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.