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On track for 2020 surplus 
THE Kingborough Council remains committed – and on track – to achieve a budgetary surplus by 2020, The Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Steve Wass said.
“This position has been unchanged since the Council first released its Long Term Financial Plan in May 2012,” he said.
“The Council reaffirmed this position last year when announcing rates for 2016/17.” Cr Wass said Council had budgeted for a $1.186 million underlying deficit in 2016/17. “This budget is an estimate of the financial
performance of the Council,” he said.
“The actual financial performance of the organisation can vary against the budget during the year due to unforeseen changes that have a financial impact.”
In 2016/17, these variances have included:
  • Above budget rates revenue due to additional property revaluations received in May/June 2016 after the 2016/17 budget was finalised.
  • Increased user charges because of increased activity.
  • Loan interest not required because of a delay in the land purchase payment for the Kingston Park project.
  • An increased depreciation expense (following a recommendation by the Tasmanian Audit Office).
Cr Wass said none of these financial outcomes altered the fact that Council was focused on achieving a surplus by 2020.
“Importantly, the Long Term Financial Plan is regularly reviewed to ensure it remains on track,” he said.
“Councillors believe it is unacceptable to maintain a long-term operational deficit that would potentially jeopardise future service delivery and capital expenditure funding.
“This remains the case.”

Kingborough gets finance tick
Kingborough Council has the lowest rates per rateable property in the Urban Medium Council category, the independent Tasmanian Audit Office (TAO) has reported.
In its report, the TAO places Kingborough in the same category as four other large councils – Hobart, Launceston, Clarence and Glenorchy.
It has five measures of operational efficiency.
The report shows that when compared to these councils, Kingborough has:
  • The lowest rates per rateable property.
  • The lowest rates per capita.
  • The lowest operating costs per rateable property.
  • The second lowest average staff costs per Full Time Equivalents (FTE).
  • The lowest FTE per head of population.

PROJECTS AND WORKS COMPLETED

Council’s works and maintenance program for roads and reserves include resealing, resheeting and grading of roads, as well as the installation and maintenance of stormwater systems, footpaths, reserves and tracks.
Completed infrastructure projects since June 2016 include the shared pedestrian and cycle path extension on Summerleas Road in Kingston,
Kingston Beach foreshore improvements, installation of recreational equipment in Gordon, the left hand lane turn into Barretta Waste Transfer station and Coffee Creek stabilisation and rehabilitation works.
The Works Department provide a high level of service on Kingborough’s extensive network of unsealed roads and there has been significant resheeting and grading works on Bruny Island and in Kingborough, including Cloudy Bay, Lighthouse and Tinderbox Roads.
Extensive work is ongoing on Pelverata Road including maintenance patching and reconstruction works. Reseals have been carried out on Hutchins Street, Roslyn Avenue and Summerleas Road in Kingston, Kiama Place, Tingira Road and Tinderbox Road in Blackmans Bay and Coolamon Road in Taroona.
Stormwater management is an issue for the whole municipality and essential upgrades to current stormwater systems and drainage maintenance
is a priority. Completed stormwater works include upgrades at Taroona Primary School, Wandella Road, Kaoota Road and Coningham. The Works Department continue to maintain existing stormwater systems and replace infrastructure when required.
Council manages a substantial portfolio of halls, sporting facilities, reserves, playgrounds, tracks and trails. The maintenance activities of these areas include mowing, tree trimming, rubbish collection, signage installation and infrastructure repairs. Recent upgrades include the sealing of the carpark, drainage improvements and installation of an accessibility ramp at the Kettering Recreation Ground and upgrades to the Kettering to Trial Bay walking track.
Service requests received from members of the community are also assessed and carried out by the Works Department. More than 1,500 requests were received from July to December in 2016 with the majority reporting potholes, stormwater issues, tree maintenance and illegal rubbish dumping.
The most efficient way to lodge a service request is through Customer Services either by phone on 6211 8200 or email kc@kingborough.tas.gov.au

New exercise equipment installed in Gordon.

