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



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City of Melbourne at a glance

Our city

Our history

For more than 40,000 years the people of the Kulin Nation lived on and managed the land that is now known as the City of Melbourne. They included people of the Boonwurrung, Woiwurrung, Taungurung and Djadjawurrung tribes.

The city we know today was established in 1835 by pastoral settlers from Tasmania and within two years the orderly grid of the central city was laid out beside the Yarra River. In 1842 Melbourne was incorporated as a town, with a Town Council elected to manage the town’s affairs.
Less than a decade later, the 1851 discovery of gold in regional Victoria transformed Melbourne from a small port city into a major world centre. Immigrants poured in from around the world to find their fortune and the rapid population growth and enormous wealth of the goldfields ignited a boom which lasted 40 years. By the 1880s Melbourne was larger than most European cities and its grand buildings rivalled those of New York and London. A global trading centre brimming with optimism and opportunity, the city was celebrated as ‘marvellous Melbourne’, a name it retains today.

Melbourne today

Melbourne’s original city grid has expanded into a major global business centre home to some of Australia’s largest companies and also the regional headquarters of global businesses. Our city is now a thriving residential, entertainment, cultural and educational precinct and its population is growing rapidly as more people seek its many business, work, study and social opportunities.


The central city includes a mix of classical and modern architecture, interesting laneways, arcades and shopping precincts as well as world-class theatre, art galleries, museums and sporting facilities , with a rich cafe culture and restaurant scene that rivals any in the world.

Melbourne is Australia’s retail, events and sporting capital and the city’s many parks, gardens and public squares provide the perfect backdrop to all the city has to offer.

Together these elements combine to make Melbourne a thriving, dynamic and cosmopolitan city.

A great place to live, work and play and a city consistently ranked among the world’s most liveable cities.




Our vision, our mission, our values

Vision

Melbourne is a bold, inspirational and sustainable city.



Mission

The City of Melbourne will strive to achieve the community’s vision of Melbourne as a bold, inspirational and sustainable city which:




    • is great for people to live in and visit

    • achieves its creative potential

    • is prosperous

    • is a recognised knowledge city that supports innovation and technology

    • demonstrates leadership in environmental sustainability

    • is connected and supports the efficient and safe movement of people and freight.


Values

The actions and decisions of City of Melbourne employees and councillors are guided by five fundamental and unifying values:


Integrity: we take responsibility for our actions in an honest and transparent way.

Courage: we create new and better ways of doing business, identify problems or dishonesty and work to resolve the issues.

Accountability: we take responsibility for decisions and actions to achieve agreed outcomes.

Respect: we consider and understand the perspective and contribution of others.

Excellence: we continuously improve our performance to achieve outstanding outcomes for Melbourne.


Our goals

Our Council Plan 2009–13 includes eight goals that will guide us towards our vision. The community’s aspirations for the city are reflected in the first six goals. Our municipality will become:

1. a city for people

2. a creative city

3. economically prosperous

4. a knowledge city

5. an eco-city

6. a connected city.

A further two goals relate to our internal organisational performance and give direction for the good governance and management of our organisation. The City of Melbourne will:
7. lead by example

8. manage our resources well.


Message from the Lord Mayor


When I came to office I was determined to establish the Council as a cohesive and effective voice championing Melbourne. Working with fellow councillors, we have taken great strides and we are now a key player in the robust debate shaping the future of our great city.
The 2012–13 Annual Report outlines our efforts at finishing what we started when we were elected in 2008. It tells a story of sound economic management, planning for growth and working to improve city safety and amenity.
During 2012–13 we increased our programs and services by $17 million to $357 million – the largest investment in programs we have ever made. A substantial $117 million in infrastructure spending delivered important community assets such as the Swanston Street redevelopment, the Docklands Library, Carlton Family and Resource Centre, Drill Hall and redevelopment of the Boyd School, as well as new on-road and off-road bike lanes and connections across the city.
We future-proofed our iconic parks and gardens with new trees and innovative water saving projects. We planted 3000 new trees this year and have the potential to save up to 360 million litres of potable water through our water harvesting projects in the Fitzroy Gardens, Birrarung Marr and the Queen Victoria Gardens.

We expanded green public open spaces in our neighbourhoods by building new gardens in Neil Street Carlton and in Errol Street North Melbourne, and upgraded facilities at Domain Gardens, Princess Park, Royal Park, JJ Holland Park and the North Melbourne Community Centre.

