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City of Casey
Annual Report
2019/2020
Driving home in Cranbourne North
Endeavour Hills skate park at sunset

Year in review

Welcome to the City of Casey’s Annual Report 2019/20.

The Annual Report is the primary means of updating the community about Council’s performance during the financial year.

In the past twelve months we have celebrated many achievements and have also faced a number of challenges.

We remain dedicated to seizing new opportunities while meeting the needs of our growing population as we strive to create a dynamic, resilient and thriving city.

The City of Casey has responded to the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic with a range of measures to support the social and economic wellbeing of the community. These include:

  • adapting our services, and in some cases moving them online, to enable continued operation while strict social distancing and public health measures are in place
  • working with a range of agencies and partners to support the provision of food and care packages to vulnerable people in the community
  • assistance for local businesses
  • fast-tracking quick response grants for community organisations
  • developing translated information and resources for Casey’s culturally and linguistically diverse community.

Council will continue to support the community and local business through the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) is holding public hearings into allegations of serious corrupt conduct in relation to planning and property development decisions at the City of Casey.

The hearings are part of an IBAC investigation, Operation Sandon, into allegations of corrupt conduct involving former councillors and property developers in the City of Casey.

The IBAC’s first round of the public hearings ran from 18 November to 6 December 2019. Hearings recommenced on 2 March and were adjourned on 17 March 2020 until further notice as a precautionary measure in consideration of public health due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 27 November 2019, the Minister for Local Government appointed Ms Laurinda Gardner as Municipal Monitor for the City of Casey, to examine governance and advise the Minister:

  • if Councillors, individually or as a group, are behaving in a manner that does not accord with the role of Councillor
  • of any impact on the integrity and/or functioning of Council decision-making and the orderly governance of the City of Casey arising from the IBAC’s Operation Sandon.

The Municipal Monitor’s report, released in February 2020, found “clear evidence of significant governance failures at the Council” and recommended that all Councillors be dismissed.

The Local Government (Casey City Council 2020) Act dismissed all Casey Councillors on 19 February 2020, and appointed Ms Noelene Duff PSM as Interim Administrator.

The Local Government Minister announced the appointment of Casey’s Panel of Administrators on 14 May, and on 20 May Ms Noelene Duff PSM took up the position as Chair of Administrators, alongside fellow Administrators Mr Cameron Boardman and Mr Miguel Belmar.

Under the Local Government (Casey City Council) Act 2020, the Administrators constitutes the Council, and must perform all the powers, duties and functions of the Council, as if they were performed by the Council.

The Panel of Administrators will remain in place as the Council until October 2024, when the Casey community will be able to vote again to elect their local representatives.

COVID-19 pandemic response

The City of Casey has responded to the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic with a range of measures to support the social and economic wellbeing of the community. These include:

  • adapting our services, and in some cases moving them online, to enable continued operation while strict social distancing and public health measures are in place
  • working with a range of agencies and partners to support the provision of food and care packages to vulnerable people in the community
  • assistance for local businesses
  • fast-tracking quick response grants for community organisations
  • developing translated information and resources for Casey’s culturally and linguistically diverse community.

Council will continue to support the community and local business through the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

IBAC investigation

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) is holding public hearings into allegations of serious corrupt conduct in relation to planning and property development decisions at the City of Casey.

The hearings are part of an IBAC investigation, Operation Sandon, into allegations of corrupt conduct involving former councillors and property developers in the City of Casey.

The IBAC’s first round of the public hearings ran from 18 November to 6 December 2019. Hearings recommenced on 2 March and were adjourned on 17 March 2020 until further notice as a precautionary measure in consideration of public health due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monitor’s report and Councillor dismissal

On 27 November 2019, the Minister for Local Government appointed Ms Laurinda Gardner as Municipal Monitor for the City of Casey, to examine governance and advise the Minister:

  • if Councillors, individually or as a group, are behaving in a manner that does not accord with the role of Councillor
  • of any impact on the integrity and/or functioning of Council decision-making and the orderly governance of the City of Casey arising from the IBAC’s Operation Sandon.

