City performs strongly in 2017/2018 'Know Your Council' data
Data released by the State Government today shows the City of Greater Bendigo performed well in 2017/2018 across key service areas.
For the 2017/2018 financial year, the City recorded improvements in a number of indicators including the number of animals reclaimed from Council and the proportion of library resources less than five years old.
The City also performed strongly in maternal and child health and food safety indicators
The data on the website is collected from all councils in Victoria as part of the State Government’s Local Government Performance Reporting Framework.
The City falls into the ‘Regional City’ category and residents can compare it with councils located in Geelong, Ballarat, Shepparton, Latrobe, Mildura, Warrnambool, Wodonga, Horsham and Wangaratta.
Comparisons are made in the following categories: animal management, aquatic facilities, food safety, governance, roads, statutory planning, waste collection, financial performance, sustainable capacity, home and community care, libraries, and maternal and child health.
Corporate Performance Director Andrew Cooney said the Know Your Council data allowed the City to track its performance over time and make improvements as needed.
“It is positive that we performed strongly across all areas and have made small improvements in many of the categories,” Mr Cooney said.
“Our local road performance is also strong; almost 100% of our roads are maintained to condition standards and we have higher than average community satisfaction with sealed roads.
“We understand that there could be some improvement in results such as the costs of garbage collection services; a large part of this cost is associated with the mandatory payment of the landfill levy to the Environment Protection Authority. We continue to review arrangements of garbage collection services to ensure we are providing a high quality service that delivers value for the community.
“Over the past few years, we have invested significantly in some impressive facilities which we can use and be proud of for many years. This has resulted in loans and borrowings increasing; however these are forecast to steadily decrease into the future.
“Overall, I think this year’s results again show we are providing sustainable, high quality services to our community. This is encouraging and we are committed to continually getting better.”
To access the results, go to www.knowyourcouncil.vic.gov.au.