Wollongong council likely to deliver on goals

Wollongong City Council is on track to meet almost all its yearly targets, with a report on the council’s achievements in the first half of the financial year showing 55 per cent of goals were complete.

According to the draft quarterly review statement for December, to be tabled at this week’s meeting, the council had completed or was on track to deliver 91 per cent of its annual projects by the end of June.

The annual plan for 2013-14 contains 299 ‘‘deliverables’’, including capital works projects, maintenance programs, community engagement, waste removal, festivals and staff performance measures.

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Three per cent of projects were not yet scheduled to commence, 1 per cent had been deferred and 5 per cent had been delayed, the review document said.

Among the projects which have been delayed or deferred are the Wollongong Lawn Cemetery Masterplan, the West Dapto home deposit assistance program and the Bulli Surf Lifesaving clubhouse renovation project.

The missing link of Wollongong’s Blue Mile pathway, which would connect North Beach and Flagstaff Hill, is listed as being at ‘‘significant risk’’ as it missed out on funding from Regional Development Australia.

The extension of Lake Illawarra cycleway, with Shellharbour council, is also flagged as being at ‘‘moderate risk’’ due to a delay in replacing the now-defunct Lake Illawarra Authority.

In the quarterly review, general manager David Farmer listed a number of highlights from the three-month period, which included the council’s success in the NSW government’s Port Kembla lease fund, which will allow half the $45 million West Dapto access road, the first stage of the Grand Pacific Walk and the $5 million Bald Hill upgrade to be built.

He also counted the public exhibition of the controversial citizens’ panel recommendations as one of the December quarter’s major successes.

Statistics from Oct-Dec 2013

Capital works budget spent – $31.9 million of $79.5 million

Licensed car parks occupied – 99 per cent

Tourist cabins occupancy – 56 per cent

Visits to the Botanic Gardens – 67,269

Library visits per capita – 223,677

Tonnes of rubbish collected from clean-up activities – 15.4 tonnes

Likes on the council’s Facebook page – 4211

Sick leave days – 0.7 days per person per annum

Pool visits – 404,478

Visits at beaches – 409,918

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