City releases Annual Report 2018-19

The City’s Annual Report 2018–19 is now available.

The report
provides a comprehensive account of our performance from 1 July 2018 to 30 June
2019, including details of services, events, activities and infrastructure
delivered.

Full copies of
the annual report can be accessed here and from the City’s Customer Service
Centres.

The year was
marked by a record level of capital investment and a soaring asset base, as the
City responded to current and predicted levels of population growth.

The City
recorded its largest annual capital spend in history, with $124.5 million in
total expenditure.

Social
infrastructure was a key focus of works, as part of a program to provide
residents access to high quality services and support.

This led to
the official opening of a new early learning centre in Highton, stage two of
the Leopold Community Hub (including a library), and a large hub in Armstrong
Creek East.

The
development activity across Greater Geelong increased our asset base to $2.5
billion – an increase of $180m on 2017-18.

Other highlights included:

  • The opening of a garden organics
    processing facility in Anakie to process residential green waste;
  • The introduction of a hard waste
    trial, which made 10,813 residential collections in the first three months;
  • The launch of our Roads to Success
    program, which improved pothole repair response times by 80 per cent;
  • The appointment of the City’s first
    Youth Council; and
  • The increased use of the City’s
    five major cultural facilities, including record levels of visitation and
    overall participation at the National Wool Museum

Council will
discuss the 2018–19 Annual Report at a Council Meeting at City Hall on 29
October.

The following quotes can be attributed to the City’s CEO Martin
Cutter:

It has been an
exciting year in Greater Geelong, which continues to evolve through an influx
of new residents, businesses and visitors.

We have
completed or significantly progressed many key projects, which will strongly
influence the region’s clever and creative future.

We prepared
for ongoing growth, with strong investment in social infrastructure that
provides quality services and support to our community.

A feature of
our long-term planning is the adoption of a new Settlement Strategy, which is
helping us to deliver the new Northern and Western Growth Areas.

Combined,
these two areas – near Lovely Banks and Batesford – will eventually house more
than 110,000 residents.

We want both
areas to be fantastic places to live, with excellent transport links, community
facilities and employment hubs to be backed by stunning environmental features.

Geelong’s
reputation on the global stage was further enhanced this year through our
status as Australia’s sole UNESCO City of Design.

It helped us
secure a partnership with Melbourne Design Week in March 2019, with a
stand-alone Geelong Design Week to follow in 2020.

2018-19 BY THE NUMBERS

  • 5.2 million –
    annual visitors to Geelong (up two per cent)
  • 2.5 billion –
    dollars’ worth of assets (up $169m)
  • 124.5 million
    – dollars spent on our annual capital program
  • 474,000 –
    square metres of road resurfaced or resealed
  • 400,000 –
    swimming lessons provided at our centres
  • 15,000 –
    plants, shrubs and trees planted along the Green Spine
  • 770 – people
    helped through in-home modifications and maintenance services
  • 81 –
    kilometres of new footpaths added to our network
  • 11 – new or
    upgraded playgrounds
  • 1 – new Youth
    Council appointed

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