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Council scores well in yearly Key Performance Indicators

Shoalhaven City Council has received the first 12 month progress report under the new Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) framework, with approximately 80 percent of all activities being described as ‘on target’.

As part of the new IPR structure Council adopted an Indicators Framework reporting style in June 2010 to meet Government guidelines and update the community on the implementation of the annual Delivery Program.

The Community Strategic Plan sets out 79 strategies in the four key result areas – Community, Environment, Economy and Leadership - with the delivery program offering nearly 600 activities, all of which are directly related to the plan.

Nearly 400 of these activities are linked to Key Performance Indicators, all of which are the subject of updates through the IPR Indicators Reporting system.

Shoalhaven City Council General Manager, Russ Pigg said the Indicators Reporting system provided the community with a comprehensive and easy to digest progress report on all of Council’s activities as outlined in the Community Strategic Plan.

“The new Indicators Reporting System promotes a greater degree of transparency and accountability for all of Council’s day to day activities,” said Mr Pigg.

“I’m very pleased to see 80 percent of all Council activities being described as ‘on target’ and only 13 percent falling into the ‘off target’ category however I still believe there are areas in which we could obviously do better.

“The past 12 months has seen plenty of progress made across the four key result areas as described in the Community Strategic Plan.”

“Highlights of this period include the draft Local Environment Plan being placed on exhibition, the opening of the Shoalhaven Regional Hockey Centre and the completion of extensions to the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.”

Significant indicators as detailed in the report include –

• Progress with the planning and design of the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre.
• Opening of the Shoalhaven Regional Hockey Centre.
• The launch of Council’s new redeveloped website.
• Shoalhaven Water’s performance placed at the higher end of the scale for similar sized utilities in the National Water Commission’s National Performance Report.
• First construction contract let for Kangaroo Valley Sewerage Scheme.
• Extensions to the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre completed in time for Country Women’s Association conference in May,
• Huskisson Sportsfield receives $260,000 upgrade to existing amenities.
• Draft Shoalhaven LEP 2009 finalised for public exhibition.
• Council resolved to submit a planning proposal to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for a potential rezoning at the Jerberra Estate.
• Successful funding for fitness circuits at Shoalhaven Heads and Mollymook Beach.
• The NSW Waratahs played a trial Super Rugby game against Western Force in front of 4,500 spectators in February.
Of the 48 Key Performance Indicators showing a red light (achieving less than 80 percent of the KPI target), Mr Pigg said many had been deferred or held up due to budget constraints or other unforeseen circumstances.

Indicators displaying a red light and the solution to the issue include –

• Develop an Integrated Natural Area Management Strategy in line with National and Regional frameworks - Council has been unable to proceed with this strategy due to staff limits and Councillor Policy debate. A New position to be filled in 2011/12 will enable this project to advance.

• Undertake strategic stormwater catchment analysis to inform the Stormwater Management Plan review -The draft has been prepared and is currently subject to internal circulation.

• Maintain Council's waterway facilities and implement the annual works program to repair identified, priority defects on those facilities - A number of defects were deferred, requiring further investigation into the type of repair required with some areas requiring additional funds to address the issue.

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