NEW data on the state government’s Know Your Council website shows the City of Greater Bendigo performed well in 2016/2017 across key service areas.
The data on the website is collected from all councils in Victoria as part of the state government’s Local Government Performance Reporting Framework.
The city falls into the regional city category and residents can compare it with councils located in Geelong, Ballarat, Shepparton, Latrobe, Mildura, Warrnambool, Wodonga, Horsham and Wangaratta.
Comparisons are made in a range of categories including animal management, aquatic facilities, food safety, governance, roads, statutory planning, waste collection, financial performance and community care.
Areas where the city performed well this year include:
■Time taken to action animal management requests
■The number of decisions made at meetings closed to the public
■Time taken to decide planning applications
■Amount of kerbside collection waste diverted from landfill
Corporate performance director Kerryn Ellis said it was pleasing to see the city had performed well across all areas.
“It is particularly good to see that we performed well in the areas of animal management, planning and governance,” Ms Ellis said.
“The amount of waste diverted from landfill saw a big increase, which is mainly due to the introduction of the kerbside organics waste collection service.
“Our time taken to decide planning applications is better than average and the percentage of council planning decisions upheld at VCAT was also higher than average.
“Our performance shows improvement and is consistent with last year’s results, which means we are providing sustainable, high quality services that represent good value to residents.”
To access the results, go to www.knowyourcouncil.vic.gov.au