The Municipal Monitor’s report, released in February 2020, found “clear evidence of significant governance failures at the Council” and recommended that all Councillors be dismissed.

The Local Government (Casey City Council 2020) Act dismissed all Casey Councillors on 19 February 2020, and appointed Ms Noelene Duff PSM as Interim Administrator.

Casey Administrators

The Local Government Minister announced the appointment of Casey’s Panel of Administrators on 14 May, and on 20 May Ms Noelene Duff PSM took up the position as Chair of Administrators, alongside fellow Administrators Mr Cameron Boardman and Mr Miguel Belmar.

Under the Local Government (Casey City Council) Act 2020, the Administrators constitutes the Council, and must perform all the powers, duties and functions of the Council, as if they were performed by the Council.

The Panel of Administrators will remain in place as the Council until October 2024, when the Casey community will be able to vote again to elect their local representatives.

Major capital works

Regional Soccer Facility completed

Construction on the Casey Fields Regional Community Soccer Precinct began in February 2019 and was completed in June 2020.

The facility includes:

  • four soccer pitches (three synthetic and one natural turf)
  • floodlighting, fencing, coaches boxes and goals
  • a regional pavilion with a community room, unisex change rooms, public toilets, a kitchen and canteen
  • paths, landscaping, and about 200 additional car park spaces.

The $18 million project was jointly funded with a $5 million contribution from the Victorian State Government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution Fund, and $13 million from Council.

Botanic Ridge Family and Community Centre

The $5.9 million Botanic Ridge Family and Community Centre, built on the grounds of the new Botanic Ridge Primary School, opened in January 2020. The co-located facility means children can make a smooth transition from kindergarten to school and provides parents with a single drop-off point.

The integrated centre includes:

  • two playrooms for four-year-old kindergarten
  • two Maternal and Child Health consultation rooms
  • a large multi-purpose community room available for hire.

The project was jointly funded by Council and the Victorian State Government.

Hallam Recreation Reserve Hall Refurbishment

Completed in May 2020, the $1.8 million Hallam Recreation Reserve Hall refurbishment ensures the historic building meets current user needs and accessibility standards and includes:

  • a new entrance, flooring and upgraded kitchen
  • demolition of the stand-alone toilet block and installation a new toilet area within the building
  • LED lighting and acoustic panelling.

This project was jointly funded by Council ($915,000) and the Victorian State Government through the Growing Suburbs Fund ($885,000).

A new $4 million Endeavour Hills Regional Skate Park, located in the Endeavour Hills town centre, was completed in January 2020.

The skate park caters for beginners through to experienced skaters and scooter riders with a street course and various bowls and has attracted skaters from the local area and across Melbourne.

Features include:

  • a new and improved skate park
  • a playground
  • terraced landscaping
  • a lawn area for events
  • gymnastics and parkour equipment.

This project was jointly funded by Council ($2.31 million) and the Victorian State Government through the Growing Suburbs Fund ($1.68 million).

A number of new and upgraded sporting pavilions were delivered in 2019/20, to cater for our growing communities and the increase in participation in sport, especially among women and youth.

Jack Thomas Reserve Pavilion

Opened in October 2019, the Jack Thomas Soccer Reserve Pavilion includes:

  • accessible unisex facilities including changeroom/first aid room
  • a community space
  • public toilets
  • kitchen
  • a viewing area.

The project was delivered by Council in partnership with the Victorian State Government, with funding through the Growing Suburbs Fund of $1.78 million and $100,00 through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund (Female Friendly Facilities).

Lawson Pool Recreation Reserve Upgrade

Completed in August 2019, the $3.25 million pavilion upgrade includes:

  • six change rooms with unisex toilets
  • a multipurpose community space
  • a commercial kitchen, office and storerooms
  • undercover shade canopies.

The project was delivered by the Council ($1.65 million) in partnership with the Victorian State Government ($1.59 million) through the Growing Suburbs Fund.

