Technology lights the way

Our Councillors have resolved to take another important step towards ensuring Albury is an even cleaner, greener and smarter community in years to come, by endorsing a plan to convert the city’s street lighting to LED technology.

It coincides with our bulk lamp replacement schedule that requires all of our street lights to be replaced every four years. Following council’s decision last week, our old and relatively inefficient halogen street lamps will soon be replaced with modern LED technology.

The project has a net capital cost of about $3M. It is a significant investment but one that will be quickly recovered. LED lights are brighter and more energy efficient than halogen lights, and they also last longer and have lower maintenance costs.

As a result, we expect to save $779,000 a year in power, maintenance and other costs when LED is fully installed, meaning our conversions costs will be fully recovered in just under four years. That will give us brighter and safer streets with improved environmental outcomes and enhanced reliability.

As part of the consultation for this process, council recently held a smart community survey that found lighting/energy efficiency was the community’s top priority. By delivering on this priority, we will be well placed to continue to achieve the vision for our future as set out by the community in our Albury 2030 Strategic Plan.

The LED conversion also provides an opportunity to accelerate our push to become a ‘smart city’.

Smart street lighting networks are becoming recognised as the backbone of smart community developments that can support a range of technological enhancements.

Our new lighting systems will be ‘smart-ready’. That means they can be quickly and cost-effectively adapted to incorporate dual port fixtures. One port will service meters that can not only adjust the amount of light emitted but also monitor for any failures or other problems. The second port will allow us to value-add with smart city devices that will become increasingly common as technology develops.

Essentially, by making our lights smarter, we’ll be able to adopt modern digital services to improve parking, traffic management, water usage measurement and waste management, just to name a few.

The replacement will be carried out by Essential Energy, with work likely to begin later this year.

The project is part of the Southern Lights project, which is a collaboration between 41 councils to deliver LED lighting and digital enabling equipment to 83,000 streetlights across southern New South Wales.

It also ties in with the work we’re doing with our Two Cities One Community partner, Wodonga Council, to deliver smart city solutions to the community on both sides of the border.

Our LED transformation is an important early step on this journey as we continue to build a solid foundation for growth in the digital arena.

At AlburyCity, we’re proud to have played a key role in driving the LED replacement program and we’re excited to be working towards a smart digital future that will help to keep us at the forefront of technology in a rapidly-changing world.

I’d like to thank the community for joining us on this voyage and we look forward to our new street lamps lighting the way forward as we continue to work together towards a brighter future for us all.

From the GM - 14 February 2019

GM looks to the future

Long term planning to secure and enhance the future of Albury’s fast-growing eastern areas is starting to come to fruition this year, with a major investigation to set the stage for transport, industry and residential growth for the decades ahead.

One of our key projects is the development of a Borella Road/Riverina Highway corridor strategy, which will map out the future needs of businesses and residents along the busy route.

The strategy takes in a study area that stretches from the Hume Highway interchange to Kerr Road, and includes key sites such as the hospital and health precinct, the airport, a range of industries in the airport industrial estate and a variety of small and large retail businesses.

It’s an area that’s grown markedly in recent years and with even more growth expected, the strategy will ensure that the right infrastructure and services are put into place so that the needs of new businesses and residents can be met as seamlessly as possible.

The strategy will investigate ways of improving traffic and transport options along the corridor, as well as ensuring we have enough land and infrastructure to support what’s expected to be strong growth in the health, business and residential sectors.

We’ll be looking into matters as diverse as the performance of major intersections, vehicle access, signage, paths and trails, cycling services and pedestrian access.

To ensure this planning meets the needs of the people who’ll benefit from it, we’re asking for your input to identify what’s most needed and how best to achieve it.

A ‘Have a Say’ page has been set up on Council’s website to gather community feedback so please do take the opportunity to tell us what you think. You can find a map of the area and more information about the strategy in this edition of our newsletter.

We’re also consulting face-to-face and were delighted to welcome more than 50 people to a community workshop last night. Their feedback will be incorporated into the strategy and we’ll follow that up by holding more consultations later in the year, prior to delivering the strategy.

Of course, this corridor is also a major transport link to Thurgoona-Wirlinga so the strategy ties in with the work that’s going on to meet the needs of that growing community.

Contractors have now started work on stage 5 of the Kerr Road redevelopment while our design engineers are working on the Kerr Road/Thurgoona Drive and Elizabeth Mitchell/Thurgoona Drive intersections.

