Media release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Westland District Council’s 2021/2022 Annual Report was adopted at an Extraordinary Council meeting today, 15 December 2022. Council’s had an extended deadline for adoption until 31 December 2022 due to the shortage of staff available to complete audits of their documents.
“The delayed audit means that this is a very long and drawn out process for the staff, and we will be pleased to return to the normal 31 October deadline next year,” advises Group Manager: Corporate Services Lesley Crichton. “We have worked with a new audit company, EY, and new audit team this year and it has been an extremely thorough process. The public can have faith that we are presenting our report with transparency and clarity. The opinion from Audit is unqualified, however every Council has received an emphasis of matter regarding 3 waters as a matter of course.”
“It has been a busy year for Council and staff,” says Simon Bastion, Chief Executive. “As we’ve noted in the overview of our activities:
Council maintained the proportion of general rates to total income at 22% from 2020/2021. Our asset base increased to a value of $54m, with working capital of $9.8m – much of which is made up of government grants.
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