We continued to address the critical social issue of city safety by investing $20.8 million in a range of direct and indirect city safety initiatives, with a strong focus on safety around night-time activities including the Queen Street Taxi Rank and Docklands Taxi Shelter.
Our relationship with others is critical to our ability to get things done and we worked closely with our working groups, advisory boards and committees that provide support and enthusiasm, keeping us inspired and on track to deliver a bold, inspirational and sustainable Melbourne.
I am proud to report the City of Melbourne is debt free and we have budgeted for our next four-year Council Plan while maintaining a surplus. Financial strength gives us the ability to fund capital works, programs and activities and adds power to our voice as my fellow Councillors and I continue to advocate for Melbourne.
All of this could not have been delivered without the work of our dedicated staff and volunteers. I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to all those who have contributed to the City of Melbourne’s success.

Robert Doyle
Lord Mayor


City of Melbourne

Message from the CEO


The past 12 months were very busy as we worked to bring our Council Plan 2009–13 to completion. Our dedicated staff worked hard as individuals and teams to contribute to achieving the community’s vision for a bold, inspirational and sustainable city. Their efforts have generated a year filled with achievements for the City of Melbourne and more benefits and opportunities for the people who live, work and visit here.

Community engagement is vital to our core business and we embed it in everything we do as an organisation. We introduced our Community Engagement Framework in 2009 and since then have become a leader in finding new ways to engage with our community to better understand their aspirations, needs and opinions. Every major project we do involves community consultation at some level. We continue to train staff from across all five divisions to develop and implement their own community engagement strategies. We also are getting better at engaging online and in June launched our new Participate Melbourne website.

Sustainability continued to be foremost on our agenda as we worked towards strengthening our city’s resilience to climate change. In March, we were certified carbon neutral for council operations, a significant step towards our aspirational goal of achieving zero net emissions for the city by 2020. We entered into an Environmental Upgrade Agreement to retrofit one of our city office block and established the Exceptional Tree Register to protect the city’s significant trees. Implementation of our Urban Forest and Open Space Strategies are now well underway, along with a number of stormwater harvesting projects. These significant achievements are by no means the end of our eco journey and we continue to work on projects across the municipality to preserve our future.
Focusing on how we manage our own resources has enabled us to remain a financially responsible organisation. Our Lean journey, which began in 2009, has continued to return a steady stream of improvement to the City of Melbourne. More than 500 staff completed the Lean Essentials and Lean Basics workshops, and a further 73 graduated from the intensive Lean Learner and Lean Practitioner courses. Lean thinking helped us save money while improving services in areas including aged care, maternal child health, arts grants, permits, parking and document management.
Local government elections in October saw us welcome five new Councillors, each bringing their different experiences, skills and perspectives to the development of our organisation and city. Voters returned the Lord Mayor for his second term in the elections, along with the Deputy Lord Mayor and four serving Councillors.

I use this opportunity to acknowledge and highlight the considerable efforts of all City of Melbourne staff. Your dedication, passion and persistence have been an inspiration. Your efforts were recognised through a raft of prestigious awards. You are a huge part of our sustained success as the world’s most liveable city and your contributions are what makes ‘marvellous Melbourne’ today.

I look forward to continue working with staff, the community and the Council to see Melbourne recognised as a bold, inspirational and sustainable city for many years to come.

Dr Kathy Alexander

Chief Executive Officer

City of Melbourne

Our Council

The Council comprises a lord mayor and deputy lord mayor and nine councillors.


Under the provision of the City of Melbourne Act 2001 (Vic):

  • Melbourne is not divided into wards

  • the leadership team is elected separately from councillors

  • the preferential voting system is used to elect the leadership team and proportional representation is used to elect councillors.

Melbourne City Council operates as a public statutory body incorporated under the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic). The Act sets out the purposes and objectives of the Council and defines its functions and powers.


The role of the Council is to govern the municipality of Melbourne in service of the community.

The Council:




  • acts as a representative government and considers community needs when making decisions

  • establishes strategic objectives for municipal services and monitors their achievement

  • oversees the responsible and accountable management of the City of Melbourne’s resources

  • advocates local community interests to other communities and governments

  • is a responsible partner in government, taking the needs of other communities into account

  • fosters community cohesion and encourages participation in civic life.

Our Councillors

In 2012–13 the community was represented by the following office bearers on the Melbourne City Council. The positions held by office bearers in the profiles outlined below reflect membership of those bodies and committees which were in operation on 30 June 2013.


Lord Mayor Robert Doyle

First elected as Lord Mayor in 2008 and re-elected in 2012


The Lord Mayor is Chair of meetings of the Melbourne City Council. He is also the Chair of the Future Melbourne (Major Projects) Committee. The Lord Mayor also represents the City of Melbourne on following external organisations:


  • Council of Capital City Lord Mayors

  • Shrine of Remembrance Trustees

  • Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

  • Melbourne Arts Trust

  • Cancer Council of Victoria

  • United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities

  • C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.



Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley

First served as Deputy Lord Mayor from 2001 to 2004. Elected again as Deputy Lord Mayor in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.


