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Council rides the wave to gold for a second year of transparent reporting

27 July 2022

Port Stephens Council has won a Gold Award for the second year in the Australasian Reporting Awards for its accessible and transparent 2020 to 2021 Annual Report.

The awards provide a benchmark for world best practice in annual reports and recognise those who achieve this high standard.

Council’s Acting General Manager Tim Crosdale said receiving the award demonstrates the quality of Council’s reporting and transparency.

“Following on from our success last year, we’re very proud to have achieved the gold standard of reporting again. It’s a wonderful recognition of our Council’s commitment to continue open, transparent and accessible reporting,” Mr Crosdale said.

"Our annual report is an important tool in communicating with our community. It reports on not only Council’s achievements, but challenges too – we place a lot of emphasis on accountability, making sure we report honestly about our highlights and challenges for the year, and look ahead to what’s next.

“It’s a true reflection of the 2020 to 2021 year. The crests were high, like the opening of our new Koala Sanctuary, and the troughs were challenging, with natural disasters and the ongoing impacts of a pandemic,” he added.

Mr Crosdale said the annual report is just one way Council is focused on driving relevant, timely and easy to understand information.

“We’re continually improving the way we communicate. We know our community values open and honest communications and it’s important that our annual report continues to be more than just a legislative requirement, but rather an interesting, informative and inclusive document,” Mr Crosdale said.

Council is currently preparing our 2021 to 2022 Annual Report which is expected to be considered by Council in November 2022.

Find out more and read the report on our Annual Report page