Draft Operational Plan and Budget on exhibition

27 April, 2018Posted in: Community, Other
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Wingecarribee Shire Council is seeking comment from the community after Councillors endorsed the draft Operational Plan and Budget at this week’s Council Meeting.

The draft Operational Plan 2018/19 includes the Budget, Revenue Policy and Fees and Charges for the year ahead and will go on public exhibition as of Friday 27 April 2018.

Wingecarribee Shire Council General Manager Ann Prendergast said the documents were an opportunity for residents to comment on Council’s immediate program of works.

“The Operational Plan is a key document outlining Council’s budget and proposed activities for the year ahead,” she said. “It helps us to allocate the financial, physical and human resources to meet upcoming projects.”

“These projects stem from our four-year Delivery Program, which has been developed in response to our Community Strategic Plan – Wingecarribee 2031.”

As a part of this Plan, Council continues to focus on the seven key priorities that it has committed to delivering over the course of this Council term.

These are:

  • Responsible Financial Management,
  • Improving our community assets (including roads, drainage and community buildings),
  • Protecting our natural environment,
  • Delivery of significant infrastructure projects (including Mittagong Pool, Bowral Memorial Hall, Station Street and Berrima Road projects),
  • Better service alignment and delivery,
  • Business transformation to help alleviate red tape, and
  • Community wellbeing.

Key figures from the Budget include an unprecedented $219 million to be spent on infrastructure and renewal projects over the next four years.  This includes $62 million to be allocated towards the upgrading of Bowral and Moss Vale Sewage Treatment Plants, $59 million to be spent on roads, bridges and footpaths and $21 million on community buildings and recreation areas.  A further $17 million will be allocated towards stormwater drainage works.

The Operational Plan also details funding strategies developed to deliver key projects such as the proposed Station Street Upgrade, Kirkham Street Reconstruction, Moss Vale Cemetery Masterplan, Bowral Cemetery Improvements and an apprenticeship/trainee program.

The draft documents will be on exhibition until Thursday 24 May 2018.

The documents can be viewed online at www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au or at Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre and at Council’s libraries.

Feedback and submissions can be made via:

All feedback and submissions must be made by midnight Thursday 24 May 2018.

“We invite all of our residents to provide us with feedback, because ultimately, these documents will help to set the future agenda of our Shire,” Ms Prendergast added.