displays and exhibitions over three public days with the highlight being the super loud jet ﬁghters. including Balyang Sanctuary upgrades. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . It’s not just about the economic beneﬁts that these events inject. The City of Greater Geelong was allocated $2. The funded projects are: A complete environmental “make-over” of the Link Centre in Whittington ($230.000 participants who took part in over 60 sporting activities. which serves as a centre for youth services and community based organisations ($850. Geelong Week Sailing Regatta. Lara Pool Adventure Park ($690.
Transit Cities and the development of Heales Road Industrial Estate and the National Transport and Logistics Precinct are ambitious. For the third year running the conference and meetings team was successful in the ‘Meetings and Business Tourism’ category.Economic Development Achievements The City is taking part in the State Government’s Global Skills for Provincial Victoria Program 2008-2010. entertainment and events helped deliver an estimated economic beneﬁt of well over $3 million to Central Geelong businesses over the last 12 months. Approximately 250. Events such as the Farmers’ Market. They were also successful in the ‘Visitor Information and Services’ category for the second year in a row and also took out the ‘Specialised Tourism Services’ award for the ﬁrst time. Developing Geelong’s biotechnology capability would drive long-term. The awards are a testament to the dedication to excellence of the staff and volunteers and recognise their invaluable contribution to this thriving industry. A small business training program sponsored by the City of Greater Geelo––ng saw 15 local business owners complete a ‘Focus’ program run by the Gordon Institute of TAFE to help operators expand their existing business. The concept will be used to reinforce a range of initiatives aimed at securing jobs and investment for Geelong. The economic beneﬁt of this event is expected to be $80 million. and increasing the tourist potential to the Bellarine Peninsula are just two of many opportunities we need to take advantage of. The City has reinforced its support for BioGeelong and has noted the next steps in growing this capability. including the preparation of a feasibility study for the development of a National Centre of Disease Control in Geelong. supporting local businesses and industries and job security are challenges we face during this crisis. and our region will be on show to the world! Challenges The Global Financial Crisis has affected our region just as it has around the world. The concept envelopes and conveys the City’s intent to make Geelong the best and easiest possible place to invest and do business. Attracting business operations that could possibly go to the western Melbourne region. In 2008-2009. combined with competitive land prices in the region has presented the City with many opportunities to pursue. Melbourne Cup Day Sidewalk Sales and School Holiday programs along with the Summer Circuit Bus Service have played a major part in attracting people to Geelong’s city centre. knowledgebased economy. As a Council we need to provide leadership and continue to be proactive in brokering new investment and supporting existing businesses and growth areas. Geelong Otway Tourism took out three awards at the 2008 Melbourne Airport Victorian Tourism Awards. Private sector investment. also being entered into the Hall of Fame for this category. A further 20 participants took part in the ‘Explore’ program which is designed to help people develop a yet to be realised business idea that could lead to the emergence of a new business. Lobbying for necessary government and private sector funding commitments will be crucial in bringing the 13 key funding priorities identiﬁed by Council to fruition. Projects such as the Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre. which would drive Geelong’s transition to a forward-looking.000 spectators are expected to ﬂock to the Geelong region for the event and a world wide television audience of over 400 million are expected to tune in. a dedicated City Business Facilitation Group and the development of a new Geelong: Open for Business website. The 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships will be held in the Southern Hemisphere for the ﬁrst time and will attract over 720 athletes from some 48 countries. At the same time we continued our job creation programs aimed at local young people. This includes the preparation of a new forward looking Economic Development Blueprint. Future Directions The City will be rolling out its new business concept Geelong: Open for Business. and encouraging them to shop locally. table of Performance 94 Annual Report 2008 . MINOR SETBACKS The much anticipated construction of global IT ﬁrm Satyam Computer Services software development centre was put on hold in January due to the company being embroiled in India’s largest corporation scandal. high value job creation and investment for the future.2009 | City of Greater Geelong contents . but are seen as having particular strategic Back to importance for the future of our region. This will enable us to maximise the region’s competitive advantages and secure our economic future. Council directly assisted 35 skilled migrants to ﬁll vacancies. Council will also investigate the potential for the region to take a leadership position in biotechnology. Planning and preparing for the largest event ever to be held in the Geelong region will continue in 2009-2010. The opening of the Geelong Ring Road. which is designed to assist local companies to continue operating through sourcing skilled employees necessary for the success of their business. Council is continuing to work closely with the State Government and Deakin University to ﬁnd a suitable organisation to be housed within the technology precinct. Central Geelong Marketing activities.
9 2 4.3 4 4.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 95 Performance . Small Area Labour Markets.Economic Development Food and horticulture is just one of the growth sectors recognised as driving Geelong’s modern dynamic economy. NB: 2008-2009 ﬁgure is for December quarter due to data availability Measure: Average weekly advertised job vacancies Geelong Advertiser Source: Geelong Advertiser Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Achieved Number of Job Adverts 250 243 200 216 220 Unemployment rate as at June quarter 10 8 6.8 4. Australia Target: Maintain the difference between Geelong and Victoria 2008-2009 Result: Achieved. Employment and Workplace Relations June quarter data. Outcome: Industry Support 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Gaming Policy recommendations implementation Geelong Business Excellence Program sponsorship Geelong Manufacturing Council support Grants to support investment attraction Status “ P P P Measure: Unemployment Rate Source: Department of Education.5 3.7 6 4. future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Annual Report 2008 .4 150 100 50 0 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 0 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 Geelong Victoria Back to table of contents Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold.
Indexed Mean 100 Number of Permits 710 381 701 310.9 400 700 700 350 Value of Permits ($M) 80 72 60 62 60 69 58 66 690 300 680 682 250 40 670 200 20 660 2006 2007 2008 150 0 2007 2008 2009 Number Value of permits ($M) Geelong LGA Group 3 Highest score Performance 96 Annual Report 2008 .scope and brief development Mineral Springs Bath House .7 263. environmental impacts and trafﬁc study Provision for Infrastructure for IT ﬁrm Satyam relocation Western Wedge implementation Status “ “ “ “ Measure: Non Domestic / Non Residential Building Permits Source: Victorian Building Commission.design. Building Intelligence 2006-2008 Measure: Community satisfaction with Economic Development Source: Department of Planning and Community Development Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Target: Increase the number of building permits 2008-2009 Result: Achieved Target: Trend towards the highest score in the LGA Group 3 category 2008-2009 Result: Not achieved.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold. Barwon Heads on the Bellarine Peninsula is a popular tourist destination for all ages! Outcome: New Industry 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Geelong Region Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry Cluster support Haymarket Site development . future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Back to table of contents .Economic Development Visitor spending has now topped over $1 billion a year in the region.
Economic Development Outcome: Tourism 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Conference Bureau activities .support Waterfront webcam installation Status P a P P “ P “ P Measure: Tourism Accommodation average takings ($) per room night occupied Source: Geelong Otway Tourism .0 124. 100 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Peak Off Peak Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .5 120.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 97 Performance . delegate boosting programs and increasing yield activity Contribution to Australian Masters Games 2009 and ofﬁcer support Contribution to Geelong Major Events Geelong Central City Management .8 110 111.4 Target: Peak season: 3 percent increase per annum after CPI adjustment Off Peak season: 5 percent increase per annum after CPI adjustment 2008-2009 Result: Peak season: maintained in line with CPI Off Peak season: Achieved.ABS Survey of Tourist Accommodation $ per Night 150 140 130 123.Programs and Farmers Market Geelong Conference Centre Project Provide for tourist information and administrative support centres within the Geelong region Ring Road Visitor Information Centre development UCI Road Cycling World Championships .6 120 117.Bidding for new events.1 128.
2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .Environment The City has many signiﬁcant trees which required extra care during the recent extended dry and hot conditions. These trees in Johnstone Park were some of the many saved by ‘tree huggas’ which were topped up with recycled water. Performance 98 Annual Report 2008 .
2009 | City of Greater Geelong 99 Performance . Topped up with recycled water weekly. these provided relief to stressed trees and saved these important heritage assets. It not only allows for full-year usage of grounds without having to worry about dry conditions and the impact of water restrictions. The ﬁrst of its kind in Geelong. These initiatives alone will amount to more than 100 tonnes (over 20 per cent) in greenhouse gas emissions saved annually. the system turns dirty water into clean water and returns the backwash volume back to the pool.Environment Environment Objective: Highlights: Council has installed 36 solar panels on the roof of the National Wool Museum as part of the City’s Greenhouse Response. It is expected to save more than 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Splashdown will also soon be sending its backwashed water to a nearby dam which will be used to maintain the neighbouring Grinter Reserve. All light ﬁttings in the building have been replaced with energy efﬁcient globes and light sensors. This represents the largest renewable energy installation in Central Geelong. conserve and sustain the diverse natural and built environment. and is part of a range of works undertaken on the 19th century heritage listed building to convert it into more eco-efﬁcient premises. A similar system was also installed at Kardinia Pool with the water used to irrigate surrounding sporting grounds. The program has seen over 15 grounds converted in the past two years. To enhance. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . Drought recovery and water saving initiatives have continued to be a key focus in the last 12 months. but also saves water usage in the long term. 160 specialised water tanks and 60 ‘tree huggas’ were purchased and strategically positioned close to endangered trees around the municipality. joining the six kilowatt photovoltaic solar systems on the roofs of the National Wool Museum and City Hall. Drought prooﬁng of our sporting reserves continued during the year with several grounds converted to more drought-tolerant warm season grasses. The wind turbine becomes the City’s third renewable energy site. The power generated will be fed back in to the electric power grid and used to power the boat ramp lights. also as part of the City’s Greenhouse Response. The dry summer conditions threatened to kill many of the City’s most signiﬁcant but endangered trees. which seeks to reduce the City’s own energy use and greenhouse emissions across its operations and facilities. These actions are all part of the overall aim to achieve a 30 per cent reduction in the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2010. A micro-wind turbine was installed at Limeburners Point Boat Ramp. The Waterworld aquatic centre underwent an eco-friendly upgrade with the installation of a water treatment system which is expected to save around 90 per cent of backwashing water. The turbine is the one of the ﬁrst vertical axis models to be installed anywhere in Australia and will be able to generate power night and day in all wind conditions.
the Integrated Infrastructure Delivery Plan to guide development of the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area was adopted by Council. Performance 100 Annual Report 2008 . This facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2010. We must make sure this does not result in cheaper developments with decreased building and environmental standards. Two precincts are dedicated to providing employment diversity. urban designs and active transport support programs that reduce our car dependence. The structure plans cover various areas such as residential living. This likely to increase the cost of ﬁnal rehabilitation of the Corio site. trafﬁc measures and pedestrian access. was opened to pedestrians after being closed to the public due to a series of land slippages since 2002. open space usage. retail and residential. These structure plans can be viewed in their entirety on our website www. Clifton Springs’ popular picnic and swimming spot. In light of the current economic climate. Future Directions Armstrong Creek is Geelong’s growth area that will be home to approximately 55. The extension will enable Council to recover additional income from direct users of the site to help meet the additional costs. the Dell. cliff top pathway. several projects were brought forward including the Adrian Mannix Reserve stairs. It is anticipated the East Precinct will be the ﬁrst to reach PSP stage. The Environment Protection Authority recently increased the requirements on rehabilitation on landﬁll sites. It is important that local government continues to demonstrate leadership in reducing environmental impacts.com. A number of actions in the Clifton Springs Foreshore Management Plan were completed during the year. Lara Structure Plan and the Point Lonsdale Structure Plan. The ABM comprises 10 councils that have frontage to Port Phillip Bay. Along with the Greenhouse Response Local Action Plan.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . 2009-2010 will see initiatives continue along with further education and training for staff. and a 60 per cent reduction by 2025. The signing of the Climate Change Charter complemented Council’s many environmental initiatives. Council adopted an amendment introducing the revised Municipal Strategic Statement and Local Planning Policies into the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme. Included amongst these were the Drysdale/Clifton Springs Structure Plan. MINOR SETBACKS Council resolved to seek an extension to the operation of the Corio Landﬁll site until the end of 2011. Open Space Strategy. The Charter sets guidelines for bayside councils to take a collaborative approach to responding to the anticipated impacts of climate change on our coastal areas.000 people. the Fyans-West Fyans Street Precinct Structure Plan.Environment Achievements During the year the Council adopted a number of structure plans. Climate change will continue to challenge communities all over the world. This facility will enable Council to divert all mixed waste (garbage) and green waste from landﬁll by converting this waste into power and agricultural grade compost. In May 2009 Council signed the Association of Bayside Municipalites’ (ABM) Climate Change Charter. Environment Management Strategy and a number of place-based structure and growth plans. with the ﬁrst land release expected by the end of 2011. For more information on Armstrong Creek please refer to page 40 of this report. In March 2009. Our endeavor is to achieve the target of a 30 per cent reduction on our 2006 carbon emissions levels by 2010. business. and also provide time for the development of an advanced technology organics waste processing facility at Point Henry. Each precinct will have its own master plan known as a Precinct Structure Plan (PSP). recreation infrastructure and increased usage of public and active transport. Work has commenced on these and will continue in 2009-2010. Council will encourage a variety of transport modes. Once a PSP is approved. Key pieces of work that inform the amendment include the Rural Land Use Strategy. four are residential precincts and the ﬁnal precinct is the Major Activity Centre which provides a mix of commerce. easy-to-use and strategically robust City of Greater Geelong Local Planning Policy framework which guides land use and development. Armstrong Creek has been divided into seven precincts.au. To achieve this we will need the support of the community and transport companies. beach renourishment and the installation of rock groynes. Housing Diversity Strategy. The site was due to close at the end of 2009. The amendment creates a concise. sealed access road. The City is responding to this through its ecoCHALLENGE initiative and Greenhouse Response Strategy. there may be a perception that addressing environmental issues is less important. hand rail ﬁtting. The Geelong ecoCHALLENGE initiative is Council’s corporate sustainability program aimed at reducing the organisation’s environmental footprint.geelongaustralia. permits can be issued for the subdivision of land. Following strong community support. Challenges Seeking options for accessible transport are keys to sustainability and wellbeing.
future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Annual Report 2008 .Very Good Fair Poor .Environment Outcome: Biodiversity Management 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Barwon River Land Use and Open Space Corridor Plan implementation Breamlea Biomass Reduction Program Clifton Springs Foreshore management plan implementation Coastal and conservation reserves and infrastructure maintenance Council environmental reserves improvement works Implementation of the Geelong Regions Wetlands Strategy Wetlands Study . design and research Stormwater Quality Management Plan implementation Upgrade of automatic irrigation systems as per new legislation Status P P P P a Measure: Beach Water quality Source: EPA Beach Water Quality Report Target: 0 days enterococci >500/100ml 2008-2009 result: Achieved – No days were recorded where enterococci >500/100ml Measure: Air Quality Source: EPA Air Quality Index for the Geelong Region (Geelong South and Point Henry) Target: Increase the number of days where air quality is Good – Very Good 2008-2009 Result: Not achieved 7% 10% 10% 7% 16% 4% Measure: Air Quality Measure: Air Quality Measure: Air Quality 2006 Good .Murtnagurt Lagoon Status “ a a P P a a Outcome: Water and Air Quality 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Geelong Healthy Waterways Program Implement actions in the Greenhouse Reduction Strategy Stormwater Management .Very Good 83% Fair 10% Poor .Very Good Fair Poor .education.Very Poor 80% 16% 4% 83% 83% 80% Back to table of contents Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold.Very Poor 7% 2007 Good .Very Poor 83% 10% 7% 2008 Good .2009 | City of Greater Geelong 101 Performance .
Lara Sporting Club water tank.2 200 203 100 200 0 Recycling Green Waste Garbage 0 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 Performance 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 Water Consumption 2015 target .Conversion of major sporting ﬁelds to drought tolerant grasses Drought Recovery Program .Ongoing program of cell construction at the Drysdale landﬁll to provide for the placement of waste in accordance with EPA licence requirements Drysdale Landﬁll Rehabilitation .5 400 287.Elcho Golf Course/Barwon Prison Recycled Water Pipeline Drought Recovery Program .Increase Green Waste – Increase Garbage .2009 | City of Greater Geelong Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold.Implement Aged and Disability Services water saving initiatives Drought Recovery Program .design and construction Structure Plans development .Belmont storm water re-use feasibility study Drought Recovery Program .Environment Outcome: Sustainable Development 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Plan . sinking bore and pump Drought Recovery Program . While consumption increased due to sports ground summer grass conversion program. Geelong Port) Status P “ “ a Measure: Building approvals meeting 5 star rating Source: City of Greater Geelong City Development Department Target: 100% 2008-2009 result: Achieved – 100% Outcome: Waste Recycling and Resource Use 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Corio Landﬁll Rehabilitation . future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Back to table of contents .Grinter Reserve water re-use project Drought Recovery Program .Not achieved Green Waste – Not achieved Garbage .Implementation Plan Breamlea Caravan Park Sustainable Cabin Accommodation . West Fyans Structure Plans implementation into Planning Scheme (Barwon Heads.ongoing rehabilitation of the Corio landﬁll leading up to its closure at the end of 2009 Drought Recovery Program .Achieved Kg per Household 500 434 388 338 396 Target: Decrease – 25 per cent reduction by 2015 2008-2009 Result: Target achieved. it is still well below the target levels.Clifton Springs. 400 Water Volume (ML/yr) 1000 800 726 300 303 303 294 242 600 501.Rehabilitation of a completed area of the Drysdale Landﬁll as per EPA requirements Status “ P “ “ “ “ “ P a Measure: Recycling and Waste Collection Volumes Source: City of Greater Geelong Waste Services Unit Measure: Council’s Potable Water Consumption Source: City of Greater Geelong Facilities Maintenance Unit Target: Recycling .Steampacket Gardens Sustainable Stormwater Retention and Irrigation re-use project Drysdale Landﬁll construction .8 597.726 ML 102 Annual Report 2008 .Decrease 2008-2009 Result: Recycling . Point Lonsdale.
2009 | City of Greater Geelong 103 Performance . Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .Environment The City is well on the way to achieving its reduced water consumption target through many initiatives such as water reuse projects and sporting reserve conversions to drought tolerant grasses.
2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .Community Safety and Security New Dog and Cat Control Orders specify areas where dogs can be walked off-lead and those areas where they must be controlled by a leash. Performance 104 Annual Report 2008 .
the Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act 1994 resulted in an opportunity for Council to take a strategic approach to domestic animal management. dogs in public places and leadership. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively to improve safety in our city. The award recognised the success of the City’s Integrated Alcohol Management Project and belongs to the many stakeholders and the community who made this project such a success. and this award is a further endorsement of our safety initiatives. Recent amendments to the primary Act which governs dog and cat controls. These orders will enable the City to implement key aspects of the Domestic Animal Management Plan. however we recognise that our work is not complete. The orders speciﬁed those areas of the municipality where dogs can be off a leash and where they must be controlled by a leash.Community Safety and Security Community Safety and Security Objective: Highlights: The City of Greater Geelong received the 2008 National Award for Local Government for Excellence in Alcohol Management. the City of Greater Geelong Council declared several Dog and Cat Control Orders relating to the Plan. The award recognised the following initiatives: The Geelong Regional Liquor Accord The NightWatch Radio program Late night cleaning crew CitySafe Camera network Operation Nightlife ID scanners Youth Forum Greater Geelong Safety Plan Drug Action Plan Committee. The Police. In October 2008. The project has worked well because it brought key stakeholders together to develop a range of complementary safety initiatives. and the orders will help ensure that the plan can be effectively managed. A community education campaign accompanied the new orders. Annual Report 2008 . who run Drug Action Week These initiatives have created a safer environment for people entering the city at night. Liquor Licensing and the many others involved are to be commended for their outstanding work and support. the Nightlife Association.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 105 Performance . Back to table of contents To create a sense of security throughout the community. Geelong’s Integrated Alcohol Management Project has become a model for other cities. For an update on the ﬁrst year implementation of the Domestic Animal Management Plan please refer to pages 83-84. licensees. The City worked closely with the general community and special interest groups to provide areas where dog owners have the option to run their animal off a leash while ensuring that popular public paths were kept safe. There is also an order requiring cats to be conﬁned between sunset and sunrise to come into effect in late 2009. The Domestic Animal (Dogs and Cats) Management Plan was adopted in June 2008 and addresses three key areas: responsible pet ownership. The control of dogs in public places was a fundamental component of the Domestic Animal Management Plan.
000 from the Federal Government to fund the Barwon Safe Party project. Environmental Health Ofﬁcers. The Geelong community was quick to respond to the bushﬁre tragedy with an extremely generous contribution of cash and material aid to the bushﬁre appeal. Surf Coast and Colac-Otway residents.380 participants. the City received $240. Performance 106 Annual Report 2008 . Two-person building inspection teams for four days. Deakin University. Community safety and policing is an important issue and Council will continue to work in partnership with stakeholders through the Local Safety Committee and advocate on behalf of the community to make the municipality safe for residents and visitors. The program will target 14 to 24-year-olds. The project has been developed by Council in partnership with eight local agencies including Victoria Police. Planning has been undertaken for a night rider bus. community groups and parents in seeking and implementing strategies that get kids to walk and ride their bikes and reclaiming neighbourhood streets. The Municipal Association of Victoria coordinated Council assistance with the City providing the following assistance to the Murrindindi and Nillumbik Shires: Three-person tree gangs and equipment for seven weeks. with funding from the Department of Human Services. Future Directions Streets Ahead – a three-year project funded by VicHealth to increase physical activity in children aged four to 12 years and promote safety in neghbourhoods. a project aimed at reducing binge drinking in the region. a program that focuses on preventing unintentional child injuries for children aged up to eight years. The project was facilitated by the City of Greater Geelong.Community Safety and Security Achievements The City activated its Municipal Emergency Management structure to assist communities affected by the Victorian bushﬁres. Surf Coast Shire and local youth organisations. The Food Act itself is expected to have over 30 changes including reclassiﬁcation of all premises. strategic policing and data collection. The focus is not only on healthy activity but also on creating a socially connected and safe neighbourhood. The Barwon Regional Drug Action Plan was launched in Colac in March 2009. In 2008-2009 Council’s Learn to Swim program grew by 30 per cent to 14.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . The plan has been developed by local communities. survival skills and overall aquatic enjoyment. the project is expected to be completed well before the summer season. During the year. safe taxi rank ID scanner and education workshops and forums which will all be implemented by the end of 2009. Changes will be phased in over the next two years. The plan was developed in extensive consultation with Geelong. local service providers. Challenges Major changes to the Food and Health Acts will pose new challenges to Council. will enter its fourth year in 2009-2010. The reconstruction of the Eastern Beach sea walls is well underway following delays due to working with tides. local government. Emergency Management experts including Municipal Emergency Response Ofﬁcers and Municipal Recovery Managers. awareness. Many local workplaces and community groups also organised their own fund raising events and activities to aid the affected townships. This has lead to the scope of works being reviewed and will result in works being carried out in 2009-2010. Classes are designed to introduce people to the world of aquatics in a very positive environment. The project will combine elements such as education. Participants move through the program learning: stroke techniques. to deal with local issues in ways that are relevant to local residents. police and researchers from Deakin University. The Safestart Program. The safety of children is very important. Aborists. Central Geelong safety and security upgrades continued with CCTV upgrade from seven cameras to 18 cameras contributing to a 35 per cent decrease in criminal and anti-social behaviour. Programs delivered in past years will continue. Despite the various setbacks. and a new partnership with the Kids Foundation will see the delivery of injury prevention programs into kindergartens. food sampling and changes to registration requirements. will focus on the Whittington. personal safety and development. This is the ﬁrst coordinated Drug Action Plan that applies to the Barwon region as a whole and focuses on prevention and shifting cultural attitudes to drug and alcohol use. MINOR SETBACKS The safety lighting upgrade at Eastern Beach / Ritchie Boulevard has been held up due to a delay in receiving a permit from Heritage Victoria. Works on safe radio messages and lighting upgrades have also been completed. Council will work with schools. St Albans Park and East Geelong areas in 2009-2010.
613 6. Eastern Beach Seawalls .283 7.000 population 7500 7.000 population Source: Victoria Police Provisional Crime Statistics Target: To not exceed Victorian rate 2008-2009 Result: Achieved Crime rate per 100.Community Safety and Security Outcome: Safe Community 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Animal Control Sign installations as per Domestic Animal (Dogs and Cats) Management Plan Central Geelong safety and security upgrade Contribution to Life Saving for Ocean Grove. spills and chemical decanting facility Street Lighting Status “ P Back to table of contents Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold. future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Annual Report 2008 .2009 | City of Greater Geelong 107 Performance a .Design and construction of replacement seawalls.209 7. Lightning Strike Protection . Waurn Ponds Baseball and Skilled Stadium wash down.installation program Safestart Program .226 6.087 7000 6500 6.for children 0-8 age group focusing on preventing unintentional child injury initiatives St Leonards Lake safety improvements and construction of Bike/Walk track around the Lake.612 6000 5500 5000 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Victoria Geelong Outcome: Emergency Management 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Emergency maintenance (unplanned) on Council facilities Emergency management and response program Status P P Measure: Municipal Emergency Management Plan update Source: City of Greater Geelong Infrastructure Operations Department Target: Plan is updated annually 2008-2009 Result: Achieved – Plan updated November 2008 Outcome: Safe Built Environment 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Eastern Beach/Ritchie Blvd Safety Lighting upgrade Queens Park Golf. Barwon Heads and Bancoora. Supervision for school crossings Status P “ P “ P P a P Measure: Crime rate per 100.
opened in December 2008. provides a 23 kilometre freeway link between Corio and Waurn Ponds and avoids up to 31 sets of trafﬁc lights.2009| City of Greater Geelong 08 nnual por 00 2009 t ua al 08 0 reater Geelong e e eater elo Back to table of contents .Transportation The Geelong Ring Road. Performance 10 Annual Report 008 200 City 108 Annual Repor 2008 2009 | Cit of Greater Geellong 108 Annual Report 2008 .
