Council can see the light

RESIDENTS and ratepayers can see how Orange City Council is travelling in green, red, and amber in it’s annual report.

This year’s report is the first under the state government’s new Integrated Planning and Reporting system and shows the council’s progress for each task or project through a traffic light system - red meaning the timeframe has slipped, amber meaning the timeframe has been compromised and green meaning the project has been completed.

With more than 110 green lights, about 19 red lights and only four amber lights, general manager Garry Styles was pleased with the result.

“I like the ratio of many more green lights than red lights. We’re not perfect, but it’s a nice simple way of showing how things are travelling,” he said.

A snapshot of some of Orange City Council’s traffic lights:

Green lights:

<li> Museum working party established

<li> Renovation of fields at Sir Jack Brabham Park and Brendon Sturgeon Oval

<li> Community safety audit conducted

Amber lights:

<li> Incomplete cycle paths

<li> Cultural services education officer not employed yet

<li> CBD master plan deferred

Red lights:

<li> No investigation of affordable housing options 

<li> Suma Park Dam upgrade still ongoing

<li> No funding found for web-based water quality self-assessment kit for businesses

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