In a challenging environment, our Council achieved a great deal in the 2020/21 financial year, as our Annual Report for the year shows. Much achieved in 2020/21 despite COVID disruptions The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to rising costs of materials, especially steel and concrete, disrupted labour availability and delayed delivery of materials needed for many of our projects. Despite these challenges, much has been achieved. Our Council formally adopted the Annual Report at its 7 December meeting. Read the full Annual Report here. Read the summary of the Annual Report here Some highlights from the Report: We signed off on our Long Term Plan having had a very high level of public feedback; We’ve continued our drinking water standards upgrade programme with new plants completed in Coromandel Town, Tairua, Pāuanui and Whitianga and more underway; We completed upgrades to several public toilets in busy areas with assistance from the government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund; We made significant upgrades to a number of boat ramps; The government committed $8.2 million to build marine-servicing infrastructure at Kōpū project; The ArikiTahi/Sugarloaf Wharf project received an additional $2 million from the Waikato Regional Council regional development fund, on top of the $19.95 million already granted from the Provincial Growth Fund; We delivered $18.2 million in road maintenance and renewal with a Waka Kotahi/NZTA subsidy of $10.4 million; We made significant strides with our Shoreline Management Plans – the first co-governance committee was held in October 2020 involving Council and the Pare Hauraki collective; And we won an award from Recreation Aotearoa for our fantastic programme encouraging our community to enjoy our local parks during Parks Week 2021. Financially, our Council is in good shape, ending the financial year in a surplus position, in part because of higher-than-budgeted revenue in some areas combined with lower spending in some activities. The Annual Report describes what our Council has achieved over the previous financial year. It forms an integral part of Council's planning and reporting cycle. While Council's annual and long term plans set out and communicate to the public what Council intends to do, the annual report closes the loop by conveying whether Council did what it said it would.