We are pleased to present to you the City of Melbourne’s annual report for 2012–13



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Audit measure

Type

Target

Reported performance

4.01 Update Zero Net Emissions by 2020 Strategy

Time

30/06/2013

Partially achieved: Draft strategy was developed. Internal engagement around content is under way.

4.02 Update Total Watermark – City as a Catchment Strategy

Time

30/06/2013

Partially achieved: Draft strategy was developed. Internal engagement around content is under way.

4.03 Pilot the commercial building environment upgrade finance tenant engagement tool developed in 2011-12 and develop case studies

Time

30/06/2013

Substantially achieved: Direct engagement with building owners and tenants completed a successful pilot period. Three case studies were developed that captured the different experiences and applications of the tool.


4.04 Undertake an opportunity analysis for the development of a district energy system for the Melbourne Town Hall precinct

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: An opportunities report was completed identifying the opportunity and next steps for the Town Hall energy precinct project. A buildings energy demand study was completed identifying the buildings with the largest energy (heating, cooling and electrical) demand in the precinct.

4.05 Develop a plan that engages Carlton business and residents in sustainable food management opportunities

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: A Sustainable Food Information Tool, EcoCity Food Forum and network was established to engage businesses and residents in an action plan for Carlton.

4.06 Review the Council's tendering process to include eco-city objectives where appropriate

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: A review of the Council's tendering process was completed during the year and a new process implemented to incorporate Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) into the tendering process. The eco-city objectives were a part of CSR. A briefing note was prepared documenting the benefits derived from the new process.


4.07 Analyse and deliver a report on the feasibility and possible mechanisms for using the City of Melbourne rates framework to encourage properties to reduce their environmental impact

Time

30/06/2013

Not achieved: The Local Government Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous) Act 2012 attained assent on the 30 October 2012. Section 161 of the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic) differential rates) has subsequently been modified to include the requirement to adhere to a Ministerial Guideline when formulating differential rates. The Guidelines became available mid-2013 and an options report prepared.

4.08 Deliver a youth engagement project to work towards achieving the City of Melbourne eco-city goals

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Youth event for local schools was held in May at the Town Hall. Schools recruited and materials for the event were prepared in conjunction with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

4.09 Prepare a cycling and pedestrian safety plan for the Yarra River Corridor

Time

31/03/2013


Achieved: Draft plan distributed for internal feedback, briefing note being prepared for Council

4.10 Implement flood mitigation upgrades including works in Coventry Street, Hoddle Street between Hotham and Gibb streets, Albermarle Street, corner Flemington Road and Park Drive, corner Spencer and La Trobe streets and corner of Spencer and Collins streets (subject to funding approval of the capital budget)

Time

30/06/2013

Substantially achieved: Albermarle Street / Flemington Road / Errol Street (replacement project for Spencer / Collins streets) projects completed.
Spencer Street / La Trobe Street and Hoddle / Hotham streets projects partially completed due to latent conditions and scheduled delays and due to be completed in July. Coventry Street / Kingsway drain project delayed due to Melbourne Water approval. This project will be carried forward to 2013–14 financial year.

4.11 Stormwater harvesting projects – complete Fitzroy Gardens and commence construction of Queen Victoria Gardens and Birrarung Marr

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Fitzroy Gardens construction complete. Birrarung Marr construction well advanced. Queen Victoria Gardens construction well advanced.


4.12 A minimum of five landscape adaptation projects to be selected and commenced from (but not limited to) Flinders Lane (Spencer to King), Alfred Place, Carlton Squares, University Square, Hawke/Adderley Street Park, Moonee Ponds Creek, Royal Park, Errol Street Park, Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) tree retrofits and increasing canopy program for streets and parks

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Landscape adaptation projects progressed well, with eight projects complete (Leonard, Walker, Levers Streets, Wellington Parade South, Little Bourke Street, Alfred Place, Queensberry Street and Franklin Street) and others at various stages of concept completion or construction. This includes construction under way in Flinders Lane and Godfrey Street, concept completion for University Square and development of WSUD fact sheets and research projects.

4.13 Development of three draft tree planting precinct plans in accordance with the Urban Forest Strategy

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Four draft precinct plans were developed. Significant community engagement was undertaken for each precinct to allow the community to participate. A website was also developed to communicate the development of the plans.

4.14 Complete landscape masterplan for Princes Park


Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Princes Park Master Plan endorsed by Future Melbourne Committee in September 2012 following community consultation.

