Council’s 2017-2018 Operational Plan supported by strong budget

24/07/2017

Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, said Council’s plans and projects as outlined within the draft 2017-2018 Operational Plan are supported by a strong financial position and budget.
 
Council’s strong financial position heading into the 2017-2018 financial year is due to prudent financial management as well as an injection of funding from the NSW Government to assist with the amalgamation process, Mr Rayner explained.
 
“Overall, Council expects to have a surplus of more than $19 million at the end of the next financial year. These funds will be applied to various capital projects across the local government area.”
 
Mr Rayner pointed out that through Government funds, the use of Section 94 Contributions and other revenue that Council will be delivering a $50 million Capital Works Program.
 
“This will include $500,000 for works, which will improve access on our streets and our buildings for people with disability,” he said.
 
“There will also be $70,000 to improve our tree canopy through an Urban Forest and Improvement Plan.”
 
“Council will also allocate additional resources to reduce the backlog of undetermined Development Applications.”
 
“There is a clear focus on improving the facilities and amenities at local parks and sports grounds, making facilities more accessible for everyone, and also recognising the increasing number of women participating in sport.”
 
“This will include new amenities at Lower Gannons Park, Oatley Park, Peakhurst Park, Riverwood Park, Harold Fraser Oval in Kogarah and a new sports amenities building at Claydon Reserve in Sans Souci.”
 
“The total amount available for local community groups to apply for through the Georges River Community Grants Program has been doubled to $400,000. This will allow for two grants programs to be run throughout the 2017-2018 financial year,” he said.
 
“Funding will also be allocated to bring greater attention to the issued of Domestic Violence throughout the local government area,” Mr Rayner added.
 
The following works have all been budgeted for in Council’s 2017-2018 Operational Plan:

  • $14 million for improvements to roads, gutters and footpaths

  • $7 million for the development of Penshurst Park including a synthetic surface, car park, indoor cricket facility and youth centre

  • $5 million for environmental works across the local government area, including:

    • Bank restoration and stabilisation for Lime Kiln Bay

    • Carss Park Flats Seawall reconstruction and pathway upgrades

    • Gannons Park stormwater Harvesting and Irrigation Project

    • Riverwood Wetlands Restoration Project

    • Regeneration of Myles Dunphy bushland

    • Gannons Park Water Quality Improvement

  • $3.5 million for creating Hurstville Central Plaza

  • $3 million for technology and systems upgrades to improve Council services

  • $2.6 million for upgrades to Jubilee Park Playground, Mortdale

  • $2 million for continued works on the Forest Road streetscape

  • $1.2 million for drainage works

  • $350,000 for upgrades to Chivers Hill Shopping Centre, Lugarno

  • $300,000 for Kogarah CBD streetscape works

  • $530,000 for accessibility works across the local government area

  • $1.07 million for upgrades to Council’s aquatic facilities

  • $5.3 million for upgrades to and replacing amenities at:

    • Lower Gannons Park

    • Peakhurst park

    • Riverwood Park

    • Renown Park

    • Oatley Memorial Gardens

    • Harold Fraser Oval

    • Carss Bush Park

    • Claydon Reserve

  • $450,000 for new books and materials across Council’s libraries

  • $430,000 for upgrading Jack High Childcare Centre, Beverly Hills

  • $250,000 for upgrades to Kogarah Library

  • $200,000 for upgrades to Kogarah School of Arts

  • $40,000 for Carss Cottage Museum

The draft Plan is currently on public exhibition and is open for public comment until 23 June 2017. Copies are available at Council’s Service Centres, libraries and via Council’s website at www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au