Despite an increased workload and the grounding of the MV Rena off the Tauranga coast last October, Bay of Plenty Regional Council still delivered on its major projects, including progressing its major programmes for Rotorua Lakes and Tauranga Harbour.
All projects - including developing and adopting a new Ten Year Plan and a new Regional Policy Statement - were achieved, and the Regional Council ended its financial year with a surplus.
In the council's annual report, they recorded a surplus of $3.4 million, compared with a budget deficit of $4.3 million, a variation of $7.7 million. However, it increased its overall non-cash surplus to $29.7 million due to an accounting adjustment following a revaluation of the liability the council has for shares issued in a previous year.
In a statement released today, the council said progress work with Rotorua lakes resulted in significant improvments, including water quality at Lake Rotoehu at the healthiest it's been for nearly two decades.
Work also continued on protecting and enhancing Tauranga Harbour and Tauranga passsenger transport use was 11 per cent higher this year. A summary and full annual report are available on the regional council's website www.boprc.govt.nz, or hard copies can be ordered on 0800 884 880.