Council adopts the 2016-17 Operational Plan & Budget
Cessnock City Councillors adopted the 2016-17 Operational Plan & Budget which sets out the delivery of Council’s long term vision for the community.
The Cessnock City Council is committed to the improvement of roads and infrastructure with the budget including a capital works program worth over $18.3 million.
Funding has been earmarked for construction, maintenance of roads, timber bridges, footpaths and cycle ways.
Over the next financial year work will be undertaken on a number of significant infrastructure projects including Frame Drive Bridge and the Hermitage Road project.
The adoption of the budget will enable Council to continue supporting a range of community, cultural, environmental and recreational services essential to the community.
This includes funding for vital facilities such as local swimming pools, libraries, sporting facilities, community halls, Kurri Kurri Aquatic Centre, Cessnock Community Performing Arts Centre, youth centre and outreach service.
Council’s Corporate and Community Services Director Robert Maginnity said this budget is all about balance.
“It is focused on cost containment whilst maintaining existing levels of service”, Mr Maginnity said.
“Council and residents both have a lot they want to achieve for our local government area however it must be recognised Council are responsible for delivering a range of services and must do so with limited resources”.
Council will continue to work hard to seek external funding for activities outside of the budget program including for improvements to infrastructure.
The 2016-17 Operational Plan & Budget will come into action on July 1 2016.