Council Plans for The Future

Murrumbidgee Council has outlined what they plan to deliver for the community over the next four years.

Council’s Operational Plan for 2017-18, as well as its Delivery Programme for the next four years, went on public exhibition this week.

These documents outline the strategies and actions Council intends to take to achieve goals outlined in the Community Strategic Plans (CSP) of the two former Councils, which will be replaced by a new CSP after the elected Council is in place from September 2017.

In developing the Plan and Programme General Manager Craig Moffitt said Council wanted to strike a balance between essential services, stimulating the economy and new infrastructure.

“The provision of infrastructure and associated services to the community are arguably Council’s most fundamental role,” Mr Moffitt said.

“The 2017-2021 Delivery Programme delivers on that charter, incorporating substantial and sustainable expenditure on major asset classes of roads, bridges, water, sewer and storm water and drainage functions.

“We welcome community feedback for consideration.”

The plan contains the annual budgets and details of proposed rates, fees and charges to be raised for the ensuing year.

There are more than $13.8 million in capital works projects set down, including $4.2 million for continuing roads and infrastructure maintenance.

Provision has also been made for the new position of an Economic Development and Tourism officer together with programs which will increase activity in the region.   

“With a view to attracting and supporting industry and business operators to the local government area, Council proposes to employ a permanent Economic Development and Tourism Officer, who will work collaboratively with local industries to identify means to assist in securing external grant funds to grow the agricultural and value adding businesses currently operating within the Council area,” Mr Moffitt said.

 Delivery Programme and Operational Plan key points:

• General rates increase overall by 1.5 per cent for 2017/18

• Increase of 7 per cent for water rates and usage charges for Jerilderie ratepayers

• Increase of 5 per cent for water rates and usage charges for Darlington Point and Coleambally ratepayers

• Provision for Carrathool Bridge approach works ($1m)

• Upgrade of Boyd Street Intersection, Darlington Point

• Provision of Economic and Tourism Officer together with programs

• Continuing roads and infrastructure maintenance

• Darlington Point Water Tower and Treatment ($800,000)

• Replacement of No 1 Water Bore at Darlington Point

The draft documents can be viewed online or in hard copy at Council’s Jerilderie, Coleambally and Darlington Point branch offices. Written submissions can be forwarded to Council until Thursday 22 June 2017.

The Operational Plan and Delivery Programme are to be adopted by Council at a special meeting to be held on Wednesday 28 June 2017 after considering submissions from the public.

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