When completed, these works will improve traffic flow, especially during peak demand in the mornings and evenings, and provide an extra layer of transport infrastructure to the families who’ll call Thurgoona home in the decades to come.

It’s all part of our efforts to make Albury an even better place to live, work and invest and best of all, community input is helping to ensure that the improvements we make are guided by the people who’ll use them – so, thank you to everyone for having a say and helping us to design the city of the future for all of us.

From the GM - 28 February 2019

From eyesore to asset

An exciting new era beckons for a former CBD eyesore as Council makes a strategic acquisition of vacant land in Young Street.

Council has successfully negotiated the acquisition of the former Allied Mills site in Young Street as part of a plan aimed at opening up the entire corridor of disused land between Wilson and Dean Streets to private sector investment, to create new businesses, services and jobs for our community.

The corridor has long been left vacant because complicated lease arrangements have restricted interest from potential investors. As a result, the land has not only become unsightly, a potentially valuable piece of real estate has also lain dormant.

However, Council’s acquisition of the mill site component of that corridor opens the way for the entire site to be considered for release to businesses on a freehold basis – a much more attractive option for those looking to invest in our city.

We will now begin negotiations to terminate the leases on the remaining land in that sector and work in partnership with the Australian Rail Track Corporation and Transport for NSW with the aim of releasing the entire site to the private sector.

Ultimately, that could generate capital investment of between $60M and $150M, with all the benefits of job creation and economic growth that kind of investment offers.

Identified in the 2009 Albury CBD Master Plan as prime development land, the site is ideally located on the gateway to the city centre and is within easy reach of road, rail and air transport links, making it attractive to retail or general business development.

The possibilities for development on the site are almost limitless. In time, we could see hotels, bars, retail stores or other businesses appear along that corridor.

The types of investment we could see there will depend on the opportunities identified by the private sector but all such developments would create jobs and economic activity as well as adding new layers to the fabric of the city’s economic profile.

In due course, we expect to recover our investment in the land – putting your rates to work to ensure the local economy grows and thrives, which is a key aim of the community-driven Albury 2030 strategy.

We’re excited about working with our partners to unlock the potential of the site as part of the bigger picture of making sure Albury remains an attractive place to live, work and invest and we look forward to keeping you updated as the process continues.

From the GM - 14 March 2019

Land purchase paves way for roundabout

An important step forward for the future of Thurgoona-Wirlinga was taken when Councillors voted on Monday night to acquire land needed to build a roundabout and associated services at the intersection of Kerr Road and Thurgoona Drive.

The purchase will proceed with the consent of the land owner, meaning work can start on the roundabout in June this year.

About 440 square metres of land will be acquired for $81,000 – an amount determined by an independent valuer and accepted by the owner – to ensure there is plenty of room to build a roundabout that’s safe and highly effective at carrying an increasingly busy traffic load in the years ahead.

Our Councillors have already approved the contract for the relocation of Telstra and NBN services at the intersection which will enable the construction of the roundabout.

It’s all part of the ongoing redevelopment of Kerr Road as Council works with the community to pave the way for rapid growth in Thurgoona in coming decades.

We’re now working on the fifth stage of the Kerr Road project, between Stirling Way and Thurgoona Drive.

Scheduled for completion in May, stage five includes road construction, a major water main installation, road surfacing, pathway development and landscaping.

The work is the latest step in our planning for the growth of Thurgoona-Wirlinga, which is expected to be home to an extra 50,000 people in the next 50 years.

Kerr Road will continue to be developed to the north to provide easy access to Table Top Road, Elizabeth Mitchell Drive and the Davey Road freeway interchange. As well as improving traffic flow and travel times, the works will also mean safer roads for motorists and pedestrians.

The construction of the roundabout will be stage six of this very important project.

The Kerr Road reconstruction is just one of many major projects now under way or in the pipeline.

Among those due to be completed this year are the J.C. King Park sports pavilion, the Foresters Grove playground redevelopment and the improvements at Noreuil Park – which are now into their second stage.

You can read more about these exciting developments and many more on our Major Projects page.

They’re all great examples of how your rates are being put to work to ensure our community grows and thrives into the future.

Many of these works are driven by what you, our community members, have identified as being important to you and your families.

With that ongoing collaboration between council, community, and other arms of government, we look forward to delivering these projects and many more as we work together to make Albury an even better place to live, work and invest.