4.15 Develop a landscape masterplan for Yarra River corridor

Time

30/06/2013

Not achieved: Heritage nomination of the Yarra River corridor caused ongoing uncertainty with regards to the impact on how changes to the landscape (and in particular trees) are managed. These uncertainties could not be resolved in the current year and a draft Yarra River Corridor Master Plan was completed for internal use only.

4.16 Complete design and community engagement for Neill Street Reserve project between Rathdowne and Lygon Streets as part of the Carlton housing redevelopment

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Design and design development as well as community development were completed.

4.17 Undertake design and community engagement for the Sandridge Bridge greening project (currently unused section)


Time

30/06/2013

Not achieved: A working group was formed across Council to develop a greening concept for Sandridge Bridge. Structural engineering advice has identified the bridge has loading restrictions that will limit design opportunities. A concept was developed to reflect these restrictions, and assessed by the structural engineer and working group. Community consultation and other further was postponed, at the request of the Victorian Government, until the competition for redevelopment of Flinders Street Station is concluded.

Capital

Cost

$11,209,550

$8,786,533: due to various issues arising within some capital expenditure components of the KSA for 2012–13, some of the proposed deliverables were not completed prior to 30 June 2013. As a result, $2,423,017 of the approved budget will be treated as capital carry-forward to the 2013–14 financial year.

Operational

Cost

$481,050

$302,671: revisions to the scope of some of the KSA deliverables for 2012–13 and the subsequent reduction in expenditure have resulted in a favourable variance of $178,379.

The number of storm water drain upgrades in the City of Melbourne municipality


Quantity

6

Not achieved: Three of the six upgrades were completed.

KSA 5 – Streetscapes

Great cities have great streets. We are implementing streetscape enhancements in iconic Melbourne locations: in Elizabeth Street, between La Trobe and Little Lonsdale streets; in Collins Street, between Queen and Elizabeth streets. We prepared improvement plans for these streets with the people who use them and focused on amenities like footpaths, trees, street furniture, lighting, bike parking and the appearance of adjoining buildings. We developed a framework to ensure the condition of our streets keeps pace with the requirements of a growing community.



Goal: 1 A city for people

Outcome: 1.6 High quality public spaces

Objective: 1.6.1 Provide a range of high quality and welcoming public spaces




Audit measure

Type

Target

Reported performance


5.01 Elizabeth Street footpath upgrade – La Trobe Street to Little Lonsdale Street

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Project complete.

5.02 Collins Street footpath upgrade – Queen Street to Elizabeth Street (both sides)

Time

30/06/2013

Substantially achieved: Scheduled works were delayed and due to be completed in July.

5.03 Further develop the rolling program methodology to incorporate small streets and lanes, identify priority projects for future years and select one project for completion in the current year

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Identification of rolling program methodology was further developed to incorporate laneways and small streets (minor streetscapes). Priority projects were subsequently identified for 2013–14 financial year and Ridgway Place selected for the current year.

Capital


Cost

$2,650,000

$2,350,000: Collins Street & Ridgway Place streetscape projects were completed on budget by 30 June. Ridgway Place project was able to be funded from the 12ES013N streetscape budget, resulting in an expenditure saving in the 12ES132R budget that can be reallocated to fund a road renewal project. The revised 2012–13 financial year major streetscape budget is $2.35 million.

Footpath Asset Condition Rating Improvement

Quality

Asset Condition Rating Improved

Achieved: Rating was below five and now rating is five for all Collins and Elizabeth polygons.

KSA 6 – Queen Victoria Market

As the owner of the Queen Victoria Market (QVM), the City of Melbourne is committed to its long-term viability and survival, ensured through its thriving atmosphere and the unique place it holds in a growing and prospering city. Our planning for the Queen Victoria Market is driven by our commitment to achieving social, environmental and economic success in all parts of the city. We are committed to preserving the market’s heritage while at the same time adapting to a rapidly changing retail and leisure environment and a growing community within the city’s north.


Goal: 3 Economic prosperity


Outcome: 3.1 A sustainable and resilient city economy

Objective: 3.1.1 Implement strategies to support a thriving and diverse economy




Audit measure

Type

Target

Reported performance

6.01 Undertake an integrated community engagement program

Time

30/06/2013

Not achieved: The City of Melbourne has developed a draft integrated communications, media and community engagement plan. Once the Victorian Government has completed its deliberations relating to renewal of the market, the community engagement program will be implemented.


6.02 Commence design options for a suite of renewal projects focusing on the market and its surrounds

Time

30/06/2013

Partially achieved: Early design priorities were established for a suite of renewal projects. These design priorities are intended to form part of the public discussions once the Victorian Government has completed its deliberations related to renewal of the market.


