Swan launches online transparency hub as mid-year performance review shows City tracking well

The City of Swan mid-year performance report shows the City is on track to achieve the vast majority of its key operational goals despite resourcing challenges.

The City is guided by the vision detailed in its Strategic Community Plan 2021-2031 (SCP), which is underpinned by five key result areas – natural environment, economic, social, built environment and governance.

Each of those key result areas has its own vision, outcomes, objectives and measures.

The City’s Corporate Business Plan 2023/24-2026/27 (CBP) translates the aspirations and objectives of the SCP into operational priorities.

It outlines the services, projects and resources needed to deliver on those priorities.

Every six months, the City reviews its performance against the CBP, giving each service and project a “traffic light” rating – green (on track), yellow (not progressing as intended), white (on hold) or red (overdue).

The mid-year performance report released in May looks at the period from July 1 to December 31, 2023.

Of the 62 services and projects in the CBP, 57 were given a green light for being on track.

Three were given a yellow light because they were not progressing as intended and two had a white light because they were on hold.

Among the key achievements for the six-month period were the launch of new websites for the City and the Swan Valley, the slashing of fast-track planning application processing by more than half, and significant progress towards the reopening of Swan Active Midland.

The two projects on hold – an Arts and Culture Plan, and a Business Attraction and Investment Plan – are awaiting the approval of other documents before they proceed.

An example of a project which is not progressing as intended is the delivery of waste education through school visits and bin-tagging, which will be prioritised after staff shortages were addressed.

The CBP mid-year review has been published on Swan’s new “Our performance” webpage, where ratepayers and other stakeholders can track the City’s progress.

“Council puts a lot of effort into setting the City’s strategic direction and it’s pleasing to see we’re making good progress in most of those key areas,” Tanya Richardson, City of Swan Mayor, said.

“There is some room for improvement, though, and I think it’s fantastic that our ratepayers can see that.

“Our ratepayers should be able to see how we’re performing as a local government, whether it’s good, bad or in-between.

“There’s no doubt the results of this review are positive, but I’m especially proud of the focus we’re putting on increasing transparency.”

Learn more on the City’s Our performance page.

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