Digital report paves way for meeting

The meeting allows ratepayers to consider the City’s annual report for 2014-15 and raise any other general business.

The council approved the annual report without discussion at its December meeting, with this year’s report available in an interactive digital format as well as printed.

“The content of this annual report has changed quite significantly from previous years,” the December 8 agenda said.

“Previously it was developed as more of a compliance-driven document with only the necessary information included.

“The digital format provides a much more engaging experience and allows users to drill down into the areas of interest.”

The annual report said the City spent more than $47.7 million in 2014-15 on community facilities and infrastructure and continued to grow by about 8000 people a year.

“The City is home to 188,000 people (2015) and over 11,000 businesses (2014) providing 49,000 local jobs,” it said.

According to the report, revenue was $166.6 million, up 6 per cent from the previous year, and expenses totalled $159.3 million – also a 6 per cent increase.

Of the revenue generated, $120.5 million came from rates.

The electors’ meeting will start at 6pm on January 27 at the Wanneroo Civic Centre, and the monthly council briefing session will follow from 7pm.