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Council’s Annual Report records a year of firsts

 


Council’s Annual Report records a year of firsts
 

August 27, 2008                   


North Shore City Council adopted its 2007-08 Annual Report at a council meeting tonight. The annual report records the council’s performance over 12 months from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.

North Shore City Mayor Andrew Williams says the city has made substantial progress on key projects but there’s still work to be done.

“We recognise the need to stay focussed and keep up the good work,” he says.

The council has also completed 85 percent of its planned projects, with a $172m capital programme being the largest ever completed. Financial results are strong, with the total value of council assets being $4.3b and a total income of $312m. This investment in much needed infrastructure has seen total debt at June 2008 stand at $243m, which is $63m more than the previous year.

“The council has made good progress in a number of areas that are important for the city including improving beach water quality, creating better transport choices and meeting green open space needs. The opening of the Northern Busway and the remaining two stations of the total of five was a significant milestone, and the busway concept has been hugely popular with the commuting public.

“We have made great progress on the start of the $116m Rosedale tunnel and outfall for the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and this major construction project, to be completed by 2010, will make an important contribution to improving our beach water quality,” says Mayor Williams.

The council also completed on June 30 the acquisition of Chelsea Park, another major park in the city, which will be the largest public open space in the city on the Waitemata Harbour seaboard, with its historic connections to the area’s early industry, and its promise for bush walks and open space for generations to come.

Also looking ahead, the council will next year prepare and consult on the city’s long term council community plan. This provides an opportunity to reassess the priorities of the city’s investment in infrastructure and facilities, and ensures long term city plans are in line with community expectations.

The council will be printing only a summary document of the annual report this year, but the complete electronic version will be available on the council’s website from mid September. See www.northshorecity.govt.nz.

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