A recent customer survey resulted in a 100 per cent satisfaction rating being recorded. pollution and trafﬁc in residential areas. the number of commuters using the bus ranged between 100 and 180 per day. providing a direct connection with Anglesea Road via an overpass of the Princes Highway.000 users utilising the service over the last 12 months. This was completed six months ahead of schedule. reduce noise. The service operates from Eastern Park on Monday to Friday from 7. A carnival atmosphere also greeted the completion of section three. with $324. improve road safety.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 109 Performance . Sections one and two.30 am to 10 am and then from 4 pm to 6. with drop off points in central Geelong. with a travel time of 15 minutes compared with the current 25 to 60 minute trip through Geelong. saw over 2.5 kilometres. Apart from reduced travel times. Hertz Car Rental and user fees. low-cost parking option for Central Geelong workers. public and freight transport systems and infrastrucutre. A second service commenced in May. Both Park and Ride services are funded by the City of Greater Geelong. and improve road freaight efﬁciency. The Geelong Ring Road between Corio and Waurn Ponds has cost $380 million. operating from Kardinia Park. These services help ease trafﬁc congestion and provide a convenient. particularly along Latrobe Terrace. the new arterial will reduce freight and other trafﬁc movements in the centre of Geelong. from Corio to Fyansford. Back to table of contents To enhance and improve the region’s local. In total $618 million has been committed to the project and future sections. Drivers will avoid up to 31 sets of trafﬁc lights. State Government Department of Transport. using public buses for just $2 a day. Popularity of the Central Geelong Park and Ride service continues to grow with approximately 35. ensuring there is a bus on site every seven minutes.5 million from the Victorian Government and $293.Transportation Transportation Objective: Highlights: The long awaited Geelong Ring Road ofﬁcially opened to trafﬁc on Sunday 14 December 2008. Annual Report 2008 . Works are scheduled for completion in late 2010.000 people walk or ride the 15-kilometre stretch prior to vehicles being allowed on. Central Geelong Marketing. stretching to Waurn Ponds when it was ofﬁcially opened on Sunday 14 June 2009. with two buses operating on a direct route. On a daily basis. In March 2009 works commenced to extend the Ring Road by 2.5 million from the Australian Government. The Geelong Ring Road provides a 23-kilometre freeway link between Corio and Waurn Ponds skirting Geelong’s western outskirts.30 pm.
Construction is expected to commence post the 2009 Christmas period. the bus provides free access to shopping. other Central Geelong businesses. Stopping at nine locations around the city. MINOR SETBACKS The Leopold footpath linkages project aims to prioritise high quality footpath routes and their construction into areas where people are most likely to walk. professional services. with the Department of Transport responsible for designing and building the facility. Council will encourage a variety of transport modes. events and entertainment in Central Geelong every day over summer. with 70 per cent being out of town visitors. Not only will it ease congestion through the city and reduce trafﬁc in residential suburbs and townships. Funding will be delivered over ﬁve years through the $1. Geelong roads received a welcome funding boost from the Federal Government with the allocation of $7. This link is yet to receive Federal or State funding so Council must advocate on behalf of the community in order to bring this project to fruition.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold. Challenges The development of sustainable transport options and reducing car dependency will be a key focus for this Council over the next four years. Bicycle lane works commenced. This cannot be achieved without the collaboration from a number of stakeholders. Latrobe Terrace/Ryrie Street turning lane lengthened. footpath and kerb and channel maintenance and renewal programs in 2009-2010. Extensive community consultation has taken place with the Leopold community in developing and designing the footpaths.Transportation Achievements East West Trafﬁc improvement works continued in 2008-2009 with the following works completed: Myers Street/Yarra Street intersection trafﬁc signals installation. The Central Geelong Shuttle Summer Service. strategic footpath programs. Building Bellarine Connections. A Ring Road extension to the Bellarine Peninsula is a much sought after aspiration of our community. Public Transport Users’ Association along with other community groups were consulted during the process. Future Directions Council has resolved to support the establishment of a Central Geelong Bus Stop. then on weekends through to March. urban designs and active transport support programs that reduce our car dependence. bus travellers. as well as support local jobs and businesses during the current global ﬁnancial slowdown.000 commuters annually. dining. Ryrie Street/Swanston Street/Sydney Parade intersection . the City was awarded TravelSmart Stage Two funding from the State Government. 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Bicycle infrastructure recurrent program maintenance Greater Geelong Cycle Strategy implementation Status P “ Measure: Total kilometres of off-road bicycle tracks Performance Source: City of Greater Geelong Engineering Services Department Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Maintained at 163km 110 Annual Report 2008 . TravelSmart and the various Park and Ride services will all continue or commence implementation in the coming year. attractions. and to reduce dependency on car travel. Bellarine Community Connections commenced on the Bellarine Peninsula. $13. to encourage students and their families tochoose more sustainable models of travel to and from school. but it will increase tourism opportunities as a result of easier accessibility.75 billion Roads to Recovery program. Options for accessible transport are keys to the sustainability and wellbeing of our community.improvements provided two through lanes in each direction in Ryrie Street. Projects such as Western Wedge walkability infrastructure. recognising Council’s commitment to addressing ageing infrastructure within the region. the service continues to grow and is utilised by approximately 13. future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Back to table of contents . This has enabled the City to work with seven more local schools to develop travel plans.75 million for local upgrades and maintenance. It is important Council continues building relationships and working closely with all parties to ensure the best results for our community. This project has already seen a number of local township community transport initiatives introduced to meet the needs of individuals and groups. In December 2008. Surrounding business and property owners. an initiative of the City of Greater Geelong in partnership with Central Geelong Marketing and the Department of Transport. It is now expected to commence in July 2009 with the special rates and charges process to continue. This unprecedented level of funding will improve our roads. In its eighth year of operation. and to facilities that most of the community use.5 million will be spent on road. ran daily from December through to February. workers. The Moorabool Street site was selected from a list of ﬁve sites after extensive community consultation. The funding is in addition to the several millions Council already spends on maintaining roads in the region. Construction has been delayed after an application for funding from the Local Area Access Program was not successful.
trafﬁc signals Footpath renewal program Kerb and channel renewal program Leopold footpath linkages . heavy and dedicated ﬂeet replacement Major culvert guardrail replacement / Implementation program Major trafﬁc work construction (as listed in the prioritised trafﬁc projects core list) Replace on street multi bay parking meters with ticket machines (pay and display) equipment.Transportation Outcome: Local Public Transport 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Building Bellarine Connections Central Geelong Park and Ride shuttle service Peninsula Park and Ride (Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads Christmas Bus Shuttle) Summer Circuit Bus Service Status “ P P P Outcome: Road and Footpath Network 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Bridge upgrades .construction Light.West Trafﬁc Improvement Works .replacement and repair program Construct and design local roads including Federal Roads Program and Vic Roads funded works Drainage design and construction program East . footpaths and drainage works Strategic Footpath Design . Road Condition Data Survey Road Safety Program Special Rates and Charges to carry out roads.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 111 Performance .Myers/Yarra Streets intersection .Drysdale Clifton Springs Trafﬁc and Transport Studies Status “ P P P P “ a P P P “ “ “ “ “ P Measure: Community satisfaction with Local Roads and Footpaths Source: Department of Planning and Community Development Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Measure: Road Trafﬁc Fatalities and Injuries Source: VicRoads CrashStats Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Not achieved Indexed Mean 100 Target: Decrease 2008-2009 Result: Achieved Number of People 400 365 320 331 329 80 240 247 248 218 60 53 40 80 20 9 4 4 55 52 160 0 0 2007 2008 2009 2006 2007 2008 Fatalities Serious Injury Minor Injury Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .
Parks Sport and Leisure The Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre opened in December 2008. Performance 112 Annual Report 2008 .600 visitors per week. The $8 million facility averages over 5.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .
storeroom. The Drysdale Football and Netball Club redevelopment was completed in October 2008. Sport and Leisure Objective: Highlights: The Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre opened on Sunday 14 December 2008 with a free family fun day. bar and canteen facilities. learning to swim or just keen for a splash around. Commencing in October 2007. the upgrade experienced a major delay due to the discovery of highly valued archaeological ﬁnds. This resulted in an excavation process being undertaken to ensure that due care was taken to properly document all artifacts that were unearthed. Provision for some warm water exercise. Water play facilities. Shell Road Reserve is an ideal location for the Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre.5 million and the State Government which contributed $2. The City has worked closely with residents and the State Government to bring this important piece of community infrastructure to the Bellarine.Parks Sport and Leisure Parks. Works included the removal of part of the original building. was funded by Council and has seen an impressive transformation. Change area for people with disabilities and families. a building extension. Program pool space for all levels of learn to swim. Back to table of contents To improve quality of life by providing opportunities for physical activity and open space for reﬂection. Whether you’re a lap swimmer. new kitchen. The Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre includes the following facilities: Eight-lane 25-metre pool with ramp access. This project has been years in the making and it is fantastic to see Bellarine residents embracing the new centre with an average of over 5. relaxation. it now offers a wide range of sport and recreation activities for the Bellarine’s growing population. the ﬁrst it has received in decades. The $8 million centre at Shell Road Reserve in Ocean Grove was a partnership project involving the City of Greater Geelong which provided $5. The much-needed upgrade.5 million. It will now be able to cater for the growing population in the local area.600 visits per week. Outdoor recreation space. social interaction and the experiences of nature. Annual Report 2008 . the new centre caters for all. and improved access for people with disabilities.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 113 Performance . which will provide many more sport and recreation opportunities for locals. new entry. Together with the new skate park and the soccer grounds.
Maintaining service levels and minimising the impact on various leisure facilities will be a priority for Council in continuing to improve quality of life by providing opportunities for physical activity. new tree plantings. New executive hospitality suites. North Geelong Football and Netball Club pavilion upgrade. and provides a Master Plan for the northern section of the Lara Recreation Reserve. as was the commitment to a healthy lifestyle from members of our community.Parks Sport and Leisure Achievements During the year a number of recreation facilities and reserves received upgrades. The new Leisurelink is expected to open in 2010. It will serve as a regional motocross facility. parks and gardens. The new Leisurelink Gym and Aquatic Centre being built at Waurn Ponds has now passed the halfway mark. Due for completion in early 2010. Council has committed $660. Corio Community Sporting Club lighting. but also to the community. The City received grants from Sport and Recreation Victoria for a number of projects within the municipality.433. Clifton Springs Bowls Club green and the Grinter Reserve water harvesting initiative. The opening of the Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre was certainly a factor. 50 new open air corporate boxes. through quality facilities and programs that are affordable for all individuals and families. this new complex at the home of the Geelong Football Club will see the stadium capacity increase to accommodate 30. Highton Reserve also received a major facelift with a new playground. a 31 per cent increase on last year’s ﬁgure of 9. a large portion of its riders live in the City of Greater Geelong.2 million in works planned. While McAdam Park is not located within our municipality. endorsing the Lara Outdoor Recreation Studies Plan and Lara Recreation Reserve Master Plan. This is the biggest sports and leisure project ever undertaken by Council and the new facility will be a vital community asset and will also use the latest environmental technology. In these tough economic times. Physical health is important not only to the individual. MINOR SETBACKS The Geelong Motocross Club has been without a home after noise complaints forced the club to leave its former Breakwater site. Club administrative ofﬁces.385 people joined our centres during 2008-2009. Geelong Football Umpires League clubroom upgrade. Criterium Circuit at Belmont Common. The Lara Outdoor Recreation Facilities Study provides a guide for sport and recreation planning in Lara. Council moved to guarantee the future of organised sport in the Lara area. relaxation and social interaction. A state of the art underground backwash water recycling system has also been set up. Council’s aquatic centres have deﬁed the global ﬁnancial crisis recording record membership growth. Performance 114 Annual Report 2008 . car park upgrade. A challenge for Council’s aquatic and sports centres is to remain competitive with the market and retain and attract members.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold. Council’s commitment to this through recreation reserve and facility upgrades continues in 2009-2010 with $8. Other recreation improvements included a new dressage ring at the Lake Lorne Pony Club. Challenges Periods of drought and water restrictions will continue to pose challenges for Council when it comes to preserving sporting grounds. 12. new park furniture and other amenity upgrades. This was all part of the Highton Reserve Master Plan. complementing Council funding already committed. The structure is complete. A host of other projects were also completed or are nearing completion. reserves.000 towards the purchase of McAdam Park to provide a base for the Geelong Motocross Club. future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Back to table of contents . most of the walls and windows have been installed in the gym and the 50-metre legacy pool from the 2007 World Swimming Championships is now fully assembled. Lara has experienced signiﬁcant population growth in recent years and it is clear that existing facilities at the Lara Recreation Reserve could not adequately cater for either current or anticipated future demand. The City sought expressions of interest from the community to help determine which projects to apply for funding. Function room facility to cater for up to 300 guests. The Western Oval in Geelong West is claiming the title of the number two sports oval in the region following recent works including a new netball pavilion. Goldsworthy Athletics Facility upgraded spectator stand and synthetic grass surface and the Hovell’s Creek walking trail gazebo. Future Directions The second stage of Skilled Stadium’s redevelopment has commenced with the Past Players and Ross-Drew Stands making way for a state-of-the-art sports and grandstand facility.000 supporters and house: State-of-the-art sports science facility and gymnasium. Almost $1 million was received for projects such as Landy Field ﬂoodlighting. it is often the case that competing priorities may take precedence over past-times such as recreational and wellbeing type activities. cycling track upgrade and oval surface renovation. St Albans Reserve walking track.
OHS risks) Waterworld waterslide internal re-coat Status a P P P P a a “ “ a a “ a Measure: Community satisfaction with the appearance of public areas Source: Department of Planning and Community Development Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Measure: Community satisfaction with recreational facilities Source: Department of Planning and Community Development Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Maintained Indexed Mean 100 Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Maintained Indexed Mean 100 80 69 60 71 71 80 65 60 63 64 40 40 20 20 0 2007 2008 2009 0 2007 2008 2009 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .cyclical and programmed maintenance Grants from Sport and Recreation Victoria to fund minor facility upgrades Grants from Sport and Recreation Victoria to fund minor facility upgrades in the country football and netball program Gymnasium equipment replacement program Kardinia Pool and Waterworld concrete replacement program Kardinia Pool lighting improvements Lara pool adventure park development Leisurelink replacement facility construction Leisuretime Centre . Sport and Leisure upgrades .Netball fence upgrade Swim. Outcome: Healthy Lifestyle 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre construction Geelong Arena . home to the Geelong Cats AFL team is currently undergoing redevelopment works with the construction of a state-of-the-art sports and grandstand facility.facility maintenance (incl.Basketball court dividing net Leisuretime Centre .2009 | City of Greater Geelong 115 Performance .Parks Sport and Leisure Skilled Stadium.
Stage One implementation Ervin Reserve Newcomb walk .Entrance landscape plan Memorial Park .clubroom improvements a a “ 116 Annual Report 2008 . tables.South Barwon Football and Netball Club Memorial Park .facilities upgrade Corio Community Park development Corio Sports Club .Skate Park improvements.outdoor adult gym/exercise stations Friers Reserve Sports Pavilion . speciﬁcations and costings for staged capital improvement works Geelong Soccer Club .pavilion design Hume Reserve Master Plan King Lloyd Reserve improvements Lake Lorne Pony Club . table.design for replacement of clubrooms Ocean Grove Park Scoping study – contribution Status a “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ a a a a “ “ “ “ “ “ “ a P a a a a “ “ “ “ “ “ a a a a “ a a a “ “ Performance Portarlington Football and Netball Club – Disabled access and player shelters Rennie St Reserve .design and construction of ﬂoodlight systems at Shell Oval Criterium Circuit resurfacing .Eastern Park Drysdale Netball Club .design and implementation Bakers Oval lighting and clubroom improvements Bell Park Football / Netball Club upgrade grandstand.Netball warm up area Memorial Park .Parks Sport and Leisure Outcome: Active and Vibrant Public Spaces 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Anakie Football/Cricket Club Ground irrigation and netball courts Around The Heads walking/cycling paths.court compliance upgrade Eastern Beach Children’s Pool detailed construction design Eastern Park and Geelong Botanic Gardens Strategic Plan implementation Elderslie Reserve Master Plan .sand arena Lara Bowling Club .preparation of plans. louvres. barbecue Richmond Crescent Reserve .new change facilities Gateway Sanctuary rotunda improvements Geelong Football Umpires Rooms (Regional) . seating North Geelong Netball Court Upgrade North Shore Little League .toilet reﬁt (Myers Reserve) Bellarine Horse Trail study Breakwater Reserve improvements Leopold Community Hub project Connections Park (Rosewall) .year two of redevelopment plan implementation Corio and Moorabool Pony Club . additional shelter.synthetic green and lighting McDonald Reserve Car park sealing . kitchens and room enlargement (self managed project) Bell Post Hill Football Club – toilets Bell Post Hill Rangers .grandstand and surrounds Grinter Reserve Newcomb .scoreboard/coaches box Geelong Women’s Cricket Club Belmont Common practice wickets Goldsworthy Reserve Athletics track improvements .Netball lighting and resurfacing Grovedale Cricket Club – design Grovedale Netball Club ﬂoodlighting – Burdoo Recreation Reserve Highton Reserve Landscape Plan implementation Highton Reserve Pavilion – design Highton Tennis Club .2009 | City of Greater Geelong Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold.gazebo. future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Back to table of contents .
2009 | City of Greater Geelong 117 Performance . Indexed Mean 100 80 60 46 41 40 20 0 2004 2006 2008 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .contribution Geelong Cricket Association .contribution to ground maintenance Status P P Measure: Percentage of residents who participate in organised sport Source: Department of Planning and Community Development Indicators of Community Strength Target: Maintain 2008-2009 Result: 2008 survey results from the Department of Planning and Community Development had yet to be received at time of print. housing 60 sport and recreation pavilions and clubhouses.Netball change facilities Status a “ “ “ “ “ a a a Outcome: Strong Sport and Recreation Networks 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Barwon Sports Academy .Parks Sport and Leisure The City has 900 pieces of open space including 82 formal recreation reserves.walking track St Mary’s Football Club change room facilities Thomson Reserve Master Plan implementation .Velodrome resurfacing West Oval Veranda Roof replacement Western Oval Master Plan .renovate change room facilities West Oval . 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Shelters for Lara Netball Club Skate Park .Barwon Heads Village Park Skilled Stadium turf replacement St Albans Reserve .
Education and Research
Geelong public libraries recorded over 1.1 million visitations in 2008-2009.
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The Geelong West Library reopened on Monday 15 September 2008, providing a dynamic cultural and community hub to be enjoyed by the entire community. The upgraded Geelong West Library represents the realisation of a long held community vision which dates back to 2005, when local residents were consulted extensively. It was decided to keep the library in Pakington Street given Pako’s place as the social heart of the Geelong West community. The library has improved seating and study facilities along with additional services including 10 internet terminals, adult and junior DVDs, music CD collection, Playstation 3 and X-Box 360 gaming and the relocation of council customer services to the foyer of the building. The co-location of the library with the City’s Customer Service Centre will further enhance the delivery of services to the community. The library has sourced a wide variety of books, DVDs and multi-format kits which include a CD plus book. A specialist Learning English Collection was also made possible by a Councillor Community Grant. This will be especially valuable to the many people who access the multicultural services provided through Diversitat. The $1 million redevelopment has exposed heritage features such as the original rooﬂine of the former Geelong West Courthouse. The City of Greater Geelong contributed $784,000 and the State Government $250,000 through a Living Libraries Grant.
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To support and enhance the City’s position and reputation as a leading centre for education, training and research.
Children’s Week in Geelong represents one of the largest community celebrations focusing on young children. Held in October, the 2008 Geelong Children’s Week involved a total of 48 local events and activities, and attracted more than 6,800 children, adults and volunteers. Geelong Children’s Week is an excellent example of what can be achieved through Council working in partnership with early childhood and community organisations. Not only is the week strongly supported by Council, but it has become a real community driven event. It is important we continue to create positive opportunities for children and families to participate in a diverse range of community programs and activities. With the growth in participation in the 2008 Geelong Children’s Week by organisations and community groups, there is the possibility for this event to be developed into a broader children’s festival, as a major local event. Geelong has hosted Children’s Week celebrations since 2006, celebrating and promoting the unique needs and contributions of young children.
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The City of Greater Geelong and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) signed contracts to allow for the development of the new Western Heights College campus and combined community facilities. The City sold land at Vines Road to the DEECD and purchased land at Hurst Reserve from the department to allow for the Vines Road Community Centre redevelopment to go ahead. The redevelopment is based on an innovative international model that provides for shared school and community facilities. It will provide enhanced facilities for local residents including a new community centre, seniors area, access to a new library, café, barbecue area, playground, sports oval and netball courts. Council this year endorsed a three-year funding agreement with the Geelong Kindergarten Association Ltd, acknowledging the importance of local kindergartens. The Geelong Kindergarten Association provides management assistance and support to a total of 32 local kinders, representing 63 per cent of total existing kindergartens in the municipality. The agreement places emphasis on improving links with local specialist services such as Maternal and Child Health, Children Services and Disability Services. The City of Greater Geelong has supported the association with funding since its inception in 1995. During the year, Council agreed to continue the Geelong Regional Library Corporation which was formed in 1997 with other member councils. The agreement will be reviewed every ﬁve years by member councils. This coincided with the development of the Geelong Library Plan 2008-2013. Key strategies and actions to be undertaken over the next ﬁve years include: Increasing library opening hours. Redevelopment of the virtual library. Increasing community access to information technology. The rollout of Radio Frequency Identiﬁcation technology to all libraries, streamlining borrowing processes and freeing-up staff to assist with information services and face-toface library programs.
MINOR SETBACKS There have been no minor setbacks in 2008-2009 in this pillar.
Council has supported the U3A Geelong (University of the Third Age) with the provision of accommodation at Cobbin Farm Grovedale. This will now enable the U3A to concentrate on service provision of learning and social opportunities to older adults into the foreseeable future. Libraries are important community hubs that provide a wide range of activities for people of all ages. This year the City of Greater Geelong allocated $4.95 million to Geelong Regional Libraries to spend on upgrading their public facilities. Council has also provided further funding for the three speciﬁc projects below.
Belmont Library The Belmont Library and Customer Service Centre will undergo a major upgrade to provide the surrounding community with up to date facilities and functional activity areas. The new facilities will include wireless internet access, self-serve checkouts and public access toilets. New spaces will also be created speciﬁcally for community meetings, youth, and children’s activities. This project is jointly funded by the City of Greater Geelong ($380,000) and the Victorian State Government’s Living Libraries Program ($422,000). Waurn Ponds Library Council has provided $400,000 for the planning and design of a new 1090m2 library to be built in stage two of the new Leisurelink facility. The library will include internet access, training capabilities, a youth space, children’s area, community meeting room, individual/group study and reading areas and a secure outdoor courtyard for social reading, programs and activities.
Early years’ development is crucial to give children the best start in life. Accessibility of children’s services such as kindergarten – especially in disadvantaged communities is important. The agreement between Council and the Geelong Kindergarten Association Ltd works towards this. A challenge also exists for the kinders to continue to grow as effective and forward thinking service providers that beneﬁt children in the community. Our libraries have been identiﬁed as key areas for learning from the younger generation through to the older generation who are still eager to learn. It is important we provide facilities throughout the municipality that meet the needs and support lifelong learning and literacy.
Lara Library In response to requests by Lara residents, a permanent library has been included as part of the planned expansion of the Lara town centre. The library will feature a wide range of collections, children’s activity areas, youth spaces and public access internet including a wireless service. In the meantime, Council has provided $785,000 for the establishment of an interim library.
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Outcome: Lifelong Learning
2008-2009 Business Plan Actions
Bellarine Living and Learning Centre redevelopment master plan Belmont Library upgrade - meeting room Best Start Program - improving the health, development and well being of children from birth to school age Contribution to Geelong Kindergarten Association Contribution to Neighbourhood Houses activities Geelong Regional Library contribution Geelong West Library - Learning English collection Lara Library upgrade - concept and design works and interim library Norlane Neighbourhood House - Norlane Reference Committee Vines Road Community Centre redevelopment
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Measure: Total post secondary enrolments (Deakin University, Gordon Institute of Tafe)
Source: City of Greater Geelong Economic Indicators Bulletin
Measure: Total number of Library visits (Municipal Libraries only)
Source: Geelong Regional Library Association
Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Maintained
Number of Enrolments 25,000
Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Achieved
Number of Library visits
15,000 13,282 13,350 13,301
1,120,000 1, 03,715 1 1,080,000 1,050,669
Gordon Institute of Tafe
NB: 2007-2008 visitations decreased due to Newcomb Library being closed for 3 months, Geelong West Library closed for 9 months and Grovedale Library closed for ﬁve months, for redevelopments.
Outcome: Skill and Industry Alignment
2008-2009 Business Plan Actions
Biotechnology Industry Cluster Development (BioGeelong)
Measure: Number of Traineeships and Apprenticeships
Source: City of Greater Geelong Economic Indicators Bulletin
Target: Increase 2008-2009 result: Achieved
No. of Traineeships and Apprenticeships 10,000
8,000 2,499 6,000 2,626
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Arts Culture and Heritage In 2008-2009 the National Wool Museum was visited by almost 38. its highest attendance recorded in nine years.000 people.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Performance 122 Annual Report 2008 .
