Viable and connected rural and urban communities
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City of Wagga Wagga Annual Report 2011/12 City of Wagga Wagga Annual Report 2011/12 6160
3 Viable and Connected Rural and Urban Communities 3.1 Assist all communities, rural and urban to have a soul
3.2 Improve and maintain local community facilities
3.3 Foster a strong spirit of volunteering
3.4 Provide innovative service delivery to isolated areas
3.5 Facilitate equal access for residents to community and government services and facilities
3.6 Provide appropriate transport options to enable movement within and outside the community
21 of the population volunteer%
were satisfied with transport options available
increase in the use of council facilities
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Increased access to services
The rollout of the National Broadband Network is scheduled to begin in Wagga Wagga in June 2013. The National Broadband Network is a new fibre optic connection that will give users access to world class high speed broadband, enabling residents to enjoy the many benefits of such connectivity. These include remote access to health professionals without the cost of travel and accommodation, educational opportunities, access to more information and entertainment services such as IPTV (television from internet providers, not just broadcasters) and increase of trade for small businesses.
3.5 Facilitate equal access for residents to community and government services and facilitiesEqual opportunity for access
Council supports the principles of social justice and the values of access and equity a fair go for all. Social justice and access and equity provisions are considered in the delivery of all services and programs delivered by Council with target groups being identified in Councils current social plan.
The launch of the South-West Zone Digital Library project in April 2012 provides 300,000 residents, served by 47 branch libraries across 31 Councils, access to e-books and e-audio books direct to their own devices. This collaborative project allows libraries to introduce a significant collection of digital items that would not be achievable on an individual level.
In May 2012 Council purchased the services of Squiz, a web content management provider to ensure that Councils website was compliant with the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Squiz provide an audit of Councils website to ensure web accessibility for people with disabilities by reviewing elements such as colour contrast, relationship of different components of the website and navigation capability.
Council has introduced public access wireless connectivity at the Visitor Information Centre, Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre and the Wagga Wagga Civic Centre, providing people access to free internet connection. Plans for the future include expanding on the current wireless service at the Oasis Aquatic Centre.
3.6 Provide appropriate transport options to enable movement within and outside the community People can move throughout the Local Government Area
In accordance with data obtained from the community survey there was a 58% satisfaction level with the transport options available, making it easy to move around the area.
The 2011 Census data showed more than 54% of dwellings in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area had two or more vehicles and over 34% of dwellings had a single registered vehicle leaving only 7% of households with no registered vehicles.
The 2011/2012 Pedestrian Access and Mobility Program was completed with the constructed works enhancing the footpaths network to provide safe and accessible pedestrian access around the City. Works for this project included the construction of a cycleway from Farrer Road to Boorooma Street and construction of a shared pathway along Travers Street adjacent to the Murrumbidgee Turf Club linking an existing path.
3.1 Assist all communities, rural and urban to have a soulSense of belonging, connected, unique identity
Councils Community Survey showed that participants felt proud to be residents of their local community with more than 80% of participants agreeing with this statement. More than 88% of participants felt they were able to get help from friends, family and neighbours when they needed it and more than 70% of applicants feel a part of their community.
This community outcome links very strongly with the community outcome Opportunities to connect across the life cycle featured under strategy 2.6 which highlights the need for community spaces for community members to connect across the life cycle.
3.2 Improve and maintain local community facilitiesRenewal and maintenance of community facilities
The community survey identified 68% of people were satisfied with Council managed community buildings. In the 2011/2012 financial year Council scheduled and completed works for some of our community facilities including replacement of the roof on the Oberne Hall, works on the septic tank at the Oura Hall and upgrade of toilet facilities at the Euberta Hall.
For further information on connected communities, please refer to section 2.6 and 3.1 of this report.
Wagga Wagga City Council monitors usage of its community halls and centres, sportsgrounds and parks through Councils booking system. Figures show a 32% increase in the usage of Council facilities. Parks have the largest increase in usage with a 35% growth and bookings for Apex Park doubling; there was also a 12% increase in the usage of sportsgrounds and an 8% increase in the usage of community halls.
3.3 Foster a strong spirit of volunteering Community feel they are involved in their own destiny
The 2011 Census data highlights the fostering of a strong spirit of volunteering with 21% of the population volunteering through an organisation or group in the last 12 months. This is over 4% higher than the State volunteering rate.
National Tree Day July 2011 demonstrated the communitys volunteering spirit with 66 community volunteers planting 1500 seedlings at the Hildasid property, Gregadoo Road, owned by Kurrajong Waratah.
3.4 Provide innovative service delivery to isolated areas Improve quality of life
The community survey identified 83% of people agreed to the statement I am happy with my standard of living, with 5.9% of people disagreeing with this statement.
Wagga Waggas historical population trends are testimony to the strength of the local economy, which has been able to support strong population growth with sufficient employment opportunities and job growth over the past 10 years. Wagga Wagga is expected to continue to grow steadily at an average annual rate of 1.1% per annum.
Squizensures Councils website complies with assessibility guidelines
with bookings at Apex Park doublinggrowth
Wagga Wagga is one of the fastest growing regional cities in New South Wales, having experienced an average annual population growth of 1.4% per annum since 2006
FREECouncil has introduced
at the Visitor Information Centre, Civic Theatre and the Civic Centre
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Our infrastructure and assets During the 2011/2012 financial year Council delivered more than $10 million in new capital infrastructure including:
Construction of the Boorooma Street/Farrer Road roundabout
Construction of the Tarcutta Village Sydney Street improvements
Completion of the emergency levee protection works
Introduction of Assetic software for asset managment
Completion of the road network valuation
Revaluation of the sewer network
Completion of the main City and North Wagga Wagga levee upgrade study
Capturing the condition of 1,100 storm water pits and 18 kilometres of pipe
The Fitzmaurice Street upgrade
During the past year Council consumed 160,000m3 of gravel, largely utilised in the flood recovery of unsealed roads. To put this in perspective, this quantity of material resheets approximately 160km of unsealed road and is approximately 4 times the annual average usage.
Two major achievements during the 2011/2012 financial year include:
The rehabilitation of a 1km section of Redhill Road immediately to the west of Glenfield Road
The rehabilitation of a 1.1km section of Bomen Road immediately to the east of the Olympic Highway
Both of these locations were in very poor condition for a number of years, and were the subject of many complaints. The rehabilitation of Bomen Road resulted in significant improvements in road geometry and a more appropriate surface for the heavy vehicle turning movements common on this section of road.
Facilitating equal accessCouncil is committed to ensuring that everyone in our community is given fair and equitable access to Council services and facilities. Council has continued to provide services and support through playgroups and education forums to many people in our social housing estates. A number of playgroups now run every week with a focus on supporting Indigenous families and bringing much needed services into these community areas. In June 2012 Council announced a partnership program with Save the Children Australia funding playgroup sessions in community based venues over the 2012/2013 financial period.
In 2011 Council commenced a dental health project in partnership with Charles Sturt University and NSW Department of Family and Community Services, funded by NSW Transport. This project has continued thro