Annual Report celebrates year of achievement

The City of Casey 2020/21 Annual Report was adopted at the Council Meeting on Tuesday 19 October, providing a snapshot of the organisation’s performance over the past 12 months.

The report details the City of Casey’s progress, planning highlights and achievements, in addition to the Auditor’s report and 2020/21 financial statements.

As this year marks the final year of the City of Casey’s Council Plan 2017-21, the report also provides an overview of the organisation’s performance and achievements over the past four years against the strategic objectives.

Chair of Administrators Ms Noelene Duff PSM said the Annual Report was an important document that allowed Council to report on its progress against the Council Plan objectives and acknowledge the achievements and challenges of the past year.

“Faced with another extremely challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisation responded with a range of measures to support the social and economic wellbeing of the Casey community and continued to deliver a high level of service to the community,” Ms Duff said.

“We distributed $177,700 through our grant programs to local community groups to provide food, community support and emergency relief programs to those impacted by the pandemic. We also delivered a $510,000 support package to provide a range of resources and tailored support to local businesses.

“I am also immensely proud of the governance changes that have been put in place to rebuild public trust in Council’s decision making, in particular the strengthening of our community engagement and the introduction of the Community Leadership Program that is providing guidance and training for new and emerging leaders in Casey.

“As part of our annual Capital Works program, we have completed an impressive program of works over the past year, while also maintaining a high standard of service delivery for residents who rely on us every week for services like home care, transport, waste, road and footpath maintenance and early years services.

“I commend Casey staff, our many wonderful volunteers and the wider Casey community for your hard work, dedication and resilience you have shown in the face of ongoing challenges.”

Some notable projects in 2020/21 include:

  • Completion of the Selandra Recreation Reserve in Clyde North.
  • Completion of the Ramlegh Active Open Space development in Clyde North.
  • Completion of the Livingston Active Open Space development in Cranbourne East.
  • Upgrade of the pavilion at Edwin Flack Reserve in Berwick.
  • Completion of the Frog Hollow Reserve Rugby Pavilion in Endeavour Hills.
  • Upgrades of Council’s major aquatic facilities were completed, including a total roof replacement at Casey ARC and significant renovations at Casey RACE including retiling of four pools, renovating the spa, steam and sauna area and replacing the heating and ventilation system. 
  • Completion of a new $8 million sporting hub at Casey Fields, with an indoor training facility and a strength and conditioning centre to not only boost community sport, but support elite level competition to the venue, including the AFLW. 

Council also celebrated a number of significant achievements including:

  • Launch of a new Community Leadership Program that provided training to community leaders who want to build their leadership skills and learn about community engagement and local government.
  • Endorsement of the Casey Affordable Housing Strategy and signing of the Regional Local Government Homelessness and Social Housing Charter. 
  • A digital planning application program, E-Property, was launched to streamline the planning process, improve the quality of applications and enhance the customer experience. 
  • A language translation service and text-to-speech function was added to Council’s website to make online information more accessible for Casey’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community.
  • Council’s new Casey Long-Term Community Vision 2031 and Council Plan 2021-25 was endorsed following extensive community engagement. 

For more highlights or to view the full 2020/21 Annual Report visit casey.vic.gov.au/annual-report

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