Kempsey Shire Council Annual Report 2013-2014
and General Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2014

Kempsey Shire Council, November 2014


Cover of Kempsey Shire Council Annual Report 2013-2014

Mayor's Review

The 2013-14 year was one of consolidation for Council in achieving our short and long-term objectives as set out in our Community Strategic Plan.

Council delivered a strong performance throughout the reporting year in driving cost efficiencies and productivity improvements, and in responding to the challenges of our environment in repairing and rebuilding infrastructure impacted by the severe floods that hit our Shire early in 2013.

Completion of significant projects, such as streetscape improvements to South West Rocks business centre, new SES Headquarters at Gladstone, and the Kempsey Airport Upgrade complemented the many road and bridge upgrade works carried out across the Shire.

Council and the community grasped the opportunity presented by the Kempsey Bypass to invigorate the three centres impacted along the bypass corridor – South Kempsey, Kempsey CBD and Frederickton - and we have made steady progress in bringing the Kempsey Corridor Master Plan to life.

Council worked closely with the community on many initiatives and programs to deliver on the community’s aspiration of being Healthy, Wealthy, Sociable and Safe. Our Healthy Lifestyles Program conducted more than one hundred physical activities and healthy eating programs across nine communities, and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the community to promote healthy lifestyles for the residents of the Macleay.

As part of our strategy to improve the economic base and jobs growth across the Macleay, we have built on the solid foundations already laid in boosting the tourism industry within the region. The delivery of the ‘Discover Something New’ Destination Marketing Campaign has seen a 10 per cent growth in the local visitor economy in the year to March 2014. Expanding on these economic development opportunities for the area is Council’s wider plans to support and grow the expansion of diversified agribusiness through high-value crop and livestock production in the Macleay, and to boost the reputation of the area within city, regional and interstate markets.

The Macleay continues to thrive as a cultural centre where creative and artistic expression is encouraged and fostered through a range of mediums and programs. The inaugural Macleay River Festival held in September was a fabulous success that will continue to grow in years to come, and the 2014 Australia Day Celebrations being included as part of the Saltwater Freshwater Festival was an inclusive celebration of all cultures living in the Macleay.

Council is continuing to work with the NSW Government throughout the local government reform process currently underway, to ensure we achieve the strategic reform necessary to enable councils to be ‘Fit for the Future’ to deliver efficient essential services to our local communities for years to come.

I am proud to present this year’s Annual Report, and the great results achieved are a credit to the commitment of Council’s management and staff, and of my fellow Councillors. I feel confident that Council is well positioned to meet the challenges ahead. We understand the ongoing position of responsibility that we hold and will remain focussed on delivering on our core strategies to achieve the best outcome for the communities of the Macleay Valley.

Mayor, Councillor Liz Campbell