Yesterday, Mayor Foster and city councilors unanimously approved the council’s 2020-2021 annual report – and Mayor Foster said council had ‘reached a remarkable amount’ despite the pandemic’s impact on the organization and city.
“I want to say a big thank you to the staff who have had to rework budgets, operate services under lockdown conditions and in many cases completely change their priorities and work days. It has been a grueling year, but everyone should be proud of how we’ve been through it. “
Councilor Diane Calvert, president of the advice Pūroro Tahua’s finance and performance committee said 2020-2021 has been a difficult year.
“But despite the challenges, our financial situation remains healthy. We were able to achieve operational savings resulting in an above-planned surplus of $ 7.5 million which was used to reduce operational debt. This despite the significant pressures caused by the loss of revenue from sites such as our sites and the Council’s participation in Wellington International Airport Ltd.
“The impacts of COVID-19 and a limited construction market resulted in the completion of only 74% of the investment program, but we were able to undertake significant investments in our three-water network totaling $ 55.7 million. – 21% of our budget achieved.
“From a performance perspective, we recognize that further improvements are needed in the tri-waters area, consent, parking and resident satisfaction with how the board makes decisions,” said Cr Calvert. .
Mayor Foster said highlights of the year for him included:
- The COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery plan.
- Responding vigorously to the challenges posed by failures of wastewater pipes, including the Mayor’s Three-Water Task Force, Wellington Water is undertaking an in-depth assessment of the state of water resources, several major repair and repair projects. replacement and a significant and lasting increase in the budget for the renewal of hydraulic infrastructures
- Events like Downtown Shakedown, the victorious return of Wellington Phoenix, the Van Gogh Digital Nights exhibition and the big CubaDupa street parties and the Newtown Festival.
- Progress on key infrastructure projects, including approving and starting construction of the city’s largest water reservoir, Omāroro, and repairs to the Ngaio Gorge slide sites. Complex seismic reinforcement works at City Hall and St James’s Theater have progressed, as has construction of Tākina, our exhibition and convention center.
- We have also completed community engagement for our central library, the detailed design of which is now well advanced.
- Adoption of the new spatial plan to guide where and how Wellington’s housing and infrastructure will develop to accommodate the 50,000 to 80,000 new residents expected over the next 30 years.
- Development, consultation and adoption of the most ambitious long-term plan in the history of the City to meet the great challenges and great opportunities for our city.
Find here the draft annual report 2020/21. The full final report will be available mid-November.