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Have your say on Council’s Draft Operational Plan for 2019/20

Council has placed its Draft Operation Plan for 2019/20 on public exhibition and is seeking submissions from the community.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to provide feedback to Council on our plans for the 2019/20 financial year and beyond” said Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd. “All residents are encouraged to view this draft document during the public exhibition period and provide feedback to Council.”

The Draft Operational Plan and Delivery Program was developed by Council and endorsed by Councillors to be placed on public exhibition at the April Council Meeting. The Draft Operational Plan provides the community with an overview of the projects, programs and activities that council will deliver in the next financial year ending 30 June 2020.

The Draft Operational Plan includes the budget for the financial year ending 30 June 2020, along with proposed fees and charges. The draft plan has a strong focus on maintaining and renewing Council’s large infrastructure base.

Included in the 2019/20 Draft Operational Plan Budget are:

  • Roads Improvement and Renewal – Local ($1.68M) and Regional ($3.85M).
  • Plant and Equipment Improvement and Renewal ($2.075M).
  • Ovals, Parks, Swimming Pools and other amenities improvements ($1.009M).
  • Aerodrome Improvements ($410,000).
  • Tourism & Development related improvements ($36,000).
  • Rural Fire Services Vehicles and Enhancements ($357,000).
  • Community Transport and Multiservice Outlet Replacements ($72,000).
  • Water ($1.58M), Sewer ($1.23M) and Waste Services ($70,000) capital related improvements.

To fund these works, as well as ongoing services and activities Council has proposed a number of increases in fees and charges in 2019/20. While the majority of these increases are in line with increases, and the consumer price index (CPI), a number of larger increases have also been proposed.

The calculated increases have been proposed in order to continue to provide services to all the communities across the Shire, whilst also maintaining and renewing Council’s large infrastructure base.

In particular, ‘best practice’ management of water supply and sewerage guidelines requires local utility providers to achieve ongoing full cost recovery for their water supply and sewerage services. Full cost recovery involves raising sufficient revenue to cover maintenance and administration costs as well as the cost of the depreciation of water supply and sewerage infrastructure.

In order to achieve this in 2019/20, Council has proposed for both water access and usage charges to increase by 18% across the Shire. Council has also proposed that sewerage charges will increase by 15% and waste charges by 5%.

While Council acknowledges these are significant increases, these changes have been proposed as a result of:

  • increasing costs of maintaining and upgrading infrastructure
  • increasing electricity costs
  • ageing infrastructure and a backlog in renewals
  • maintenance of, and increase in, service levels across the Shire
  • costs increasing more than revenue for a number of years

The plans on display include Council’s Revenue Policy, including fees and charges for 2019/20. To view the draft plans visit:

  • Warrumbungle Shire Council, 14-22 John Street, Coonabarabran
  • Warrumbungle Shire Council, 59 Binnia Street, Coolah

Plans will also be available at Macquarie Regional Libraries across the Shire, Baradine Rural Transaction Centre, Mendooran Post Office.

Click here to view Draft Plans  

To provide comment on the draft plans, please forward your submission to Council no later than 4:30pm on Friday, 24 May 2019 in one of the following ways:

Mail:    Email   
 Warrumbungle Shire Council    info@warrumbungle.nsw.gov.au  
 PO Box 191      
 Coonabarabran NSW 2357      
 Deliver In Person    Deliver In Person  
 Warrumbungle Shire Council       Warrumbungle Shire Council  
 14-22 John Street    59 Binnia Street  
 Coonabarabran    Coolah  

Submissions should include a reference to the draft Operational Plan for 2019/20 and Delivery Program as the subject of your submission. Submissions received will be summarised and reported to Council at the June Council Meeting.

Click here to download the Media Release

Last Updated: 08 May 2019