Council Annual Report Released

Posted by on Nov 01, 2011 | Leave a Comment

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Auckland Council’s annual report, for its first eight months since establishment, has been adopted by the council’s governing body.

The annual report details the projects, services and activities that were carried out from 1 November 2010 to 30 June 2011, as well as the highlights and challenges Auckland Council experienced as it formed the new combined organisation.

The report also includes financial and non-financial statements, showing council’s performance against the budget and non-financial measures set out in the 2010-19 Long-Term Plan it inherited from the Auckland Transition Agency.

The report was adopted at last week’s governing body meeting.

Some of the key projects and achievements across the region include:

  • Establishing council and committee structures and developing the new governance model for Auckland
  • Preparing for Rugby World Cup 2011 – council worked to complete $21 million worth of transport projects and $3.9 million of event space upgrades. Work was also done to upgrade Queens Wharf and Shed 10 and to develop The Cloud
  • Transforming the Auckland waterfront with the opening of the Wynyard Quarter
  • Responding to the Christchurch earthquake, sending 196 Auckland Council and CCO staff to assist. We also donated $1.5 million to the reconstruction efforts.
  • Launching The Auckland Plan, Annual Plan 201/12 and 21 local board agreements for 2011/2012
  • Recording some of encouraging public transport usage rates – up 8 per cent for the year to 30 April
  • Opening a number of new regional facilities, including the new Auckland Art Gallery, Manukau Library and Research Centre, Norman Kirk Memorial Pool complex in Otara, the upgraded North Shore Leisure branches in Takapuna and Glenfield, Roskill Youth Zone. Also completed was the construction of multi-sport facilities in Papatoetoe and Manurewa and work progressed on Te Wao Nui precinct at Auckland Zoo

The key financial results from the annual report include:

  • The council group recording a net deficit of $110m on a $2b operating budget. This was primarily due to the impact of lower capital revenue as property development slowed, and non-cash adjustments to reflect value changes in council investments and provisioning for future payments on weather-tightness building claims
  • $877 million of capital works carried out across the region by the council group.

The annual report is available online here: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/annualreport

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