- Biggest capital spend ever for Council at $240M over 2 years
- Small cash deficit of $0.5M
- Major projects to be rolled out across the Shoalhaven
- Visit a community meeting to find out more
Shoalhaven City Council has placed its key planning and budget draft documents on public exhibition following a motion at tonight’s Council meeting in Ulladulla.
The 2015/16 Delivery Program and Operational Plan will be open to public comment until 25 May, allowing an opportunity for the community to have their say on how council spends its dollars over the next financial year.
This budget sees our biggest ever spend on capital – some $240M over 2 years on major water and sewer infrastructure, new footpaths, waterways infrastructure and a number of major road rehabilitations and resurfacing projects around the City with highlights including:
- REMS1B – Upgrade of Nowra and Bomaderry Sewage Treatment Plants
- Porters Creek dam remediation works
- Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre
- Nowra pool redevelopment
- $6M Flinders Road
- $1.26M wharf upgrade at Huskisson
- $640K boat launching ramp at Sanctuary Point
- $500K Nowra CBD
- Bridge replacement at Jacobs Drive Sussex inlet
- $420K reconstruction of Wallace Street, Nowra
- $300K Bellevue Street, South Nowra
- $500K Paradise Beach road, Sanctuary Point
- $400K reconstruction of Golf Ave, Mollymook
- $800K Camden Street, Ulladulla
- $1.4M drainage projects with major works at Bomaderry, Lake Tabourie and Sussex Inlet
- $3M sealing and widening of Turpentine Road
- $6M Flinders Road improved access and widening
The extensive path construction program will see important major works at Matron Porter drive (Milton) and Orion Beach, with some key smaller projects at Terrara St (Greenwell Point), River Road (Lake Tabourie), Mathews St (Shoalhaven Heads) and North Nowra.
“There is an exciting period ahead which will also see path crossings planned at Moona Moona creek, Huskisson and Chris Creek, Sussex Inlet with funding next year for the design of future path construction adjacent to the existing road bridges.
“This is a budget that tells the story of the hard work that has been done to drive efficiency within Council over the past two years and to shift internal costs to delivering new infrastructure and projects across the Shoalhaven.
“Council has done a huge amount of work with the Transformation Program to contain operating costs and maintain services, and this work will continue as we strive to meet the requirements of the State Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ criteria.
Other highlights of the budget include an efficiency dividend which has delivered some $1.8M in savings as part of the Transformation Program and the realignment of fees and charges to more sustainable cost recovery model.
There is also a special rate variation application for Jerberra Estate which has been included in the forward projections following consultation with landowners which includes a $7M spend on major road & infrastructure upgrades. These works will see rates for the landowners in the Jerberra estate increase significantly. A decision is expected from IPART mid-May on whether this can proceed.
As previously announced the Delivery Program also contains an indication of plans to meet the ‘Fit for the Future’ benchmarks set by the State Government to be submitted in June including a special rate variation in the next term of Council to help meet a $13.5M gap in operating result.
The draft rates also include a reduction of 30% for the Nowra CBD rate payers (356 rate payers). These reductions in this rate revenue is proposed to be made up by an increase of 20.6% to the rates charged for the 1572 properties categorised as ‘business’.
All members of the community are invited to have a say on the services and projects Council will be delivering over the coming year with public meetings to learn more at:
- Ulladulla Civic Centre on Thursday 30th April – 7pm
- Vincentia High School on Thursday 7th May – 7pm
- City Administrative Centre Nowra on Monday 11th May – 7pm
Submission quoting reference 50863E can be made by sending a letter to the General Manager, or emailing your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can go online at www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au to view the draft plan and budget and also lodge your submission direct from this site.
Draft Delivery Program & Operational Plan 2015-2016 document will be available on Council’s website, Administration buildings (Nowra and Ulladulla) as well as Council’s Libraries.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 172