Annual report shows Council performance improving year-on-year
Councillors last week adopted Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2019.
The report highlights significant progress in strengthening the Council’s finances to fund infrastructure, movement on issues impacting the community and renewed focus on improving the delivery of core day-to-day services.
“This is the first full-year report that measures our progress against delivering the outcomes of our Toitū Kāpiti Long Term Plan 2018-2038,” says Kāpiti Coast Mayor K Gurunathan.
“We’ve measured our performance against 93 key indicators across all of our responsibilities, activities and services including infrastructure, community services, planning and regulatory services, and governance and tāngata whenua.
“Overall, we have achieved 84% of our 2018/19 key performance indicators – an improvement on our previous results of 81% in 2017/18 and 79% in 2016/17.
“This is tangible progress that reflects hard work, clear vision and collaboration with our community and partners.
“We’ve also managed to make good progress on paying down debt as a direct result of maintaining a tight rein on our spending. We’ve finished the year with a surplus slightly higher than projected and a good improvement in reducing our borrowings and funding depreciation.”
Key achievements in 2018/19:
- An upgraded credit rating outlook from A+ to AA by Standard & Poor’s.
- A strong endorsement from the Office of the Auditor-General of our water supply and demand management approach.
- Significant increases in the amount of footpath reconstruction work – over 6,500m² which is more than double what was undertaken in 2017/18.
- Full upgrades of 12 of our 118 older persons’ housing units.
- First stage of the Maclean Park redevelopment which involved removing the pond to create a lawn area and additional recreation space, relocating part of the basketball court, and installing barbecues with shelter.
- Upgrade of 2,447 streetlights to LED. Combined with 2,472 streetlights converted in prior years, this has resulted in approximately $130,000 of energy cost savings.
The report also notes the challenges over the last year including the closure of the Waikanae Library in February due to toxic mould. Council had accepted the findings and recommendations of an independent review completed to determine the causes and has since committed to a significant asset management improvement programme within the Community Facilities area.
“I want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our elected members and Council staff in continuing to improve our performance in delivering for our community,” says Mr Gurunathan.
You can read the Annual Report for 2018/19 here.