6.03 Develop a delivery and financial model for the renewal of the market precinct

Time

30/06/2013

Partially achieved: A number of economic studies were undertaken to help with the development of a business case. The community engagement process to come will help inform the eventual delivery and financial model.


6.04 Research and develop a sustainable infrastructure masterplan for the QVM precinct looking at district-wide water, energy and waste strategies

Time

30/06/2013

Not achieved: QVM was briefed on the sustainable precinct approach. Significant work has progressed on waste and energy solutions, with further work needing to be undertaken to develop a water management plan. This is being integrated into the operational review process informing the renewal briefs, which will be progressed once the Victorian Government has completed its deliberations related to renewal of the market.

6.05 Deliver ongoing asset maintenance and upgrading of QVM buildings and infrastructure

 


Time

30/06/2013

Substantially achieved: Asset maintenance and upgrading of QVM buildings and infrastructure for 2012–13 were completed with the exception of the F Shed project, which was deferred until the Victorian Government has completed its deliberations and the community engagement program is under way.

6.06 Prepare strategy to develop and enhance retail and hospitality businesses within market precinct

Time

30/06/2013

Not achieved: Research was undertaken and integrated into early ideas for the precinct. QVM Project stakeholders were actively engaged in the development of the new Melbourne Retail and Hospitality Strategy 2013–2017 which covers the municipality.

Capital

Cost

$1,767,000

$1,308,544: The F-Shed project did not proceed ($220,000). The remainder of funds offered as savings.

Operational

Cost


$342,824

$160,858: Overall project delayed – $160,000 offered as savings and remaining budget not spent due to delay.

Operational maintenance

Cost

$500,000

$505,544: the minor overspend was a result of unbudgeted internal fees.



Develop design briefs for three renewal projects

Quantity

3

Partially achieved: one brief developed and further research completed to inform the other two briefs.

KSA 7 – Swanston Street redevelopment

The completion of the Swanston Street redevelopment was an essential step forward in preparing the city for future growth. The new design recognised the need for greater accessibility for the growing diversity of use, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists. The project continued to proactively consult with all user groups and Swanston Street stakeholders to ensure they were able to make the most of the street's evolution. In 2012, the works program delivered the fourth and final tram zone between A'Beckett and Franklin streets and completed the general upgrade of Swanston Street, including the installation of new street furniture and lighting.


Goal: 6 A connected city

Outcome: 6.1 Movement of people and goods within the municipality is efficient, integrated and safe, with more people choosing sustainable forms of transport

Objective: 6.1.2 Integrate public transport with cycling and walking as the preferred mode of travel to the city




Audit measure

Type

Target

Reported performance

7.01 Complete the tram stop between A'Beckett Street and Franklin Street

Time

20/10/2012

Achieved: Construction works complete.

7.02 Complete street furniture and landscaping renewal program between Flinders Street and La Trobe Street

Time

20/10/2012


Achieved: Construction works complete.

7.03 Complete lighting renewal program between Flinders Street and La Trobe Street

Time

20/10/2012

Achieved: Construction works complete.

Capital

Cost

$6,500,000

$5,036,620: $290,000 will be carried forward to finalise the aesthetics of the project.
The balance is surplus.

Completion of a tram stop

Quantity

1

Achieved: Construction works complete.

Ongoing program of continuous improvement and refinement to improve overall effectiveness of Swanston Street to all, based on feedback from authorities and stakeholder groups

Quality

A trend of positive feedback from key authorities and stakeholder groups.

Achieved: Continual review of Swanston Street traffic and pedestrian operations required improved signage for motorists and improved pedestrian crossings.

External road safety and access consultants’ reports at post completion of each stop listed improvements to be considered under continual review.
Yarra Trams completed post completion risk assessment of all stops.


KSA 8 – Knowledge Melbourne

The City of Melbourne is committed to supporting the growth of its knowledge sector. It undertook a multi-faceted project to research, consult and identify the opportunities for the sector, determine the Council's role in the sector's future and promote our knowledge sector locally, nationally and internationally.



Goal: 4 A knowledge city

Outcome: 4.2 High quality knowledge infrastructure

Objective: 4.2.3 Establish a Knowledge City vision and foster recognition of the City of Melbourne’s knowledge economy




Audit measure

Type

Target

Reported performance

8.01 Create an inventory of organisations, assets and events within the municipality that contribute to the City of Melbourne's knowledge sector


Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: An inventory of organisations, assets and events was delivered through the ACIL Tasman Knowledge Sector Study (February 2013), meeting the target date.

8.02 Deliver a report showing the composition of the municipality's knowledge sector and the contribution this sector makes to the municipality's economy

Time

28/02/2013

Achieved: The ACIL Tasman Knowledge Sector Report was delivered in February 2013, meeting the target delivery date.

