Council adopts Yarra Ranges Annual Report 2018-19

Published on 23 October 2019


At last night’s Council Meeting, Yarra Ranges Council adopted its 2018-19 Annual Report, which is now available to the public.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Tony Stevenson, said Council had been able to achieve a number of milestones and efficiencies over the past 12 months.

“As a united Council, we’re always striving for better outcomes for the Yarra Ranges community in everything we do,” Cr Stevenson said.

“This includes the services we deliver and how accessible they are to residents, our infrastructure maintenance and upgrades, and advocacy to the State and Federal Governments for funding and support.

“This is our largest ever Capital Works Program ($62.9 million across 355 projects) that we’ve ever delivered, and next year’s program is even bigger.

“We’ve also had significant successes in areas of sustainability and climate action over the last year.

“We’ve added solar panels to 36 Council and community buildings, replacing streetlights with energy efficient LEDs, and introduced two electric vehicles into our Council fleet.

“This is all working towards reducing our emissions and operating costs, meaning that we’re on track to meet our emissions reduction goals for 2020.

“I would like to thank my fellow Councillors, Council staff and the Yarra Ranges community for their vital role in making the Yarra Ranges a great place to live, work and visit.

“I’d also like to thank our many volunteers for their hard work, dedication, support and selflessness, through which we all benefit in countless ways.”

Other highlights from the annual report include:

  • A $150 million commitment from the Federal Government over the next 10 years, with landowner contributions, to enable Council to seal over 180km of priority unsealed roads
  • Receiving over $38 million in state and federal funding for projects such as Warburton Mountain Bike Destination, Yarra Valley Trail, RidgeWalk, new playspaces and community sporting pavilions
  • Working closely with Wurundjeri Land Council to return Galeena Beek properties back to the traditional custodians
  • Gathering feedback from Warburton and Lilydale community members through events, workshops and digital channels to work on their respective place plans
  • Commencing construction of the Civic Centre Redevelopment and developing a Customer Experience Strategy

You can find a copy of the Yarra Ranges Annual Report 2018-19 via the Council Meeting Agenda(PDF, 56MB) .