Annual Report 2022-2023

Published 6th December 2023

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Whilst  cases of COVID-19 still occurred during the year, the reduction in Federal/State-mandated emergency response actions and a community and Council focus on individual protective measures supported the re-establishment of local businesses and sporting and lifestyle services and opportunities valued by our community.

Council continued to deliver a range of quality services, programs and events through Roxby Link Leisure Centre and associated Library, Youth Centre, Auditorium and Sports and Aquatics Centre. Roxby Power and Roxby Water continued to provide reliable service.

Council remained focused on the progress of major community projects and was proud to finalise the Roxby Gidja Munda (Children’s Place) Pump Track, reaching a key milestone in a rewarding collaborative journey in realisation of a project initiated and inspired by several community members. Council acknowledges funding support from the State Government of South Australia through the ‘Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program’ (LGIPP) towards this project.

Significant progress was also made on the $7 million Sports Precinct Upgrade, which will deliver four new multi-purpose playing courts, two AFL-standard gender-diverse change rooms, upgraded lighting and improved amenity to the array of sporting/events available to the community. Council acknowledges funding support from round five of the the Australian Government’s, ‘Building Better Regions Fund’ (BBRF), the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing and the Roxby Downs Sport and Recreation Forum towards this project.

Roxby Downs exists to support the local resources industry and operates under the auspice of the Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982 (Indenture Act). Any change to the local resources landscape impacts Roxby Downs.

Announcements during the year relating to furthering Oak Dam exploration and the acquisition of OzMinerals by BHP both hold positive future economic potential for the town, particularly in positioning Olympic Dam as part of a the South Australian “Copper Province” poised to deliver critical minerals for the global energy transition. Throughout the year, Council continued to connect regularly with BHP representatives, State Government and other community stakeholders to discuss and understand significant activities and strategic initiatives within the town.

Council completed two important strategic documents which will underpin the development of Council’s finances, infrastructure and assets over the next 10 years. The Long-Term Financial Plan 2023-2033 and the Infrastructure and Asset Management Plan 2023-2033 together plot measures to support financial sustainability whilst enabling the delivery of effective services over the next decade.

I hope you find this report interesting.

Geoff Whitbread