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Our financial responsibility and good governance

We continue to make the best use of available resources to the benefit of all in a transparent local government environment. Read about our highlights from 2016/17.

Debt reduction

With the aim of achieving zero debt in 2018, we continued our efforts in streamlining processes and improving operating efficiencies. In the 2016/2017 financial year, $5.19 million in debt was repaid.

Responsible and transparent decision-making

We are absolutely committed to providing open, responsible and transparent governance. In 2016/2017, councillors recorded a 99 per cent attendance rate at regular meetings, and, of the 469 formal decisions, only 3 were made in closed meetings because they were commercially sensitive or personnel matters.

Councillor code of conduct

In 2016/2017 we developed and adopted a code of conduct for councillors. This provides a mechanism to support councillors to conduct business in a professional, respectful and ethical manner.

Local government elections 2016

The four-yearly elections were conducted in October 2016 by the Victorian Electoral Commission on our behalf, providing clear separation in roles and powers, as well a high level of integrity, impartiality and trustworthiness. The results saw 4 councillors return along with 3 newly elected members.