Friday December 11, 2020
Griffith City Council has released its Annual Report 2019/20, charting achievements and activities undertaken over the past financial year.
The Annual Report was endorsed by Council at its meeting on Tuesday, 24 November 2020, and the audited financial statements on Tuesday, 8 December 2020.
The Local Government Act 1993 requires all local government authorities to prepare and submit an annual report to the Minister for Local Government by 30 November each year, however, due to COVID-19, that date was extended to 31 December 2020.
Despite the impacts of COVID-19, Council has finished the year with an operating surplus in excess of $3 million.
The Annual Report highlights the many programs that were delivered throughout the year, in line with Council’s strategic goals contained in the Community Strategic Plan, “guiding griffith 2040”.
Griffith Mayor Councillor, John Dal Broi said, the document was Council’s most comprehensive report to the community detailing how the organisation is performing against the community’s expectations outlined in the four-year Delivery Program and Operational Plan.
“The Annual Report 2019/20 provides Council with an opportunity to highlight our activities, programs, budget and accomplishments over the past 12 months and share this with our community,” Cr Dal Broi said.
“The document provides information on many significant achievements of Council over the past financial year, many of which were only successful due to the significant input of members of the Griffith community,” he said.
The report shows that Council continues to meet the needs of the community, with performance measures achieved or progressing.
“While the Annual Report shows Council’s activities during 2019/20, we continue to work towards achieving future goals set out in our Community Strategic Plan, “guiding griffith 2040″,” Cr Dal Broi said.
“The “guiding griffith 2040″ document provides a blueprint for the future of Griffith that reflects the aspirations and hopes of our community. We will be asking the community to help us review this document in 2021 to ensure it remains relevant.”
Director, Business, Cultural and Financial Services, Max Turner said, given the unprecedented events occurring during the financial year including drought, bushfires and the COVID-19 Pandemic, these results remain highly satisfactory.
“This is a good result, with Council in the midst of delivering a host of exciting projects,” he said.
“It is pleasing to know that Council met all of its financial benchmarks as mandated by the Office of Local Government.”
The 2019-20 Annual Report, including audited financial statements, can be viewed in full on Council’s website.