Have your say - Dog Management Policy

The Kingborough Council has released a review of its Dog Management Policy and is inviting feedback from the community.

The proposed policy has been drafted to provide a balanced opportunity for everyone to share and enjoy Council’s public spaces.

Feedback on the draft policy can be provided up until Monday, 10 April by completing an online survey - Dog Management Dog Survey. Links to the proposed policy and declared areas can be found within the survey introduction and Council encourages people to read these before providing comments.

101 WAYS TO LOVE LIVING LOCALLY
For a full day of family fun, you have to put Love Living Locally in your diary. The event is in its 7th year and will be bigger than ever with over 100 stalls on display.
If food is your thing, you won’t be disappointed with the fine array of tempting treats. There will be a range of delicacies from around the globe, vegetarian offerings, something for the sweet tooth and excellent coffees, juices and ice- creams.
Families will be well catered for with heaps of activities to keep the children entertained including the popular Inspiring Australia Kids Love Science Tent with an educational snake
display from Reptile Rescue Tasmania; a kids vs the physicists bottle flipping competition and liquid nitrogen ice-cream demonstrations. There will
be circus skills, face painting, henna tattoos, the Zoo Doo petting zoo thanks to the Lions Club of Kingborough; craft activities, vegetable animals, a jumping castle, and swift parrot mural.
mina-nina will be showcasing traditional Tasmanian aboriginal arts and craft with kelp bowl making and weaving.
The CWA will be holding their annual Craft and Produce exhibition and are looking for entries in various categories such as produce, cut flowers, pot plants, floral art, vegetable sculpture, visual art, baking, jams/relishes and home crafts. There are also categories for the kids.
The Old School House at Adult Education will see a number of new stalls demonstrating zero waste living, wellness and sustainability. Drop in to see the Menders Workshop in action. You can even bring along something that you would like to get repaired (no electrical goods) and ask one of their talented mending mentors for some advice.
There will be a myriad of stalls selling local grown produce, value added produce, handmade arts and craft, clothing, books, skin care and wood work as well as local community organisations with information on the wonderful things they offer Kingborough residents.
To top it off there is a full entertainment program featuring local performers including the Hobart College band, The Clementine’s, Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble, Maharajas Choice, Bollywood dance, Studio 42, Ryoko and Sing Australia. There will also be buskers and roving entertainers.
Bring a picnic rug and plan to spend the day. Love Living Locally is a proud partnership between Kingborough Council, the Lions Club of Kingborough, Sustainable Living in Kingborough and CWA Kingston and Channel, and will be held from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 19 March. Check out www.lovelivinglocally.com for a full program and site map.

Thanks to BreastScreen Tasmania and the Tasmanian Health Service for providing this important service to our community.

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

We have had a very busy start to 2017, with events to recognise Kingborough’s outstanding citizens, welcome new citizens, celebrate our coastal communities and honour the 50th anniversary of the 1967 bushfires. Next up is Love Living Locally and I hope to connect with you at this fantastic festival, which celebrates our community and highlights sustainability practices.
The Kingborough Climate Change Innovation Lab will be at the festival to share information
and explain how art will be helping to spread their messages. Preparing for climate change is important to us, and I was honoured to attend the Whitsunday Regional Council recently to join in partnership with them on this research. Our councils are committed to facilitating and showcasing real-world, community-focused and innovative approaches to the challenges and opportunities climate change creates.
Amalgamations are back in the news and Council will be assessing the SGS Feasibility Study into Local Government Reform Options for the Greater Hobart area. We must work with our communities to ensure their best interests are at the heart of any options that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Local Government.

Steve Wass, MAYOR


Mayor Wass and Mayor Willcox sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Kingborough Council and Whitsunday Regional Council.
Issued Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Contact Details
Kingborough Council
15 Channel Hwy, Kingston
Tasmania 7050

Telephone: (03) 6211 8200
Email: kc@kingborough.tas.gov.au

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