Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) adopted its 2020-2021 Annual Report at its November Ordinary Meeting.
As part of its Integrated Planning and Reporting framework, Council is required under section 428 of the Act and clause 217 of the Regulation to prepare an Annual Report detailing its achievements in implementing its Delivery Program.
The Annual Report contains a copy of Council's audited Financial Reports and such information prescribed by the Regulation or the Office of Local Government's Integrated Planning and Reporting guidelines.
In its Operational Plan 2020-2021, Council committed to delivering 101 actions across the four Community Strategic Plan outcome areas of Community, Governance, Environment and Economy.
Council has remained firmly focussed on delivering positive outcomes for the community.
The Quipolly Water Project - the largest-ever capital works project undertaken by Liverpool Plains Shire Council - has also begun construction. This project will underpin Council's economic development strategy to not only ensure enough high-quality water for its current population, but to enable continued population growth.
In 2020-21 Council delivered a Capital Works Program of $10.51 million. Council re-focussed its efforts on maintaining the large network of roads in the shire investing $9 million in road maintenance, an increase of $1.4 million over the previous two years.
Council undertook a large volume of work on its buildings, parks and reserves in the 2020-21 year. This included the completion of the Quirindi Library Renewal Precinct project, construction of a new rodeo arena and replacement of the trotting track fence at Quirindi Showground.
As part of it 10-year Waste Management Strategy, approval was received from Environmental Protection Authority for the remediation of the Caroona, Pine Ridge, Premer, Spring Ridge and Werris Creek landfills. Council secured $1.5 million in funding from the NSW Government's Resources for Regions Program to implement this part of the strategy.
Council's statistical record on instances of Public Interest Disclosures in the reporting year amounted to zero. There were zero code of conduct reports, zero instances of maladministration or serious or substantial waste and zero instances of Government intervention.
Council's General Manager, Jo Sangster said the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic had been significant and she was proud of how Council and its staff had continued to support the community with compassion, flexibility and creativity to adjust to constantly changing environment.
"We have focussed on providing continuity of vital services such as Meals on Wheels, and social outreach services to ensure that those that are elderly, disabled and isolated remain cared for and in contact with their community," she said.
"This result is testament to the effort and energy of Council's staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to make the Liverpool Plains an even better place to live, work, invest and visit."
The full report is available on Council's website.
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