Sweeney Reserve Softball Pavilion upgrade

Opened in March 2020, the $2 million pavilion upgrade included:

  • new change rooms
  • community spaces
  • public toilets
  • canteen
  • undercover spectator area and carparking.

This project was jointly funded by Council ($1.6 million) and the Victorian State Government Growing Suburbs fund ($1.73 million).

Among the major road projects to be completed in 2019/20 are:

  • Orchard Park Drive road construction – extension, adjacent to community facility - $300,524
  • Loch Street from Narre Warren Cranbourne Road to South Gippsland Service Road - road rehabilitation - $673,315
  • Tuckers Road, Ramlegh Springs-– road widening - $555,293
  • Smiths Lane – unsealed road construction, design works for final stage construction - $264,147.

Casey Fields

Regional Soccer Facility completed

Construction on the Casey Fields Regional Community Soccer Precinct began in February 2019 and was completed in June 2020.

The facility includes:

  • four soccer pitches (three synthetic and one natural turf)
  • floodlighting, fencing, coaches boxes and goals
  • a regional pavilion with a community room, unisex change rooms, public toilets, a kitchen and canteen
  • paths, landscaping, and about 200 additional car park spaces.

The $18 million project was jointly funded with a $5 million contribution from the Victorian State Government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution Fund, and $13 million from Council.

Community centres

Botanic Ridge Family and Community Centre

The $5.9 million Botanic Ridge Family and Community Centre, built on the grounds of the new Botanic Ridge Primary School, opened in January 2020. The co-located facility means children can make a smooth transition from kindergarten to school and provides parents with a single drop-off point.

The integrated centre includes:

  • two playrooms for four-year-old kindergarten
  • two Maternal and Child Health consultation rooms
  • a large multi-purpose community room available for hire.

The project was jointly funded by Council and the Victorian State Government.

Hallam Recreation Reserve Hall Refurbishment

Completed in May 2020, the $1.8 million Hallam Recreation Reserve Hall refurbishment ensures the historic building meets current user needs and accessibility standards and includes:

  • a new entrance, flooring and upgraded kitchen
  • demolition of the stand-alone toilet block and installation a new toilet area within the building
  • LED lighting and acoustic panelling.

This project was jointly funded by Council ($915,000) and the Victorian State Government through the Growing Suburbs Fund ($885,000).

Regional Skate Park

A new $4 million Endeavour Hills Regional Skate Park, located in the Endeavour Hills town centre, was completed in January 2020.

The skate park caters for beginners through to experienced skaters and scooter riders with a street course and various bowls and has attracted skaters from the local area and across Melbourne.

Features include:

  • a new and improved skate park
  • a playground
  • terraced landscaping
  • a lawn area for events
  • gymnastics and parkour equipment.

This project was jointly funded by Council ($2.31 million) and the Victorian State Government through the Growing Suburbs Fund ($1.68 million).

Sports pavilions

A number of new and upgraded sporting pavilions were delivered in 2019/20, to cater for our growing communities and the increase in participation in sport, especially among women and youth.

Jack Thomas Reserve Pavilion

Opened in October 2019, the Jack Thomas Soccer Reserve Pavilion includes:

  • accessible unisex facilities including changeroom/first aid room
  • a community space
  • public toilets
  • kitchen
  • a viewing area.

The project was delivered by Council in partnership with the Victorian State Government, with funding through the Growing Suburbs Fund of $1.78 million and $100,00 through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund (Female Friendly Facilities).

Lawson Pool Recreation Reserve Upgrade

Completed in August 2019, the $3.25 million pavilion upgrade includes:

  • six change rooms with unisex toilets
  • a multipurpose community space
  • a commercial kitchen, office and storerooms
  • undercover shade canopies.

The project was delivered by the Council ($1.65 million) in partnership with the Victorian State Government ($1.59 million) through the Growing Suburbs Fund.

Sweeney Reserve Softball Pavilion upgrade

Opened in March 2020, the $2 million pavilion upgrade included:

  • new change rooms
  • community spaces
  • public toilets
  • canteen
  • undercover spectator area and carparking.