8.03 Develop and implement a community engagement and communications plan and an online presence to promote the municipality's knowledge sector

Time

30/11/2012

Achieved: The community engagement and communications plan was completed. The Knowledge Melbourne microsite was launched in October 2012 and is used as an ongoing resource.

8.04 Deliver Melbourne Knowledge Week 2012


Time

31/12/2012

Achieved: The third annual Melbourne Knowledge Week was held from 26 November to 1 December 2012 and provided an umbrella under which organisations and individuals delivered self-funded and self-managed knowledge-related events and activities.


8.05 Establish a reference group to provide advice on the Council's service to the municipality regarding the knowledge sector

Time

30/11/2012

Substantially achieved: A knowledge sector reference group was successfully established and is in continual development, reflected through the Knowledge Sector Workshop on 19 June 2013.

8.06 Promote the existing Melbourne Awards program to organisations in the knowledge sector

Time

31/05/2013

Achieved: Knowledge Melbourne promoted Melbourne Awards to its stakeholders:
- Knowledge Melbourne hosted a table Melbourne Awards Lunch and invited specific stakeholders (16 May 2013)
- Knowledge Melbourne promoted via homepage

- Email invitation to Melbourne Award exhibition and launch

- Email notification that Melbourne Awards nominations had opened.


8.07 Develop and present to Council guidelines for a City of Melbourne research partnerships program

Time

28/02/2013

Substantially achieved: The partnership with the Australian Research Council was successfully developed and presented to the Council on 30 April 2013.

8.08 Develop a City of Melbourne International Students Strategy

Time

30/06/2013

Substantially achieved: The strategy was drafted. Internal consultation was undertaken and is being reviewed by the manager and directors for the Council meeting in September 2013.

8.09 Launch the City of Melbourne's knowledge sector service to stakeholders

Time

30/08/2012

Achieved: The successful launch was opened on 23 August 2012 by The Hon Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Master of Ceremonies provided by Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley with guest speaker Professor CJ Lim, Professor and Vice-Dean, Bartlett University College London.



Capital

Cost

$150,000

$0: Knowledge Melbourne advised BIS that the allocated capital budget component will not be required in October 2012 as the alternative approach utilised to achieve the required deliverable.


Operational

Cost

$497,350

$406,298: accepting that there are a number of compensating variances, overall KSA 8 was able to achieve its deliverables for less than the approved budget, resulting in a favourable variance of $91,052.


Increase by at least five new event partners during Melbourne Knowledge Week 2012

Quantity

24

Achieved: Significantly increased, with 37 event partners in 2012 compared with 19 event partners in 2011.

Increase by at least five new events held during Melbourne Knowledge Week 2012

Quantity

25


Achieved: The number of events more than doubled in 2012, with 46 events compared with 20 events in 2011.

Overall positive feedback from Knowledge Week 2012 event partners

Quality

Overall positive feedback

Achieved: Fifty-seven per cent of event partners were satisfied with their experience of Melbourne Knowledge Week and 35 per cent were very satisfied.

KSA 9 – Community infrastructure

As our city grows and the needs of our residents change, we are delivering a major capital works program that will provide the infrastructure to house the community services that we deliver. Our work this year saw construction begin on the Kathleen Syme Centre and Docklands Library and Community Centre and the completion and opening of the Carlton Baths and Family Resource Centre.

Goal: 1 A city for people

Outcome:1.7 Improved access to relevant and affordable community services

Objective: 1.7.4 Establish and improve community infrastructure in all neighbourhoods





Audit measure

Type

Target

Reported performance

9.01 Complete construction of the Carlton Baths and Family Resource Centre redevelopment

Time

31/01/2013

Achieved: Construction complete.

9.02 Open the redeveloped Carlton Baths and Carlton Family Resource Centre

Time

31/03/2013

Achieved: Facility officially opened 3 March 2013.

9.03 Construct base building of Docklands Library and Community Centre in preparation for fit out in 2013–14

Time

30/06/2013

Substantially achieved: Base building structure is progressing to plan for completion at the end of 2013. Design and documentation of interior fit out is complete.


9.04 Complete the brief, concept design and community engagement and commence advance design work for the North Melbourne Community Centre (Buncle St)

Time

31/03/2013

Achieved: Endorsed by the Council. Next phase commenced.

9.05 Establish the future use of Docklands Hub

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Places Victoria agreed to a five-year lease to accommodate city of Melbourne and community purposes. Council decision to co-locate family services into Community Boating Hub results in long term use of Docklands Hub not being required.