From the GM  - 28 March 2019

We're good sports in Albury

As Albury-Wodonga’s cricketers prepare to head into the winter break, thoughts for many are already turning to spring and the chance to make a piece of local sporting history by being the first to play on our brand new oval at the Lavington Sports Ground.

The couch grass on the oval is knitting together nicely, meaning the surface and associated nets will be ready for their debut on the local sporting scene in September.

This will be an exciting moment in the re-development of the sports ground, which is set for even bigger and better improvements after Councillors last week voted to continue with the next stages of the project, despite a significant cost variation between the estimated and tendered costs for the works.

It’s regrettable that this variation occurred on a project that has already experienced a cost increase because of the unavoidable presence of unsuitable soil on the site.

However, the decision by Councillors to proceed with the works is a vote of confidence in the project that, despite the setbacks, will ultimately deliver an outstanding sporting facility that will feature all elements included in the original master plan endorsed by Council in April 2016.

It’s important to note that the cost variation is partly due to our determination to make a vision of creating one of regional Australia’s best sporting facilities by value-adding to the current and forthcoming stages, ensuring the best services possible are provided in the finished product.

Some of those improvements include:

  • Transforming a 1970s era facility into a modern and dynamic sports centre that meets contemporary building and fire safety standards
  • Providing better disability access to the grandstand and more undercover disability seating
  • New toilets in the existing grandstand
  • A grandstand extension with 500 extra seats, a function room, coaches’ box and media area
  • And, a new car park and entrance at the corner of Hanna Street and Centaur Road.

We’ll begin to see some of these exciting improvements taking place, following the appointment by Council on Monday night of highly respected local contractors Hansen Yuncken to deliver the works at a cost of $10.145M.

The end result will be the creation of a sporting complex that will be the envy of regional communities across Australia.

There have been ups and downs on the journey so far but we can look forward to having a stadium that will be able to host carnivals and events at regional, state and national level – and with that will come recreational and economic activity that will benefit the entire community.

The decision to proceed with the project is good news for our netballers and footballers who can be assured of access to the existing ground this winter, while in spring we’ll see the first evidence of the new era in local sport when the sounds of leather-on-willow ring out in a history-making start to the cricket season.

And from there, all sorts of sports at all levels will be played at a stadium we’ll all be proud to call Albury’s own.

You can hear more about the development in this Q&A with myself and the head of our Communications Team, Melinda Grigg.

From the GM -  11 April 2019

We're working to deliver an even better city

Later this month, we’ll present our draft 2019-2020 budget to Council. But before we turn our attention to the year ahead, I want to take a moment to reflect on what we’re doing now, and the many projects that are either nearing completion or are well advanced.

In just about every corner of our city, there’s something happening. At the southern entrance, new play equipment is being installed at the Oddies Creek Playground. A massive climbing net and rock climbing structure are in place and over the next few weeks we’ll complete the landscaping and fencing.

At our northern entrance, the new National Foresters Grove playground is nearing completion. The finishing touches are being applied and we hope to open the gates in May. We were fortunate in securing NSW Government money under its Stronger Country Communities Fund to complete the project.

In the west, works are progressing on the extension to the Wagirra Trail. Already, around three kilometres of new trail has been created and when complete, we’ll have an additional 12 kilometres of sealed pathway, traversing the banks of the Murray River at the back of Wonga Wetlands.

Closer to the city, the new JC King Parks sports pavilion is at the fit-out stage, with completion scheduled for July.  This is a partnership project between council and the Albury Netball Association and will provide a modern, multi-purpose facility for the hundreds of participants that use the facility now and into the future.

This week, we completed the upgrade of Kiewa Street between Guinea Street and Bungambrawatha Creek. We’ve resealed the road, improved the drainage, installed new kerb and gutter and medians and upgraded the bus bays outside Albury High School. We particularly acknowledge the patience and co-operation of Albury High, adjoining residents and service providers during the extensive works period.

Major works are also underway at Noreuil Park to improve car parking. When complete, there’ll be 36 new parking spaces, an alternative bike path that will run behind the cafe and improved lighting. These works are also funded under the State Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Over the next 12 months, there’ll be even more improvements to our riverside parks as we start work on a range of projects that are being funded under the NSW Government's Regional Growth, Tourism and Environment Fund.

We’re also progressing with stages 2 and 3A of the Lavington Sports Ground redevelopment.

You can read more about all of these projects on our major projects and works page and I’ll bring you more information about upcoming projects in a special edition of ‘What’s Happening in our Community’ when we adopt the draft budget later this month.

