Strong financial management and job creation are the defining characteristics of Sunshine Coast Council’s 2010/2011 Annual Report presented at this week’s Ordinary Meeting.
Corporate Planning and Performance Portfolio Councillor Tim Dwyer, said the annual report showed council was delivering for the whole region.
“In just 12 months council delivered more than a thousand projects right across the Sunshine Coast worth around $149 million,” Cr Dwyer said.
“That vote of confidence in the region generated about 1000 new jobs on the Coast.
“We’re already looking to improve on that this financial year with more than $189 million allocated for infrastructure which equates to more than 1200 new jobs.
“Council’s sound financial management has seen the Queensland Treasury Corporation’s review of our credit rating result in a ‘strong’ with a ‘neutral outlook’.
“This is an outstanding result for council and the region – especially when you consider it comes after the effects of the global economic crisis.
“Council achieved five out of the six financial sustainability indicators and the organisation is already taking steps to ensure we meet all of the requirements in the near future.
“Council’s financial position has been further strengthened with the announcement in this year’s budget of a Ten-Year Financial Sustainability Plan – a first for the organisation.
The annual report also showed council is meeting its commitment to deliver great places to live:
- Beautification of communities through improvement works such as Mooloolaba Town Park and Bulcock Beach Esplanade
- Providing the community with recreational and gathering places – Noosa Aquatic Centre and the North Shore Community Centre
- Protecting and enhancing the environment with the purchase of core habitat and the construction of the Botanic Gardens, Arts and Ecology Centre
- Sustainable Transport – Noosa Transit Centre, free buses during the Christmas holiday period
- Delivering a number of community events to be enjoyed every year such as the Caloundra Music Festival and the Cooroy Fusion Festival
- Upgrade and replacement of major bridges including Tooway and Dusty Rhodes Bridges as well the replacement of a number of rural bridges
Council also delivered more than 20 major strategies and plans during 2010/11, covering a wide range of priorities from economic and environmental, to social and governance.