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MEDIA RELEASE - Annual Report named amongst Australia's best

25 July 2019

Glenelg Shire’s 2017-18 Annual Report has been rated among the best in Australia by a peak assessment body.

The Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) ranked the shire at silver, highlighting the quality coverage and outstanding disclosure of key aspects of shire business.

New Zealand based fishery operation, Sanford Limited, claimed the overall title of report of the year.

The awards were established 69 years ago by a group of business leaders in an effort to improve the standards of national financial reporting and communicating between stakeholders.

The awards are administered by the Australasian reporting Awards Limited, an independent not for profit organisation run by volunteer professionals from the business, government and not for profit sectors, with the support of organisations concerned with the quality of financial and business reporting.

Glenelg Shire CEO Greg Burgoyne said council had made an effort to simplify and condense council’s annual report in recent years, to make it more readable.

He said the formation of the document was a “whole of council” reporting effort, coordinated by corporate planning officer Cherie Arnott and designed by Blick Creative.

“We are extremely proud to receive this silver award as it rates our council alongside some of Australia’s biggest municipalities including the City of Perth South, Frankston City and City of Greater Geelong, who also claimed the silver title,” Mr Burgoyne said.

“These are municipalities with more than triple the resources of our rural council and it is encouraging for our staff and corporate services team to achieve this ranking.

“Council prides itself on its open and transparent communication, it is a vital element of our governance process. It is extremely pleasing that our reporting standards are considered amongst Australia’s best practice, and sets a new benchmark in standards for our team as we endeavour to join the gold ranking in the near future.”

Council’s annual report can be viewed at

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