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Arts, Culture and Heritage
Connecting Identities is a three-year project which is a component of the national project Generations. The City of Greater Geelong is one of just ﬁve local governments Australia-wide to be participating in the Generations project in which each council addresses a key issue through the arts. The ﬁrst two of three major elements of this project came to fruition in 2008-2009.
The Memory Bank exhibition, which was held at the National Wool Museum from 24 July 2008 to 7 September 2008, featured a collection of people’s stories in digital and other forms. People were invited to book in to record their own story with ﬁlm maker and Memory Bank curator Malcolm McKinnon. Over 40 short ﬁlms and several written memoirs of locals’ recollections of their lives in Geelong were collected. In 2008-2009, the National Wool Museum was visited by almost 38,000 people, the highest attendance recorded in nine years. This can be mainly attributed to a number of hugely successful exhibitions, none more so than the extremely popular Hatching the Past: Dinosaurs Eggs and Babies exhibition. This exhibition, visited by over 17,000 people, presented new discoveries about dinosaur reproduction, behaviour and the science behind discoveries. A captivating experience for all ages, Hatching the Past invited visitors to touch real dinosaur bones and reconstructed nests, dig for eggs, experience hands-on exploration stations and view animated video presentations. Other successful exhibitions held included Jan Mitchell and the Geelong Bollards, which told the story of the artist responsible for the iconic Baywalk Bollards, Hands On – Life with the Loom which exhibited stories from Brinton’s Carpet workers, and the Scarf Festival which was held at the National Wool Museum for the ﬁrst time in partnership with Craft Victoria. The National Wool Museum also celebrated its 20th anniversary in December 2008 with a giant birthday cake. A big part of the celebrations involved the acknowledgement of the role of the Museum’s Honorary Staff or ‘Hons’, the volunteers who provide the ‘human face’ of the Museum.
To promote vibrant, diverse and innovative arts and culture experiences for the community, including the celebration of our heritage.
Mouth to Mountain, a 12-hour 54-kilometre relay where water was transferred from the mouth of the Barwon River to the You Yangs, was held on 9 May 2009.
Built on more than a year of engagement between artists and involving hundreds of residents and school students throughout Geelong, Mouth to Mountain was a spectacular event combining visual art, performance and athletic endeavour. 96 community ambassadors representing the 12 wards of the municipality carried water contained within special vessels from one relay team to another, each of whom used a different form of transport – including cycling, kayaking, walking and even iconic Ford utes. The water was poured into an ancient waterhole at the You Yangs, prior to an open-air performance by local musicians. Over 2,000 spectators were present at the combined public events on the day.
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The City of Greater Geelong contributed just over $160,000 to 37 community groups through its 2008-2009 Community Arts and Community Festivals Grants Programs. $80,403 was provided to 21 community arts groups ranging from concerts and theatre programs to a ﬂora exhibition and Children’s Week celebrations. Sixteen community festivals received $80,500, including the Portarlington Mussel Festival, the Ocean Grove Festival and Whittington’s FlameFest 2009. For a full list of successful applicants please refer to pages 78-79. The Geelong Night Market was held in Johnstone Park over four Fridays during January 2009. Based on the successful Suzuki Night Market, run by Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd for the past 10 years, the Geelong Night Market featured stalls boasting everything from local wineries and artisans to live entertainment and activities, and food showcasing both regional delights and cuisines from around the world. Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd and Central Geelong Marketing worked together on the initiative that was an attraction for locals and tourists alike. The City hosted a free public event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Osborne House in November 2009. The historic property has played an important part in Geelong’s history. It began life as a homestead that was then used as a training establishment during the wars, and later became a publicly owned property – which included a museum and it also housed the former Shire of Corio for many years. Osborne House will be a central ﬁgure in the proposed Osborne House Marine Precinct concept which aims to establish a marine service and maintenance precinct with complementary hotel, restaurant and clubhouse facilities. The Old Geelong Post Ofﬁce Clock was given a complete facelift during the year. The clock is an historical part of Geelong’s architecture, and to see it restored to its former glory is fantastic. The prominent position of this clock – right in the middle of the city – is a constant reminder of Geelong’s past, present and future.
MINOR SETBACKS The restoration and protection of heritage monuments in the region has been held back to early in 2009-2010 due to Council taking the opportunity to endeavour to secure external funding. However, Council’s outdoor memorial and public art collection which features statues, fountains, plaques, memorials and contemporary art works was fully assessed and is valued at well over $10 million.
The City of Greater Geelong in conjunction with the State Government has developed a master plan to guide the development of Geelong’s Art Precinct for the next 15 years. The master plan vision is to create an Art Precinct that enlivens the cultural life of the people of Greater Geelong and its visitors. The master plan has been developed as part of the Geelong Future Cities project. To date a total of $7.9 million has been allocated by the State Government. Funding is being used for detailed planning work and to develop business cases for the Geelong Performing Arts Centre and a new integrated Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. Funding has also been secured for the redevelopment of the Courthouse Arts building which is due to commence in 2009-2010. The City of Greater Geelong has prepared a draft report that identiﬁes speciﬁc areas within Geelong West as having heritage signiﬁcance worthy of retention. Heritage signiﬁcance applies to individual buildings, precincts or both. The Ashby Heritage Review recommends applying Heritage Overlays to conserve and enhance buildings and precincts of heritage signiﬁcance within the area. The review will be subject to a public submission period prior to being adopted and implemented in 2009-2010. The Connecting Identities project will continue with the third and ﬁnal stage of the project M2M in Concert to be held in 2010. M2M brings together the songs from Mouth to Mountain, aerial photography and ﬁlm from the 12-hour journey in celebration of Geelong communities. The National Wool Museum will continue bringing the big events to Geelong with the exhibition Eaten Alive – The World of Predators on display from the start of August 2009 to the end of January 2010. The exhibition is full of hands on activities for children. From well known carnivores such as sharks, lions and crocodiles through to predatory insects, it explores fearsome jaws and claws as well as some of the more subtle techniques used by predators to survive. Visitors will be in awe (if not a little scared!) by the large robotic crocodile, funnel web spider and death adder snake that sense your presence and respond accordingly. Don’t get too close or you may be ‘eaten alive’! Further exhibitions will be featured at the museum throughout the year.
In response to the dramatic evolution of the Potato Shed Multi-arts Facility on the Bellarine, and increase in usage to near-capacity level, Stage One of a Potato Shed Master Planning process was completed. A demands analysis was undertaken, with draft concept plans and a draft business plan also completed. A detailed business planning process for undertaking the master plan is underway and is crucial to the delivery of the actions that will meet the increasing demands on this popular facility. Continuing to attract high proﬁle exhibitions to the National Wool Museum and maintaining visitation levels in these times of declining international tourism will be a challenge. Taking advantage of events being held in the region does however provide opportunities to increase domestic visitation.
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Visitation to the Geelong Art Gallery, home to the famous ‘View of Geelong’, continues to increase with over 51,000 visitors in 2008-2009.
Outcome: Active and Vibrant Arts and Culture Community
2008-2009 Business Plan Actions
Barwon Heads Community Arts Garden Barwon Heads Public Art Community Arts Garden Grovedale Connecting identities implementation (part of national Generations project) CYAC Police Lane Aerosol Art Project Geelong Cultural Precinct Infrastructure works Geelong Gallery contribution Grant to support the Courthouse Youth Art Centre Grants to support Community Arts Grants to support Community Festivals National Wool Museum Master Plan development Outdoor Artworks Program Potato Shed Master Plan- detail design Skate and Art project (SKAART) contribution
Number of visits
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Measure: Visitation rates to major cultural venues in Geelong
Source: City of Greater Geelong Arts and Culture Department
Target: Maintain 2008-2009 Result: Achieved except for GPAC
40,000 46,395 33,564 2,068 3,641 51,832 47,866 47,948
Courthouse Youth + Arts Centre
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Measure: Number of arts opportunities advertised in Arts Bulletin
Source: City of Greater Geelong Arts and Culture Department
Measure: Registration of Arts and Cultural organisations in Arts Directory
Source: City of Greater Geelong Arts and Culture Department
Target: Maintain 2008-2009 Result: Not achieved
Target: Maintain 2008-2009 Result: Achieved
No. of Regestrations 700 675 643 636
Outcome: Heritage Protection
2008-2009 Business Plan Actions
Heritage Monuments - restoration and protection Major Heritage Fund establishment Old Post Ofﬁce and Geelong West Post Ofﬁce clock tower repairs Osborne House 150th Celebration Geelong Marine Industry Project (formerly Osborne House Master plan Implementation)
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Source: City of Greater Geelong Strategic Planning Unit
Measure: Visitation rates of Heritage Collections
Source: City of Greater Arts and Culture Department
Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Achieved.
Number of visits 40,000
Target: To maintain 2007-2008 count of 1,800 signiﬁcant heritage places and 5,518 places subject to a Heritage Overlay 2008-2009 Result: Achieved. Numbers remain unchanged however the Newtown Heritage Study Review was conducted in 2008 and will see 586 properties identiﬁed as being subject to a Heritage Overlay. 31 of these will be classiﬁed as Signiﬁcant Heritage Places. A planning scheme amendment is currently being prepared to introduce these heritage controls. The Ashby Heritage Review will commence in late 2009.
19,509 17,500 19,165
6,635 1,895 2,300 3,118
National Wool Museum
Geelong Heritage Centre
Geelong Maritime Museum
Ford Discovery Centre
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2009 | City of Greater Geelong 127 Annual Report 20 nnua por 2008 009 City Greater ee ng 27 o 00 e ter el g 2 e Performance . Back to table of contents Annual Repor 200 2009 Ci y of Greate Geelong 127 Annual Report 2008 . Culture and Heritage Geelong has a large number of heritage listed buildings including the historic Paper Mill overlooking Buckley Falls.Arts.
8 million page visits in the last year.Telecommunications The City of Greater Geelong’s recently upgraded website received over 9.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Performance 128 Annual Report 2008 .
which is software that provides for multiple server installations on one piece of hardware. educational institutes and government together to tackle key issues and develop projects that will grow this major business sector. Enterprise agreements were brokered for Victorian Councils to use Microsoft software products and VMWare. with the cost saving for the City of Greater Geelong alone up to $200. while also serving as a lobby group. Mr Downie won the individual category at the Municipal Association of Victoria’s inaugural Local Government Excellence in ICT Awards.000. which was on top of his regular work load. These two enterprise agreements will enable more than 30 Councils across Victoria to access new and emerging technologies at considerable cost savings. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . The VMWare agreement has given 31 councils unlimited use of the software for a period of ﬁve years. The Cluster brings ICT businesses. who will work together to facilitate investment and secure jobs for Geelong. The award is ﬁtting recognition for the considerable work Andrew put in to achieve these two agreements. The ICT Cluster includes the following organisations: The City of Greater Geelong Gordon Institute of TAFE Deakin University Neighbourhood Cable Surf Coast Shire G21 Regional Alliance Fox Digital Web Radiant Systems Asia Paciﬁc Pty Express Promotions Australia Pty Ltd The City of Greater Geelong’s Information Technology Manager Andrew Downie received a state-wide award for information and communications technology.Telecommunications Telecommunications Objective: Highlights: Geelong has launched its new Information Communications Technology (ICT) Cluster. The MAV recognised Mr Downie for his work in negotiating a deal for the use of two software packages for the local government sector across Victoria.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 129 Performance . A collaborative effort will go a long way to positioning Geelong as a major ICT precinct in Victoria and brokering major projects and attracting new business to the region. The Cluster comprises various public and private organisations that specialise in ICT. To promote the development of a network of telecommunications to maximise liveability and prosperity.
The Database Conversion Program will take place in 2009-2010. Challenges The Database Conversion Program will pose challenges with the need for the rewrite of many interfaces for major applications. The change was necessitated due to a shortage of available extension numbers within the existing range. Short-term actions to take place over the next two years include: Data cleansing/migration and archival/ disposal actions.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Identify and prioritise administrative processes for possible automation. Council will convert from an Oracle database to SQL (Structured Query Language) database. The successful conversion of our internal phone numbering system from three-digit extensions to four-digit extensions occurred in September 2008. Deﬁne ‘information literacy framework’ and incorporate in induction programs. Performance 130 Annual Report 2008 . The model is composed of many layers of data with the council wide land elevation data a crucial element providing improved land fall information for drainage management purposes. The City has embarked on enhancing its mapping system resource with the development of a 3D model of the Central City area. The conversion was carried out without any hiccups and also included the launch of Council’s new external number. Audit of information quality. It provides a simple customer service interface that enables efﬁciency improvements for our customers.Telecommunications Achievements The updated Geelong Australia website has gone live. event planning and strategic planning. The new site has improved search capabilities and easier access to the most popular topics and tasks. greater availability of online forms and services. The website also features increases in online payment facilities and transactions. an easily accessible A-Z list of council services. Future Directions The delivery of initiatives emanating from the Information Management Strategy will commence in 2009-2010. The Information Technology department will work with departments throughout the organisation to make sure this process is completed with minimal disruption to applications. training programs and performance management framework. MINOR SETBACKS There have been no minor setbacks in 2008-2009 in this pillar. news and updates and an expanded events calendar. Linked to Council’s core data the model will assist with development proposals.
28 9.81 80 60 37. future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Annual Report 2008 .3 36. Outcome: E-Business 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions 3D Modelling project implementation Information Technology asset replacement program Information Technology equipment acquisition program Microsoft Licensing agreement Status a P P a Measure: Number of page views on the Geelong Australia website Source: City of Greater Geelong Information Technology Services Department Measure: Percentage of all receipted Council bills paid electronically Source: City of Greater Geelong Financial Services Department Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Achieved Percentage 100 Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Achieved No.1 40 20 2 0 0 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Back to table of contents Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 131 Performance .Telecommunications The development of a 3D model of the central city area has enhanced the City’s spatial information system and will assist with land planning and developments.5 49.84 6. of page visits (Millions) 12 10 8 6 4 5.
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Participation by voters of 75.000 voters.Theme 1 Theme 1: Democracy Objective: Highlights: The Victorian Local Government elections were held in November 2008 and resulted in eight councillors being returned and four new councillors being elected to represent the City over the next four years. 357 community members attended a public question-and-answer forum with the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Cabinet ministers. The level of interest in standing for Council fell with a total of 45 candidates lodging nominations. These meetings provided an opportunity to discuss matters of personal and local concern directly with ministers. Geelong was the largest Council election in Victoria in 2008. at Corio Bay Senior College in Geelong. To provide strategic leadership and foster participation to achieve long-term vision and aspirations of our community. compared with 73 in 2004 and 74 in 2001. the Australian Government held its ninth Community Cabinet for 2008. John Eren and Ian Trezise. and state MPs Lisa Neville. Mr Rudd also attended a community barbecue held at Corio Sporting Club. along with Victorian Premier John Brumby. the ﬁrst in Victoria. With an enrolment of over 160. Since 1998 Geelong elections have been conducted by post and the participation rate has consistently been amongst the highest in Victoria. Following the public forum ministers met with individuals and community groups in a series of pre-arranged one-on-one meetings.9 per cent was marginally lower than the previous two Geelong elections with 79.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 133 Performance . On Sunday 7 December. Federal Member for Corio Richard Marles.3 per cent participating in both the 2001 and 2004 elections. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .
including the online ‘Have Your Say’ section. Future Directions The 2009 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey indicated that due to the high value placed on community advocacy and engagement amongst residents the City could seek further improvements in this area. This funding has been provided to a wide variety of community groups and organisations including preschools. Challenges Council recently released its 13 Funding Priorities. During the 12 months to June 2008 Council Meetings were held at Leopold Sportsmans Club. In 2007-2008 three Council meetings were held outside of City Hall. Lobbying for necessary government and private sector funding commitments will be crucial in bringing these key projects identiﬁed by Council to fruition. It contains community news. key projects for the municipality which are recognised as having particular strategic importance for the future of the Geelong region. Council’s local newsletter. MINOR SETBACKS There have been no minor setbacks in 2008-2009 in this pillar.Theme 1 Achievements The Councillor Community Grants Program has seen more than $237. Drysdale and Centenary Hall. it was relaunched in an expanded format in tabloid size and delivered to all residents of the municipality. sporting clubs. future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Back to table of contents . Community Update used to be a monthly one or two-page spread in local newspapers. environmental initiatives. Norlane. Outcome: Governance 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Annual Report production Conduct Council Meetings (in areas outside of City Hall) Council Elections 2008 Provide public Information about Council Services Status P P a P P Performance City Plan Production Measure: Number of Audit Qualiﬁcations Source: City of Greater Geelong Governance Unit Target: Nil 2008-2009 Result: Achieved 134 Annual Report 2008 . layout. Potato Shed. ward updates. Provide specialist software to manage feedback from residents. presentation. The 2007-2008 City of Greater Geelong Annual Report received a Gold Award at the prestigious Australasian Reporting Awards. upcoming events. Council has undertaken several actions to address these areas and will continue in the future to: Deliver Community Update to households every two months. Our Annual Report is one of the many ways we communicate with residents. Continue to improve the relaunched City of Greater Geelong website. held in June 2009. Community Update was delivered to letterboxes throughout the municipality for the ﬁrst time in April 2009. The program is offered to facilitate community projects and activities undertaken by incorporated not-forproﬁt organisations and groups within the City of Greater Geelong. Through the Councillor Community Grants program Council has been able to help deliver a diverse range of projects and events that beneﬁt the Geelong community.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold. Hold Council meetings at locations across the municipality. service clubs and community associations. The awards recognise excellence in public and private sector reporting and take into account many aspects of the report including information content. Community Update is delivered to households every two months. but following extensive consultation with the community.000 distributed amongst 146 community groups. For a full list of successful applicants please refer to pages 81-83. This encourages greater access to the Councillors and the operations of Council. so it is very important that the content and presentation is of a very high standard. works updates and the popular ‘Your Say’ section. planning news. readability and accuracy.
contribution towards refurbishment of school’s home reading library Windsor Park Community Market and Carols by Candlelight Status a a P a a P a a a a “ a a a a Measure: Percentage of people who voted in the Council election Source: City of Greater Geelong Governance Unit Measure: Community satisfaction with Community Engagement Source: Department of Planning and Community Development Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Not Achieved Measure: Community satisfaction with Council’s advocacy and community representation on key local issues Source: Department of Planning and Community Development Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Target: 80 per cent 2008-2009 Result: Not achieved Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Not achieved % of votes participating Indexed Mean Indexed Mean 100 100 90 80 80 85 80 80 79.contribution for lighting Ocean Grove Carols by Candlelight Portarlington Primary School .contribution towards purchase or bikes and helmets Norlane Reference Committee Normanby Street Kindergarten .Theme 1 Outcome: Community Involvement and Representation 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Cloverdale Community Festival – contribution Cloverdale Over 45 Club – contribution Community Grant program Conduct Community Survey Eastern Park Bowls Club .2009 | City of Greater Geelong 135 Performance .contribution to shade shelters Friends of Buckley Falls Park contribution G21 Strategic Alliance contribution Geelong West Brass Band contribution Glover Street Playground .3 75 79.3 75.contribution towards half court basketball court Karingal Disability Employment Program – contribution Newcomb High School obesity program .9 80 80 60 54 40 56 53 60 60 61 57 40 20 20 70 0 2007 2008 2009 0 2007 2008 2009 65 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Target Actual Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .contribution to shade sails North Geelong Soccer Club .
Theme 2 The City’s participants in the 2009 ACCELER8 Emerging Leaders Program.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Performance 136 Annual Report 2008 .
clubs and services available in the municipality. With over 13.000 hits since its launch. phone numbers. The new centre is much easier to access. which has been co-located with the Geelong West Library on Pakington Street. email addresses. The Directory can be found at www. The new centre. As well as shifting to new premises. staff levels have increased and opening hours have altered in response to customer feedback so that the centre better meets the needs of the local community. replaces the previous customer service centre which was in Albert Street. the main trading and cultural hub of Geelong West. To effectively deliver a range of sustainable services that meet the needs of the community. The aim is to have absolutely all the community organisations in the municipality on this directory. Co-locating the customer service centre with the refurbished Geelong West Library is likely to bring with it more opportunities for community interaction and will also encourage more people to visit the library. People are able to search or browse the Directory for details such as organisation names. the Directory is already proving to be useful for the community.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 137 Performance .Theme 2 Theme 2: Best Value Objective: Highlights: The City of Greater Geelong launched a new Community Directory on the Geelong Australia website in October 2008.geelongaustralia. associations. websites and a brief description of services. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . being situated in Pakington Street.au. mailing addresses. The City of Greater Geelong’s Customer Service Centre in Geelong West ofﬁcially unveiled its new look and new location in October 2008. This contributes to community connections and resilience as well as decreasing social isolation.com. The Directory enables residents and the general public to access information on community groups.
future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Back to table of contents . The ACCELER8 Emerging Leaders Program is an initiative created to enhance the organisation’s career succession planning and attraction and retention strategies. Some of the programs run last year included: Nutrition Information Session Women’s and Men’s Health Seminar Beyond Blue Information Session Parenting Seminar Retirement Session Introduction to yoga MINOR SETBACKS There have been no minor setbacks in 2008-2009 in this pillar. Occupational Health and Safety. This will contribute to a healthier and happier workforce. Challenges The objective to provide a suitable central location for Council’s administrative and civic functions has been partly met with the purchase of land in the Western Wedge. strategic decision making. View current leave balances and view leave history. Providing staff with a work-life balance while maintaining service requirements will also be an important factor in workforce management as our working population ages. Council has committed to continue providing a comprehensive training calendar that meets the needs of all our staff including computer applications. motivational factors and to provide employees with the chance to identify opportunities for improvement. resulting in improved productivity.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold. mentoring and high performance coaching. inﬂuencing. service levels to the community and retention.Theme 2 Achievements The ACCELER8 Emerging Leaders Program was launched in 2008-2009 and provides an opportunity for eight permanent employees who aspire to attain practical leadership skills. The survey will seeks to obtain information on employee perceptions on a wide range of organisational issues including organisational values. effective communication. It also provides access to online leave requests. Outcome: Customer Service 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Customer Service Audit of Service Standards reporting Status P For detailed Customer Service performance and measures please refer to pages 59-62. recognised qualiﬁcation courses. leadership courses and many other department and jobspeciﬁc training courses. with a range of activities that encourage employees to participate in wellbeing programs and initiatives. The aim of Council’s Well 4 Life program is to make healthy living a priority for all our staff. View payslip information. better service delivery and improved environmental outcomes. Performance 138 Annual Report 2008 . We will address these issues through methods such as training and development. Recruitment and retention of staff will continue to be a challenge for Council. eliminating the need to provide pay advice in hard copy form to those employees with access to a computer. problem solving. Providing staff with training and development opportunities is very important for their future growth and also for the continuous improvement of Council operations. job satisfaction. family friendly organisation policies. pending leave requests and current bookings. our Well 4 Life program and our reward and recognition program. The next step is to complete a scoping study to investigate the consolidation of our administrative ofﬁces into one location in regard to ﬁnancial viability and beneﬁts such as greater efﬁciency. project management. The 18-month program will focus on eight leadership learnings: emotional intelligence. The City introduced an online employee self service system which allows staff to perform the following human resource functions using Council’s intranet: View and change personal and contact details. negotiation. Future Directions Council will hold its third Employee Opinion Survey in 2009-2010.
53 2 2.6 -9.4 15.267 staff (1.9 6.Theme 2 The City employs 2.1 80 60 52 40 30 35 20 35 28 5 0 -5 -10 -15 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 -1.5 -2.3 6. making them one of the regions major employers. Result was favourable due to higher than budgeted cash balance and lower than budgeted loan balance Measure: Average rate increase (including Waste and Municipal charge) Source: Municipal Association of Victoria’s Local Government Survey Measure: Percentage of net capital budget on New Assets.266 equivalent full time).2009 | City of Greater Geelong 139 Performance .79 2. Upgrading Assets and Asset Replacement Source: City of Greater Geelong Annual Financial Report Target: Percentage increase less than or equal to Victorian average 2008-2009 Result: Achieved Target: New Assets: 30% Upgrading Assets: 35% Asset Replacement: 35% 2008-2009 Result: New Assets – Achieved Upgrading Assets – Not achieve Asset Replacement – Not achieved Percentage 100 $Million 30 25 20 15 10 15.0 4.9 5. Measure: Staff Absenteeism – percentage of hours paid Source: City of Greater Geelong EMPOWER Employee System Target: Maintain 2008-2009 Result: Achieved % of voters participating 5 4 3 2.9 % Increase 35 10 8 6.5 26.adherence to new legislation Status P For detailed Customer Service performance and measures please refer to pages 59-62.8 1 0 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Outcome: Financial Management Measure: Net Debt Source: City of Greater Geelong Annual Financial Report Target: Actual result favourable to budget 2008-2009 Result: Achieved.9 6 6. Outcome: Workforce Management 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Working With Children’s Check .9 4 2 20 0 2007 2008 2009 0 New Assets Upgrading Assets Asset Replacement Back to table of contents Budgeted Actual Geelong Vic Target Actual Annual Report 2008 .
lost time injuries per million hrs worked % Completed 30 24.53 18 24.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Key to Status Symbols (Business Plan Actions) a= Achieved P = Completed for 2008-2009/repeated annually = On hold.roof safety access program Fire systems installation in Council buildings Status a a P P Measure: Lost time injury frequency rate (number of lost time injuries per million hours worked) Source: City of Greater Geelong Risk Management Unit Measure: Percentage of actions completed to control identiﬁed risks Source: City of Greater Geelong Risk Management Unit Target: Decrease 2008-2009 Result: Achieved No.66 24 17.ﬁre panel replacement Arena .8 60 73.Theme 2 Outcome: Risk Management 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Arena .4 82.97 Target: 80 per cent completed 2008-2009 Result: Achieved 100 81 91 80 73 60 12 40 6 20 0 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 0 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 Outcome: Continuous Improvement 2008-2009 Business Plan Actions Oracle Financials and Empower New Chart Provide comprehensive training across the organisation Status a P Measure: Overall Community Satisfaction Source: Department of Planning and Community Development Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Measure: Overall Corporate Services Survey Result Source: City of Greater Corporate Strategy Unit Target: Increase 2008-2009 Result: Maintained Indexed Meaan Indexed Meaan 100 Target: Increase from previous survey period 2008-2009 Result: Achieved NB: Corporate Services Survey not conducted in 2006 or 2007 100 80 80 72.3 60 58 40 60 60 40 20 20 Performance 0 2007 2008 2009 0 2004 2005 2008 140 Annual Report 2008 . future action to be determined “ = In progress – to be completed in 2009-2010 Back to table of contents .sprinkler heads replacement Council buildings .