From the GM - 9 May 2019

Have your say on draft budget

AlburyCity’s draft budget 2019-20 is now open for community comment and we’re keen to hear your feedback as we work towards implementing some exciting projects for the city.

We’re proposing a low rates rise of 2.7 per cent – or about 60 cents extra a week for the average household – with no increase to water, sewerage or waste collection charges.

Within this framework, we’re funding 2,800 expenditure items with a capital works spend of $58M.

As always, there’s a strong focus on improving our roads and footpaths with major works to include the ongoing revitalisation of Wagga Road at Lavington and the redevelopment of Kerr Road as well as other works to help meet growth demands at Thurgoona-Wirlinga.

Water and sewerage projects are also a big ticket item, with a $16.4M program to install new mains – again with an eye on growth at Thurgoona - and replace ageing infrastructure across the city.

In the sporting arena, we’re pushing ahead to the next stage of the Lavington Sports Ground redevelopment. There’ll also be improvements to the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre and new terrace seating at the Les O’Brien Athletics Complex as well as detailed designs for a state-of-the-art regional skate park in David Street.

The draft budget also proposes important environmental and educational projects at the Albury Waste Management Centre, design planning for major upgrades to the Albury Entertainment Centre, an expansion of the general aviation precinct at the airport and improvements to Glenmorus Memorial Gardens.

In the cultural sphere, we’re planning to restock the shelves at our libraries and transform the old pump house in Waterworks Road into a hub for artists and creators, while a program of public arts will continue to beautify our streets and other public places.

Of course, the Murray River is at the heart of our identity in Albury and we’re really excited about plans to enhance the foreshore between Oddies Creek Park and Wonga Wetlands. These works will also see a start on the development of a visitor experience centre at the wetlands and the extension of the very popular Wagirra Trail.

We’re also ensuring we remain a smart community, as well as one that offers lifestyle and investment opportunities. In the coming financial year, we’ll continue our ‘Smart Communities’ work with Wodonga Council – so keep an eye an eye for signposts to our digital future, such as smart bins and lights.

Speaking of lights, the draft budget also funds the ongoing replacement of all our old halogen street lights with LED lamps – a move that will reduce our energy consumption and cut energy costs by about 25 per cent.

These are just some of the many projects that will progress under the draft budget – a document that was designed by the community, for the community.

It’s driven by our Albury 2030 Strategic Plan, a vision created by the people of Albury to map out our long-term social, economic and environmental future, so to continue to enhance that partnership, we’re very keen to hear your thoughts on the draft budget before 24 May.

We’ve hosted two community information sessions earlier this month but if you missed those, there’ll be another at the council offices in Kiewa Street on Friday 17 May at 11 am.

You can see the budget papers at the Albury and Lavington libraries and the council offices in Kiewa Street, or jump on to our website to have your say and help to drive our city into another year of growth and opportunity.

Thanks to everyone who’s helped our Councillors and AlburyCity team to create this draft budget and I look forward to continuing that community partnership as we move into an exciting new era in Albury.

From the GM - 23 May 2019

New leadership structure to deliver for city

A new senior management structure at AlburyCity will ensure council meets the community’s hopes and expectations for our city, as set out in Albury 2030 - the strategic blueprint for our economic, social and environmental future.

As part of a major organisational review, the senior leadership team of a General Manager and four Directors will be replaced by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and two Deputy CEOs.

I was pleased to announce this week that two of our long-serving Directors, Tracey Squire and Brad Ferris, have been appointed as Deputy CEOs.

Tracey, who is currently Council’s Director, Economic Development and Tourism, will take up the position of Deputy CEO Business, Growth and Community, while Brad – who’s now our Director of Engineering, will become Deputy CEO Infrastructure, Planning and Environment.

Tracey is a proven strategic leader with a wealth of experience in local government and finance, and she brings a high level of business and commercial acumen coupled with community building to this role.

Brad brings over 30 years of local government experience; 11 of these as Director of Engineering at AlburyCity. A qualified civil engineer, Brad has extensive experience in providing strong leadership as well as setting the strategic direction for infrastructure, development and commercial business related activities across AlburyCity.

As part of this structure, my position of General Manager will transition to CEO, with the role taking a greater organisational focus on advocacy, strategy, vision and purpose.

All three positions will become effective from Monday 1 July.

These changes are a milestone for AlburyCity with the new structure to provide a more contemporary and streamlined management system that will allow senior leaders greater oversight and strategic vision for the city’s future.

