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MEDIA RELEASE - Council plan update 2018-19

24 July 2019

Government advocacy and community engagement were key performance drivers achieved by Glenelg Shire Council during the past financial year as part of its 2018/19 Council Plan.

Council last night endorsed and praised the annual performance report which highlighted the redevelopment of the Portland library and delivery of the Active Your Way Glenelg Sport and Active Recreation Plan, among many key achievements during the financial year.

Glenelg Shire CEO Greg Burgoyne said the report card provided the public with a progress check on key projects and commitments which form the overall 2017-2021 Council Plan.

“This is a four-year work plan that was formed with our community for our community. It is a direct reflection of their priorities and needs and we are pleased to report on the many successes to date which are ultimately enhancing the liveability of our communities,” he said.

“A key highlight of the past 12 months has been the delivery of our new look Portland library which has revolutionised the delivery of this important community service.

“This modern space has improved library services, providing for the diverse needs of our membership base. Since the doors opened at the renewed space patronage has skyrocketed, increasing 34 per cent compared to 2018 figures. This translated to an increase in memberships which grew by 54 per cent making Portland library one of the most used library services, per capita, in the state.

“Another key achievement was the development of council’s sport and recreation plan which is guiding investment in critical infrastructure, services and programs over the next decade. The plan is the first of its kind for the shire and will enable greater sports participation, ultimately resulting in healthier communities and lifestyles for us all.”

Mr Burgoyne said advocacy efforts had set a new benchmark during the past 12 months, with record funding for the region.

“Delivery of the missing $80 million requested as part of decade long advocacy in the Green Triangle Freight Action Plan was the final link in achieving record road funding for this region, with $180 million worth of investment now underway on key freight roads leading to the port,” he said.

“Our efforts talking to government reached new benchmarks as we worked tirelessly to put Glenelg Shire front and centre on the agenda. This work is ongoing and we look forward to more positive funding announcements in the year ahead.”
Mr Burgoyne said council’s work plan would reach a new milestone in the next 12 months, as plans start on the 2040 Community Plan.

“We look forward to delivering on our priority projects and key performance measures over the next 12 months and begin to focus our attention on plans for the next two decades,” he said.

“Glenelg 2040 will develop a clear vision and aspirational goals for our shire’s future to ensure we play a prominent role in the nation’s economy and social fabric. We look forward to collaborating with key stakeholders and members of the community to build a blueprint for a bold and innovative future.”

To learn more about Glenelg 2040 visit and to view the council plan report card visit

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