Council's Annual Plan and Budget for 2020/21
At last night’s meeting, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council adopted its operational plan for the 2020/21 financial year.
The plan details the actions, activities, projects, budget and performance measures Council will deliver on behalf of the community during the coming financial year.
Mayor Peta Pinson said that community has a high interest in Council’s plans, with more than 1,000 visits to Council’s website, and 173 formal submissions received during the public exhibition period.
"Due to COVID-19, engagement could not take place in the usual face-to-face way, and we changed our focus to online engagement, and for the first time held a Facebook Q&A forum which proved extremely popular," said Mayor Pinson.
"It is great to see that the number of our community engaging with us has increased, and there is a real interest in how and where Council are focussing our efforts, allocating resources and spending ratepayer’s money.
"It is also encouraging to know that our community are an integral part of our ongoing planning process and we continue to ask our community to get involved, and to have your say at any time," Mayor Pinson said.
In 2020/21 Council will invest:
- $42 million in the maintenance and upgrade of sealed and unsealed roads, bridges and roadside vegetation
- $24 million in sewerage services
- $31 million in water supply and related services
- $25 million in waste services
- $12 million in the maintenance and upgrade of playgrounds, sporting fields, aquatic and open recreation spaces
- $3 million in stormwater maintenance and monitoring
- $1 million in shared footpaths and cycleways
$84.89 million in capital works programs are planned during 2020/21.
Major infrastructure projects include repairs to Kindee Bridge, the replacement of Pappinbarra Bridge, numerous timber bridges renewals, the Kew Main Street Upgrade, the rehabilitation of Bago Road, the reconstruction of the Ruins Way, and upgrades to Boundary Street.
Sporting and recreation activity includes upgrading the Vince Inmon Sporting Fields, delivering the Recreational Walkway Replacement program, development of the Sancrox/Thrumster Sporting Fields, Hastings Regional Sporting Complex and Rainbow Beach Sports Fields, upgrading the Port Macquarie Town Green West Reserve, and working on the Lake Cathie Foreshore Reserve Masterplan.
Finalising the Small Towns Sewerage Scheme, expansion of the Cairncross Waste Facility, finalising the design of the Port Macquarie Aquatic Facility, and investing $33.7m in water and sewer projects will also be a focus.
General Manager, Craig Swift-McNair said that there is no doubt that impacts of the drought, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have been a major challenge for our community.
"Council staff’s direct involvement in responding to these unplanned events was necessary to support the immediate needs of our community, and as a result some projects in the current year’s plan have been delayed, and this has been considered in finalising the projects that we will deliver in 2020/21," said Mr Swift-McNair.
"We fully understand that the recovery process from the events that we’ve experienced can take many years, and we can assure the community that during 2020/21 and in the years beyond, we will continue to work with and for our community throughout this recovery process.
"In saying this we want the community to have confidence that Council can continue to deliver what it says it will, including maintaining $2 billion of existing assets on behalf of the community and planning for the future growth of our region," added Mr Swift-McNair.
A handy map of key projects by region, and the full 2020/21 Operational Plan can be viewed on Council’s website pmhc.nsw.gov.au/operationalplan.