Our new Deputy CEOs will be responsible for ensuring all our diverse functions are working together to achieve the direction and objectives of their respective Directorates as well as delivering on our shared council and community vision.

This vision was devised by the community under Albury 2030 and sets out the aims and expectations for our city to 2030 and beyond. By providing a flatter management structure, council will be well placed to deliver on that vision, ensuring our city becomes an even more attractive place to live, work and invest.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Directors Michael Keys and James Jenkins and Acting Director Simona Coad for their immense contribution to the city and council over their years of service.

Their positions will be completed at the end of June but their legacies will continue as seen in the important improvements they’ve driven for Albury, and all of us here at AlburyCity wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

The new positions were advertised Australia-wide and attracted more than 40 applications – proof of Albury’s appeal as a great place to live and work and I thank those candidates for their interest.

We’re now working to ensure a seamless transition to the new structure so that we’re well placed to meet the opportunities and challenges that will define Albury in the decades to come.

But as always, it is the community of Albury that ultimately drives the changes that will see our city grow and thrive and I thank all of you for your input, ideas and passion.

We’re looking forward to continuing the collaboration between council, the community, business, industry and other levels of government to make our vision for the future a reality and our leaders – and indeed the entire AlburyCity team – are excited by the opportunities to deliver on your hopes and aspirations in the years ahead.

From the GM - 6 June 2019

Smart bins a new step in technology journey

Albury is getting smarter by the day as we embrace the technological revolution that’s changing the way every-day services are provided to our community.

The latest step forward in our quest to be a leader in the smart communities field is the commissioning of our new solar-powered compactor waste bins near the barbecue shelter at Noreuil Park.

A first for Albury, the dual ‘BigBelly’ bins use the sun’s energy to charge a 12-volt battery that powers a compaction unit inside the bins. Sensors on either side of the unit determine when the bins are full, triggering a compaction mechanism that compresses the waste into compact blocks.

And the smart technology doesn’t end there. When the bins are 80 per cent full, the station sends a text or email to our collection teams, advising them that the compressed contents are almost ready to be removed. This means we can reduce the amount of time we spend on checking and emptying the contents, especially during busy times at the park.

Not only do these bins collect five to six times the amount of waste of a normal bin, they also keep rubbish securely contained – eliminating the risk of the bins overflowing or being raided by pests.

The purchase of the compressor bins is part of an initiative by AlburyCity to improve waste collection and recycling in our public places. Along with the BigBelly units, we’ve also installed 15 new recycling bins at Noreuil Park, ensuring a cleaner, greener park and maintaining our position as leaders in waste reduction and recycling.

However, the compaction bins are just the latest in a series of smart additions to our public places.

As part of our partnership with Wodonga Council under the Two Cities One Community initiative, 56 sensors have been installed at key attractions and locations across both cities to tell us how many people are using public facilities, and when they’re using them.

Some of the locations for these sensors include the Oddies Creek playground, the walking trail on Gateway Island and the East Albury and Logan Road dog parks.

The sensors do not provide any personal information about users of the facilities but they do tell us which areas are most popular, helping us to plan maintenance and improvements based on solid data about the use of these sites.

For example, we now know that more than 40,000 people have entered the Oddies Creek playground in just six weeks – and that’s only counting people who entered through the main gate. This confirms the popularity of the playground with local families, meaning we can use this knowledge to plan for the future of this facility and others like it.

Similarly, the sensors at the dog parks provide a picture of when the parks are most used which help us to make better informed decisions about management and upkeep of the sites.

These are just some of the steps on an exciting journey we’re taking into the future along with our partners in Wodonga. We look forward to the community joining us on that journey as 21st Century technology paves the way for new knowledge and improvements that will help us all to create an even better city for the generations to come.

From the GM - 20 June 2019

Councils, community join forces for the environment

Albury and Wodonga Councils are working together to protect the local environment – and the community is being asked to play a key role in determining how it’s done.

The Regional Natural Environment Strategy will provide a cross-border vision to guide both councils in the best ways of managing public reserves and parks, as well as private properties, across both cities so that flora, fauna and the general amenity of our neighbourhoods are preserved and enhanced for future generations to enjoy.

The strategy will determine how each council manages public land and everything that lives upon it, from the smallest insects to the largest animals as well as natural features such as streams, trees and grasslands. It will not only provide direction for the care of more than 6,000 hectares of locally-managed reserves but also to parks and gardens.

However, it’s not just about public places. The strategy also aims to secure significant ‘buy-in’ from private landholders to increase protection of biodiversity in all pockets of our region - so it could even include ways of protecting the inhabitants of your own back yard.

