Murrumbidgee Council's draft Operational Plan and Delivery Program on public exhibition

Murrumbidgee Council has placed the draft Delivery Program (2020-2024) and Operational Plan (2020-2021) on public exhibition.

Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said these plans play an integral part in guiding Council’s expenditure and operations for the coming year and until 2024.

Cr McRae said Councillors and staff have undertaken various workshops to formulate these planning documents and it’s now time for the community to provide input.

The Operational Plan outlines Council’s spending in the coming financial year, which will include $12 million on operational expenditure and a further $6 million for depreciation expenses.

The budget also includes $15 million spending on capital works, inclusive of $3.1 million for road reseals, gravel resheeting, footpath, culvert and kerb and gutter renewals.

Council has also allocated $1.8 million for water supply upgrades and renewals, $2.9 million for upgrading Darlington Point Caravan Park (contingent on receiving grant funding), $1.5 million for the subdivision development at Darlington Point, and $2.1 million for plant replacement from within the capital works program.

Council will continue to support the many community groups in the area with $20,000 allocated for the Community Grants Program and $9,000 for student scholarships.

The budget also allows for free entry to each of Council’s public swimming pools for the 20/21 swimming season, as well as manned operational hours.

“We introduced free pool entry this year and it received a fantastic response from the community. I’m delighted that we are able to offer this again,” Cr McRae said.

To fund these significant projects, Council will utilise anticipated revenue of $17 million, including rates, annual charges, user charges and fees. Council’s other sources of revenue include $7 million from capital grants.

Contained within the Operational Plan is an overall rate increase of 2.6%, which is the increase available to local councils as set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

Additionally water usage charges will increase by 3% to 7% for Jerilderie residents and 3% for Darlington Point and Coleambally residents.

The documents will be on public exhibition until 8 July. Copies are available at each of the Council offices and on the website.

Submissions received from the community will be considered at the Extraordinary meeting of Council on 14 July 2020.

You can view the Draft Operational Plan and Delivery Program here.