A substantial portfolio of capital works to improve our Shire, now underway as Council passes budget for 23/24
A big year ahead for high priority capital works is reflected in Wingecarribee Shire Council’s commitment to delivering more than $84 million in infrastructure upgrades, as the 23/24 budget was passed at yesterday’s Extraordinary Meeting of Council. Council Administrator Mr Viv May says Council is heavily invested in the long-term sustainability of a wide range of services, and providing our Shire with vastly improved core assets and infrastructure, needed to meet the demand and the expectations of current and future communities.
“The unique natural assets, sense of community, and quality of life residents enjoy here in the Southern Highlands continues to attract a growing number of families and professionals to our Shire and we are planning ahead to meet the increased demand on our assets and infrastructure,” Mr May said. “The extensive program of capital works projects WSC will undertake in the coming year has been guided by a community-led vision for making our Shire an even better place to live and work, for years to come.”
Council will invest approximately $84 million this year in improving local infrastructure.
Plans over the next four years include an investment of $374 million in the Shire’s critical assets including roads, footpaths and water supply networks. Partial to full funding has been secured through various State and Federal Government grants to see some of these priority projects completed, saving rate payers millions.
Among priority projects for our community is a new, purpose-designed SES headquarters to equip these vital volunteers to respond effectively to significantly increased demand and house next generation vehicles and technologies. A joint build on land purchased for a new and improved Animal Shelter will optimise the use of the site.
Completion of the Old South Road renewal and Moss Vale Bypass will improve movement around the region, and the much anticipated transformation of Bong Bong Common, as well as Casburn Park at Wingello, will provide enhanced accessibility and use of our open spaces.
Substantial investment in upgrades to sewage treatment plant infrastructure that is currently operating at maximum capacity, will provide for future growth while protecting our sensitive waterways and eco-systems. Roads, bridges, footpaths, stormwater drainage, water supply networks and recreational spaces are among total assets and infrastructure to be enhanced under total expenditure for the four year period.
All of these major works represent the culmination of extensive community consultation in the planning and decision-making process.
An interactive project map will be made available on Council’s new and improved website, so that residents can check in on the progress with works, in real time.
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