Inner West Council

Your rates at work - Snapshot of Council's 2013 major achievments at a glance

 

  • Ashfield Council was named by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure as Sydney’s top performing Council when it comes to processing Development Applications for the third year in a row.
  • Council processed  334 Development Applications during 2012/13.
  • The Ashfield Council Clean Team removed 451 incidences of graffiti in the area.  
  • Council conducted two major clean up events for all households in the area which saw an estimated 826 tonnes of general rubbish and 54 tonnes of green waste collected. 
  • Hosted Artists in Residence at Thirning Villa and held a series of workshops for local residents across a range of artistic mediums.
  • During the past financial year 270 requests for information under the GIPA Act (which replaced the former Freedom of Information Act) were processed.
  • The Justice of the Peace (JP) service at Ashfield Library signed over 21,156 items including 18,793 certifications, 77 affidavits, 1,692 statutory declarations and 168 annexures.

  • Ashfield Aquatic Centre celebrated its 50th year of operation on Australia Day 2013. The facility has had over 10 million visits since it opened its doors 50 years ago in 1963.
  • Council received 12,602 requests for service which have been processed by Council. Council responded to 76% of these requests within 10 days. 
  • Ashfield and Haberfield Libraries provided a wide range of free school holidays activities this year which were frequently booked out. Over the past financial year 1,241people attended school holiday programs. 
  • A new equal access playground, suitable for children of all abilities, was installed in Ashfield Park.  As part of the project Council also installed new footpaths in Robson, Centenary, Hammond and Ashfield Parks to improve facilities and play equipment.  
  • The new Youth Centre and refurbished Town Hall was officially opened by her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO Governor of NSW.  
  • The refurbished Town Hall was opened.  It will be used for community and educational events, dance and theatre recitals and productions, fundraising events, community functions and forums.
  • Ashfield Councillors agreed to permanently fly the Aboriginal Flag in front of the Civic Centre following the installation of new flag poles.
  • Council hosted a program of events and activities to celebrate White Ribbon Day, Mental Health Awareness Month, Good Food Month, Day of People with a Disability, Recycle Week, Lunar New Year, Seniors Week, Harmony Day, National Playgroup Week, International Women’s Day and Library Lovers’ Day.
  • Council held a pop up garden in the Civic Centre Forecourt to launch Council’s Community Gardening Policy and to promote Community Gardening.
  • 4,588 children attended Rhymetime and Storytime at Ashfield and Haberfield Libraries.
  • Council hosted a regional high school climate change program with the Youth Climate Coalition which attracted over 100 students.
  • Council presented over 40 sustainable living events and workshops in collaboration with 4 other Inner West Councils. The Treading Lightly series at Ashfield Council attracted 170 attendees.
  • Council delivered E-waste Events with over 30 tonnes of material collected and diverted from during the 2012-13 period.
  • Ashfield Council coordinated the distribution of 600 trees to local schools to plant for National Tree Day.
  • Council installed signage across the local government area regarding ‘Stealing from Cars’ at crime hotspots which included signage translations in Italian and Chinese.
  • Ashfield Aquatic Centre hosted over 20 swimming carnivals for schools from the local area.
  • Council officers carried out new planting at Hammond Park, Robson Park, Ashfield Park and Yeo Park.
  • Council undertook 983 square metres of footpath repairs at Hawthorne Parade, Tillock Street, Albert Street, Ormond Street, Dudley Street, Farleigh Street, Thomas Street, Seaview Street and Loftus Street. 
  • During 2012/13 Council undertook 101 inspections for beauty salons, skin penetration, 48 boarding house inspections, 1 legionella control inspection, and 514 food shop inspections.