Council’s draft 2016-7 Operational Plan goes on display
The Cessnock City community are encouraged to have their say about Council plans, ranging from earmarked roadworks to the coming budget, with the draft 2016-17 Operational Plan currently on display.
The document provides information to the community about Council’s long-term planning and vision as well as details of the ongoing activities to implement its Delivery Program and incorporates the 2016-7 draft budget, a schedule of fees and charges and a capital works program worth over $13 million.
Roads and infrastructure continue to be a major priority for the residents and Council, with funding included for construction and maintenance of roads, timber bridges, footpaths and cycle ways.
Efforts will also continue to actively seek external funding for improvements to infrastructure and other Council activities outside the draft budget program.
Council has continued to support a range of community, cultural, environmental and recreational services and facilities which are regarded as essential. This includes funding for public libraries, swimming pools, Kurri Kurri Aquatic Centre, parks, gardens, sporting facilities, community halls, Cessnock Community Performing Arts Centre and support of the youth centre and outreach service.
Council’s Corporate and Community Services Director Robert Maginnity noted that the draft budget had been developed with an emphasis on cost containment whilst maintaining existing levels of service.
“Demands for additional works, services and capital projects continue to accelerate and, coupled with increasing costs, the ability to maintain existing services levels and potential funding of new projects is impacted,” Mr Maginnity said.
"Unfortunately, although we recognise that there is much we and our residents would like to see happen in our local government area, for example the upgrading and replacing of ageing infrastructure. Council has limited resources which must be stretched across a very wide range of delivery programs."
Council staff have also developed an innovative financial sustainability initiative. This comprises a number of projects which, in the long-term, aim to generate sufficient funds to provide the levels of service and infrastructure agreed with the community.
“As an organisation we are building a culture of continuous improvement, in order to position ourselves as best we can for the challenges that lie ahead.”
Councillors voted at their 20 April 2016 meeting to call for public comment on the draft plan and associated budget.
The draft 2016-17 Operational Plan will be on public exhibition until 25 May 2016.
The draft documents are available on our website. They can also be viewed in person at Council’s Administration Building and Cessnock City and Kurri Kurri libraries. Written submissions on the draft 2016-17 Operational Plan are welcome until 25 May 2016 and should be addressed to the General Manager (at PO Box 152, Cessnock 2325 or email email@example.com).
27 April 2016