The ﬁrst installation is planned to be on the Melbourne Road (Geelong bound side). Pillar 3. 2009. Successfully negotiated a lease with the Masonic Lodge to use Arlington House as a neighbourhood house. 3Kw vertical axis wind generator installed at Limeburners Point. Economic Development Target: Complete planning and design works for new Ring Road Visitor Information Centre development Complete planning Planning and design for a The work completed in the last ﬁnancial year related to a complete change of and design works for Transportable Visitor Information provision model. Pillar 4. Limeburners Road Protection program by Rippleside (three rotundas) 30 June. Continuation of Council’s EcoCHALLENGE program. Held a successful Portarlington Community Expo with 75 community groups participating on the day. St Helens Boat Ramp Frank Mann Reserve Ceres Lookout Status Comments Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . will replace large expensive purpose built buildings.2009 Performance Statement Measure PILLARS . It will ofﬁcially open in August following renovations. Health and Wellbeing Target: Complete actions set out in the Portarlington Community Building Initiative Complete actions set out Actions have been completed for The Portarlington Community Building Initiative. west of the BP Service Station at Little River. employs a facilitator. to bring about a for 2008-2009 in the Portarlington Community Community Building Initiative will sense of cohesiveness. Since 2006 purchases of six cylinder vehicles has dropped 30 per cent and four cylinder vehicle purchases have increased by 70 per cent. an ongoing project with the current Strategy by 30 June. project plans set out to June 2011. 2009. per plan. The 6Kw solar systems and energy efﬁcient lighting installed at the National Wool Greenhouse Reduction Greenhouse Reduction Strategy is Museum and City Hall. commonality of effort and a shared vision for Portarlington.2008 . Successfully pursued representation on the Building Bellarine Connections Steering Committee (transport project). transportable buildings in extremely accessible locations new Ring Road Visitor centre has been completed.Key Strategic Activity Pillar 1. Purchase of more efﬁcient vehicles continues. The use of diesel utilities has increased by 85 per cent. Pillar 2. supported by a steering committee. Environment Target: Implement actions set out in the Greenhouse Reduction Strategy Implement actions set A number of actions have been A number of initiatives have been undertaken including: out for 2008-2009 in the completed or commenced. Smaller. Community Safety and Security Target: Complete actions set out in the Lightning Strike Protection Program Sites earmarked for testing and/or Rotundas at the following sites were ﬁtted with lightning protection equipment: Complete actions set ﬁtted for lightning protection were Eastern Gardens out in Lightning Strike completed. Upgraded draft Portarlington Safe Harbour Master Plan (Parks Victoria) to include docking and mooring provisions for two 300 capacity ferries. funded by the City of Greater 2008-2009 and the Portarlington Geelong. continue for a further two years. Some achievements for 2008-2009 include: Building initiative by June 30. Council’s Municipal Strategic Statement was updated to include provisions relating to the reduction of Council’s greenhouse emissions. This is expected to maximise Information Centre as the potential catchment of tourists entering our city. 2009.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 141 Performance .
Signal linking and bicycle Latrobe Terrace / Ryrie Street turning lane lengthened. Culture and Heritage Target: Achieve major milestones in the Connecting Identities project plan Achieve major milestones Program for 2008-2009 has been Connecting Identities is a three-year project which is a component of the national project Generations. Sport and Leisure Target: Complete construction of Bellarine Aquatic Centre Complete construction Project completed and opened on The $8 million Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre was opened on 14 December of Bellarine Aquatic and Sunday 14 December 2008. To be staged at the end of 2009. Performance 142 Annual Report 2008 . Sports Centre by 30 June. Songs and artwork were created as part of the journey. It will also be used for community Learning Centre by 30 and Learning Centre (BL&LC). program pool space for all levels of learn to swim. project plan. This was a partnership project involving the City of Greater Geelong which contributed $5. lane works will be undertaken in ﬁnancial year to be Ryrie Street / Swanston Street / Sydney Parade intersection . Bicycle lane works commenced. listed for 2008-2009 sites. aerial photography and ﬁlm from the 24-hour journey in celebration of Geelong communities. Pillar 6. change area for people with disabilities and families and an outdoor recreation area.improvements completed by 30 June. Education and Research Target: Complete master plan for redevelopment of the Bellarine Living and Learning Centre Council agreed to fund the As per the funding agreement funds were disbursed in June 2009. 2009-2010. 2009.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Pillar 8.Key Strategic Activity Pillar 5. 2009. Mouth to Mountain – a journey spanning 24 hours that took place on the weekend of 9 May 2009. The City of Greater Geelong is one of just ﬁve local completed with Memory Bank as listed in the governments Australia-wide to be participating in the Generations project in which held in July 2008 and Mouth to Connecting Identities each council addresses a key issue through the arts. provided two through lanes in each direction in Ryries Street. Arts. Works listed for 2008-2009 are the Myer St / Yarra St intersection and trafﬁc signals East/West Trafﬁc The action set out for 2008-2009 East West Trafﬁc improvement works that were undertaken in 2008-2009 were: Improvement works was completed along with two other Myers Street / Yarra Street intersection trafﬁc signals installation. June. funding was distributed as per the funding agreement enabling the BL&LC to employ a consultant to develop the strategic plan.5 million. This infrastructure planning. 2009. Geelong residents were invited to record and ‘deposit’ their own stories while visiting the exhibition. Parks. water play facilities. The third phase is planned to be held in 2009-2010: M2M – an event to bring together the songs from Mouth to Mountain. The journey connected communities across the municipality from the mouth of the Barwon River to the top of the You Yangs. The centre includes an eight-lane 25-metre pool with ramp access. warm water exercise space. Transportation Target: Continue East/West Trafﬁc improvement works.2008-2009 Performance Statement Measure PILLARS . They were: Status Comments Memory Bank – a collection of people’s stories in digital and other forms that opened at the National Wool Museum on 24 July 2008. Complete master plan development of the master plan The proposed outcome of this project is to produce a plan for the next ﬁve years for redevelopment of on behalf of the Bellarine Living Bellarine Living and that will form the basis of the centre’s programs. Pillar 7. 2008. the project of which two were completed in 2008-2009.5 million and the Sate Government which provided $2. There are three elements to Mountain held in May 2009.
The level of interest in standing for Council fell with a total of 45 candidates lodging nominations. 2009. of 3D Modelling project A Digital Elevation Model that represents the terrain of the entire municipality by 30 June. Pictometry training was completed in April 2009 and the 3D Model presented to the Executive Management Team and core users in May 2009. and completed: installation/upgrade in City Hall Council owned buildings Johnstone Park War Memorial by 30 June. Participation by voters of 75. Upgrades planned for 2008-2009 Complete 2008-2009 In 2008-2009 the following buildings were scheduled for upgrades program for ﬁre systems have been completed.Key Strategic Activity Pillar 9. Grovedale Community Centre Cloverdale Community Centre (Maternal Child Health) Busport Complex City Works Operations Centre (Corio) Also completed were the following buildings at: Balyang Par 3 Belmont Depot Geelong Waste Transfer Centre Leisurelink Pool Waterworld King Lloyd Reserve Pavilion Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .3 per cent participating in both the 2001 and 2004 elections.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 143 Performance . 2009. structures and vegetation present in the landscape. as a continuous surface generated from ﬁles of elevated points and draped with aerial imagery. in November 2008. Textured 3D Wire Frame Models covering a ﬁve square kilometre of the Central Activities Area to represent buildings. Theme 1. Pictometry covering all built up areas.2008-2009 Performance Statement Measure PILLARS . Theme 2. compared with 73 in 2004 and 74 in 2001. Democracy Target: Conduct Council Election Conduct Council Election Council Election was held in November 2008. Telecommunications Target: Complete the implementation of the 3D Modelling project 3D Modelling consists of: Complete implementation Project completed. Status Comments The Council Election was held in November 2008 and resulted in eight councillors being returned and four new councillors being elected to Council. Best Value Target: Complete ﬁre systems installation and upgrade program in Council owned buildings.9 per cent was marginally lower than the previous two Geelong elections with 79.
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4.92 per assessment $70.93 per assessment $123.348 88.878.02 per assessment $210.244.000 99.094 87.226. Community Satisfaction Rating for Overall Performance of Council Result from the Annual Community Satisfaction Survey for Local Governments (Indexed mean) Remains consistent with result for previous year.712 $274.988 $1.000 99. 60 60 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .000 100. Average Liability per Assessment To al liabilities Total liabilities Number of assessments budget f budget et $55.988 $701.903.94 per assessment Increased due to the new loan of $12. Average Rates and Charges per Assessment To Total rates and charges net billed net billed Number of assessments budget ber assessments bud et $115.399.988 $427.7M taken out in 2008-2009 and an increase in the Landﬁll Provision due to the timing of the proposed rehabilitation and the extension of the use of the site by one year. Average Operating Expenditure per Assessment Operating Expenditure perating Number of assessments budget ents bud et budget $199.081.000 99.Victorian Local Government Indicators The listed ﬁnancial indicators are requested by the Department of Planning and Community Development from each Council in Victoria to provide a comparison of ﬁnancial performance across Councils.066 $90.78 per assessment $43. 6.000 99.81 per assessment Increased due to high surplus resulting from increased income from rates and grants.87 per assessment Increased due to rise in payments to employees and increased depreciation costs.91 per assessment 2007-2008 2008-2009 Increased in line with the population and housing growth and the budgeted rates increases 2. Operating Result per Assessment Net Surplus s Number of assessments budget ents bud et budget $27.50 per residential assessment $85.000 100.360 Increased in line with the population and housing growth and the budgeted rates increases. Overall Council’s ﬁnancial indicators show a sound ﬁnancial position and a continuing requirement to ensure asset renewal and maintenance is completed in line with the priorities identiﬁed in the Asset Management plans.712 $554. 5.156.888.712 $2. Average Rates and Charges per Residential Assessment Rates and charges declare fo re ates charg declared for residential rge ges red residential residential and garbage and municipal charg ge charge rge rg ge exc ex excluding vacant land xcluding vacant land Number of residential assessments budget s budget $976. 3.332.426.028.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 147 Performance . Indicator 1.000.64 per residential assessment $1.360.712 $1.032.988 $2.000 100.000 100.204.
027.360. this being a 7 per cent drop from the previous year. Average Capital Expenditure per Assessment Capital Expenditure nditure Number of assessments budget bud et udget $52. Council: has launched a new improved website. good or excellent.7% to 27. Advocacy and Community Representation on Key Local Issues Result from the Annual Community Satisfaction Survey for Local Governments (Indexed mean) 61 57 The indexed mean declined from 61 in 2007-2008 to 57 in 2008-2009.54 on renewal Renewal expenditure increased from $15.44 on renewal $19. with 69 per cent of respondents rating advocacy adequate.000 $36.000 For each $1 of asset consumption Council spends $0. renewal expenditure decreased from 29. good or excellent.092 100.608 For each $1 of asset consumption and planned maintenance Council spends $0.72 on renewal and maintenance The Capital Renewal and Maintenance Gap indicates that expenditure has increased in 2008-2009.25per assessment 2007-2008 2008-2009 Increased due to the commencement and/or completion of a number of large projects during the year including the Leisurelink facility. and has launched the 13 Council Funding Priorities which we will lobby State and Federal government and peak bodies to deliver key projects for the community. Renewal Gap on all assets Capital Renewall Renewal a Av Average Annuall Asset Consumption Consumption nsumpti n $15. Council: has launched a new improved website where residents can access community consultation activities through the “Have Your Say” section. Council will continue to address the level of maintenance and renewal in line with its Asset Management Plans.696 $86.Victorian Local Government Indicators Indicator 7.476 99. and doesn’t consult sufﬁciently or effectively. 9. and a perception of not lobbying hard enough on local issues.828. 11. Performance 148 Annual Report 2008 .598. Eastern Beach Seawalls and Central Region Youth Precinct. will deliver Community Update to every household every two months. this being a 5 per cent drop from the previous year.93 per assessment $71.65 on renewal and maintenance $62. respondents not knowing what Council does and that it does not communicating enough.7M in 2008-2009.712 $525. Renewal and Maintenance Gap Capital Renewal and Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance Av Average Annual Asset Consumptiion t Consumpt n Consumption plus Planned Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance $52. In response.438. will deliver Community Update to every household every two months. has a regular “Have Your Say” section in City News which appears in the local newspapers.424 For each $1 of asset consumption and planned maintenance Council spends $0.505. The main reasons for the decline were attributed to community perception that Council: needs to communicate more.4% in 2008-2009 due to the mix of projects and the level of expenditure on upgrade and new projects.739 $82. with 57 per cent of respondents rating community engagement adequate. 8. The main reasons for the decline were attributed to community perception that: Council does not represent the interests of the community.000 For each $1 of asset consumption Council spends $0.904.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre.441. 10.988 $711.651.000 $35.6M in 2007-2008 to $19. As a percentage of total capital expenditure. Engagement in Decision Making on Key Local Issues Result from the Annual Community Satisfaction Survey for Local Governments (Indexed mean) 56 53 The indexed mean declined from 56 in 2007-2008 to 53 in 2008-2009.560. and continued to focus on engagement opportunities with over 100 consultation activities held in 2008-2009. In response.
Standard Statements and Annual Financial Report For Year Ended 30 June 2009 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .2009 | City of Greater Geelong 149 .The region’s coastline provides locals and visitors alike with some of the best conditions for a wide range of water-based activities.
Balance Sheet The Balance Sheet shows the assets Council owns and what it owes (liabilities) as at 30 June 2009. Cash Flows from Investing Activities – relates to capital works payments recorded as assets in the Balance Sheet as well as receipts for the sale of assets. upgrade and new capital expenditure. Income Statement The Income Statement measures Council’s performance over the year. The four ﬁnancial reports are: Income Statement Balance Sheet Statement of Changes in Equity Cash Flow Statement The explanatory notes detail Council’s accounting policies and the make up of the values contained in the statements. Cash Flow Statement The Statement of Cash Flows summarises Council’s cash payments and receipts for the year and the level of cash at the end of the ﬁnancial year. The use of monies from Council’s Reserves.2009 | City of Greater Geelong . It lists the sources of the Council’s revenue under various income headings and the expenses incurred in running the Council during the year. Standard Statement of Capital Works This statement provides detail of capital expenditure by asset type and distinguishes renewal. A change in the value of non-current assets resulting from a revaluation of these assets. the Local Government Act 1989 and the Auditor General’s model accounts. Financial Statements The ﬁnancial statements consist of four ﬁnancial reports. Statement of Changes in Equity The Statement of Changes in Equity summarises the change in value of Total Ratepayers Equity. Standard Statements and Performance Statement are audited by the Auditor General Victoria’s agent and are approved in principle by both the Council’s Audit Advisory Committee and by Council. Cash Flows from Financing Activities – represents repayments of and receipts from loans.Understanding the Financial Report and Financial Statements Council’s Financial Report. The bottom line of the Balance Sheet is Net Assets which is the net worth of the Council which has been built up over many years. Expenses do include an item for depreciation which is the value of the assets used up during the year. Standard Income Statement This statement highlights the recurrent surplus which excludes distortions of capital income and asset recognition and provides a result that reﬂects how Council uses rates and regular income to meet recurrent expenditure. Standard Cash Flow Statement This statement mirrors the statement made according to Accounting Standards in the Annual Financial Report. Back to table of contents 150 Annual Report 2008 . and is used in. The assets and liabilities are separated into Current and Non Current. Cash in this statement refers to Bank Deposits and investments capable of being quickly converted to cash. three main areas: Cash Flows from Operating Activities – summarises all income and expenses relating to Council operations. Standard Statements and Performance Statement are prepared in accordance with the Australian Accounting Standards. There are four Standard Statements which are prepared using the same accounting basis as the Financial Statements. Standard Statements The Standard Statements compare the actual result for the ﬁnancial year to the Annual Budget as originally adopted and provide explanations for any major variances. Council’s cash arises from. including service delivery and maintenance. Current refers to assets or liabilities that will fall due within the next 12 months (except Long Service Leave refer note 1(j) within the Notes to the accounts). explanatory notes supporting the reports and endorsement from the Council and the Victorian Auditor General. The value of equity can only change as a result of: The proﬁt or loss from operations described as surplus or deﬁcit in the income statement. The Financial Report. The reports are then forwarded to the Auditor General’s Ofﬁce for ﬁnalisation and provision of independent opinions for the Financial Report and Standard Statements combined and also for the Performance Statement. The expenses relate only to the ‘Operations’ and do not include the cost associated with the purchase or the building of assets. Standard Balance Sheet This statement also mirrors the statement made according to Accounting Standards in the Annual Financial Report.
Statements by the Principal Accounting Ofﬁcer. Auditor General’s Report This document provides a written undertaking of the accuracy. A Standard Income Statement. The Standard Statements are not a substitute for the General Purpose Financial Statements. Within the four Financial Statements. expressed through its budget. They have not been prepared in accordance with all Australian Accounting Standards or other authoritative professional pronouncements. and a Standard Statement of Capital Works is required. These statements and supporting notes form a special purpose ﬁnancial report prepared to meet the requirements of the Local Government Act 1989 and Local Government (Finance and Reporting) Regulations 2004. The Standard Statement of Capital Works is consistent with the format reported in the 2008-2009 Budget. Council has provided an explanation of material variances. Standard Statements Basis of preparation of Standard Statements Council is required to prepare and include audited Standard Statements within its Annual Report. on behalf of the Council. Standard Statements and the Performance Statement require certiﬁcation under the Local Government Act 1989. which are included in the Annual Report. there is a “Note” column to indicate which Note the reader can refer to for additional information.Notes to the Accounts The Notes to the Accounts are an informative section of the report and enable the reader to understand the basis on which the values shown in the accounts are established. The budget ﬁgures included in the Statements are those adopted by Council on 24 June 2008. fairness and completeness of the accounts. Council actively manages the incomes and expenditures that make up this result to ensure that the municipality receives the best value service possible within the incomes available. but are also prepared to the same level of detail and format as the regular quarterly reporting to Council. The non recurrent incomes and expenditures are one off activities or items outside of Council’s operating activities that have contributed both in cash and non cash terms. together with explanatory notes. The audit report from the Auditor General provides an independent view of the statements and advises the reader if there are any issues of concern.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 151 . The Standard Income Statement highlights the recurrent result which is the result of the day to day transactions within Council’s control. This is particularly useful where there has been a signiﬁcant change from the previous year’s comparative ﬁgure. The Standard Cash Flow Statement and the Standard Balance Sheet are consistent with both the format in the annual accounts and the quarterly management report. These explanations including contributory factors are provided with respect to each of the main categories reported in the Standard Statements. as a written undertaking to the Statements being correct and not misleading. a Standard Cash Flow Statement. Policy or Legislation that has impacted on the preparation of the standards. The statements were prepared on accounting bases that are consistent with those used for the General Purpose Financial Statements. The Standard Statements compare Council’s ﬁnancial plan. The notes also advise if there has been any change to the Accounting Standards. the Chief Executive Ofﬁcer and two Councillors. with actual performance. The certiﬁcations are made by a combination of the Principal Accounting Ofﬁcer. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . The statements are consistent with the reporting format in the 2008-2009 Strategic Resource Plan and the 2008-2009 Budget. CEO and Councillors The Financial Statements. a Standard Balance Sheet.
295 5.053 37.977 1.300) 4.594 587 2.117 71.359 16.336 584 81 200.438 2.874 2.080 4.371) 179 (4.220 7.432 (392) (718) (5.858 34.361 15.032 8.120 826 26.950 3.197 1.500 7.371 12.105) (2.458 218.181 Goods and Services General Works .External Services Administration Professional Services Utilities Depreciation Landﬁll Provision (Gain)/Loss on Sale of Plant and Equipment TOTAL RECURRENT EXPENDITURE RECURRENT SURPLUS/(DEFICIT) NON-RECURRENT INCOME Investments in Associates Subdivision .400 28.488 41.991 122.213 5.138 6.606 960 4.334 13.713 72.505 1.743 32.954 6.752 5.301 202.204 2.Materials General Works .425 78.245 5.Standard Statements Standard Income Statement as at 30 June 2009 RECURRENT INCOME Rates and Charges Government Grants User Charges Other Fees and Charges Interest Investments TOTAL RECURRENT INCOME RECURRENT EXPENDITURE Employee Related Salaries Workcover/Superannuation 2008-2009 Actual $000 2008-2009 Budget $000 Variance $000 124.808 8.746 14.195) (3.139) 7.787 58.697 38.412) 708 (614) 304 831 (1.813 152 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .069 52.959 43.189 7.105 4.781 16.610 (1.882 8.Asset Recognition Capital Grants and Income Developer Contributions Gain/(Loss) on Sale of Property TOTAL NON-RECURRENT INCOME NON-RECURRENT EXPENDITURE Costs expensed from work in progress Disposal of Infrastructure TOTAL NON-RECURRENT EXPENDITURE NON-RECURRENT SURPLUS/(DEFICIT) NET SURPLUS/(DEFICIT) 1.012 80.442 2.100 24.Plant/Equipment/Vehicle Costs General Works .178 26.278 622 (5.081 6.100 2.299 33.955 (98) 204.832 1.594 622 11.749 36.894 1.288 7.821 5.037 (220) 157 16.658 3.304) 11.
Contractors ($0.1M favourable to budget mainly due to: High landﬁll volumes $4.3M) unfavourable to budget mainly due to: EPA costs associated with landﬁll activity ($3.6M favourable. Other income $0. Recurrent Expenditure of $204. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 153 . Interest costs $1.2M unfavourable to budget.8M favourable to budget.6M) unfavourable. Finally there was higher than budgeted disposals of infrastructure assets ($2. favourable Developer Contributions $1. Utilities were $0.1M).3M favourable due to early payment of 2009-2010 ﬁrst instalment. The Non Recurrent Result was $4.2M favourable.9M was $16.0M and favourable Gain on Sale of Property $4.9M) unfavourable.1M favourable to budget due to deferral of loan take up and reduced borrowings to $12.0M.2M) unfavourable and costs expensed from Capital Work in Progress of ($1.7M. Car parking fees and ﬁnes $1. Insurance premium was $0.2M favourable offset by supplementary labour ($2. Employee expenses $2. Grants commission receipts $5. Other expenses ($1.7M) unfavourable.8M favourable to budget. Increased reinstatements for other utilities $0.2M favourable.5M favourable.7M) unfavourable. Consultants ($0.1M. Emergency maintenance ($0. mainly due to additional government grants for infrastructure.5M) unfavourable and plant hire ($0.3M favourable offset by EPA costs (see below).0M favourable.6M favourable.4M favourable to budget.2M was $11. Rates generation $2.0M) unfavourable to budget. This was due to unfavourable Asset Recognition ($5.7M was ($4.3M favourable to budget including savings due to restricted water usage equivalent to $0. Income recognised as Investment in Associates was $0. Contributions to Infrastructure Services $1.6M.1M) unfavourable. Various unbudgeted state grants $2.6M) unfavourable however scheduled maintenance was $0. favourable Capital Income $7.Standard Statements Notes to Standard Income Statement The Recurrent Surplus for 2008-2009 of $14.5M favourable. Recurrent Income of $218.
420 54.500 496.882 1.382.456) 165 54.274 154 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .793 314 23.952 1.082 14.377 34.090 19.163 31.032 3.182 14.870 2.936 29.397.240 878.120 34.387 942 1.107 453.438 43.374.187 1.117 1.342.316 1.240 28.442 16.Standard Statements Standard Balance Statement as at 30 June 2009 CURRENT ASSETS Cash and Investments Receivables Prepayments Inventories TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS CURRENT LIABILITIES Payables Loans Refundable Deposits Employee Beneﬁts TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES NET CURRENT ASSETS NON-CURRENT ASSETS Property Plant and Equipment Investments Receivables TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES Developer Contributions Loans Employee Beneﬁts Landﬁll Provision TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES NET ASSETS Represented by: RATEPAYER EQUITY Accumulated Surplus Asset Revaluation Reserve Reserves TOTAL RATEPAYER EQUITY 2008-2009 Actual $000 2008-2009 Budget $000 Variance $000 53.101 1.186 94 831 65.826 (943) 20.402.977 10.274 857.631 35.644 5.883 1.421 3.254) (1.039 3.461 32.245 21.676 3.007) 834 (86) (260) (2.910 1.993 (58) (4.664 35.510 3.561 1.387 75 437 30.799 19 394 35.479 8.966 (314) 4.170 (4.607) 42.394.554 7.766) 33.264 8.134 11.885 1.397.966 (20.309 15.302 1.342.
