Latest report card: how does Wollondilly compare to other councils

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Picture: Google Maps

The annual report card comparing councils across NSW has just been released, and makes for interesting reading for Wollondilly residents.

Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock released the updated Your Council website this week with the latest comparative statistics about the operations and demographics of the 128 local councils in NSW.

Wollondilly, with a population of 53,000 and an area of 2500 square kilometres, has a slightly lower population density than the average for like councils in its group, despite the population growing 10.7 per cent in the last five years (roughly five per cent higher growth than the group average of six per cent).

The shire averages 21 residents per square kilometre, while the group average is 23 residents per square kilometre.

Wollondilly has fewer councillors than the average (nine compared to 11), and fewer council staff than the average (270 versus 296).

And while the shire is below average in the provision of public halls (10 compared to the group average of 18) and public libraries (one, when the average is two), it is well ahead when it comes to public open space.

The group average is 11,108 hectares of public open space. Wollondilly has almost doubled that with 22,032 hectares of open space for the public to use.

Construction is the industry which employs the most shire residents, and Wollondilly is sitting on three per cent unemployment - less than the five per cent unemployment average of its council group.

Shire residents make slightly more on average ($62,916) than the group ($61,984) but have fewer active businesses in the LGA than the council group average (4608 versus 5863).

When it comes to residential council rates, Wollondilly residents are paying more on average than the group.

Where shire folk paid $1899.10 each, on average, for residential rates in the 2019/20 financial year, the group average saw residents charged $1622.50 by their councils.

Farmland rates were also higher, $3604.20 compared to $3102.30.

Pleasingly, Wollondilly Council received zero code of conduct complaints in the last reporting period, compared to the group average of four.

But two previous complaints were investigated and actioned, costing the council $5242 - less than the average cost of $16,115 to handle complaints.

Finally, 22.8 per cent of the council's service expenses went to roads, bridges and footpaths, with the council spending $326.70 per capita on the upkeep, compared to the group average of $290.90.

You can check out all these statistics, and more, for yourself at yourcouncil.nsw.gov.au.

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