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This has been a truly extraordinary year in the history of our great city.
With Casey being one of the fastest growing regions in Australia with around 7,600 residents moving to Casey each year; our story is one of remarkable growth.
It is also a story about how Council has responded to the challenges of managing this growth through an ambitious program of transformation and innovation.
You elected a group of passionate representatives to serve you and the City of Casey for the next four years. The new Council was successfully inducted in November 2016 and went on to conduct the most ambitious and intensive community engagement process in the history of Casey.
Bunjil Place is set to become the single largest piece of infrastructure ever built by the City of Casey. After a decade of planning and construction, the $125 million precinct is on schedule and on budget.
We look forward to its official opening in late October 2017, as Bunjil Place becomes an enlivening arts and cultural destination for Casey.
Council worked hard to support economic development in the Casey Cardinia region and will assist in bringing about new investment and jobs for local people.
In addition, Council completed 406 projects as part of the $146.5 million Capital Works Program; and completed more than $9.5 million of road resealing, road rehabilitation and new road construction works.
Even before the Local Government election, the priority of Council was to work as closely with our community as ever to develop the Council Plan 2017-21; along with the bold long-term Council Vision C21 – ‘Creating a Great City’.
Through undertaking initiatives - such as Casey Next, Casey People's Panel, Youth and Children's Panels - means that the new Council Plan is now driven by the expectations and the needs of our residents.
The refreshed Vision and new Council Plan is the most informed version that has been shaped by our community.
The year’s achievements and highlights were a culmination of many years of hard work and commitment from all.
On becoming as customer-focused and more innovative as ever, and on pushing the boundaries.
…for the road ahead.
As you read through our year of achievements, it is evident there has never been such an exciting time to be live, work or raise a family in Casey.
2016-17 Outcomes of the Efficiency and Effectiveness Plan
Outcomes of Council’s Efficiency and Effectiveness Plan were reported under four pillars: community focused services, good governance, sustainable finances and services and new ways of working.
2016-17 Outcomes of the Council Plan 2013-17
The Annual Report 2016-17 reports Council’s performance in relation to the Council Plan 2013-17, which sets out the city’s vision ‘to be the city of choice to live, work and raise a family’ as well as key directions for Council.
Growth continued at a faster pace, which resulted in a variation from Council’s budget forecasts of about 1.2 per cent – much higher than the usual 0.1-0.5 per cent. This generated a surplus of more than $5.5 million which was reinvested into priority projects to assist in responding to growth. Relatively affordable housing in a low interest rate environment induced greater development activity and higher than anticipated receipts from rates and developer fees. Nonetheless, we are mindful that more development will also increase pressure on services and infrastructure now and in coming years.
With growth forecast to push our population towards half a million by 2041, Council continued to plan for the future using long-term service modelling and a 10-year financial plan that incorporates a comprehensive program of capital works.
For further details, please refer to our:Financial Statements
The City of Casey has an exciting future.
As one of the fastest growing regions in Australia with around 7,600 residents moving here each year, our story is one of growth, transformation and innovation.
With approximately 314,000 residents, and an expected population of 514,000 by 2041; the Council Plan 2017-21 outlines how we will work over the next four years.
We look forward to delivering on the priorities and vision of ‘Creating Australia’s most liveable city’.
For more details, please visit our digital Council Plan and Vision:ourfuture.casey.vic.gov.au
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