Every six months, Council staff present the progress of the principal activities detailed in the Delivery Program – Council’s four-year plan to work towards the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan – to the Councillors at a Council Meeting.
This week, an update report was put forward for the period July to December 2019 which contained information on Council services, projects and key operational activities.
While it is a legislative requirement under the Local Government Act, the Six-Monthly Progress Report also represents a valuable opportunity for us to review our performance and to inform residents on what work has been completed or begun.
I’m pleased to say that the latest report was an encouraging reminder of what has been achieved most recently in delivering positive outcomes for the Coffs Harbour community.
The reporting period saw many highlights including:
- The unveiling of the $18million redevelopment of Coffs Harbour’s C.ex Coffs International Stadium;
- The opening of the very popular $1.2million West Coffs District Park;
- Winning the globally-acclaimed International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) World Festival and Event City Award for the fifth year in a row;
- Council resolving to proceed with the proposed new Cultural and Civic Space in Gordon Street;
- The completion of the $2million rebuild of City Square as per the City Centre Masterplan;
- Coffs Harbour City Council being named Local Council of the Year at the NSW Champion of Sports Awards run by Sport NSW;
- The successful staging of the Regional Gallery’s signature event, the $30,000 ‘STILL’ National Still Life Award 2019;
- The adoption of the ‘Yandaarra – Shifting Camp Together’ Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Engagement Guide for Council and the community;
- The start of the roll-out of solar panel installations at Council sites under the ‘Powering Ahead’ renewable energy project;
- The finalisation of the Lifeguard Service Strategic Plan 2019 – 2024;
- Council’s adoption and NSW Government endorsement of Chapters 1-4 (Strategic Approach) and Chapter 6 (Large Lot Residential Lands) of the Coffs Harbour Local Growth Management Strategy;
- Awarding $325,300 to community projects through Council’s Community Capital Infrastructure Grants Program;
- The Jetty4Shores Project winning the 2019 ‘From Plan to Place’ planning excellence award;
- Delivery of land management, environmental and sustainability initiatives, extensive water, sewer and transport asset works and a range of community, economic and sporting programs.