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NEWS DESK

Getting to know council grades Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au

Certificate of appreciation: Mayor Steve Staikos, left, thanks Bill Nixon for a generous donation to the Kingston Charitable Fund from Mordialloc Community Nursing Home. Pictured: Supplied

Charity begins at Home CHRISTMAS is a time of giving and community groups will benefit from a generous $200,000 gift by the Mordialloc Community Nursing Home committee of management. Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos said the donation will “make a positive difference” in the municipality. “On behalf of the City of Kingston, and indeed the entire Kingston community, I thank the Mordialloc Community Nursing Home Committee of Management for their very generous support for the Kingston Charitable Fund,” Cr Staikos said.

“This will take our corpus to $1.5million and will allow us to support more worthy activities each year.” Cr Staikos accepted a $200,000 cheque payable to the Kingston Charitable Fund from former mayor and nursing home committee member Bill Nixon. The committee is winding up its operations and decided to distribute any excess funds to the fund. Mercy Health is building a new aged care home in Kingston and Mordialloc Community Nursing Home has transferred its bed licences to the Catholic

organisation founded by the Sisters of Mercy. “We’re pleased that the good work of the Mordialloc Community Nursing Home is felt in our community for decades to come thanks to this generous donation,” Cr Staikos said. The Kingston Charitable Fund raises money from businesses, residents and philanthropists to invest in the community and annual income earned is distributed via annual community grants. It is a charitable fund account of the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation established in 1923.

A STATE government website tracking the performance of councils across Victoria shows Kingston Council collects higher rates than similar-sized councils in the state but performs above average on providing the basics of roads but may need to work on improving rubbish bins collection. The Know Your Council site was launched by the Labor state government two years ago and is updated annually to give ratepayers a snapshot of how their council is performing across a range of services including community care, planning and waste collection. Information on the site for the 2015-16 financial year, released last week, shows Kingston Council collected $1716.68 on average per ratepayer in the municipality compared to $1564.95 at similar councils. The site shows 98.92 per cent of roads in Kingston are sealed “to condition standards” against a 94.97 per cent average at similar councils. In Kingston, about six bins were missed for collection per 10,000 households, slightly above the similarsized councils’ average of 5.68 missed per 10,000 households. Council costs per kerbside rubbish bins collection were lower than aver-

age though at $99.34 per bin for the year compared to $106.81 annually at comparable councils. Victorian Local Government Minister Marlene Kairouz focused on transparency at councils when releasing the updated figures this month. “We’re making councils more accountable and transparent to the ratepayers they represent,” Ms Kairouz said in a statement. “Know Your Council is a great resource for all things local government and includes important information on the function of councils, election information, key contacts and news from across the sector. “This latest round of data will allow ratepayers to better monitor how their council is performing now – compared to previous years and other councils.” Kingston Council made 5.99 per cent of its decisions at meetings closed to the public, lower than the average 7.17 per cent at similar councils. The Know Your Council site listed community satisfaction with council decisions at 60 per cent, in line with an average of 59 per cent at comparable councils. See knowyourcouncil.vic.gov.au online for council performance data and responses from council management in each service category.

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