This project was jointly funded by Council ($1.6 million) and the Victorian State Government Growing Suburbs fund ($1.73 million).

Road projects

Among the major road projects to be completed in 2019/20 are:

  • Orchard Park Drive road construction – extension, adjacent to community facility - $300,524
  • Loch Street from Narre Warren Cranbourne Road to South Gippsland Service Road - road rehabilitation - $673,315
  • Tuckers Road, Ramlegh Springs-– road widening - $555,293
  • Smiths Lane – unsealed road construction, design works for final stage construction - $264,147.

Major achievements

Working in partnership with the Victorian Government, Council completed four community safety projects worth more than $440,000 in October 2019.

The projects focussed on Camms Road Shopping Centre in Cranbourne, Buchanan Park in Berwick, Charles Green Reserve in Endeavour Hills, and Casey RACE and Casey Stadium in Cranbourne East.

The project began with safety audits conducted by Victoria Police, who made recommendations on how to improve areas of concern, and included local businesses and residents who shared their local knowledge.

Outcomes included:

  • Camms Road Shopping Centre - new footpath, upgrades to seating, improved signage, new tactile makers for vision-impaired users, fencing, bike racks, landscaping and the replacement of rubbish bins
  • New solar-powered lights installed in Buchanan Park, Charles Green Reserve, and Casey Stadium to increase night-time safety and deter anti-social behaviour
  • Additional bollards installed at Casey Stadium and Casey RACE to minimise the risk of vehicle-related incidents.

The projects were funded under the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program.

While the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the temporary closure of Council’s customer service centres for face-to-face transactions, the launch of our new live webchat allowed us to provide a real-time person to person option for residents who visit our webpage.

As soon as the customer lands on Council’s home page, the webchat bubble appears on their screen and remains on each page they visit, allowing them to initiate a chat, as well as send attachments such as photos or forms.

Council also launched a proactive chat, which enables customer service staff to reach out to customers if they need help while browsing the website.

Webchat has made it quick and easy for residents to get answers to questions and many queries are able to be resolved in a single interaction.

Following extensive engagement with the local community, the Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Casey Complex was adopted to guide the future development of the site and create a vibrant community destination.

Outlining a 20-year vision and direction for the Casey Complex located in Cranbourne East, the UDF provides guidance for the development of buildings, public areas, and open space within the Casey Complex site which will attract investment, job opportunities and community events.

The framework also aims to improve traffic flow in and around the precinct and access to public transport options with a key priority of the project to connect Main Street to the future Cranbourne East train station. The Main Street concept design is set to commence in 2022.

As part of Council’s Emissions Management Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work towards achieving carbon neutrality, Council has signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Procurement Australia to buy renewable energy from Victorian wind farms.

The renewable energy will be sourced from Bald Hills Wind Farm in Wonthaggi from 1 January 2021 until the end of 2027, and then sourced from another Victorian Renewable project until 30 June 2030.

From January 2021, all streetlights in Casey will be powered by renewable energy and will produce no greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life of the agreement.

The PPA will also provide a long-term sustainable solution for Council to better manage and forecast utility costs by reducing Council’s vulnerability to rising energy costs and support future budget planning.

In addition, the delivery of solar projects at three childcare centres have led to the reduction of approximately 130-150 tonnes of greenhouse gases and a $40,000 per annum reduction in electrical charges.

Securing Casey Fields as the Melbourne Football Club’s AFLW base for the long-term, an $8 million refurbishment of the Australian Women’s Competition (AFLW) pavilion was completed in December 2019.

The project included:

  • a new, dedicated AFLW/VFLW (Victorian Football League Women’s Competition) unisex changeroom with improved coaches and medical facilities
  • a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility and indoor training space
  • new canteen and kiosk
  • upgrades to the oval drainage system.

Victorian Sport Awards

Casey won two awards at the Victorian Sport Awards held on 26 February, recognising Council’s outstanding contribution to sport in Victoria.