To help us find the best way forward, we’ve recently conducted surveys to gather the thoughts and ideas of the community with separate platforms for children to share their suggestions. As part of this consultation process, we also held community workshops, drop-in sessions and stalls at the farmers’ markets.  

A priority is recognition of the culture of the land’s traditional owners and input from the Aboriginal community as custodians of the land for tens of thousands of years has been a key part of the consultation process.

The project is a true cross-border collaboration with the border itself – the Murray River – being a central component of the strategy. This means the river is not a division between people, but actually a uniting factor of the strategy and also symbolic of the close co-operation of the two councils under the Two Cities One Community partnership.

Some of the bigger targets of the strategy might include protecting the 63 endangered animal and plant species in our region, such as the squirrel glider or spider orchid. However, there will also be a strong focus on our environment’s common features, such as the insects that help to provide the food we eat and the trees that contribute to the air we breathe.

These will all be critical parts of the strategy to guide us through the rapid growth of both cities, ensuring we achieve that growth with a manageable impact on issues such as land clearing, loss of habitat, threats from feral species and the effects of climate change.

The strategy will provide a regional blueprint to achieve these aims, reducing duplication, creating a united voice for advocacy and providing a clearer understanding of the problems and challenges for government agencies and others to make a real difference.

However, it’s not just a matter for scientists and policy-makers. We can all contribute by making changes in and around our homes. These changes could be as simple as adopting wildlife-sensitive practices around pet ownership, creating wildlife-friendly gardens and creating habitat for those species we want to protect.

I’d like to thank everyone who’s contributed so far, whether through the on-line surveys, workshops or drop-in sessions.

This input has been vital to determine not only the issues of importance to the community but also to harness the knowledge, ideas and creativity of the people who call our region home.

The next step will be to develop a draft strategy that will go on public exhibition for more community feedback.

From there, we’ll be well placed to present a united effort in making sure our beautiful natural environment and the amazing creatures that live there are preserved for future generations to enjoy – thanks once again to a productive partnership between our community and their two councils.

From the CEO - 4 July 2019 

New era at AlburyCity

A new era has begun at AlburyCity as we work towards delivering the shared vision of the community and Council for the future as defined in the Albury 2030 Community Strategic Plan.

From Monday this week, a new and more modern leadership structure came into effect at Council when we transitioned from a five-directorate management model to two.

Under the changes, my former position of General Manager changed to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) while we now have two Deputy CEOs in Tracey Squire and Brad Ferris.

Tracey is now Deputy CEO Business, Growth and Community and Brad is Deputy CEO Infrastructure, Planning and Environment.

Tracey is a proven strategic leader with a wealth of experience in local government and finance, including 10 years as AlburyCity Director Economic Development and Tourism. Tracey brings a high level of business and commercial acumen coupled with community building to this role.

Brad brings more than 30 years local government experience - 11 of these as Director Engineering at AlburyCity. A qualified civil engineer, Brad has extensive experience in providing strong leadership as well as setting the strategic direction for infrastructure, development and commercial business related activities across AlburyCity.

Both were appointed during an extensive national recruitment process that attracted a strong field of 40 applicants – an endorsement of AlburyCity’s reputation as an employer of choice and recognition of the valuable partnerships built with our community.

By having this more modern and streamlined leadership structure, we’ll be better placed to continue our work to achieve the vision for our social, environmental and economic future as set out by the community and Council in Albury 2030.

There are some exciting times ahead, both in the short and long term, with some terrific initiatives coming up in this financial year’s budget. These include projects such as the next stages in the redevelopment of our beautiful Murray River precinct, improvements to the Albury Entertainment Centre, and the ongoing city-wide rollout of LED street lighting, just to name a few.

Of course, our dedicated team of Councillors and employees will continue to work on behalf of the community to achieve these aims and many more, but under the new structure, this work will be driven by an enhanced strategic focus that will ensure we are ready as a Council and a community to thrive in times of rapid change.

Tracey, Brad and I are looking forward to making the most of our new roles and in terms of service delivery we will continue to work towards improved performance - not just  ‘business as usual’ - and we’re excited by the opportunities to take a more holistic view of our city’s future.

Change and improvement will flow from our ongoing collaboration with our community and partners, and I encourage everyone to continue those partnerships by sharing your ideas and aspirations with us so we can keep working together for an even better future for the nationally significant Albury Wodonga region.