Non current liabilities was on budget due to lower than budgeted loan liability ($5.8M.5M unfavourable) with deferral of rehabilitation expenditure.8M.$41.Standard Statements Notes to Standard Balance Sheet The Balance Sheet highlights that Council has a very strong asset position with approximately $1. Variances to Budget The major variance to budget is the increase in non current assets of $20. higher than budgeted 1 July 2008 cash position and early receipt of the ﬁrst instalment of the 2009-2010 Grants Commission payment.1M favourable to budget with an increase in cash due to lower than budgeted capital expenditure. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 155 . Current assets were $35. The effect of the revaluation of Council Owned Sealed and Unsealed Roads .0M favourable) which was offset by higher than budgeted Landﬁll Provision ($4.4 billion worth of assets which are used to provide services to the community. difference is the delay in capital spend in the 2007-2008 year). The main factors were: Difference in Budgeted Property Plant and Equipment at 1-07-2008 compared to Actual Property Plant and Equipment at 1-07-2008 (ie. Receivables were also higher due to invoices being raised for grants in relation to two capital projects.
526 (1.730 1.225 2.080) 31.744) (1.866 30.577 21.130) (10.675 11.101) 18.617) 41.340 7.882 21.037 (71.Standard Statements Standard Cash Flow for the year ended 30 June 2009 Cash Flows from Operating Activities Receipts General Rates Fees and Charges Investment Income GST Recoveries on Operating Transactions Government Grants Payments Employee Costs General Works / Utilities / Disbursements Administration / Professional Services Interest Expense Net Cash Inﬂow from Operating Activities before Capital Income Cash Flows from Investing Activities Payments for Land and Buildings. Plant and Equipment and Infrastructure Assets Landﬁll Rehabilitation Capital Income Proceeds from Sale of Land and Buildings Proceeds from Sale of Plant and Equipment Developer Cash Contribution Net Cash Outﬂow from Investing Activities Cash Flows from Financing Activities Repayment of Borrowings Proceeds from New Loans Net Cash Outﬂow from Financial Activities Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash Held Cash at the Beginning of the Financial Year Cash at the End of the Financial Period 2008-2009 Actual $000 Inﬂows/ (Outﬂows) 2008-2009 Budget $000 Inﬂows/ (Outﬂows) Variance $000 Inﬂows/ (Outﬂows) 124.266 53.181) 12.012) 1.265 920 (6.132 (2.985 9.890) (77.156 (316) 960 20.458 8.606 4.675 16.805) (79.637) (2.780 2.330 1.438 6.416) 5.465) 57.299 48.347 55.045) (171.807 (8.535 2.448 212.340) 7.886 1.727 122.262 (79.464 35.649) (944) (177.851 1.998) (87.101 (5.080 (45.448 1.885 (76.118 157 2.494 22.483 384 31.120 (66.449 45.617) 29.832 2.609) (2.848) 16.842 2.574 (8.301 5.829) 15.867 156 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .874) (11.025 234.000) (5.048 7.
5M favourable to budget.675M.675M to $12.8M favourable to budget. Inﬂows from ﬁnancing activities were $5. Incompleted works are reassessed and most of the works not completed will be included in the carried over works to be completed next year.9M unfavourable due to increased payments for materials and services and increased supplementary labour costs.0M favourable to budget.9M favourable to budget with additional fees and charges for services provided. Variances to Budget The net cash ﬂow from operating activities of $57. grants and rates. Capital income was $7. This will provide funds to complete projects carried over from 2008-2009 and working capital to ensure service provision continues in 2009-2010. Cash ﬂows from investing activities were $20. Capital expenditure was $5.1M. This was partially offset by lower employee costs and reduced interest expense due to the deferral of the loan relating to leisurelink.6M favourable to budget mainly due to government grants for capital projects not yet completed. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 157 . Operating Expenditure was $5.Standard Statements Notes to Standard Cash Flow Statement Council’s cash position at the end of the year is $53.1M unfavourable due the reduction in the loan drawdown from budget $18.3M was $16. Operating receipts were $21.
580) 10.345 71.886 4.536 2.550 41.672 550 195 1.446 (24) 757 1.519 4.345 37.685 3.186 Streetscapes - Footpaths 1.195 2.190 20 9.280 5.015 132 1.383 30.550 61.195 2.744 9.614 56.533 3.Standard Statements Standard Statement of Capital Works as at 30 June 2009 Asset Upgrades $000 Budget 5.350 5.692 2.950 71.473 14.665 3.747 1.523 593 2.533 2.066 28.490 900 3.698 New Assets $000 Gross Expenditure $000 Income $000 Net Cost $000 Actual 25.266 2.747 3.578 3.438 20.350 976 3.979 1.399 4.194 20.031 74 106 1.640 Design Carry over from 2007-2008 Carry over to 2009-2010 TOTAL CAPITAL WORKS TOTAL Back to table of contents .028 7.314 7.747 Buildings 180 Drainage 390 Computer Equipment 990 1.682 831 5.350 3.000 70 731 15.934 2.448 1.516 Asset Renewals $000 158 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Project Category Budget Actual Infrastructure Leisure Roads 143 473 831 120 2.446 3.212 19.905 1 400 1.502 6.646 387 707 487 3.000 2.293 258 144 1.181 3.566 (467) 2.355 898 2.446 976 827 2.000 7.460 Actual Budget Actual Budget Actual Budget Actual Budget 27.208 7.722 2.282 831 5.420 72.545 2.720 9.576 15 4.832 120 4 124 15.732 73 2.000 (9.550 69.200 1.204 500 4.647 2.430 3.311 1.350 900 64 2.424 19.520 79.550 6.850 1.719 Fleet 4.930 Miscellaneous - Kerb and Channel 900 Land - Waste Collection - Plant and Equipment 100 Special Rates and Charges Program TOTAL 18.000 (9.103 4.651 Reconciliation Construction 90 10 20.384 2.385 3.438 365 486 1.722 1.580) 10.350 2.182 1.886 4.830 90 10 100 7.618 2.975 1.350 487 1.830 345 252 2.886 4.118 120 4 124 56.839 2.355 1.
Geelong Motocross Club Relocation $0.5 0. Vines Rd Redevelopment $3.9M.8M on capital works in 2008-2009. Courthouse Redevelopment $1. upgrade and provide new assets to ensure the continuation and improvement of services provided to the community.2 1. Street Construction $1.Elcho Park/Barwon Prison $0.3M). Skilled Stadium Turf Replacement $0.5 Variances to Budget Capital expenditure was $8. The major projects still to be completed are Leisurelink Facility $15. These were offset by favourable variances for Infrastructure $3.7 2. Streetscapes $1.6M.8m.7M.4M. Corio Landﬁll Rehabilitation $2. Buildings $3.8M.7 0.9M has not been expended in 2008-2009 and will be carried forward to be completed in future years.7M and Recycled Water Pipeline .4 2.0M.4M. Main unfavourable variances included Special Rates and Charges ($1. Capital income was $7. Old Post Ofﬁce Reception Refurbishment $0. North Heales Rd Subdivision $1.7M. This included : $M Leisurelink Replacement Road replacement and construction Bellarine Pool Land Purchases Plant and vehicles Drainage replacement and construction Footpath replacement and construction Eastern Beach Seawalls Central Region Youth Precinct IT Asset Replacements Customs House Upgrade Drysdale landﬁll Cell Parking Meters Upgrade Thomson Reserve Upgrade 11.1 0.6M favourable to budget.7 0.Standard Statements Notes to Standard Statement of Capital Works Council has an extensive capital works program to renew.3M.6M.5 5.1M. Capital Projects funding of $38.8M.1M favourable to budget.2 10.7M.4M and Misc $0.4 4. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 159 .5 1. Waterfront Timber Decking $0.0 5. Council spent $71. Lara Pool Redevelopment $0.3 1.
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Plant and Equipment Trade and Other Payables Refundable Deposits Employee Beneﬁts Interest Bearing Loans and Borrowings Landﬁll Provision Other Liabilities Reserves Reconciliation of Cash Flows from Operating Activities to Surplus (Deﬁcit) Reconciliation of Cash and Cash Equivalents Financing Arrangements Superannuation Commitments Operating Leases Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets Financial Instruments Events Occurring after Balance Date Related Party Transactions Revenue.Non Monetary Assets Cash and Cash Equivalents Trade and Other Receivables Financial Assets Other Assets Inventories Property. Infrastructure. expenses and assets by functions/activities Financial Ratios (Performance indicators) Capital Expenditure Pending Accounting Standards Auditors Remuneration Certiﬁcation of the Financial Report Page 162 163 164 165 166 166 170 171 172 173 173 174 174 174 174 175 175 175 177 177 177 178 178 178 179 186 186 186 188 188 189 189 191 191 191 192 193 194 194 195 199 200 202 204 205 206 206 207 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 161 .Annual Financial Report Contents Note Financial Statements Income Statement Balance Sheet Statement of Changes in Equity Cash Flow Statement Notes to Financial Statements Introduction Signiﬁcant Accounting Policies Rates and Charges Fees and Charges Grants Capital Income Employee Beneﬁts Materials and Services Provisions Expense Bad and Doubtful Debts Depreciation and other Write Downs Gain / (Loss) on Disposal of Assets Previously Unrecognised Assets Investments in Associates Contributions .
Non Monetary Assets Surplus for the Year The above income statement should be read with the accompanying notes.518 1.399 8 9 10 1.132 213.752 5. Plant and Equipment Previously Unrecognised Assets Investments in Associates Contributions .800 974 210.488 51.987 9.954 897 199.204 162 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .713 71.749 73.Income Statement for the year ended 30 June 2009 Continuing Operations Revenue Rates and Charges Fees and Charges Grants .382 50.508 115.697 17.792 34.005 12.153 43. Note 2009 $000 2008 $000 2 3 4 5 124.168 6 7 78.Operating Capital Income Interest Income Total Revenue Expenses Employee Beneﬁts Materials and Services Administration Professional Services Utilities Provision for Landﬁll Bad and Doubtful Debts Depreciation and other Write Downs Financing Costs Total Expenses Net gain(loss) on Disposal of Property. Infrastructure.875 2.433 (349) 857 1.458 236.347 41.708 940 971 38.955 963 40.151 27.013 3.325 6.885 5.850 4.132 4.096 69.956 209 622 11.244 11 12 13 14 4.
394.765 1.352 15.412 74 873 45.063 487.479 23.187 35.128 776 6.740 1.088 94 831 65.500 27 539.286 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 163 .519 6.240 2.120 314 34.952 70.764 55.312.305 1. Note 2009 $000 2008 $000 15 16 17 18 19 4.240 825.936 13.442 16.896 12.286 857.676 1.312.618 21 22 23 24 14.321.883 1.245 (301) 13.468.567 23 24 25 26 3.332 1.846 1.402.367.039 8.186 49.772 16 13 20 942 7.397.449 3.046 11.554 1.220 129 21.223 1.056 33. Infrastructure.387 1. Plant and Equipment Total Non-Current Assets Total Assets Liabilities Current Liabilities Trade and Other Payables Refundable Deposits Employee Beneﬁts Interest Bearing Loans and Borrowings Total Current Liabilities Non-Current Liabilities Employee Beneﬁts Interest Bearing Loans and Borrowings Landﬁll Provision Other Liabilities Total Non-Current Liabilities Total Liabilities Net Assets Equity Accumulated Surplus Reserves Total Equity The above balance sheet should be read with the accompanying notes.714 31.397.Balance Sheet as at 30 June 2009 Assets Current Assets Cash and Cash Equivalents Trade and Other Receivables Financial Assets Other Assets Inventories Total Current Assets Non-Current Assets Trade and Other Receivables Investments in Associates Property.314.711 1.631 3.888 1.
535 The above statement of changes in equity should be read with the accompanying notes 164 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .074) 43.688 41.312.397.063 404.399 27 (a) 27 (b) 27 (b) 50.183 27.841) 33.808) 32.500 454.750 1.074 857.240 825.750 496.327 (24.286 804.204 41.535 43.063 43.438 32.Statement of Changes in Equity for the year ended 30 June 2009 2009 Balance at beginning of the ﬁnancial year Adjustment on change in accounting policy .016 31.327) 24.677 50.204 (43.399 (31.Land under roads Surplus (deﬁcit) for the year Net asset revaluation increment (decrement) Transfers to other reserves Transfers from other reserves Balance at end of the ﬁnancial year 27 (a) 27 (b) 27 (b) Note Total 2009 $000 Accumulated Surplus 2009 $000 Asset Revaluation Reserve 2009 $000 Other Reserves 2009 $000 1.011 1.808 825.302 2008 Balance at beginning of the ﬁnancial year Adjustment on change in accounting policy Surplus (deﬁcit) for the year Net asset revaluation increment (decrement) Transfers to other reserves Transfers from other reserves Balance at end of the ﬁnancial year Note Total 2008 $000 Accumulated Surplus 2008 $000 Asset Revaluation Reserve 2008 $000 Other Reserves 2008 $000 1.688 26.234.011 454.312.841 (33.286 43.876 27.
125 (4.458 8.998) 58. plant and equipment Capital Income Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities Cash ﬂows from ﬁnancing activities Finance costs Proceeds from interest bearing loans Repayment of interest bearing loans Net cash provided by (used in) ﬁnancing activities Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the ﬁnancial year Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the ﬁnancial year Financing Arrangements Restrictions on Cash Assets The above cash ﬂow statement should be read with the accompanying notes. Note 2009 Inﬂows/ (Outlfows) $000 2008 Inﬂows/ (Outlfows) $000 124.523) (76.157 (96.206 116.232 9.709 2.266 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 165 .518 (45.747) (1.132 7.875 (40.266 53. infrastructure.930 30.829) 11 5 8. plant and equipment Proceeds from sale of property.890) (52.967) (2.550 22.449 (99.125 35.132 (905) 3.025 1. infrastructure.780 48.421 17.675 (1.417 28 (71.Cash Flow Statement for the year ended 30 June 2009 Cash ﬂows from operating activities Rates User charges and ﬁnes (inclusive of GST) Grants (inclusive of GST) Interest Net GST refund/payment Payments to suppliers (inclusive of GST) Payments to employees (including redundancies) Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities Cash ﬂows from investing activities Payments for property.441) 2.545) 41.448 45.347 55.334) (944) 12.866 29 30 17 30.664) 31.181) 10.941) (71.
to improve the overall quality of life of people in the local community. and disclosure has been made of any material changes to comparatives.to promote the social. have been included in this ﬁnancial report. economic and environmental viability and sustainability of the municipal district. The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Where appropriate. The general purpose ﬁnancial report complies with Australian Accounting Standards. . .to ensure the equitable imposition of rates and charges. it is probable that the economic beneﬁts comprising the contribution will ﬂow to the Council and the amount of the contribution can be measured reliably. 166 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . The note also discloses the amount of unused grant from prior years that was expended on Council’s operations during the current year. the unused grant or contribution is disclosed in note 4. the results of which form the basis for making the judgements. and are valued at their fair value at the date of transfer. Note 1 Signiﬁcant Accounting Policies (a) Basis of accounting This ﬁnancial report has been prepared on the accrual and going concern basis. A liability is recognised in respect of revenue that is reciprocal in nature to the extent that the requisite service has not been provided at balance date. Fees and Charges User fees and ﬁnes (including parking fees and ﬁnes) are recognised as revenue when the service has been provided. and future periods if the revision affects both the current and future periods. (b) The purpose of the Council is to: . Income is recognised when the Council obtains control of the contribution or the right to receive the contribution. such as Special Committees of Management. Statement of Changes in Equity. other authoritative pronouncements of the Australian Accounting Standards Board. buildings and infrastructure which are revalued to fair value in accordance with Council policy. Unless otherwise stated. Cash Flow Statement. In the application of the Australian Accounting Standards ("AAS's") management is required to make judgements. Balance Sheet. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period or in the period of the revision.to ensure that resources are used efﬁciently and effectively and services are provided in accordance with the Best Value Principles to best meet the needs of the local community. except land. . the value of the payment is notiﬁed. whichever ﬁrst occurs. and . or the payment is received. estimates and assumptions about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. The Council's main ofﬁce is located at 30 Gheringhap Street Geelong. Details of asset valuations are set out in the relevant notes. Judgements made by management in the application of AAS's that have signiﬁcant effects on the ﬁnancial statements and estimates with a risk of material adjustments in the next year are disclosed throughout the notes in the ﬁnancial statements. upon receipt of the rates. and the Local Government (Finance and Reporting) Regulations 2004. order and good government of its municipal district. the payment is received. the Local Government Act 1989.provide for the peace. These estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstance. A provision for doubtful debts is recognised when collection in full is no longer probable. Interest Income Interest is recognised as revenue on a proportional basis when the payment is due. . . whichever ﬁrst occurs. thereby ensuring that the substance of the underlying transactions or other events is reported. Uncollected rates are recognised as receivables after provision for amounts considered to be at risk. All transactions between these entities and the Council have been eliminated in full. all accounting policies are consistent with those applied in the prior year. Where grants recognised as revenues during the ﬁnancial year were obtained on condition that they be expended in a particular manner or used over a particular period and those conditions were undischarged at balance date. Accounting policies are selected and applied in a manner which ensures that the resulting ﬁnancial information satisﬁes the concepts of relevance and reliability. where earlier. or when the penalty has been applied.to promote appropriate business and employment opportunities. (b) Revenue recognition Rates and grants Rates and grants are recognised as revenues when the Council obtains control over the assets comprising these receipts. and is a body corporate. Actual results may differ from these estimates. This ﬁnancial report is a general purpose ﬁnancial report that consists of an Income Statement.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 Introduction (a) The City of Greater Geelong was established under the City of Greater Geelong Act 1993 on 18 May 1993. Investments in Associates is accounted for using the equity method. and notes accompanying these ﬁnancial statements. All entities controlled by Council that have material assets or liabilities. Sale of Property. Plant and Equipment The proﬁt or loss on sale of an asset is determined when control of the asset has irrevocably passed to the buyer. The ﬁnancial statements are presented in Australian Dollars which is the Council's functional currency.to ensure that services and facilities provided by the Council are accessible and equitable. Control over granted assets is normally obtained upon their receipt (or acquittal) or upon earlier notiﬁcation that a grant has been secured.to ensure transparency and accountability in Council decision making. . This ﬁnancial report has been prepared under the historical cost convention. comparative ﬁgures have been amended to accord with current presentation. Control over assets acquired from rates is obtained at the commencement of the rating year as it is an enforceable debt linked to the rateable property or.
Within the same class of assets. Estimates of remaining useful lives and residual values are made on a regular basis with major asset classes reassessed annually. Council has a revaluation timetable for all assets held at fair value. The valuation is performed either by experienced Council ofﬁcers or independent experts. Depreciation is provided on a straight line basis using a range of rates which are reviewed annually. Kerb and Channel. Buildings Plant and Equipment Heavy Plant and Equipment. Revaluation Subsequent to the initial recognition of assets. repair costs. Where the carrying value materially differed from the fair value at balance date the class of asset was revalued. Where infrastructure assets have separate identiﬁable components that are subject to regular replacement. In accordance with Council's Asset Accounting Policy. Road earthworks are not depreciated because they have an indeﬁnite useful life. Where assets are constructed by Council. Where the assets are revalued. other than Plant and Equipment. Where there is no market. Revaluation decrements are recognised as an expense except where prior increments are included in the asset revaluation reserve for that class of asset in which case the decrement is taken to the reserve to the extent of the remaining increments. and ﬁnance lease charges. revaluation increments and decrements within the year are offset. Footpaths / Bikepaths and Roads Other were revalued as at 01-10-2006.6M resulting in an increase to the Asset Revaluation Reserve of $41. (e) Borrowing costs Borrowing costs are recognised as an expense in the period in which they are incurred. Borrowing costs include interest on bank overdrafts.67 years 12 years 25 years 80 years 100 years 60 years 50 years 7-80 years (f) Recognition and measurement of assets Acquisition The purchase method of accounting is used for all acquisitions of assets. direct labour. being the amount for which the assets could be exchanged between knowledgeable willing parties in an arms length transaction.2M and Road Seal increased by $10. being the fair value of assets provided as consideration at the date of acquisition plus any incidental costs attributable to the acquisition. cost includes all materials used in construction. borrowing costs incurred during construction. depreciated replacement value approximates fair value. and an appropriate share of directly attributable variable and ﬁxed overheads. At balance date. Assessments showed no material difference between actual value and carrying value as at 30 June 2009. the revaluation increments are credited directly to the asset revaluation reserve except to the extent that an increment reverses a prior year decrement for that class of asset that had been recognised as an expense in which case the increment is recognised as revenue up to the amount of the expense. Where the repair relates to the replacement of a component of an asset and the cost exceeds the capitalisation threshold the cost is capitalised and depreciated. Road Pavement and Road Seals were revalued as at 01-04-2009.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 (c) Depreciation and amortisation of non-current assets All non current assets having limited useful lives are systematically depreciated over their useful lives to the Council in a manner which reﬂects consumption of the service potential in those assets. interest on borrowings. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 167 .000 which is consistent with the prior year. Land and Buildings were revalued as at 01-01-2008 in line with the municipal valuation. Depreciation rates and methods are reviewed annually. the threshold applied when recognising assets within an applicable asset class is $1. Non-monetary assets received in the form of grants or donations or gifted assets are recognised as assets and revenues at their fair value at the date of receipt. Commercial Vehicles Furniture and Fittings Personal Computers Computer Equipment Software Light Motor Vehicles Infrastructure Spray Seal Asphalt Seal Pavement Drainage Kerbs and Channel Footpaths and Bikepaths Recreation (d) Repairs and maintenance Routine maintenance. Recreation and Infrastructure Other. Road Pavement increased by $31. these components are assigned distinct useful lives and residual values and a separate depreciation rate is determined for each component. and minor renewal costs are expensed as incurred. the Council reviewed the carrying value of the individual classes of assets measured at fair value to ensure that each asset materially approximated its fair value. The carrying value of the replaced asset is expensed.8M. Drainage assets were revalued as at 01-07-2005. are measured at their fair value. non-current physical assets. Fair value is the amount for which the asset could be exchanged between knowledgeable willing parties in an arm's length transaction. Major depreciation periods used are listed below and are consistent with the prior year : Period 20-100 years 10 years 10 years 3 years 4-5 years 4 years 6.