The Bunnings Local Government Initiative of the Year award was presented to Council for the Casey Stadium redevelopment, which transformed the stadium into a world-class multi-sport venue catering for gymnastics, indoor cricket, indoor soccer and wheelchair sports.

Casey also won the award for ‘My Sport Live Community Sporting Event of the Year’ for the 32nd Australian Sikh Games - a joint project between the Victorian Sikh Games Organising Committee and the City of Casey.

The event involved 14 sports open to people of all skills and abilities and backgrounds and was held across three days with over 3,000 athletes and 100,000 spectators attending.

Community safety

Working in partnership with the Victorian Government, Council completed four community safety projects worth more than $440,000 in October 2019.

The projects focussed on Camms Road Shopping Centre in Cranbourne, Buchanan Park in Berwick, Charles Green Reserve in Endeavour Hills, and Casey RACE and Casey Stadium in Cranbourne East.

The project began with safety audits conducted by Victoria Police, who made recommendations on how to improve areas of concern, and included local businesses and residents who shared their local knowledge.

Outcomes included:

  • Camms Road Shopping Centre - new footpath, upgrades to seating, improved signage, new tactile makers for vision-impaired users, fencing, bike racks, landscaping and the replacement of rubbish bins
  • New solar-powered lights installed in Buchanan Park, Charles Green Reserve, and Casey Stadium to increase night-time safety and deter anti-social behaviour
  • Additional bollards installed at Casey Stadium and Casey RACE to minimise the risk of vehicle-related incidents.

The projects were funded under the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program.

Customer Service Live Chat

While the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the temporary closure of Council’s customer service centres for face-to-face transactions, the launch of our new live webchat allowed us to provide a real-time person to person option for residents who visit our webpage.

As soon as the customer lands on Council’s home page, the webchat bubble appears on their screen and remains on each page they visit, allowing them to initiate a chat, as well as send attachments such as photos or forms.

Council also launched a proactive chat, which enables customer service staff to reach out to customers if they need help while browsing the website.

Webchat has made it quick and easy for residents to get answers to questions and many queries are able to be resolved in a single interaction.

Casey Complex plans adopted

Following extensive engagement with the local community, the Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Casey Complex was adopted to guide the future development of the site and create a vibrant community destination.

Outlining a 20-year vision and direction for the Casey Complex located in Cranbourne East, the UDF provides guidance for the development of buildings, public areas, and open space within the Casey Complex site which will attract investment, job opportunities and community events.

The framework also aims to improve traffic flow in and around the precinct and access to public transport options with a key priority of the project to connect Main Street to the future Cranbourne East train station. The Main Street concept design is set to commence in 2022.

Environmental achievements

As part of Council’s Emissions Management Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work towards achieving carbon neutrality, Council has signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Procurement Australia to buy renewable energy from Victorian wind farms.

The renewable energy will be sourced from Bald Hills Wind Farm in Wonthaggi from 1 January 2021 until the end of 2027, and then sourced from another Victorian Renewable project until 30 June 2030.

From January 2021, all streetlights in Casey will be powered by renewable energy and will produce no greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life of the agreement.

The PPA will also provide a long-term sustainable solution for Council to better manage and forecast utility costs by reducing Council’s vulnerability to rising energy costs and support future budget planning.

In addition, the delivery of solar projects at three childcare centres have led to the reduction of approximately 130-150 tonnes of greenhouse gases and a $40,000 per annum reduction in electrical charges.

Sporting wins

Securing Casey Fields as the Melbourne Football Club’s AFLW base for the long-term, an $8 million refurbishment of the Australian Women’s Competition (AFLW) pavilion was completed in December 2019.

The project included:

  • a new, dedicated AFLW/VFLW (Victorian Football League Women’s Competition) unisex changeroom with improved coaches and medical facilities
  • a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility and indoor training space
  • new canteen and kiosk
  • upgrades to the oval drainage system.

Victorian Sport Awards

Casey won two awards at the Victorian Sport Awards held on 26 February, recognising Council’s outstanding contribution to sport in Victoria.

