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COUNCIL MEETING DATES - 2019

Members of the Bridgetown-Greenbushes community are invited to attend Council Meetings during 2019.  Meetings commence at 5.30pm and those attending have an opportunity to address Council during the 'Public Question Time' segment. 

All meetings will be held in the Council Chambers except for the December Council Meeting which will be held at the Greenbushes CRC.  Meeting dates are as follows unless otherwise notified.

31.1.19 28.2.19 28.3.19 24.4.19 30.5.19 27.6.19
25.7.19 29.8.19 26.9.19 31.10.19 28.11.19 19.12.19

Agendas will be available for inspection from the Library and on this website four (4) days prior to Meetings.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF ELECTORS

The Annual General Meeting of Electors will be held in the Council Chambers on Thursday, 7 February 2019 commencing at 5.30pm.  The order of business will be:

  1. To receive the Annual Report and Annual Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2018
  2. General Business

NOTE: To allow complex questions to be researched, notice of questions should be lodged in writing, addressed to the CEO, by close of business on Wednesday, 30 January 2019.

The Annual Report including the Annual Financial report is available for inspection at the Shire Library during normal office hours or by clicking here.   


2017/18 ANNUAL REPORT

Council, at its meeting held on 20 December 2018 resolved:

 That Council:

  1. Accepts the Annual Report including the Annual Financial Report and Audit Report for the 2017/2018 financial year and gives local public notice of its availability.
  2. Schedules the Annual General meeting of Electors to be held on Thursday, 7 February 2019 in the Council Chambers, commencing at 5.30pm.
  3. Note the Auditor’s report includes a ‘significant adverse trend’ in relation to Council’s Operating Surplus Ratio performance and acknowledges that Council has an existing ‘Ratio Improvement Action Plan’.
  4. Note Administration’s comment in relation to the matter raised in Appendix 1 of the Auditor’s Management Report.

With respect to Part 3 of the above resolution Council was advised that commencing in 2017/18 the Auditor General has instructed Auditors to report in the Audit Report (rather than the Management Report as previously done) when Council does not meet Department ratio benchmarks. While the Operating Surplus Ratio has been reported as a ‘significant adverse trend’ in relation to the Shire’s financial performance it should be noted that the ratio has improved over the three year period quoted in the Audit Report.  In December 2017 Council adopted its ‘Ratio Improvement Action Plan’, items contained in this plan are still being progressed and it has previously been acknowledged by Council and its Auditor that improving the Operating Surplus Ratio to meet the Department’s benchmark is unlikely in the short term but Council should demonstrate improvement towards achieving the benchmark through its integrated planning processes.

With respect to Part 4 of the above resolution the auditor noted that 9 employees have accrued in excess of 8 weeks annual leave with 4 of those employees with long service leave currently due.  In responding to this matter raised by the auditor the Shire Management advised that excessive leave balances are continually reviewed by management as the issue has been raised in previous audit reports and risk reviews.  The annual leave liability between 30 June 2017 and 30 June 2018 was reduced by 8% from 9,208.78 hours to 8,472.87 hours.  Between 30 June 2018 and 21 November 2018 this reduced by a further 188.24 hours to a current liability of 8,284.63 hours.  As at 21 November 2018, 9 staff (7 full-time and 2 part-time) had accrued in excess of 8 weeks annual leave which is a reduction of 2 from 30 June 2018 and 4 from 30 June 2017.  The 9 staff are out of 62 full time or part time staff that are entitled to annual leave.  For the other 3 employees with more than 8 weeks accrued annual leave the CEO has initiated discussions with those employees to identify a leave plan/strategy to reduce their outstanding leave entitlements and significant leave will be taken by these employees in the rest of 2018/19, to be timed to avoid peak operational periods.

Click here to view 2017/18 Annual Report


WESTERN POWER OUTAGES

Western Power has a large program of work planned in the Bridgetown area, from late-October 2018 to February 2019 to maintain our infrastructure and ensure power reliability.

 

During this time 44 poles and 8.8km of overhead powerlines will be replaced between Yornup and Donnelly River. The work will be undertaken by Western Power crews and there are several power outages scheduled.

 

In order to complete the work safely, the work needs to be carried out on de-energised lines. This means that power outages will be required and given the volume of work, unfortunately some customers will be impacted by multiple outages. All affected customers will be notified (letters and emails) of upcoming outages and Western Power will also post information on social media.