Long service leave expected to be paid within 12 months is measured at nominal value based on the amount expected to be paid when settled. Any unrealised gains and losses on holdings at balance date are recognised as either a revenue or expense. and experience of employee departure per year of service. and other highly liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 Note 1 Signiﬁcant Accounting Policies (cont) (f) Recognition and measurement of assets (cont) Asset Revaluation Cycles Roads Seal Road Pavement Kerb and Channel Footpaths and Bikepaths Roads Other Land and Buildings Drainage Leasehold improvements Leasehold improvements are recognised at cost and are amortised over the unexpired period of the lease or the estimated useful life of the improvement. Details of these arrangements are recorded in note 31. This would include all annual leave and unconditional long service leave entitlements. Superannuation The superannuation expense for the reporting year is the amount of the statutory contribution the Council makes to the superannuation plan which provides beneﬁts to its employees together with any movements (favourable/unfavourable) in the position of any deﬁned beneﬁts schemes. on settlement. whichever is the shorter. at balance date. (g) Cash and cash equivalents For the purposes of the cash ﬂow statement. 5 years 5 years 5 years 5 years 5 years 2 years 6 years 168 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . The Council has an interest in the Geelong Regional Library Corporation. They are recorded as non current investments with Council's share of net assets being recognised. Annual leave expected to be paid later than one year has been measured at the present value of the estimated future cash outﬂows to be made for these accrued entitlements. cash and cash equivalents include cash on hand. Annual Leave expected to be paid within 12 months is measured at nominal value based on the amount. including appropriate oncosts. Long service leave expected to be paid later than one year has been measured at the present value of the estimated future cash outﬂows to be made for these accrued entitlements. Classiﬁcation of employee beneﬁts An employee beneﬁt liability is classiﬁed as a current liability if the Council does not have an unconditional right to defer settlement of the liability for at least 12 months after the end of the period. Annual leave Annual leave entitlements are accrued on a pro rata basis in respect of services provided by employees up to balance date. the Regional Kitchen Pty Ltd and RFK Pty Ltd (trading as Community Chef). Long service leave Long service leave entitlements payable are assessed at balance date having regard to expected employee remuneration rates on settlement. deposits at call. Commonwealth bond rates are used for discounting future cash ﬂows. Commonwealth bond rates are used for discounting future cash ﬂows. expected to be paid when settled. Interest revenues are recognised as they accrue. The Council's share of the ﬁnancial result of the entities is recognised in the income statement. Land under roads Council does not recognise the value of land under roads it controlled prior to 1 July 2008. The investment is initially recorded at the cost of acquisition and adjusted thereafter for post-acquisition changes in the Council's share of the net assets of the entities. (i) Accounting for investments in associates Council's investment in associates is accounted for by the equity method as the Council has the ability to inﬂuence rather than control the operations of the entities. employment related oncosts and other factors including accumulated years of employment. being market value. Land under roads acquired after 30 June 2008 is brought to account using the fair value basis. (j) Employee beneﬁts Wages and salaries Liabilities for wages and salaries and rostered days off are recognised and measured as the amount unpaid at balance date and include appropriate oncosts such as workers compensation and payroll costs. net of outstanding bank overdrafts. Bank deposits and Term deposits are measured at amortised cost. (h) Investments Managed funds are valued at fair value.
hall bonds. (r) Non-current assets held for sale A non-current asset held for sale is measured at the lower of its carrying amount and fair value less costs to sell. consideration is given to factors including the probability of default by the guaranteed party and the likely loss to Council in the event of default. except where the amount of GST incurred is not recoverable from the Australian Tax Ofﬁce. (n) Web site costs Costs in relation to websites are charged as an expense in the period in which they are incurred. If such an indication exists. being the higher of the asset's fair value less costs to sell and value in use. The asset or liability is classiﬁed as current if it is expected to be settled within the next twelve months. the recoverable amount of the asset. where appropriate. and if there is a material increase in the likelihood that the guarantee may have to be exercised. except for the GST component of investing and ﬁnancing activities. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 169 . the Council reviews the carrying value of its assets to determine whether there is any indication that these assets have been impaired. or if the Council does not have an unconditional right to defer settlement of a liability for at least 12 months after the reporting date. In the determination of fair value. Operating leases Lease payments for operating leases are recognised as an expense in the years in which they are incurred as this reﬂects the pattern of beneﬁts derived by the Council. sundry deposits. The liability is initially measured at fair value. and other amounts controlled by Council which have to be paid back. amounts in the ﬁnancial report have been rounded to the nearest thousand dollars. (m) Allocation between current and non-current In the determination of whether an asset or liability is current or non-current. Any excess of the asset's carrying value over its recoverable amount is expensed to the income statement. street crossing deposits.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 (k) Leases Finance leases Leases of assets where substantially all the risks and beneﬁts incidental to ownership of the asset. Receivables and payables in the balance sheet are shown inclusive of GST. In these circumstances the GST is recognised as part of the cost of acquisition of the asset or as part of an item of the expense. Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets and the amount initially recognised less cumulative amortisation. (l) Refundable Deposits Amounts received as tender deposits. being the Council's operational cycle. (p) Impairment of assets At each reporting date. Cash ﬂows are presented in the cash ﬂow statement on a gross basis. are included in the amount disclosed as Refundable Deposits within current liabilities. which are disclosed as operating cash ﬂows. expenses and assets are recognised net of the amount of GST. (o) Goods and Services Tax (GST) Revenues. consideration is given to the time when each asset or liability is expected to be settled. is compared to the asset's carrying value. at the higher of the amount determined in accordance with AASB 137 Provisions. are transferred to the Council are classiﬁed as ﬁnance leases. but not the legal ownership. (q) Rounding Unless otherwise stated. Council holds no ﬁnance leases at balance date. (s) Financial Guarantees Financial guarantee contracts are recognised as a liability at the time the guarantee is issued.
482 11.488 62.805 2.751 7. The valuation base used to calculate general rates for 2008-2009 was $33.131 5.179 3.848 2.454 6.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 2 Rates and Charges 2009 $000 2008 $000 Council uses Capital Improved Values as the basis of valuation of all properties within the municipal district. and the valuation ﬁrst applied to the rating period commencing 1 July 2008. and valuation ﬁrst applied to the rating period commencing 1 July 2006.653 917 518 4.283 7. 170 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .382 The date of the last general revaluation of land for rating purposes within the municipal district was 1 January 2008. The date of the previous general revaluation of land for rating purposes within the municipal district was 1 January 2006.810 948 498 4.103 142 267 591 16. The Capital Improved Value of a property is the total market value of the land plus buildings and other improvements.268 115.659 124.977M). Residential Commercial Industrial Petroleum Production Land Aluminium Production Land Automobile Manufacture Land Vacant Land Farm/Rural Cultural and Recreation Mixed Use Late Licence Premises Garbage Charge Municipal Charge 67.083 12.612 142 290 655 16.035M (2007-2008 $29.781 3.
802 4.465 1.986 6.344 11.337 5.588 5.683 3.561 1.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 3 Fees and Charges 2009 $000 2008 $000 Recreation Commercial Waste Collection and Waste Disposal Local Laws and Trafﬁc Subdivisions and Development Car Parking Family and Children’s Services Rental and Leasing Aged Services Road Works National Wool Museum Risk Management Parks Revenue and Valuations Central Geelong City Management Environment Other Waterfront Marketing / Major Events Historical Records Arts and Culture Planning 9.347 8.371 548 16 1.016 926 1.364 5.173 10.351 626 44 670 463 647 194 371 270 77 93 168 28 51.792 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 171 .415 2.616 4.032 3.202 2.101 294 289 237 152 87 131 26 50.801 3.575 3.
769 41.230 2.037 3 414 2.256 1.Flood / Fire Recreation Sport and Leisure Major Events Recycling Health Services Central Geelong Waterfront Parking and Trafﬁc Management Strategic Implementation Other Grants Total Total Grants Recurrent Non recurrent / Capital (Note 5) Total 172 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 8.697 12.227 23 1.176 206 1.175 53.769 8.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 4 Grants Grants were received in respect of the following : Commonwealth Government Grants Commission Family and Children Roads to Recovery Aged Services Govt Funded Traineeships Youth Recreation and Open Space Infrastructure Management Fleet Other Grants Cultural Development Central Geelong Waterfront Community Infrastructure 21.594 State Government Aged Services Family and Children Community Development Economic Development Infrastructure Management School Crossing Open Space Planning and Development Youth Environment and Planning Urban Design Roads Community Safety Govt Funded Traineeships Emergency Response .240 42.627 13 16 64 710 492 - 25 18.690 3.227 Back to table of contents .270 50 1.957 3.799 933 417 58 414 170 392 729 742 100 5 21 2.957 42.422 1.227 34.322 133 212 50 14 120 6 45 23.336 72 6 61 240 184 40 57 21.613 1.229 1.072 53.724 1.200 1.469 3.690 32.987 7.363 128 60 341 300 162 6 2009 $000 2008 $000 16.339 1.056 1.
524 2 73.842 4.072 2.002 1.963 5.456 857 322 9.804 1.080 2.567 1.240 1.659 707 17.423 156 78.096 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 173 .Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 4 Grants (cont) 2009 $000 2008 $000 Conditions on Grants Grants received during the year that were obtained on condition that they be expended in a speciﬁed manner but had not occurred at balance date: Family and Children Family Day Care and Out of Schools Program Recreation Sport and Leisure Community Development Grants which were received in prior years and were expended during the current year in the manner speciﬁed by the grantor were: Recreation Sport and Leisure Family and Child Community Development Aged Services Net increase (decrease) in restricted assets resulting from grant revenues for the year: 70 308 269 647 147 253 400 253 147 400 247 2 240 100 50 392 8 5 Capital Income 2009 $000 2008 $000 Grants (Note 4) Developer Cash Contributions Contributions to Council Assets Special Rates 12.345 6. developers contributions must be expended for particular purposes so Council has transferred them to a Reserve until expended.198 1.875 * In accordance with legislation.713 59. 6 Employee Beneﬁts 2009 $000 2008 $000 Wages and Salaries Long Service Leave Annual Leave Superannuation Workcover Redundancy 63.518 7.983 5.
492 5.Infrastructure Total 174 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .Finance Charge Increase/(Decrease) in the discounted amount arising because of the time and effect of any change in the discount rate.809 11.537 3.Buildings and Emergency Contributions .Recurrent Other 25.520 1.569 3.507 6.787 5.080 5.359 35.800 5.952 5. It is expected Corio Landﬁll site operations and rehabilitation will be completed following closure scheduled for Dec 2011.560 3.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 7 Materials and Services 2009 $000 2008 $000 Contractors Levies Materials Plant/Equipment/Vehicle Costs Supplementary Labour Maintenance .180 25.394 38.711 71.834 36.021 5.146 3. 435 1.394 3.885 8 Provisions Expense 2009 $000 2008 $000 An estimate of the costs to rehabilitate the Corio Landﬁll site.325 24. Landﬁll Provision .295 4.071 10.955 445 495 940 9 Bad and Doubtful Debts 2009 $000 2008 $000 Infringement Debtors Sundry Debtors 956 7 963 887 84 971 10 Depreciation and other Write Downs 2009 $000 2008 $000 Buildings Plant and Equipment Infrastructure 5.630 10.179 25.213 5. or the revision of future cost estimates.505 4. has been included in the accounts.954 Book Value of Assets Replaced .466 11.033 3.875 69.295 40.824 4.
012 319 6.RFK Pty Ltd .Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 11 Gain / (Loss) on Disposal of Assets 2009 $000 2008 $000 Proceeds from Sale of Land and Buildings Less: Book Value of Assets Sold or transferred for nil consideration 6.858 1.725 7 (349) Proceeds from Sale of Plant Less: Book Value of Assets Sold Net Gain (Loss) on Disposal 12 Previously Unrecognised Assets 2009 $000 2008 $000 In 2008-2009 Council recognised $0. Council has the ability to inﬂuence the Library rather than control its operations.732 1.560 452 6.331 5. Council holds 85.677 6.956 500 856 (356) 1.225 452 2.65% (2008 85.437 98 4.2M of Drainage Assets.765 i) Equity in Geelong Regional Library Corporation Principle Activity is to provide Library Services to member municipalities.68%) of equity in the corporation.331 26 1.677 319 2. Council has four directors on the Board of seven.996 2.012 14 739 6.387 6. 209 857 13 Investments in Associates 2009 $000 2008 $000 Investments in associates accounted for using the equity method are: .Geelong Regional Library Corporation .535 1.886 2.030 7.Regional Kitchen Pty Ltd 6. Incorporated in Australia. Council’s Share of Accumulated Surplus Council’s share of accumulated surplus as at beginning of ﬁnancial year Share of operating surplus (loss) Council’s share of accumulated surplus at end of ﬁnancial year Movement of Carrying Value of Investment Carrying value of investment at start of year Share of operating surplus for year Carrying value of investment at end of year 2.028 4.012 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 175 .
030 539 200 739 176 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Incorporated in Australia.6% (2008 10. Council’s Share of Accumulated Surplus Council’s share of accumulated surplus as at beginning of ﬁnancial year Share of operating surplus (loss) Council’s share of accumulated surplus at end of ﬁnancial year Movement of Carrying Value of Investment Carrying value of investment at start of year Share of operating surplus for year Carrying value of investment at end of year iii) Equity in Regional Kitchen Pty. Council’s Share of Equity Contribution Council’s share of equity contribution at beginning of ﬁnancial year Council’s share of equity contribution made during the year Council’s share of equity contribution at end of ﬁnancial year Council’s Share of Accumulated Surplus Council’s share of accumulated surplus as at beginning of ﬁnancial year Share of operating surplus (loss) Council’s share of accumulated surplus at end of ﬁnancial year Movement of Carrying Value of Investment Carrying value of investment at start of year Share of operating surplus for year Share of equity contribution for year Carrying value of investment at end of year 14 12 26 14 14 14 12 26 - 14 14 200 200 200 200 539 291 830 539 539 739 291 1.9% (2008 8. City of Greater Geelong shareholding is 10. Trading as Community Chef. Incorporated in Australia.4%) of ordinary shares.9%) of ordinary shares.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 13 Investments in Associates (cont) 2009 $000 2008 $000 ii) Equity in RFK Pty. City of Greater Geelong Shareholding is 8. Ltd. Ltd.
Non Monetary Assets 2009 $000 2008 $000 Infrastructure assets such as roads.201) 11.046 52 (470) 117 (301) 16 Trade and Other Receivables 2009 $000 2008 $000 Current Rates Receivables Less Provision for Doubtful Debts Other Debtors Less Provision for Doubtful Debts 2. drainage and footpaths created by developers become part of the Council’s assets when titles are issued to the Developer for individual lots.158 11. These assets have been received in kind and do not reﬂect a cash outlay by Council.071 12.490 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 177 .186 1.245) 13.054 936 4.714 Non-current Deferred Debtors Total 942 942 12. Infrastructure Land 9.636 (1.128 776 776 14.895 (2.797 (305) 10.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 14 Contributions . Council also received land from developers as part of their required 5% contribution of Public Open Space.995 1.676 (353) 13.080 4.153 8.151 15 Cash and Cash Equivalents 2009 $000 2008 $000 Cash on hand Cash at bank Bank bills 56 3.
18 Other Assets 2009 $000 2008 $000 Prepaid Expenses 94 94 74 74 19 Inventories 2009 $000 2008 $000 Stores and Materials at Cost 831 831 873 873 178 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .448 31.412 954 48.Term Deposits 49.964 12.352 400 12.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 17 Financial Assets 2009 $000 2008 $000 Current Investments at amortised cost (Note 1h) Represented by: .134 49.696 1.405 13. and represented by: Unrestricted Subject to external restrictions 35.448 Restricted asset for Long Service Leave is based on the Local Government (Long Service Leave) Regulations 2002 and does not necessarily equate to the long service leave liability disclosed in note 23 due to a different basis of calculation prescribed by the regulation. Restrictions have been imposed by regulations or other external requirements on the following: Long Service Leave Refundable Deposits Unexpended Grants 11.412 Council’s investments are held at various ﬁnancial institutions.4M ($1. Council has Statutory Reserves of $0.088 18.0M in 2008) which are commitments that Council will include in its future budgets and are included in the unrestricted cash amount.412 Council has ﬁnancial assets that are subject to restrictions.442 647 13.594 1.112 31.Managed Funds .683 49.088 299 31.683 10.088 31.
154 78.667 at fair value as at 1 January 2008 Less accumulated depreciation 538.254 75.963 172.394.892 7.945 220.819 531.830 225.153 78.314.323 276.929 165.655 193.562 537.599 423.554 260.229 194.073 at fair value as at 1 October 2006 Less accumulated depreciation 388.795 222.956 203.305 at fair value as at 30 June 2009 Less accumulated depreciation Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 179 .480 269.443 218.925 at fair value as at 1 November 2004 Less accumulated depreciation Total 1.885 2. Infrastructure.323 391.866 at fair value as at 1 July 2005 Less accumulated depreciation 273.990 220.938 190.830 69. Plant and Equipment 2009 $000 2008 $000 Summary at cost Less accumulated depreciation 304.323 700 700 at fair value as at 1 April 2009 Less accumulated depreciation 496.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 20 Property.892 539.011 1.
876 2.892 6.3523 using fair value.835 132.035 200 15. Plant and Equipment (cont) 2009 $000 2008 $000 (a) Property Land at cost at fair value as at 1 January 2008 Total Land Land Under Roads at cost at fair value as at 30 June 2009 Total Land Under Roads Buildings at cost Less accumulated depreciation at fair value as at 1 January 2008 Less accumulated depreciation Total Buildings Total Property 16.I C.831 4.710 766 254 512 46.830 31.790 1. and current replacement cost less accumulated depreciation at the date of valuation for specialised buildings.954 Land and Buildings were revalued as at 01-01-2008 by Robert Tot A.P.974 30 5.009 407.239 180 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . The valuation of buildings is at fair value.467 29.936 140.331 17.562 131.228 17.A.V.258 545.755 7.034 4.369 1.919 2.212 700 700 7.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 20 Property.P.885 Total Plant and Equipment 22.840 5.945 406.314 137.771 554.499 Leasehold Improvements at cost Less accumulated depreciation 909 401 508 Light Vehicles at cost Less accumulated depreciation 6. (b) Plant and Equipment Plant and Equipment at cost Less accumulated depreciation 48.232 406. Member No. being market value for non specialised buildings.959 22.944 133. Infrastructure.137 413.819 124.
302 43.638 370.995 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 181 .Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 20 Property.806 62.270 6.600 13.276 109.760 100 6.698 9.772 53.495 7.622 86.420 163.158 252 9.570 56.686 64 7.466 12.660 141.426 4.906 140. Infrastructure.133 163.778 87.089 84.345 206.009 387. Plant and Equipment (cont) 2009 $000 2008 $000 (c ) Infrastructure Road Pavement at cost Less accumulated depreciation at fair value as at 1 November 2004 Less accumulated depreciation at fair value as at 1 April 2009 Less accumulated depreciation Total Road Pavement Road Seal at cost Less accumulated depreciation at fair value as at 1 November 2004 Less accumulated depreciation at fair value as at 1 April 2009 Less accumulated depreciation Total Road Seal Roads Other at cost Less accumulated depreciation at fair value as at 1 October 2006 Less accumulated depreciation Total Roads Other Footpaths and Bikepaths at cost Less accumulated depreciation at fair value as at 1 October 2006 Less accumulated depreciation Total Footpaths and Bikepaths 10.820 182 9.414 53.254 13.319 43 4.689 226.788 216.409 42.487 3.223 25.120 55.896 40.018 9 3.685 913 12.865 50.263 174 12.926 86.978 57.731 223.364 63.592 52.274 43.823 40.406 52.
434 73.978 58.243 89.451 22.206 15.011 147 11.254 75. Roads Other.841 55 3.595 15.965 3.497 275 15. at fair value based on depreciated replacement cost. Kerb and Channel are valued at fair value as at 01-10-2006 by Council ofﬁcers using depreciated replacement cost.886 777.809 77. Plant and Equipment (cont) 2009 $000 2008 $000 (c) Infrastructure (cont) Kerb and Channel at cost Less accumulated depreciation at fair value as at 1 October 2006 Less accumulated depreciation Total Kerb and Channel Drainage at cost Less accumulated depreciation at fair value as at 1 July 2005 Less accumulated depreciation Total Drainage Recreation at cost Less accumulated depreciation Total Recreation Infrastructure Other at cost Less accumulated depreciation Total Infrastructure Other Total Infrastructure 5.147 12.229 194.154 78.619 72.438 51.438 58.416 11.451 719. Footpaths.925 210.869 163.756 22.321 Road Seals and Road Pavements were revalued as at 01-04-2009 by Council ofﬁcers.156 22.655 193.786 163.997 128 5.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 20 Property.715 91. Infrastructure.979 70. 182 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .979 66.096 77.607 25.227 66.642 28.599 205.886 22.463 82.222 273.864 269.694 47. Bikepaths. Drainage assets have been revalued as at 01-07-2005 by Council ofﬁcers at fair value using depreciated replacement cost.
Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009
20 Property, Infrastructure, Plant and Equipment (cont)
2009 $000 2008 $000
(d) Works in progress Buildings at cost Plant and Equipment at cost Infrastructure at cost Total Works in progress Total Property, Plant and Equipment and Infrastructure 678 407 20,807 10,319
17,643 39,128 1,394,554
16,336 27,062 1,314,305
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Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009
20 Property, Infrastructure, Plant and Equipment (cont)
Revaluation WDV of increments disposals (decrements) (note 10) (Note 27) $000 $000 (971) (1,057) (2,028) -
Balance at beginning of ﬁnancial year $000 407,954 137,258 545,212
Acquisition of assets $000 6,257 700 5,213 12,170
Depreciation (note 10) $000 (5,492) (5,492)
Balance at end of Transfers ﬁnancial year $000 $000 128 4,847 4,975 413,368 700 140,769 554,837
Property Land Land Under Roads Buildings Total Property Plant and Equipment Plant and Equipment Leasehold Improvements Light Vehicles Total Plant and Equipment Infrastructure Road Pavement Road Seal Road Other Footpaths and Bikepaths Kerb and Channel Drainage Infrastructure Other Recreation Total Infrastructure Works in progress Buildings Plant and Equipment Infrastructure Total Works in progress Total Property, Infrastructure, Plant and Equipment
17,239 512 4,959 22,710
4,786 142 1,792 6,720
(4,071) (146) (962) (5,179)
(535) (902) (1,437)
17,500 508 4,887 22,895
216,426 25,995 50,487 62,466 77,595 205,463 22,451 58,438 719,321
4,613 4,864 2,441 3,605 3,128 6,633 2,382 9,384 37,050
(4,888) (3,271) (1,998) (2,956) (2,736) (2,846) (3,599) (3,540) (25,834)
(1,064) (1,282) (750) (374) (239) (406) (180) (4,295)
10,560 31,190 41,750
1,051 (242) 2,315 529 217 1,303 1,652 2,877 9,702
226,698 57,254 52,495 63,270 77,965 210,147 22,886 66,979 777,694
10,319 407 16,336 27,062 1,314,305
15,831 531 10,889 27,251 83,191
(5,343) (260) (9,582) (15,185) (427)
20,807 678 17,643 39,128 1,394,554
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20 Property, Infrastructure, Plant and Equipment (cont)
Revaluation WDV of increments disposals (decrements) (note 10) (Note 27) $000 $000 (578) (278) (856) 40,561 9,450 50,011
Balance at beginning of ﬁnancial year $000 362,054 125,274 487,328
Acquisition of assets $000 5,772 5,891 11,663
Depreciation (note 10) $000 (5,021) (5,021)
Balance at end of Transfers ﬁnancial year $000 $000 145 1,942 2,087 407,954 137,258 545,212
Property Land Buildings Total Property Plant and Equipment Plant and Equipment Leasehold Improvements Light Vehicles Total Plant and Equipment Infrastructure Road Pavement Road Seal Road Other Footpaths and Bikepaths Kerb and Channel Drainage Infrastructure Other Recreation Total Infrastructure Works in progress Buildings Plant and Equipment Infrastructure Total Works in progress Total Property, Infrastructure, Plant and Equipment
17,420 522 4,901 22,843
4,437 108 2,064 6,609
(4,134) (118) (928) (5,180)
(647) (1,078) (1,725)
17,239 512 4,959 22,710
217,743 25,045 49,011 61,374 77,690 200,381 24,010 57,208 712,462
4,458 3,472 3,855 3,972 2,625 5,087 1,244 2,849 27,562
(4,931) (2,973) (2,005) (2,920) (2,712) (2,770) (3,601) (3,447) (25,359)
(964) (241) (1,035) (350) (174) (465) (159) (6) (3,394)
120 692 661 390 166 3,230 957 1,834 8,050
216,426 25,995 50,487 62,466 77,595 205,463 22,451 58,438 719,321
2,882 120 16,373 19,375 1,242,008
7,754 308 10,911 18,973 64,807
(317) (21) (10,948) (11,286) (986)
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21 Trade and Other Payables
2009 $000 2008 $000
Unsecured Trade Creditors Loan Interest Accrued Prepaid Memberships for Leisure Facilities Unearned Income 12,512 74 1,072 1,018 14,676 11,974 43 988 706 13,711
22 Refundable Deposits
2009 $000 2008 $000
These deposits are maintenance bonds, landscaping bonds, relocation deposits, open space works levies, and contract deposits.
23 Employee Beneﬁts
Other $000 Annual Leave $000 Long Service Leave $000
2009 Balance at beginning of the ﬁnancial year Additional provisions Amounts used Balance at the end of the ﬁnancial year 2008 Balance at beginning of the ﬁnancial year Additional provisions Amounts used Balance at the end of the ﬁnancial year 840 1,143 (840) 1,143 5,667 5,106 (4,782) 5,991 10,278 2,249 (1,316) 11,211 1,143 1,511 (1,143) 1,511 5,991 5,145 (4,797) 6,339 11,211 2,388 (1,339) 12,260
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143 15.11% 10 4.896 18.450 (ii) Non-current Long service leave representing less than 10 years of continuous service measured at present value 3.479 2.479 3.781 1.631 5.316 15. (ii) Non-current Long service leave Aggregate carrying amount of employee beneﬁts: Current Non-current 16.850 7.631 3.50% 5.631 8.896 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 187 . it is estimated that approximately $1M will be paid out in Long Service Leave in 2009-2010.896 2.45% 10 8.110 15.449 The following assumptions were adopted in measuring the present value of long service leave and retiring gratuity: Weighted average increase in employee costs Weighted average discount rates Weighted average settlement period (i) Current All annual leave and the long service leave entitlements representing 10 or more years of continuous service Short-term employee beneﬁts that fall due within 12 months after the end of the period measured at nominal value Other long-term employee beneﬁts that do not fall due within 12 months after the end of the period measured at present value 4.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 23 Employee Beneﬁts (cont) 2009 $000 2008 $000 (i) Current Annual leave Long service leave Other Current Long Service Leave has been determined as the amount employees are entitled to at balance date.511 16.479 20.991 8.134 7. Based on past history.315 1.781 16.50% 6.479 2.345 3.896 6.449 2.339 8.
858 (578) 940 6.323 12.220 (55) 1.187 10.955 8.039 26.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 24 Interest Bearing Loans and Borrowings 2009 $000 2008 $000 Current Bank overdraft (Unpresented Cheques) Borrowings . Balance at the end of the ﬁnancial year 8.575 3.226 12.226 3.519 15.893 15.220 5. Finance leases Council has no ﬁnance leases at balance date 23.secured Other Loans .056 Non-current Borrowings .187 845 1. or the revision of future cost estimates.155 1.056 5.120 6.626 6.030 3.181 1.716 26.220 188 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .575 25 Landﬁll Provision 2009 $000 2008 $000 Corio Landﬁll Rehabilitation Provision Non-current Balance at beginning of the ﬁnancial year Amounts used Increase/(decrease) in the discounted amount arising because of time and the effect of any change in the discount rate.Unsecured (These are non interest bearing loans) 2 2.030 3.120 6.secured Total The maturity proﬁle for Council’s borrowings is: Not later than one year Later than one year and not later than ﬁve years Later than ﬁve years The security on the borrowings is the City of Greater Geelong Municipal Rates.