The Bunnings Local Government Initiative of the Year award was presented to Council for the Casey Stadium redevelopment, which transformed the stadium into a world-class multi-sport venue catering for gymnastics, indoor cricket, indoor soccer and wheelchair sports.

Casey also won the award for ‘My Sport Live Community Sporting Event of the Year’ for the 32nd Australian Sikh Games - a joint project between the Victorian Sikh Games Organising Committee and the City of Casey.

The event involved 14 sports open to people of all skills and abilities and backgrounds and was held across three days with over 3,000 athletes and 100,000 spectators attending.

Our performance

The Annual Report 2019-20 outlines Council’s performance in relation to the Council Plan 2017-21 and the three strategic objectives and eight supporting strategies contained in the plan.

Council’s performance for 2019-20 reports against each Strategic Objective to show what Council accomplished in line with the city’s vision to be ‘Australia’s Most Liveable City’

Strategic Objective 1 – People driven

The City of Casey strives to deliver services and infrastructure that meet the needs of its growing community. Creating a well-connected transport network is vital to support the rapid growth in the municipality so that our residents and visitors are able to get around with ease. We want to create a place where people feel safe, included within their community and socially connected.

In 2019/20

  • L2P Learner Driver Program celebrated 10 years of connecting learner drivers in Casey with a volunteer mentor to help them achieve their mandatory 120 hours of driving practice
  • New parents have continued to be supported during the COVID-19 pandemic as Council transitioned Maternal and Child Health Services online and over the phone, and also facilitated around 160 First Time Parents Groups that had successfully moved online.
  • Council, in partnership with the Victorian State Government, completed four community safety projects worth more than $440,000 at Camms Road Shopping Centre in Cranbourne, Buchanan Park in Berwick, Charles Green Reserve in Endeavour Hills and Casey RACE and Casey Stadium in Cranbourne East. Works included new lighting, signage, fencing, bollards, landscaping and footpaths.

Strategic Objective 2 – A place to prosper

The City of Casey aims to be a place in which our residents and visitors can thrive, with a local economy that fosters innovation and supports local jobs. Casey aspires to be a leading local authority, that leverages the strength of the region in advocacy, regional planning and investment. We want to enhance our natural environment and provide access to cultural experiences and events that celebrate the diversity of our community and foster connection and wellbeing.

In 2019/20

  • From January 2021, all streetlights in the City of Casey will be powered by renewable energy under a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Procurement Australia to purchase renewable energy from Victorian wind farms. Solar projects were also completed at three of Council's childcare centres.
  • Bayview Park (1001 steps) in Narre Warren was completed, transforming the former landfill site into a popular fitness and recreation spot.
  • The Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Casey Complex was adopted following extensive community consultation. The plan provides direction for the ongoing development of the site including buildings, public open spaces, traffic flow and public transport options.
  • Council advocated to the Victorian Government for an upgrade of the Berwick rail precinct as part of the Clyde Level Crossing Removal Project. A number of Council’s design recommendations have been incorporated into the plan including open sightlines and lighting for improved safety, a Kangan pedestrian link and landscaping.
  • An $8 million refurbishment of the Australian Women’s Competition (AFLW) pavilion was completed in December 2019 featuring a dedicated AFLW/VFLW unisex changeroom, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility and indoor training space.
  • The Hunt Club Recreation Reserve and Hunt Club Family and Community Centre opened in October 2019. The community centre includes a kindergarten, Maternal and Child Health room and outdoor courtyards. The Recreation Reserve includes a pavilion, public art project, full sized AFL oval and cricket pitch and cricket practice nets.

Strategic Objective 3 – A high performing organisation

The City of Casey strives to be an efficient and effective organisation. Council is focussed on innovation and continuous improvement to transform the way we deliver services to our community. We aim to optimise the use of technology and digital solutions, and will focus on our customers to create a seamless customer experience.

