Maitland council urges community to comment on draft operational plan

Maitland council urges community to comment on draft operational plan

DELIVERING: Maitland City Council General Manager David Evans.Maitland residents are being asked to comment onthe city’s draft operational plan which will beon public exhibition until May 15.

Councillors supported the detailed plan at a meeting this week and called on ratepayers to have their say.

The delivery program and draft operational plan, which incorporates the city’s annual budget, fees and charges (including rates) and capital works program, sets out what will be deliveredover the next financial year.It also shows how council objectives and actions will help achieve goals specified by residents in the community strategic plan Maitland + 10.

The$148 million draft plan is forecast to reap an additional $4.7 million in rate revenue.While council is budgeting for a surplus of $12,000 it also has to fork out a myriad of levies to various government departments.

General Manager David Evans said over the next year council willfocuson completingmanyprojects. “This is ourlargest budget to date. Projects identified in theplan which willprogressinclude construction of the Riverlink building, the Mount Vincent Road wastetransfer station, reconstruction of Athel D’Ombrain Drive (east), a new community centre at Gillieston Heights and construction onMaitland Regional Sportsground athletics track. Wehave also set a target of increasing grant revenue,” he said.

Mayor Peter Blackmore said this is an extraordinary plan guided by an elected council sitting beyond their standard four year term.”The announcement council will not amalgamate with Dungog was followed by a proclamation that we will go to the polls on September 9.As such this operational plan has been prepared with a tight focus on business as usual and completion of identified initiatives,” he said.

A range of other priorities have been highlighted in the plan such as crime prevention strategies, affordable housing and the launch of a new corporate website.

“Next financial year we will also spend nearly $13 million on the reconstruction rehabilitation and resurfacing of roads,’ the mayor said.