Shoalhaven Development and Operational Plan 2014/15 – rate rise

Draft Delivery Program & Operational Plan adopted for Public Exhibition

 

 

The Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2014-15 has been adopted by Council to be placed on public exhibition from Monday 21 April to Wednesday 28 May 2014 inclusive. 

 

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash, said “This draft plan sets out Council’s vision to work together over the next year to deliver works and services that contribute to the Community’s Strategic Plan.

 

“It includes how Council proposes to commit its resources across the LGA with a focus on a core set of key priorities including breathing life into CBDs across the Shoalhaven, making the Shoalhaven a destination for tourists, businesses and events, and engaging the community in what we do.

 

“This public exhibition period is a key part of that community engagement, ensuring everyone can have their say on what it is being proposed”, Mayor Gash said.

 

Highlights of the draft plan include:

 

·         $310,000 investment in the Nowra CBD renewal

·         Over $1M earmarked for stormwater management

·         Over $4M in road works

·         Over $500,000 on renewing and building new paths as part of the special rate variation

·         A proposal to appoint an investment advisor to assist with the on-going management of Council’s investment portfolio in order to maximise returns

·         The continuation of Council’s policy position on a number of pensioner concessions including allowing pensioners an interest free period until the end of May each year to pay their rates

·         No proposed increases to water charges and increase to sewer charges as previously forecast last year, bringing charges in line with NSW Government Best Practice Pricing Guidelines

 

 

Significant capital works are also proposed to be undertaken across both water and sewer systems including:

 

·         Upgrade Nowra/Bomaderry Sewerage Treatment Plants

·         Milton/Ulladulla Sewer Pumping Station upgrades

·         Citywide water mains replacement/relocation

·         Citywide relining of sewer mains and pump replacement

·         Citywide water meter replacement program

·         Porters Creek Dam remediation

·         Berrara to Berringer water main duplication

·         Vincentia water trunk main replacement

·         North Nowra sewer surcharge main upgrade                  

 

General rates will increase by 2.3% across all categories except the Nowra CBD business rates which will remain at the 2013/14 levels. At this level they are more than double the Ulladulla business rates and three times other business rates in the city. The Council plans to undertake an extensive review of all business rates in the coming year.

 

To view the draft plan from 21 April visit Council’s website at www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au, or in person at the Administrative Centres at Nowra and Ulladulla or any Shoalhaven public library.

 

Public Meetings will be held commencing at 7pm on:

 

·         Wednesday 30 April at the City Administrative Centre, Nowra

·         Wednesday 7 May at Vincentia High School

·         Monday 12 May at St Martins Anglican Church, Princes Highway, Ulladulla

 

All interested members of the public are invited to attend.

 

CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 172

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