The past 12 months have been historic for the City of Logan, with the extraordinary times captured in the latest Logan City Council Annual Report.
In 2019/2020, Council managed the impacts of a global pandemic, transitioned through a period of administration and the election of nine new councillors, and continued to deliver essential services to the community.
Council today adopted its 2019/2020 Annual Report, which openly and transparently details the organisation’s performance and financial position.
Mayor Darren Power said while the past 12 months had been challenging for the city and Council, the community could be assured of a fresh approach for the future.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way our community has come together during this time to support and look out for each other,” Cr Power said.
“The people of Logan have been patient, resilient and optimistic as we emerged from a period of administration and a pandemic towards recovery and a brighter future.”
Cr Power said the annual report reflected commitments made in the 2019/2020 Budget and Operational Plan.
“Council said it would deliver 73 projects and meet 17 key performance indicators, and I’m pleased to say that 61 of the projects were completed, which is remarkable given the challenging circumstances,” he said.
“These projects included stronger governance arrangements, renewable energy initiatives, a new wastewater treatment plant and wetlands, two new water play parks and innovations in business support.”
City Governance Chairperson, Councillor Lisa Bradley, said the city’s finances were still in surplus at the end of the financial year.
“Despite the downward global financial market, and Council’s introduction of an unexpected COVID-19 economic support package in March, an operating surplus of $300,000 was achieved,” Cr Bradley said.
“That’s why we carefully looked at the books when we were planning the budget for 2020/2021 to find savings where we could.
“Council’s assets have grown by $274 million over the past 12 months to more than $6.5 billion, and we have a large capacity to borrow if needed.
“Overall, Council remains in a sound financial position for both its short-term liquidity and long-term sustainability.”
The 2019/2020 Annual Report will be formally published within the next two weeks on Council’s website.