The Deputy Lord Mayor represents the City of Melbourne on the following advisory committees and external organisations:


  • Audit Committee, City of Melbourne

  • Inner South Metropolitan Mayors’ Forum

  • Melbourne Awards Advisory Board (Chair)

  • Melbourne Arts Trust

  • Melbourne Retail and Hospitality Advisory Board

  • Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Advisory Board (Deputy Chair)

  • Procurement Australia

  • Lady Mayoress’ Committee (Co-Chair)

  • Business Partner City Network

  • Lord Mayor’s Commendation Group.



Councillor Richard Foster

Elected in 2012

Cr Richard Foster is Chair of the Future Melbourne (People City) Committee and Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (Transport) Committee.

Cr Foster also represents the City of Melbourne on the following advisory committees and external organisations:


  • Family and Children’s Advisory Committee

  • Homelessness Advisory Committee

  • Parks and Gardens Advisory Committee

  • Metropolitan Transport Forum.



Councillor Rohan Leppert

Elected in 2012


Cr Rohan Leppert is Chair of the Future Melbourne (Arts and Culture) Committee and Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (Finance and Governance) Committee.
Cr Leppert also represents the City of Melbourne on the following advisory committees and external organisations:



  • Audit Committee, City of Melbourne

  • Victorian Local Governance Association

  • Melbourne Music Week Steering Committee

  • Music Strategy Advisory Committee

  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Board.



Councillor Kevin Louey

First elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012


Cr Kevin Louey is Chair of the Future Melbourne (Economic Development) Committee and Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (Knowledge City) Committee. He is also Co-Chair of the Docklands Coordination Committee.

Cr Louey also represents the City of Melbourne on the following advisory committees and external organisations:




  • Docklands Steering Group

  • City Licensing Approvals Forum

  • Melbourne Business Precincts Inc

  • Business Partner City Network

  • Melbourne Retail and Hospitality Advisory Board.



Councillor Stephen Mayne

Elected in 2012

Cr Stephen Mayne is Chair of the Future Melbourne (Finance and Governance) Committee and Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee.

Cr Mayne also represents the City of Melbourne on the following advisory committees and external organisations:


  • Audit Committee, City of Melbourne

  • Municipal Association of Victoria

  • Melbourne Art Trust

  • Inner South Metropolitan Mayor’s Forum

  • Melbourne Business Precincts Inc.



Councillor Cathy Oke

First elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012


Cr Cathy Oke is Chair of the Future Melbourne (Transport) Committee, Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (Environment) Committee.
She represents the City of Melbourne on the following advisory committees and external organisations:


  • International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI) Global Executive Committee

  • ICLEI Regional Executive Committee

  • Melbourne Music Week Steering Committee

  • Victorian Road Based Public Transport Advisory Council

  • Yarra Park Advisory Committee

  • Metropolitan Transport Forum.



Councillor Ken Ong

First elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012


Cr Ong is Chair of the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee, Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (Major Projects) Committee. Cr Ong also represents the City of Melbourne on the following advisory committees and external organisations:


  • Committee for Melbourne

  • Disability Advisory Committee

  • Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum

  • Inner Melbourne Action Plan Implementation Committee.



Councillor Beverley Pinder-Mortimer

Elected in 2012

Cr Beverley Pinder-Mortimer is Chair of the Future Melbourne (Marketing Melbourne) Committee and Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (Arts and Culture) Committee. She also represents the City of Melbourne on the following advisory committees and external organisations:



  • Lord Mayor’s Commendations Advisory Group

  • Melbourne Awards Advisory Board

  • Melbourne Music Steering Committee

  • Melbourne Retail and Hospitality Advisory Board

  • Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Advisory Board.


Councillor Jackie Watts
First elected on count back in July 2011 and re-elected in 2012

Cr Jackie Watts is Chair of the Future Melbourne (Knowledge City) Committee and Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (People City) Committee.

Cr Watts also represents the City of Melbourne on the following advisory committees and external organisations:


  • Committee for Melbourne

  • Police Community Consultative Committee – Central Activities District

  • Indigenous Advisory Panel.


Councillor Arron Wood

Elected in 2012


Cr Arron Wood is Chair of the Future Melbourne (Environment) Committee and Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (Economic Development) Committee. He also represents the City of Melbourne on the following advisory committees and external organisations:


  • Inner Melbourne Climate Adaptation Network

  • Parks and Gardens Advisory Committee

  • Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Council terms

The current Council was elected for a four-year term in October 2012.


During 2012–13, those that held the office of Councillor for a period of time but ceased to hold such office during the course of the year as a result of resignation, or non re-election, were:


  • Councillor Jennifer Kanis, resigned from office in July 2012

  • Councillor Carl Jetter, not re-elected

  • Councillor Brian Shanahan, not re-elected.

The next Council election is scheduled for October 2016. Further information about local government elections is available from the Victorian Electoral Commission at www.vec.giv.gov.au.






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