CICCC Update – 12 May 2015 Meeting

Presentation by Stephen Wall, CEO of Maribyrnong City Council

At its meeting on 12 May 2015, Stephen Wall made a detailed and broad ranging report on council’s activities and challenges.

Stephen has been the CEO since 22nd October, 2014. Previously he was Director of Corporate Services at the SurfCoast Shire, 2012 – 2014 and General Manager of Corporate Services at Maribyrnong City Council, 2011 – 2012. He has spent 18 years in local government, been the CEO three times, has 15 years senior management experience, and worked with 6 councils in 3 states including Cobar Shire Council. A few of the most interesting pints are provided from Stephen’s address, and in response to questions.

“We have a 140 million dollar budget and it is the smallest and most densely populated council in Victoria. Currently Maribyrnong City Council has 85,000 people living within its boundaries and it is anticipated by 2031 we will have 115,000 people. The West is the growth area for Melbourne” Stephen advised.

“Government was going to introduce a rate cap of 3.7% (inflation plus 2%) on Council rates. We are the 4th lowest rates out of 79 councils. Government has now contracted the Essential Services Commission to have council demonstrate their increases. I feel it is a disaster amongst councils as those that are doing it tough will have nowhere to go.”

“In relation to support to pensioners, this council made a decision to give a rebate on top of Government rebate. In 2000 council debt was $33 million now down to $2.67 million, a very significant reduction in overall debt.”

“This council has delivered the first ever library to Braybrook, and we are very proud of that achievement.”

“I know the activity of the Port is going to triple. There will always be growing pains when dealing with the Port, and the traffic it generates.

“The Little Saigon Welcome Arch design was really well received by the community. I think it is going to be a tourist attraction. The arch represents a type of bird that is of great significance to the Vietnamese people.

Our planning department receives approximately 1,000 applications per week for townhouses / subdivision / extensions on existing homes etc.

Community Grants program

Susan Chatterton presented a report on the community grants program, which showed a welcome increase in applications following some suggestions from Maribyrnong City Council. The Committee provided its advice to Terminals, supporting those local applications which were within the guidelines.

New appointments at Terminals

Doug Eng has been appointed Chief Operating Officer.

Solar Energy Initiative

Don reported that he had obtained preliminary figures from Colar Solar for a 23kW and 96kW system at the facility, which appear to offer a good return on investment. He is taking the proposal to the Board for their comment and approval.

Next meeting of the CICCC

The next (and all subsequent) meeting will be held at the Terminals Site Office at McKenzie Road, Coode Island, on Tuesday 18 August 2015 at 3pm

Robin Saunders, Chair CICCC, 31 June 2015 2015.