The Warrumbungle Shire Council has released the End of Term Report [PDF download] that documents the achievements under the 2012-2016 council members. The report was prepared before the election and held under embargo until the new council results were released.
The report is divided into sections that cover the major achievements of the directorate, community strategic planning achievements, capital works and financial performance. The council cites ” record $48m capital spend, the replacement of nearly all the timber bridges in the Shire, and Council’s best financial result on record in 2015/16. ” as notable results in the report.
The 66 page report lists the challenges to the councils financial status as
A small and declining population;
A lack of economies of scale in its operations and distance from major centres;
A high reliance on grant funding;
A significant infrastructure network including around 2,600km of roads, 6 pools, 6 libraries, over 100 bridges and bridge size culverts and over 400 buildings and other structures;
Difficulties recruiting and retaining staff in a competitive market;
Revenue constraints such as rate pegging;
Cost shifting by other levels of government (over $1.2m per annum).
None-the-less the council had an almost $6.5 million surplus in this financial year.