What is an Annual Report?
The Annual Report is an account to our community on how Council has performed for the last financial year in relation what we said we were going to do in our Long Term Plan. In our Annual Report we present:
- What we spent (financial statements); and
- What we delivered for the money that we spent (reporting on our performance measures).
How we have performed
For 2017/2018, Council reports a deficit of $2,149,000 compared with our budgeted deficit of $1,414,000. The variances contributing to the additional deficit are detailed further in this document (note 39). The background as to why Council has a budgeted deficit and Council’s strategy for addressing those underlying issues are fully explained in Council’s 2018 – 2028 Long Term Plan. Residents and ratepayers with an interest in Council finances are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Long Term Plan (click here to view the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (PDF, 2.6MB).
Our District has faced some tough times in recent years, including mine and business closures, severe weather events and the global economic recession, but key stakeholders are working together on plans for diversifying our economy to make it more sustainable and self-reliant into the future. We have received funding from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund for feasibility studies on several exciting initiatives, including the next stage of the CBD development, proposed Discovery Centre and more.
Council has a strong future focus on the maintenance and management of our assets, now and into the future, to provide the levels of service the community expects. We remain committed to maintaining efficient and accountable local government and, in the process, the provision of quality service delivery for our residents.
Highlights from the last 12 months
More details on our achievements and highlights are available in the documents below. Some points of highlight include:
- The Westland Recreation Centre Pool was closed for approximately seven months while repairs were carried out to the roof beams. This was an incrediblycomplex job as the beams were replaced without taking the roof off – the first time this methodology has been used in New Zealand. The Spring Creek Pool in Runanga was open extended hours over the summer to compensate for the pool closure. Council thanks CYB Contractors, who did a great job on the roof repairs, and the pool reopened to the public in April 2018.
- The History House Museum temporary exhibition in Mackay Street was open from December 2017 to July 2018. The exhibition space was set up to tell the stories of our local history and themes included sporting heroes, engineering feats, social history and much more. Being an expo, it only covered part of the collection normally held in the museum, however it was hugely popular and had 5,318 visitors through the doors during the time it was open.
- The town square was officially opened on 8 December 2017 as part of the Christmas Carnival, along with the lighting of the new Greymouth Christmas tree. We are incredibly proud of this space – it is a great asset for our community.
- Council was pleased to work with AgFest to bring the 2018 event to the Greymouth Aerodrome in April. This was a very exciting opportunity for Greymouth and the wider West Coast region and was motivated by AgFest wanting space to grow their event. The 2018 AgFest was hugely successful, with plenty of entertainment on offer as well as the normal trade displays.
Please take the time to read the Annual Report Summary and full Annual Report. Here are links to the documents on our website:
Annual Reports from previous years can be found here.