878 105.Sec 173 Agreements 314 129 27 Reserves 2009 $000 2008 $000 Asset Revaluation Reserve Statutory Reserves Discretionary Reserves 496.120 18.390 4.395 66.395 66.750 299.438 41.568 404.012 31.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 26 Other Liabilities 2009 $000 2008 $000 Developer Contributions .568 454.655 15.750 41.109 18.905 15.905 15.688 1.120 18.390 4.863 539.523 487.568 454.223 (a) Asset Revaluation Reserve 2009 Land and Buildings Infrastructure Sealed and Unsealed Roads Roads Other Footpath and Bikepaths Drainage Total Asset Revaluation Reserve 2008 Land and Buildings Infrastructure Sealed and Unsealed Roads Roads Other Footpath and Bikepaths Drainage Total Asset Revaluation Reserve Balance at beginning of reporting period $000 Increment (decrement) $000 Balance at end of reporting period $000 349.395 66.011 - 349.878 105.438 439 42.688 - 349.011 The Asset Revaluation Reserve records the increase and any subsequent decrease in the value of assets held at fair value.390 4. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 189 .677 50.750 41.390 4.878 105.395 66.688 50.905 15.120 60.740 454.878 147.318 496.
Council has an Asset Redevelopment Reserve to record funds provided to Council to reinstate decking around the Carousel as required.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 27 Reserves (cont) (b) Other Reserves Statutory Reserves Council maintains three Statutory reserves to record funds collected from developers under the Planning and Environment Act.000 332 1. Balance at 30-06-2008 $000 Transfers to Reserves $000 Transfers from Reserves $000 Balance at 30-06-2009 $000 Deferred Works Reserve Asset Development Reserve Asset Redevelopment Reserve Total Discretionary Reserves 30. Council maintains an Asset Development Reserve to record funds provided to Council for development of coastal infrastructure. as part of the budget process. The movements to and from reserves are shown in the Statement of Changes in Equity.000 64 356 30. Council identiﬁes.523 41.760 268 835 42. The outstanding balance at year end is listed below. but had not been completed at year end. The outstanding balances of the reserves are listed below.420 41. Balance at 30-06-2008 $000 Transfers to Reserves $000 Transfers from Reserves $000 Balance at 30-06-2009 $000 Car Parking Reserve Public Open Space Reserve Main Drainage Reserve Total Statutory Reserves Discretionary Reserves 42 136 834 1.191 31.550 2. Subdivisions Act and Local Government Act.760 41.654 48 299 92 439 Council maintains a Deferred Works Reserve to record the estimated amount of Capital Expenditure that is expected to complete the capital projects that were approved in the previous year’s budget.292 2. The movement to and from reserves are shown in the Statement of Changes in Equity.012 18 513 1.760 30.081 12 350 2. capital works relevant to these reserves and records the capital expenditure as settlement of the obligations created in collecting the levies.863 190 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .
Unsecured Loans .151) (857) 64 905 29 Reconciliation of Cash and Cash Equivalents 2009 $000 2008 $000 Cash and cash equivalents (Note 15) Cash and Investments (Note 17) Less bank overdraft (Note 24) 4.954 349 (9.399 38.088 (2) 53.206 (5.417 2009 $000 2008 $000 43.046 49. infrastructure.030 13.998 5.956) (17.412 (845) 30.155 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 191 .800 (4.700 (14.266 30 Financing Arrangements 2009 $000 2008 $000 Bank overdraft Used Facilities .Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 28 Reconciliation of Cash Flows from Operating Activities to Surplus (Deﬁcit) Surplus for the Year Depreciation and Infrastructure write-off (Proﬁt)Loss on disposal of property. plant and equipment Capital Income Equity Share in Investment in Associates Surplus Assets received in Kind Assets previously Unrecognised Capitalised Salaries Expensed Finance Costs Change in assets and liabilities: (Increase)/Decrease in Trade and Other Receivables (Increase)/Decrease in Prepayments (Increase)/Decrease in Inventories Increase/(Decrease) in Trade and Other Payables Increase/(Decrease) in Refundable Deposits (Decrease)/Increase in Employee Beneﬁts Increase/(Decrease) in Landﬁll Provisions (Decrease)/Increase in Work in Progress Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities 2.132 (301) 31.000 (845) 1.150 90 1.875) (1.204 40.000 (2) 1.526) (10) (184) 178 (109) 1.765 1.Overdraft (Note 24) Loans .730) 4.518) (622) (11.153) (209) 944 27.194 (26.900 427 58.224) 4.Loans (Note 24) Unused facilities Loan Facility Details (Note 35a) 5.030 25.Secured Used facilities .559 940 986 41.205) (12.362 (20) 42 1.
receives both employer and employee contributions on a progressive basis.the difference between resignation and retrenchment beneﬁts paid to any retrenched employees (same as previous year).039 30 2 32 1. AAS25 requires that the present value of the beneﬁt liability which is calculated in respect of membership completed at the calculation date makes no allowance for future beneﬁts that may accrue.486 1. However. The Fund’s accumulation category.010 3.486 1. As provided under Paragraph 32 (b) of AASB119.75% p. based on the assumptions adopted.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 31 Superannuation Post-employment Beneﬁt Council makes employer superannuation contributions in respect of its employees to the Local Authorities Superannuation Fund (the Fund).422 14. the council has been advised that no additional contributions will be required as at 30 June 2009. The Fund’s liability for accrued beneﬁts was determined by the Actuary at 31 December 2008 pursuant to the requirements of Australian Accounting Standard AAS25 as follows: 31-12-2008 $000 Net Market Value of Assets Accrued Beneﬁts (per accounting standards) Difference between Assets and Accrued Beneﬁts Vested Beneﬁts The ﬁnancial assumptions used to calculate the Accrued Beneﬁts for the deﬁned beneﬁt category of the Fund were: Net Investment Return 8.517 30 2 32 3.081 436 4. Council makes the following contributions:.25% p. Council makes employer contributions to the deﬁned beneﬁt category of the Fund at rates determined by the Trustee on the advice of the Fund’s Actuary. .588 2008 $000 Deﬁned Beneﬁt Plans Employer contributions to Local Authorities Superannuation Fund (Vision Super) Employer contributions to other institutions Employer contributions payable to Local Authorities Superannuation Fund (Vision Super) at reporting date Employer contributions payable to other institutions Accumulation Funds Employer contributions to Local Authorities Superannuation Fund (Vision Super) Employer contributions to other institutions Employer contributions payable to Local Authorities Superannuation Fund (Vision Super) at reporting date Employer contributions payable to other institutions 4. there was a shortfall of $71 million when the funding of future beneﬁts was also considered.a. The actuarial investigation concluded that although the Net Market Value of Assets was in excess of Accrued Beneﬁts at 31 December 2008.5% p. assets and costs between employers. No further liability accrues to the employer as the superannuation beneﬁts accruing to employees are represented by their share of the net assets of the Fund.835 204 4. Fund surplus or deﬁcit (ie the difference between fund assets and liabilities) are calculated differently for funding purposes (ie calculating required contributions) and for the calculation of accrued beneﬁts as required in AAS25 to provide the values needed for the AASB119 disclosure in council’s ﬁnancial statements. Obligations for making contributions are recognised as an expense in proﬁt or loss when they are due. Salary Inﬂation 4.432 3.561. the Actuary is unable to allocate beneﬁt liabilities.9.25% of members’ salaries (same as previous year). Employer contributions are normally based on a ﬁxed percentage of employee earnings (9% required under Superannuation Guarantee Legislation). Council does not use deﬁned beneﬁt accounting for these contributions. The Fund has two categories of membership. 2009 $000 3.a. Price Inﬂation 2. The Actuary will undertake the next actuarial investigation as at 30 June 2010 to ascertain if additional contributions are required. Vision Super Saver. As the Fund’s assets and liabilities are pooled and are not allocated by employer.630.528 1. The Fund’s Deﬁned Beneﬁt Plan is a multi-employer sponsored plan.528 - 192 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .616. each of which is funded differently.a. On the basis of the results of the most recent full actuarial investigation conducted by the Fund’s actuary as at 31 December 2008.
Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 193 .655 312 659 957 600 211 65 2.655 8.655 - - - 8.128 303 451 16.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 32 Commitments The Council has entered into the following commitments due: Later than 1 year and not later than 2 years $000 Later than 2 years and not later than 5 years $000 2009 Operating Immunisation services Building maintenance Consultancies Cleaning contracts for Council buildings Other Home maintenance services Total Capital Building and Other Structures Total 2008 Operating Immunisation services Building maintenance Consultancies Cleaning contracts for Council buildings Other Home maintenance services Total Capital Building and Other Structures Total Not later than 1 year $000 Later than 5 years $000 Total $000 324 727 113 475 183 45 1.867 741 408 120 1.627 16.627 In addition to the above commitments Council has entered into a number of contracts for operating expenditure based on schedule of rates.269 679 106 111 896 - 324 2.627 - - - 16.627 16.032 - 8.655 8.147 113 989 414 45 4.070 1.200 215 65 4.804 324 135 113 297 4 873 148 - - 636 942 1. The value of the contractual commitments cannot be accurately determined as they depend on the level of services provided to Council.
Future Minimum rentals received under non-cancellable operating leases are as follows: Not later than one year Later than one year and not later than ﬁve years Later than ﬁve years 2. These assets are bought to account as revenue (Contributions .671 (b) Operating Lease Receivables The Council has entered into commercial property leases on its property. consisting of surplus freehold complexes.398 953 2 2. Apart from the rehabilitation of Corio landﬁll that has been provided for.000 Loan Guarantee for the Lara Bowling Club was completed in July 2009. A $100. 194 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 70 120 70 130 150 540 40 31 19 87 141 318 47 48 24 120 150 389 Back to table of contents . The Capital Works and Operating budgets include ongoing works at the sites in future years. At reporting date.229 4. after care and future contamination liability for its two landﬁll sites in accordance with the requirements set out by the Environment Protection Authority.321 34 Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets Contingent liabilities (a) Council acknowledges a future obligation for rehabilitation.696 16. Contingent Assets In the course of creating new subdivisions developers construct infrastructure assets which are vested with Council when Council issues a Statement of Compliance. developers had commenced construction of assets that will eventually be transferred to the Council subject to Council issuing a Statement of Compliance.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 33 Operating Leases 2009 $000 2008 $000 (a) Operating Lease Commitments At the reporting date. These properties held under operating leases have remaining non-cancellable leases terms of between 1 and 40 years. the Council had the following obligations under non-cancellable operating leases for the lease of equipment and land and buildings for use within Council’s activities (these obligations are not recognised as liabilities): Not later than one year Later than one year and not later than ﬁve years Later than ﬁve years 1. (b) The City of Greater Geelong is the guarantor for a number of community organisation loans. the liability for Drysdale cannot be readily quantiﬁed. Council cannot reliably measure the value of the assets involved prior to completion.257 1 3. Original Guarantee $000 Outstanding Guarantee 30-06-2009 $000 Outstanding Guarantee 30-06-2008 $000 Community Groups Barwon Heads Bowling Club Inc.773 16. (d) There are no other material contingent liabilities at the date of this report. Bell Park Sports and Recreation Club Geelong and East Belmont Baseball Club Bell Post Hill Sports and Recreation Club Geelong Hockey Association Total (c) All matters from previous years not listed here have been settled.Non Monetary Assets) and capitalised.413 2.999 7.736 5.319 8.353 1.431 3.
87% and 8. 90 or 120 days. Term deposits return ﬁxed interest rates of between 3.00% to 7.97%.54% and 8. Council took out a loan of $12. A provision for doubtful debts is recognised when collection in full is no longer probable. 21 Liabilities are recognised for expenses incurred to balance date and payable in the next ﬁnancial year. Term Deposits are held for periods of 30. Collectability of overdue accounts is assessed on an ongoing basis. terms and conditions Recognised ﬁnancial instruments Financial Assets Cash and cash equivalents 15 Cash on hand is valued at face value Interest is recognised as it accrues Bank Bills Cash on Hand is managed according to normal expenditure approval procedures. Loans are secured over the general rates of the Council. Interest is charged as an expense as it accrues. Note Accounting Policy Terms and Conditions Term Deposits Other Financial Assets 17 Units in Trust Trade and other receivables 16 Receivables are carried at nominal amounts due less any provision for doubtful debts. Credit terms are usually 30 days.82% and 7. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 195 .42%. The interest rate for each loan is ﬁxed for the period of the loan.14%. Loans are subject to borrowing limits imposed by the State Government under the Loan Council approval arrangements. Council took out a loan of $7M in May 2006.19% to 7. Interest ranged between 4. Council took out a loan of $5M in June 2007. is < 10%pa. Financial Liabilities Bank overdraft Council has a $5M overdraft facility. These investments attract ﬂoating interest rates of between 3.573%. Interest rate.Secured Loans . General and deferred debtors are unsecured and interest free. Funds returned ﬁxed interest rate of between 2.675m in June 2009.Unsecured Loans Unsecured loans are carried at the principle amount outstanding. when the overdraft is used. Unsecured loans comprise of two interest free loans from the Department of Planning and Development to fund the purchase of the former Geelong Post Ofﬁce and former Geelong Gaol. Creditors are unsecured.4%. The overdraft reﬂects unpresented cheques at balance day.38% in 2007-2008) Bills are redeemed for purchase price plus interest at maturity. It is secured by a mortgage over Council’s general rates and is repayable on demand.125m in June 2008. not subject to interest charges and are normally settled within 30 days of invoice receipt. repayable over 10 years at 6. repayable over 10 years at 8.28% (6. 24 The Council’s bank account is closely monitored to ensure that cash invested is maximised. Withdrawals are at call 24 to 48 hours notice.82%. whether invoices have been received or not. repayable over 10 years at 6. Bills are held for periods between 30 to 90 days. Trade and other payables Interest-bearing loans and borrowings . 24 Secured loans are carried at the principle amount outstanding. Council took out a loan of $3.08% net of fees payable.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 35 Financial Instruments (a) Accounting Policy. repayable over 10 years at 7. 60.
142 4.097 1.046 49.626) 6.974 1.054 49.11% - - 52 11.700 1.181 6.269) 15. both recognised and unrecognised.757 6.155 7.891 2 2 9.942 6.323) 12.542 2 12.549 (1. at balance date are as follows: Fixed interest maturing in: Floating interest rate $000 1 Year or less $000 Over 1 to 5 years $000 More than 5 years $000 Non-interest bearing $000 2009 Financial assets Cash and cash equivalents Other ﬁnancial assets Trade and other receivables Total ﬁnancial assets Weighted average interest rate Financial liabilities Bank overdraft Trade and other payables Secured loans Unsecured loans Total ﬁnancial liabilities Weighted average interest rate Net ﬁnancial assets (liabilities) 2008 Financial assets Cash and cash equivalents Other ﬁnancial assets Trade and other receivables Total ﬁnancial assets Weighted average interest rate Financial liabilities Bank overdraft Trade and other payables Secured loans Unsecured loans Total ﬁnancial liabilities Weighted average interest rate Net ﬁnancial assets (liabilities) Total $000 3.813 4.757 59.323 10.030 38.96% (1.738 (6.064) 5.35% (12.735 (301) 31.40% 30.974 13.512 25.004 845 11.030 13.46% - - 56 6.893 6.412 30.794 845 845 10.17% 52.61% 936 936 5.683 42.729) 21.030 13.030 27.140 2.412 11.219) 10.512 1.893) 11.088 6.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 Note 35 Financial instruments (cont) (b) Interest Rate Risk The exposure to interest rate risk and the effective interest rates of ﬁnancial assets and ﬁnancial liabilities.716 7.98% (5.88% 117 117 7.17% (10.155 2.626 5.245 196 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .626 6.194 1.16% (1.153 (470) 31.323 7.716 12.088 52.893 7.683 11.181 1.716) 12.19% (6.
683 42.diversiﬁcation by credit rating. Interest Rate Risk Interest rate risk refers to the risk that the fair value of a ﬁnancial instrument or cash ﬂows associated with the instrument will ﬂuctuate due to changes in market interest rates.412 11.194 1.318 1. deposits at call. .054 56 936 49.794 3. .088 6. Council manages interest rate risk on our net debt portfolio by: . (e) Risks and Mitigation The risks associated with our main ﬁnancial instruments and our policies for minimising these risks are detailed below.030 27.794 2 12.891 (470) 52 117 31. Council’s interest rate liability risk arises primarily from long term loans and borrowings at ﬁxed rates which exposes us to fair value interest rate risk.reducing risks of reﬁnancing by managing in accordance with target maturity proﬁles. Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 197 .757 59. Council manages the interest rate exposure on its net debt portfolio by appropriate budgeting strategies and obtaining approval for borrowings from the Australian Loan Council each year. The Council’s exposures to market risk are primarily through interest rate risk with only insigniﬁcant exposure to other price risks and no exposure to foreign currency risk. and .891 (470) 52 117 31. units in trust. other debtors. Components of market risk exposure are discussed below.030 27.738 845 11.512 25.683 42. (d) Credit Risk The maximum exposure to credit risk at balance date in relation to each class of asset is represented by the carrying amount of these assts as indicated in the Balance Sheet. ﬁnancial institution and investment product.054 56 936 49.974 13.330 1. Long term Other Debtors also approximates net fair value. . Maturity will be staggered to provide for interest rate variations and to minimise risk. Investment of surplus funds is made with appropriate ﬁnancial institutions under the Local Government Act 1989.974 13.adequate safety. Interest rate risk arises from interest bearing ﬁnancial assets and liabilities that we use. both recognised and unrecognised. Market Risk Market risk is the risk that the fair value or future cash ﬂows of our ﬁnancial instruments will ﬂuctuate because of changes in market prices. bank bills. The net fair value of secured loans at ﬁxed interest rates has been measured by discounting contracted future cash ﬂows by prevailing market interest rates.setting prudential limits on interest repayments as a percentage of rate revenue.conformity with State and Federal regulations and standards.757 59.412 11.548 2 12.874 845 11.monitoring of return on investment. cash and overdraft. creditors and unsecured loans approximates the fair value because of their short term to maturity. at balance date are as follows: Total carrying amount as per Balance Sheet Aggregate net fair value 2008 $000 2009 $000 2008 $000 Financial Instruments Financial assets Cash at Bank Cash on Hand Bank Bills Other Financial Assets Other Debtors Total Financial Assets Financial liabilities Bank Overdraft Trade and Other Creditors Secured Loans Unsecured Loans Total Financial Liabilities 2009 $000 3.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 Note 35 Financial instruments (cont) (c) Net Fair Values The aggregate net fair values of ﬁnancial assets and ﬁnancial liabilities. .benchmarking of returns and comparison with budget. Non derivative interest bearing assets are predominantly short term liquid assets. Overdrafts are arranged with major Australian banks.167 The carrying value for cash at bank and on hand. Council manages interest rate risk by adopting an investment policy that ensures: .030 38.030 38. .512 25.700 1.ensuring access to diverse sources of funding. Back to table of contents Council’s loan borrowings are sourced from major Australian banks by a tender or quoting process.appropriate liquidity.088 6. .
Council does not have any signiﬁcant credit risk exposure to a single customer or groups of customers.monitor budget to actual performance on a regular basis. 198 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . an allowance for doubtful debts is raised.have a liquidity policy which targets a minimum and average level of cash and cash equivalents to be maintained. as a result of our operational liquidity requirements: .Council only invests surplus funds with ﬁnancial institutions which have a recognised credit rating speciﬁed in our investment policy. and .have a liquidity portfolio structure that requires surplus funds to be invested within the various bands of liquid instruments. Ongoing credit evaluation is performed on the ﬁnancial condition of our customers and.Council will be forced to sell ﬁnancial assets at a value which is less than what they are worth. To help manage this risk: . Council’s exposure to liquidity risk is deemed insigniﬁcant based on prior periods’ data and current assessment of risk. Council may also be subject to credit risk for transactions which are not included in the balance sheet. .Council may be unable to settle or recover ﬁnancial assets at all. or . . . .have readily accessible standby facilities and other funding arrangements in place.Council will not have sufﬁcient funds to settle a transaction on the date: . business and government sectors. To help reduce these risks we: .Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 Note 35 Financial instruments (cont) Credit Risk Credit risk is the risk that a contracting entity will not complete its obligations under a ﬁnancial instrument and cause us to make a ﬁnancial loss.Council has a policy for establishing our credit limits for the entities that the Council deal with. where appropriate. and . Trade and other receivables consist of a large number of customers. Council is exposed to credit risk on all ﬁnancial assets included in our balance sheet. spread across the consumer. such as when Council provides a guarantee for another party.Council may require collateral where appropriate. Details of our contingent liabilities are disclosed in note 34.set limits on borrowings relating to the percentage of loans to rate revenue and percentage of loan principal repayments to rate revenue. Liquidity Risk Liquidity risk includes the risk that.
128 (40) (491) (121) (40) (491) (121) 40 491 121 40 491 121 26.412 14. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 199 . No other matters or circumstances have arisen since the end of the ﬁnancial period to 30 June 2009 that has signiﬁcantly affected or may signiﬁcantly affect the operations of the Council.224 14. economic forecasts.046 49.A parallel shift of +1% and -1% in market interest rates (AUD) from year-end rates of approximately 5%.490 3 (314) (145) 3 (314) (145) (3) 314 145 (3) 314 145 14.088 12. if the above movements were to occur.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 Note 35 Financial instruments (cont) (f) Sensitivity disclosure analysis Taking into account past performance.711 (147) (137) (147) (137) 147 137 147 137 36 Events Occurring after Balance Date Stephen Grifﬁn was endorsed as the CEO of City of Greater Geelong at a Council meeting held on 11th August 2009. Interest Rate Risk -1% +1% Equity $000 Result $000 Equity $000 30 June 2009 Financial Assets Cash and Cash Equivalents Other Financial Assets Trade and Other Receivables Financial Liabilities Interest Bearing Loans and Liabilities Payables 30 June 2008 Financial Assets Cash and Cash Equivalents Other Financial Assets Trade and Other Receivables Financial Liabilities Interest Bearing Loans and Liabilities Payables Carrying Amount $000 Result $000 4. the Council believes the following movements are ‘reasonably possible’ over the next 12 months (Base rates are sourced from the Reserve Bank of Australia): .676 (262) (147) (262) (147) 262 147 262 147 (301) 31. future expectations. The table below discloses the impact on net operating result and equity for each category of ﬁnancial instruments held by Council at year-end. and management’s knowledge and experience of the ﬁnancial markets.730 13.
Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 37 Related party transactions (i) Responsible Persons Names of persons holding the position of a Responsible Person at the Council at any time during 2008-2009 are: Councillors Elected 29th November 2008 Cr Barbara Abley Cr Srechko Kontelj Cr David Saunderson Cr Bruce Harwood Cr Jan Farrell Cr Rod Macdonald Cr John Mitchell (Mayor) Cr Andrew Katos Cr Cameron Granger Cr Kylie Fisher Cr Andy Richards Cr John Doull Chief Executive Ofﬁcer Kay Rundle resigned 15th May 2009 Cr Tony Ansett (concluded November 2008) Cr Peter McMullin (concluded November 2008) Cr Lou Brazier (concluded November 2008) Cr Tom O’Connor (concluded November 2008) (ii) Remuneration of Responsible Persons The number of Responsible Ofﬁcers.001 - $10.001 $20.001 $330. 2008 No.000 $310.000 $20.000 $80.001 $30.000 $60.000 4 9 2 1 1 17 2 5 5 1 1 14 $000 $000 Total Remuneration for the reporting year for Responsible Persons included above amounted to: 675 617 200 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .000 $30.000 $340.001 $50. whose total remuneration from Council and any related entities fall within the following bands: 2009 No. $1 $10.001 $70.000 $40.001 $300.
000 $120.General Manager Development Sustainability Dean Frost .001 .001 . Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 201 .000 $170.000 $150. guaranteed or secured by the Council to a Responsible Person / Senior Ofﬁcer of the Council during the reporting period.000 $190.001 .000 $140.$160.$130.000 $130.$310.001 .$180.000 $110.001 .001 .001 . 22 5 7 15 2 1 4 - 1 57 7 9 12 4 2 6 40 $000 $000 Total Remuneration for the reporting year for Senior Ofﬁcers included above.$190. 2008 No.$250.$120. There were no signiﬁcant transactions with Responsible Persons or Senior Ofﬁcers.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 (iii) Senior Ofﬁcers Remuneration A Senior Ofﬁcer other than a Responsible Person.General Manager Corporate Services .Commenced 14 July 2008 Irene McGinnigle .001 .$150.$200.000 $180.$140.224 No loans have been made. (v) 7.000 $300.000 $230.General Manager Major Projects Kate Sullivan . Senior Ofﬁcers and Related parties within normal customer or employee relationships on terms and conditions no more favourable than those available in similar arm’s length transactions.$110.001 .001 .000.General Manager Community Services Peter Reeve . amounted to (iv) Retirement Beneﬁts of $156.$240. The Senior Ofﬁcers of the City of Greater Geelong who reported directly to the Chief Executive Ofﬁcer during the year were: Stephen Grifﬁn .000 $240.000 2009 No. (vi) Other Transactions The Council has entered into transactions with Responsible Persons.001 .456 were paid to Senior Ofﬁcers in 2008-2009 (Nil during 2007-2008).General Manager City Services resigned 9th April 2009 Stephen Wright .General Manager Community Infrastructure and Recreation The number of Senior Ofﬁcers of Council whose total remuneration exceeds $100.000 including any superannuation beneﬁts from the Council and any related entity falls within the following bands: Income Range: $100. is an ofﬁcer of Council who has management responsibilities and reports directly to the Chief Executive Ofﬁcer or whose total annual remuneration exceeds $100.001 .245 5.