In 2019/20

  • Victoria’s first solar-powered public-use barbecue was installed at the Berwick Springs Wetland Reserve in Narre Warren South. It is fitted with technology that detects maintenance or repair needs and alerts staff, thereby reducing the number of routine maintenance checks that staff need to make. The solar panels store battery power for evening cooking.
  • New electronic bollards installed in Lysterfield South have created a virtual fence helping to improve safety for local wildlife and road users. Coupled with vehicle-activated warning signs along sections of Churchill Park Drive and Power Road, they are part of an innovative road safety initiative aimed at reducing collisions between motorists and kangaroos in the area, particularly between dusk and dawn.
  • The INNovation Crowd, an initiative to support local start-up businesses and provide valuable collaboration opportunities, won the Special Projects Initiative category at this year’s LGPro Awards. Developed by the City of Casey Economic Development staff, the program has more than 300 members, working together to help create jobs and attract investment into the region.
  • Live webchat was launched, provide a real-time person to person option for residents who visit our webpage. We also launched a proactive chat, which enables customer service staff to reach out to customers if they need help while browsing the website.
  • City of Casey won two awards at the Victorian Sport Awards held on 26 February: the Bunnings Local Government Initiative of the Year award for the Casey Stadium redevelopment; and the award for ‘My Sport Live Community Sporting Event of the Year’ for the 32nd Australian Sikh Games.

Strategic Objective 1

Strategic Objective 1 – People driven

The City of Casey strives to deliver services and infrastructure that meet the needs of its growing community. Creating a well-connected transport network is vital to support the rapid growth in the municipality so that our residents and visitors are able to get around with ease. We want to create a place where people feel safe, included within their community and socially connected.

In 2019/20

  • L2P Learner Driver Program celebrated 10 years of connecting learner drivers in Casey with a volunteer mentor to help them achieve their mandatory 120 hours of driving practice
  • New parents have continued to be supported during the COVID-19 pandemic as Council transitioned Maternal and Child Health Services online and over the phone, and also facilitated around 160 First Time Parents Groups that had successfully moved online.
  • Council, in partnership with the Victorian State Government, completed four community safety projects worth more than $440,000 at Camms Road Shopping Centre in Cranbourne, Buchanan Park in Berwick, Charles Green Reserve in Endeavour Hills and Casey RACE and Casey Stadium in Cranbourne East. Works included new lighting, signage, fencing, bollards, landscaping and footpaths.

Strategic Objective 2

Strategic Objective 2 – A place to prosper

The City of Casey aims to be a place in which our residents and visitors can thrive, with a local economy that fosters innovation and supports local jobs. Casey aspires to be a leading local authority, that leverages the strength of the region in advocacy, regional planning and investment. We want to enhance our natural environment and provide access to cultural experiences and events that celebrate the diversity of our community and foster connection and wellbeing.

In 2019/20

  • From January 2021, all streetlights in the City of Casey will be powered by renewable energy under a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Procurement Australia to purchase renewable energy from Victorian wind farms. Solar projects were also completed at three of Council's childcare centres.
  • Bayview Park (1001 steps) in Narre Warren was completed, transforming the former landfill site into a popular fitness and recreation spot.
  • The Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Casey Complex was adopted following extensive community consultation. The plan provides direction for the ongoing development of the site including buildings, public open spaces, traffic flow and public transport options.
  • Council advocated to the Victorian Government for an upgrade of the Berwick rail precinct as part of the Clyde Level Crossing Removal Project. A number of Council’s design recommendations have been incorporated into the plan including open sightlines and lighting for improved safety, a Kangan pedestrian link and landscaping.
  • An $8 million refurbishment of the Australian Women’s Competition (AFLW) pavilion was completed in December 2019 featuring a dedicated AFLW/VFLW unisex changeroom, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility and indoor training space.
  • The Hunt Club Recreation Reserve and Hunt Club Family and Community Centre opened in October 2019. The community centre includes a kindergarten, Maternal and Child Health room and outdoor courtyards. The Recreation Reserve includes a pavilion, public art project, full sized AFL oval and cricket pitch and cricket practice nets.

