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Policy and Resource Committee recommends rate funded projects

Shoalhaven City Council’s Policy and Resources Committee has recommended the road and path projects to be funded from the proposed Special Variation rate rise.

Council is intending to apply to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for permission to increase general rates by 4.6 percent above the rate pegging limit (3.4 percent) for the current financial year.

The proposed increase is estimated to provide Council with an additional $2.3 million, all of which would be exclusively allocated towards road and path renewal in 2013/14 ($1.8 million on roads and $500,000 on pathways).

The Policy and Resources committee last night recommended the funding from the proposed rate rise be allocated towards the following road renewal projects -

• Currarong Road (5.6km to 6.8km from Coonemia Road) - $624,000
• Jindy Andy Lane (0.0km to 0.7km from Comerong Is Road) - $364,000
• Quinns Lane (0.4km to 0.8km from Princes Highway) - $512,000
• Lake Conjola Entrance Road (within tourist park) - $300,000
• Orient Point road works - to be determined.

The Policy and Resources committee last night recommended the funding from the proposed rate rise be allocated towards the following path projects -

• Woollamia Road (community) path - $200,000
• Princes Highway (south of Canberra Crescent) path - $90,000
• Berry Street Nowra CBD path - $210,000

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash said Council had chosen the most pressing road renewal projects to proceed with.

“After speaking with the community, Council has moved to allocate any increased funding from the proposed rate increase towards road and path projects,” said Clr Gash.

“While there are certainly a wide number of local roads that could benefit from increased funding, Council has identified what are considered to be the most pressing projects to move forward with.

“Both Currarong Road and Jindy Andy Lane projects have deteriorated rapidly from a combination of additional traffic loading and wet weather and currently require a high level of maintenance to keep safe.

“The proposed additional funding would also allow Council to remediate the entire length of Quinns Lane as the 2012/13 budget will currently complete rehabilitation on half the Lane.”

Mayor Gash said she anticipated the local community would be very pleased to see further funding for path projects as part of the proposed rate increase.

“I have spoken to a lot of local residents expressing concerns at the quality of the pathway in Berry Street within Nowra CBD area,” said Clr Gash.

“This additional funding would enable Council to replace the old concrete and asphalt sections of the path between Emporium Lane and Worrigee Street.”

“This work was previously identified by Nowra CBD Action and I am pleased that staff have supported this as a priority project to be funded from additional rates.”

Council staff have created a Discussion Paper to help residents better understand the proposed rating increase, outline Council’s current budget situation and identify the specific areas the additional funding would be spent.

The Special Variation Discussion Paper can be found on Council’s website www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au, at the Nowra and Ulladulla Administration Centres, all local libraries and Leisure Centres.

Submissions are able to be lodged until 5pm Friday 1 March 2013.

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