Other Assets .Other Assets .950 5.913 15.432 8.468.245 1.326 30.367.Other Assets .772 46.772 1.204 29.128 45.468. expenses and assets by functions/activities 2009 $000 2008 $000 Revenue Revenue nue Rates Grants Commission Corporate Services City Services Community Services Community Infrastructure and Recreation Major Projects Economic Development and Planning Total Revenue Expenditure Corporate Services City Services Community Services Community Infrastructure and Recreation Major Projects Economic Development and Planning Total Expenditure Net Result Assets At Attributed to Functional Activities d Activities Activities Corporate Services City Services Community Infrastructure and Recreation Community Services Major Projects Economic Development and Planning Total Assets Attributed to Functional Activities 124.283 141.889 40.832 16.957 11.Other Assets .Current Assets .Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 38 Revenue.321.306 74.448 115.580 199.872 6.367.700 28.568 38.682 226.426 27.399 .245 94.932 15.525 17.215 1.666 22.690 6.196 86.772 83.716 253.089 112.814 16.904 976.645 139.846 1.128 45.766 2.488 21.136 22.402.709 50.618 Total assets shown above reconciles with the amounts shown for assets in the Balance Sheet as follows: Current Assets Non-Current Assets 65.075 19.245 210.593 4.Other Assets .618 202 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .732 28.161 90.825 34.887 5.325 930.438 74.747 20.916 1.244 43.883 1.Other Assets 65.
Waterfront Management and Central Activities area. Public Safety. Family Services and Community Development. Western Wedge. Botanical Gardens. Community Services Aged Services. Law and Order. Construction.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 Functions The components of functions and activities relating to Council programs are as follows: Rates General rates. supplementary rates. Economic Development and Planning Economic Development. Corporate Services General administrative operations and Governance including the Chief Executive Division. Planning and Building Control. City Services Design. Grants Commission General purpose grant untied for any speciﬁc purpose. Note that further description of functions is contained within the review of annual activities for each division in the Annual Report. Urban Design. Parks. garbage charges and municipal charges. Community Infrastructure and Recreation Recreation Sport and Leisure Services. Environment and Natural Resources. Major Projects Tourism. Plant and Engineering. Works. Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 203 . interest on rates. Library Services.
This ratio enables assessment of Council’s solvency and exposure to debt.864 = 1.460 29.82% = 7.253 = 174.56% 35.874 = 4.Performance indicators 2009 $000 (%) $000 2008 (%) $000 2007 (%) (a) Debt servicing ratio (to identify the capacity of Council to service its outstanding debt) Debt servicing costs 897 974 = 0. (d) Debt Exposure Ratio (to identify Council’s exposure to debt) Total indebtedness 57.504 Total realisable assets For the purposes of the calculation of ﬁnancial ratios.488 Rate revenue The strategy involves the payment of loan principal and interest.825 253.448 226.155 = 231. The ratio expresses the percentage of rate revenue utilised to pay interest and redeem debt principal.382 106. realisable assets are those assets which can be sold and which are not subject to any restriction on realisation or use.87% = 47.36% 40.48% The ratio expresses the level of current assets the Council has available to meet its current liabilities. (e) Working Capital Ratio (to assess Council’s ability to meet current commitments) Current assets 65.74% 45.79% 629.825 223.488 115.83% 832 223. Previous years ratios have been amended to reﬂect Long Service Leave relating to service over 10 years as current rather than the expected annual payments as current. The ratio expresses indebtedness as a percentage of realisable assets. but is not likely to fall due within 12 months after the end of the period.460 35.567 Current liabilities 5.936 33. Total liabilities are compared to total realisable assets which are all Council’s assets and are not subject to any restriction and are able to be realised. Infrastructure assets.35% 40.12% = 50.205 42. 204 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents .084 669.245 45.459 Total revenue The level of Council’s reliance on rate revenue is determined by assessing rate revenue as a proportion of the total revenue of Council.772 = 181.08% 115.245 28.888 = 112. (f) Adjusted Working Capital Ratio (to assess Council’s ability to meet current commitments) Current assets Current liabilities 65.40% 226. (b) Debt commitment ratio (to identify Council’s debt redemption strategy) Debt servicing and redemption costs 2.37% = 136.218 = 138.38% = 0.874 = 49.73% = 5.884 43.74% The ratio expresses the level of current assets the Council has available to meet its current liabilities.83% 253. restricted assets and investments in associates are excluded from total assets when calculating Council’s realisable assets. Current liabilities have been reduced to reﬂect the long service leave that is shown as a current liability because Council does not have an unconditional right to defer settlement of the liability for at least twelve months after the reporting date.772 26.365 560.650 = 8.448 To revenue Total revenue venue Debt servicing costs refer to the payment of interest on loan borrowings and bank overdraft. (c) Revenue ratio (to identify Council’s dependence on non-rate income) Rate revenue 124.55% = 6. The ratio expresses the amount of interest paid as a percentage of Council’s total revenue.459 = 0.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 39 Financial ratios .165 106.382 124.155 5.
it has no impact on revenue.013 2.791 780 1.441 (a) (b) 19.009 (64) 72.830 (427) (55) 41.393 1.750 (40.011 (38. Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong 205 .298 (a) Renewal Expenditure on an existing asset which returns the service potential or the life of the asset up to that which it had originally.830 15. infrastructure.979 4.416 80.672 1.684 52.293 1.441 (986) (578) 50.603 1.249 52.581) 13. infrastructure. but may reduce future operating and maintenance expenditure if completed at the optimum time.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 40 Capital expenditure Note 2009 $000 2008 $000 Capital expenditure areas Infrastructure Leisure Roads Fleet Buildings Drains Computer Equipment Streetscapes Footpaths Other Kerb and Channel Land Waste Collection Plant and Equipment Special Rates and Charges Program Total capital works Represented by: Renewal Upgrade New assets Total capital works Property.651 52.646 71.446 976 827 2.441 20 25 27 10 11 71.333 11.533 37.682 831 5. Upgrade expenditure is discretionary and often does not result in additional revenue unless direct user charges apply. It is periodically required expenditure.743 9. plant and equipment movement The movement between the previous year and the current year in property.345 71.651 14.465) 11.954) (2.747 4.199 1.830 16.800) (3. plant and equipment (b) Upgrade 20 30.385 1.547 2.598 14.578 2. As it reinstates existing service potential. plant and equipment as shown in the Balance Sheet links to the net of the following items: Total capital works Expensed from Work in Progress Landﬁll expensed to provision Asset revaluation movement Depreciation and Other Write Downs Written down value of assets sold Recognition of Infrastructure Capitalised Salaries Expensed Net movement in property. It will increase operating and maintenance expenditure in the future because of the increase in the Council’s asset base. Back to table of contents Expenditure which enhances an existing asset to provide a higher level of service or expenditure that will increase the life of the asset beyond that which it had originally.697 5.351 616 1.141 4. relatively large (material) in value compared with the value of the components or sub-components of the asset being renewed.182 3.192 22.437 2.
AASB 1023 & AASB 1038] AASB 2009-7 Amendments Various to Australian Accounting Standards [AASB 5. to a range of other accounting standards. AASB 2008-13 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards arising from Interpretation 17 . AASB 2008-6. Application date of standard 01-Jul-09 Application date for Council 01-Jul-09 AASB amendment AASB 2008-11 Standards affected AASB 3 Business Combinations Outline of amendment Amends an earlier version of AASB 3 issued in July 2004. AASB 2008-2. it is not possible to assess the likely impact of this Standard on Council. AASB 7. Requires enhanced disclosures about fair value and measurement and liquidity risk. 01-Jul-09 01-Jul-09 42 Auditors Remuneration 2009 $000 2008 $000 Fee to Conduct External Audit . It is not expected that it will have a material impact on the reported ﬁnancial performance or position of Council. AASB 2208-5.Reclassiﬁcation of Financial Assets Effective Date and Transition.Auditor General 70 70 68 68 Back to table of contents 206 Annual Report 2008-2009 | City of Greater Geelong . Subject to the existence of borrowings for the purpose of funding capital expenditure. They have not been adopted in preparation of the ﬁnancial statements at reporting date. Consequently. which are generally minor. This standard is not expected to have any impact on Council. No signiﬁcant impacts are expected to arise from this Standard. before the mandatory application of this Standard the Australian Accounting Standards Board will consider the suitability of this Standard for combinations in the not for proﬁt sector. 112. 136 & 139 and Interpretation 17] AASB 127 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements Various 01-Jul-09 01-Jul-09 These Standards make revisions. AASB 2007-06 AASB 101 Presentation of Financial Statements 01-Jan-09 01-Jan-09 AASB 2007-08 AASB 123 Borrowing Costs 01-Jan-09 01-Jan-09 AASB 2008-05 AASB 2008-1. The other charge of some relevance to Council relates to reporting owner changes inequity and comprehensive income. entities had the option of expensing such costs.Improving Disclosures about Financial Instruments [AASB 4. Amends an earlier version of AASB 123 issued in July 2004. AASB 7. construction or production of a qualifying asset to be capitalised. this standard will require related borrowing costs to be capitalised rather than expensed. Previously. AASB 2008-3. It is not expected that these Standards will have any signiﬁcant impact on Council. However. AASB 139 and Interpretation 17 correct errors that occurred in AASB 2008-12 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards . AASB 2008-7 AASB 2009-2 Amendments Various to Australian Accounting Standards . This may result in further amendments to this Standard or an additional scope exclusion.Notes to the Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2009 41 Pending Accounting Standards The following Australian Accounting Standards have been issued or amended and are applicable to the Council but are not yet effective. This Standard requires borrowing costs directly attributable to the acquisition. Amends an earlier version of AASB 127 issued in July 2004.Distributions of Non-cash Assets to Owners and Interpretation 17 itself. 01-Jan-09 01-Jan-09 01-Jan-09 01-Jan-09 The amendments to AASB 5. The other amendments reﬂect changes made by the IASB to its pronouncements. This Standard introduces the concept of a “complete set of ﬁnancial statements” and amends the title of some statements in the accounts. Amends an earlier version of AASB 101 issued in July 2006. This Standard makes various relatively minor changes. 7.
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Leisuretime Centre November 2008 1 1 1–2 2 9 21 22 22 Geelong Rodeo. various locations 2–5 3–5 4 11 Australian Croatian Soccer Tournament. Eastern Park To Portarlington Jayco Bay Cycling Classic. Barwon River January 2009 1 3 4 4 4–6 ANZ Family Free Family Fun Day. Ocean Grove Skate Park NAB and AFL 150 Anniversary. Eastern Beach Reserve Christmas At Windsor Park. Eastern Park 16 – 19 Royal Geelong Show. Leisuretime Centre 11 – 29 MV Doulos Ship Visit. Geelong Grazzhopper Festival (Music). Ocean Grove Carols In Johnstone Park. Queenscliff December 2008 5 6 13 14 14 24 31 Night Arts. Geelong Racecourse Australasian Supercross Championships. Waterfront Geelong Barwon Health Gala Appeal. Geelong Showgrounds 18 – 26 Children’s Week. Osborne House SKAART Festival. Skilled Stadium Amy’s Ride. Ocean Grove Bellarine Aquatic Centre Open Day.Calendar of Events July 2008 12 24 26 Athletics Victoria Cross Country Championships. Steampacket Gardens Ron Clark Classic. Skilled Stadium 28 – 30 Queenscliff Music Festival. various locations 210 Annual Report 2008 . Landy Field August 2008 3 16 20 Bellarine Rail Trail Run Ocean Grove Skate Park Launch. Steampacket Gardens 23 – 25 Australian Cross Country Championships. Leisuretime Centre 19 22 25 26 Around The Bay In A Day.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Cunningham Pier 23 – 24 Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand Diversity and Directions Plants Forum. Ocean Grove KFC Twenty 20 Big Bash (Cricket). Skilled Stadium Geelong Cats Supporters Day. Beckley Park Alcoa Australia Corporate Head Of The River. Geelong and Portarlington 11 – 12 Water Wise Gardening Expo. Eastern Park Memory Bank Launch (Connecting Identities). Myers Reserve and Elcho Park Shoot Out Geelong Filmmaking Festival. Rippleside Park 26 Jul – 2 Aug Australian Darts Championships. Geelong Arena 29 BAC Links Workplace Big Day Out. National Wool Museum Victorian GKR Karate Titles. Little Malop Street Air Radiators Denis Walter Carols By The Bay. Steampacket Gardens October 2008 1 – 31 Victorian Seniors Festival Geelong. Skilled Stadium World’s Greatest Pram Stroll. Ocean Grove Skate Park AFL Grand Final Live Site. Geelong to Queenscliff Geelong Cup. Geelong Botanic Gardens 25 27 28 Folklore Skateboards Victorian Tour. Norlane Ocean Grove Carols In The Park. Steampacket Gardens Tranquility Fair. Eastern Park September 2008 8 – 12 Futsal Five-A-Side Australia Mini World Cup. Geelong New Year By The Waterfront. Geelong and The Bellarine Peninsula 150th Anniversary Open Day. Windsor Park Norlane Bay FM/ Bethany Giving Tree Appeal. Geelong Showgrounds St Leonards Community Festival Toast To The Coast.
Portarlington Ocean Grove Summer Festival. Geelong February 2009 1 8 15 22 22 28 28 Gatorade Triathlon. Geelong Showgrounds Sheepwash Classic Fun Run. National Wool Museum Street Soccer. Eastern Park Launch 2010 UCI Road World Cycling. Deakin University Waurn Ponds World Industries Bellarine Skate Series. Pakington Street Portarlington Community Expo. Johnstone Park World Heritage Day. Portarlington 12 – 15 Oceania Road Cycling Championships. Avalon 21 – 27 Drug Action Week. Rippleside Park 10 11 18 18 25 Van Nationals Public Day. Eastern Beach BAC Links Workplace Big Day Out. City Hall RSPCA Million Paws Walk. Ocean Grove Australia Day Children’s Family Day. Geelong March 2009 7–8 8 8 13 15 20 22 22 28 Back to table of contents June 2009 5 5–8 19 World Environment Day Awards. Barwon River 10 – 13 Men’s And Women’s U23 National Baseball Championships. Pirra Homestead 24-hour Mega Swim. Eastern Beach Reserve Whittington FlameFest Festival. Barwon Heads Starlight Foundation Outdoor Cinema.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 211 . Various Venues. Steampacket Gardens Geelong Classic Offshore Powerboats. Johnstone Park 10 17 26 15 – 17 Claxton Shield. Rippleside Park 2 3–5 4 Impetus Youth Awards.3 Geelong. Clifton Springs Barwon Banks Fun Run.23. Geelong Baseball Centre 24 – 26 Skandia Geelong Week. Geelong Baseball Centre Portarlington Mussel Festival. Geelong Heritage Centre Open Day Anzac Day Marches. 15 Music In The Gardens.16. Leisuretime Centre City Plan and Annual Budget Breakfast Launch. Portarlington Transformation Scarf Festival 2009 Award Ceremony. City Hall Geelong Challenge Triathlon. various locations 26 21 – 22 Head Of The Schoolgirls Rowing Regatta. Waterfront Geelong Spud Fest. Barwon River Pako Festa. National Wool Museum National Celtic Festival. Geelong Baseball Centre 10 – 14 MG National Car Rally. Waterfront Geelong 31 . The Bellarine Peninsula May 2009 9 10 12 13 17 24 Mouth To Mountain (Connecting Identities).1 Feb WH Pincott Barwon Regatta. Potato Shed Drysdale 9. 8. Barwon River To You Yangs Mothers Day Classic.April 2009 6 – 17 Australian U16 AA National Baseball Championships. Queens Park World’s Longest Lunch. Geelong Botanic Gardens Snap Iron Man 70. Various Locations. Potarlington Reserve Geelong Highland Gathering. Barwon Heads Foreshore Lara Food and Wine Festival. Botanic Gardens Sanitarium Weetbix Kids TRY-Athlon. Kardinia Aquatic Centre 10 – 15 Australian International Airshow. Montpellier Park 21 – 1 Mar 12th Australian Masters Games. Whittington Link Barwon Heads Festival Of The Sea. Barwon River Annual Report 2008 . Eastern Beach Kiwanis All Ford Day. Portarlington 1.30 Geelong Night Markets. Waterfront Geelong Bellarine Agricultural Show.
Back Cover 6.8 4. 20. 12.5 3. Organisational Proﬁle 2.1 2.4 2. environmental. Back Cover 4. This framework sets out the principles and indicators that organisations can use to measure and report their economic. 15-18 9.1 4.4 3. 25-27 24 Report Paramaters 3.12 4. The cornerstone of the framework is the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. 85 6.1 3.3 2.2 2. The City of Greater Geelong addresses the following Sustainability Reporting Guidelines within the 2008-2009 Annual Report: GRI INDICATOR AND DESCRIPTION Strategy and Analysis 1.17 Governance structure of the organisation Council mission and values Externally developed charters.16 4.14 4.Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Index The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a network-based organisation that has developed the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework. 12 Governance. products and/or services Operational structure of the organisation Location of organisation Markets served (Wards) Scale of the organisation and its operations Awards received in the reporting period Front Cover 22-23.6 Reporting period Reporting cycle Contact point for questions Process for deﬁning report content Boundary of the Report Front Cover. 152-159 192 77. principles or initiatives to which the organisation belongs Memberships in Associations Stakeholder groups engaged by the organisation Approaches to stakeholder engagement Key topics raised through stakeholder engagement 70.7 2. 71.13 4.8 2. 78-82 65-68 65-68 Economic Indicators EC1 EC3 EC4 Economic value generated Coverage of the organisations deﬁned beneﬁt plan obligations Financial assistance received from Government 25-27. Commitments and Engagement 4. 45-50.3 3. 75-76 43 75-76 76 64-68.10 Name of organisation Primary brands. 86-140 42 4.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . 172-173 212 Annual Report 2008 .1 Statement from the CEO 11 PAGE NO. 4 20 4. and social performance.
96. employment contract and region Total number and rate of employee turnover Rates of injury. 135. 140 72 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 . 115. 70-74. 90. scope and effectiveness of any programs and practices that assess and manage the impacts of operations on communities 59-63. 101 99-102 102 PAGE NO. current actions and future plans for managing impacts of biodiversity EN18 Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reductions achieved EN22 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method Labour Practices LA1 LA2 LA7 LA8 LA11 LA12 Total workforce by employment type. 111. Counselling. 64. 85-148 Product Responsibility PR5 PR8 Practices related to customer satisfaction including results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction. prevention and risk control programs in place to assist workforce members and their families Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews 53 53 139. 140 51-52. 73 51 51 Society Indicators SO1 Nature. EN13 Habitats protected or restored EN14 Strategies.2009 | City of Greater Geelong 213 . lost days and absenteeism Education. Total number of substantial complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data 61-63. training.The Bellarine Peninsula is characterised by historic coastal townships and is a popular residential and recreational area. GRI INDICATOR AND DESCRIPTION Environmental Indicators EN5 EN6 EN8 Energy saved due to conservation and efﬁciency improvements Initiatives to provide energy efﬁcient or renewable energy Total water use 99 99-100 102 32 30-33.
22-23. 109 216 78. 100 74 71 D Democracy Theme Documents Available for Public Inspection Domestic Animal (Dogs and Cats) Management Plan 133 72 83. 124 80. 22.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . 93 72 G Geelong EcoChallenge Geelong Future Cities Project – Arts Precinct Geelong Marine Industry Project Geelong Ring Road Glossary Grants – Community Arts and Community Festival Grants – Councillor Community Grants – External Greenhouse Reduction Strategy Growing the Economy Strategic Direction Governance Framework 100 35. 134 19 15 61 A Arts.Index Page Page Council appointments to Committees and Groups Council Elections Council Funding Priorities Council Meetings Councillors 208 145 24 Customer Service Commitments and Achievements 75 13. 77. 94. Culture and Heritage Pillar Annual Financial Report Armstrong Creek Asset Management Audit Advisory Committee Auditor General’s Reports Financial Report and Standard Statements Auditor General’s Reports. 94. 105 B Bellarine Aquatic Centre Best Value 3. 40. 141 31 70 214 Annual Report 2008 . 77. Performance Statement Awards – Outstanding achievements 123 149-209 37. 138 49 65 64 50 38 105 31 3. 36. 142 60. 124 35 3. 172 99. 133. 137 E Economic Development and Planning (Division) 47 110. 143 34. 123. 142 34 4 59 45 Economic Development Pillar Education and Research Pillar Employee Excellence Awards Environment Pillar Equal Employment Opportunity F Federal Government Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program Freedom of Information Act 3. 142 93 119 54 99 51 East West Trafﬁc C Calendar of Events Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 Chief Executive Ofﬁcer Chief Executive Ofﬁcer’s Message Citizenship City of Greater Geelong at a Glance City Services (Division) Civic Accommodation Community Services (Division) Community Engagement Events 2008-2009 Community Engagement Community Infrastructure and Recreation (Division) Community Renewal and Regeneration Community Safety and Security Pillar Community Wellbeing Strategic Direction Connecting Identities Project Convention and Exhibition Centre Contact Council Continuous Improvement Corporate Services (Division) 210 73 44 11 73 9 46 37. 134 77. 23. 22. 88. 113.
88 O Occupational Health and Safety ‘Open for Business’ Organisation Structure 52 7. 88 R Risk Management Program 73 Back to table of contents Annual Report 2008 .2009 | City of Greater Geelong 215 . 87 49. 39. 48 109 M Major Projects (Division) Mayor Mayor’s Message Mineral Springs Spa Mission Statement 48 15 10 38 43 U 2010 UCI World Cycling Championships 22. 94 53 151 72 25 32 20 94 55 I Indigenous Statement of Recognition and Commitment 2009 Information Communications Technology (ICT) Cluster Information Privacy Internal Audit L Learning and Development Leisurelink Gym and Aquatic Centre Local Laws 51. 138 72 77. 138 23. 39. 129 72 71 Statutory Information Summary of Financial Results Sustainable Built and Natural Environment Strategic Direction Systemic Planning Process 77.Page Page H Health and Wellbeing Pillar Heales Road Industrial Estate Framework Plan History of Geelong Human Resource Management 87 36 6 51 S Satyam Computer Services Service Awards Skilled Migration Program (Global Skills for Provincial Victoria) Staff Proﬁle Standard Statements 88 23. 147 1 43 57 N National Competition Policy Compliance National Transport and Logistics Precinct 73 36 W Ward Map Well 4 Life Program 12 51. 94 42 Whistleblower Legislation Whittington Community Renewal P Parks. 114 73 T Telecommunications Pillar Transit Cities Transportation Pillar 129 37. Sport and Leisure Pillar Performance Statement 2008-2009 113 141 Y Yarra Street Pier Youth Activities Area Youth Strategy 2007-2011 35 3. 22. 94 V Victorian Local Government Indicators Vision Values and Behaviours Volunteers 28.
216 Annual Report 2008 . Strategic Directions The three key areas that council will focus on in the next four years. Capital Projects Projects that result in the creation or improvement of an asset. Strategy A plan to implement the long-term objectives of the organisation. City Plan The Council Plan that sets out the objectives and strategies the City will strive to achieve over a four-year period. Special Council Meeting Those Council Meetings held for special purposes and in addition to the twice monthly ordinary Council Meetings. Themes Platform for the alignment of objectives and priorities relating to the operational aspects of the City in the City Plan. G21 – Geelong Region Alliance A regional alliance of municipalities. EFT Equivalent Full-time Employment – 1 EFT is equivalent to one person working 38 hours per week. Portfolio A speciﬁc area of responsibility allocated to each Councillor. business and organisations to plan for the future development in the Geelong Region. LGA s208A – s208G. as outlined in City Plan 2009-2013. Non-capital projects A discretionary project that does not result in the creation of an asset.Glossary 2008-2009 Annual Business Plan The business plan the City will pursue over a 12 month period to achieve the objectives and strategies in the City Plan. Service Review See Best Value. Best Value The review of all services provided by Council to ensure they meet the quality and cost standards and the needs of the community. Pillars Platform for the alignment of objectives and priorities relating to development of the city in the City Plan 2008-2012. Performance Indicators Measures used to monitor the performance of the city in achieving its objectives in the 20082012 City Plan. management and internal control systems.2009 | City of Greater Geelong Back to table of contents . Victorian Local Government Indicators Results from the community Satisfaction survey conducted by the Department for Victorian Communities and Local Governments. Infrastructure Long term assets / structures that provide services to the community. Outcome A result of actions focused on objectives. Asset Property owned by the City. Financial Year This document reports on the ﬁnancial year from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009. See City Plan. LGA Local Government Act 1989. City Plan objectives are over a four year period. Internal Audit An independent appraisal function which examines and evaluates the City of Greater Geelong’s ﬁnancial. Measure – method of determining if the outcome has been achieved. Ordinary Council Meeting Regular scheduled Council Meetings held twice a month. Targets and Measures Target – level of performance to be achieved. Objective Key to be achieved. Ward Deﬁned electoral area to which a representative is elected as Councillor. Local Laws Those laws under the jurisdiction of the Council and enforced by City Staff and/or Victoria Police. Governance Administration of the City’s compliance with the LGA. CoGG City of Greater Geelong Councillors Elected representatives of Council who serve a four year term.
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