Strategic Objective 3

Strategic Objective 3 – A high performing organisation

The City of Casey strives to be an efficient and effective organisation. Council is focussed on innovation and continuous improvement to transform the way we deliver services to our community. We aim to optimise the use of technology and digital solutions, and will focus on our customers to create a seamless customer experience.

In 2019/20

  • Victoria’s first solar-powered public-use barbecue was installed at the Berwick Springs Wetland Reserve in Narre Warren South. It is fitted with technology that detects maintenance or repair needs and alerts staff, thereby reducing the number of routine maintenance checks that staff need to make. The solar panels store battery power for evening cooking.
  • New electronic bollards installed in Lysterfield South have created a virtual fence helping to improve safety for local wildlife and road users. Coupled with vehicle-activated warning signs along sections of Churchill Park Drive and Power Road, they are part of an innovative road safety initiative aimed at reducing collisions between motorists and kangaroos in the area, particularly between dusk and dawn.
  • The INNovation Crowd, an initiative to support local start-up businesses and provide valuable collaboration opportunities, won the Special Projects Initiative category at this year’s LGPro Awards. Developed by the City of Casey Economic Development staff, the program has more than 300 members, working together to help create jobs and attract investment into the region.
  • Live webchat was launched, provide a real-time person to person option for residents who visit our webpage. We also launched a proactive chat, which enables customer service staff to reach out to customers if they need help while browsing the website.
  • City of Casey won two awards at the Victorian Sport Awards held on 26 February: the Bunnings Local Government Initiative of the Year award for the Casey Stadium redevelopment; and the award for ‘My Sport Live Community Sporting Event of the Year’ for the 32nd Australian Sikh Games.

Moving forward

There are a number of factors that will impact on Council’s performance in the coming year:

  • Responding to the unprecedented events and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic within our community and more broadly.
  • Supporting our most vulnerable community members experiencing homelessness, family violence and mental health issues.
  • Managing landfill requirements and working with councils across Melbourne to undertake a collaborative procurement process for household waste disposal.
  • Conclusion and recommendations from the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission’s (IBAC) Operation Sandon.

Future outlook

  • Implementing the requirements of the new Local Government Act 2020.
  • Embedding good governance practices, increased transparency and accountability throughout Council’s four-year term under a Panel of Administrators.
  • Building civic leadership and our community’s voice through deliberative community engagement.
  • Reviewing our services and exploring opportunities to deliver services more efficiently.
  • Implementing a Financial Sustainability Plan that guides resourcing and decision making to meet the needs of the growing community across a constrained budget.
  • Continuing to work with and advocate to the State and Federal Government to ensure major rail and transport upgrades deliver an integrated and reliable network to Casey residents.
  • Implementing a comprehensive program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support our community to rebuild and thrive in both the social and economic environments.

Financial overview

The operating surplus reinforces the continued delivery of services and necessary community infrastructure. In 2019-20 Council achieved a surplus of $169.3 million in 2019/20.

This surplus is lower than the previous year's surplus of $277.4 million, primarily due to lower levels of contributed assets from new estates transferring to Council due to reduction in the level of development activity across Casey. The surplus is underpinned by:

  • Subdivision ($124 million) and new estates transferring to Council
  • Developer contributions from Development Contribution Plans that fund future approved projects ($42.9 million)
  • Capital grants for some projects ($18.5 million) and supplementary rates in line with development activity.

Short-term cash and other current financial assets at 30 June 2020 of $303.4 million decreased from $358.7 million over the year. The profile of the capital works program affected these figures. This led to a slight reduction in the working capital ratio (current assets as a percentage of current liabilities) with 312 % providing a satisfactory financial position above the target band of 112% to 200%.

Council’s debt ratio is measured by comparing interest-bearing loans and borrowings to rate revenue. At the end of 2019-20, this ratio was 22%, which was within the target band of up to 60%, and below Council’s preferred maximum of 40%. Council will progressively repay all existing loans over the following long-term financial plan period.

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