9.06 Complete detailed design and documentation and begin construction on the Kathleen Syme Community Centre

Time

31/05/2013

Substantially achieved: Tenders closed 6 June 2013. Due to delays in tender evaluation, milestone has not been met. Tender report will be submitted to the Council on 30 July 2013.

9.07 Complete construction and undertake a targeted program of community consultation so Kensington Town Hall is available for occupation


Time

30/06/2013

Partially achieved: Community consultation complete. Construction ongoing.

9.08 Determine the future use of 602 Little Bourke Street

Time

31/05/2013

Achieved: Project concept approved in principle and was referred for consideration within the context of the proposed 10-year financial plan and the four year capital works program.

Capital

Cost

$20,360,000

The $20,360,000 target represents the total estimated cost of all projects, some being across more than one year. The 2012–13 actual spend was $13,032,696 versus annual budget of $11,950,000. Primarily relates to the additional costs of the Carlton Baths redevelopment.

Operational

Cost

$25,000

$19,200: Consultancy for community engagement at Kensington Town Hall completed favourably within budget.

Budget variation +/- 10%


Quantity

10%

Achieved: -8.99%

Satisfaction of stakeholders

Quality

80% stated satisfaction

Achieved.

KSA 10 – Connected bike network

Cycling numbers throughout the City of Melbourne have increased significantly. As cyclists are vulnerable road users, providing bicycle networks with increased separation from traffic and parked vehicles is important to increasing the safety, usability and connectivity of the city's bicycle network. In 2012–13 the City of Melbourne installed a number of new and upgraded bicycle connections to improve and complement the existing bicycle network, with the aim of continuing to increase cycling numbers and safety in the municipality.



Goal: 6 A connected city

Outcome: 6.1 Movement of people and goods within the municipality is efficient, integrated and safe, with more people choosing sustainable forms of transport

Objective: 6.1.3 Expand and prioritise a connected, safe and easy to access bike and pedestrian network to promote cycling and walking in the city




Audit measure

Type

Target

Reported performance

Survey of cyclists along La Trobe Street before and after works

Quality

Cyclists feel safer after new works installed

Not achieved: The treatment on La Trobe Street was completed just prior to 30 June 2013, therefore survey of cyclists’ perception of safety will be undertaken in Q2 of 2013–14.

The number of improved bicycle routes installed

Quantity

9

Substantially achieved: Seven of nine routes installed. St Kilda Road south-bound will be completed in August 2013.VicRoads approval for Elizabeth Street was not received within this financial year.


10.01 La Trobe St (Victoria Street to Adderley Street): Install premium bike lanes

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Project complete.


10.02 Princes Bridge: Install on-road premium bike lanes

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Significant scope change as approved by Council.

10.03 Exhibition Street (Flinders Street to La Trobe Street): Install peak period bike lanes

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Project complete.

10.04 Off-road paths (from Henley Landing on south bank of Yarra River): Improve directional signage and linkages to and from the central city

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Project complete.

10.05 St Kilda Road Southbound: Install physically separated bike lanes

Time

30/06/2013

Not achieved: It took longer than expected to gain approval from VicRoads. St Kilda Road was delayed due to Princes Bridge construction and will restart in July / August.


10.06 Elizabeth Street (Haymarket Roundabout to Victoria Street): Install bike lanes including double chevron separated bike lanes running southbound and physically separated bike lanes running northbound. Design to include connection across Victoria Street

Time

30/06/2013

Not achieved: Unable to obtain approval from VicRoads within the financial year.

10.07 Clarendon Street (Victoria Parade to Wellington Parade): Install double chevron separated bike lanes

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Project complete.

10.08 Lorimer Street to Webb Bridge: Formalise bike path along waterfront by sealing existing gravel path and improve directional signage

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Project complete.

10.09 Cecil Street (Whiteman Street to Clarendon Street, Southbank): Improve connection and construct new path across tram reserve

Time


30/06/2013

Achieved: Project complete.

10.10 North Wharf: Support DPCD completion of cycling infrastructure upgrades underneath Charles Grimes bridge along Northbank

Time

30/06/2013

Achieved: Payment of $781,461 made to Fitzgerald Constructions on 30/5/13.

Capital

Cost

$4,850,000

$3,767,205: variance of $1,082,795 represents the St Kilda Road, Elizabeth Street and Princes Bridge south-bound bicycle lane projects to be carried over into next financial year 2013–14.

Operating

Cost

$116,000

$71,318: variance is attributed to design projects being undertaken in-house at no cost. A revised financial year 2012–13 amount of $71,318 for community engagement and communications was provided.





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