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City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2011
City of Ballarat Annual
DELIVERING FOR BALLARAT
The City of Ballarat Annual Report 2010-2011 was prepared in accordance
with the requirements and guidelines of the Local Government Act 1989.
The Report documents the City of Ballarat’s financial and operational
performance against the Council Plan 2009-2013.
COUNCIL PLAN AND ANNUAL REPORT STRUCTURE
The Council Plan 2009-2013 provides the strategic planning framework for
the City of Ballarat’s management of Ballarat’s growth and governance.
The Council Plan outlines the organisation’s objectives over a four-year period
and states how the outcomes will be achieved. It provides a clear direction
for realising the community’s aims of growth and prosperity and drives all of
Council’s major projects and ser vice initiatives.
The Annual Report 2010-2011 provides comprehensive corporate governance
information as well as detailed audited financial statements.
The Report also provides an overview of achievements and challenges of the
financial year, general information about Ballarat and the community, how
the City of Ballarat as an organisation is structured, and an understanding
of Council objectives during the 2010-2011 financial year.
The full report is available at Council’s website: www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
The City of Ballarat is a $1.5 billion entity with an annual revenue of $135
million and it provides a diverse range of ser vices to Ballarat residents.
The financial results recorded as at 30 June 2011 continue to be ahead of
parameters set down in Council’s Long Term Financial Strategy which gives
Council the capacity to deliver on the Council Plan.
Council delivered an operating surplus of $19.144 million, which was ahead
of the budgeted position. At 30 June 2011, Council’s cash and reserves
stood at $43.964 million. This result takes into account the impact of recent
flood damage recorded within the municipality and the ability of Council to
deal with the unfunded superannuation liability of $1.9 million.
The City of Ballarat works hard to reduce the impact of its operations on the
environment. Council has had a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target
since 2003 and a potable water use target since 2005.
Council produced an environmental scorecard for the 2010/2011 financial
year measuring GHG emissions, electricity, gas and water consumption.
In 2010 - 11, the total emissions were 7,521 tonnes of CO2e, an increase
of 338 tonnes (4.7%) compared to last year. Council’s target was 7,360
tonnes of CO2e to be achieved by 2010.
Total emissions are currently slightly above the GHG target. However, when
Council’s revegetation program is taken into consideration the target is achieved
with approximately 1,100 tonnes of CO2e being abated in 2010 - 2011,
resulting in total net emissions of 6,421 of CO2e.
Electricity, Gas and Water Usage
In 2010 – 11, Council decreased its electricity and gas use but increased
water consumption slightly.
Council had a potable water reduction target of 216,575 kilolitres to be
achieved by the end of June 2010. The city is currently well below this target
and is in the process of adopting a new target.
Annual Repor t Snapshot
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