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Have your say on Council’s Draft Operational Plan for 2020/21

The draft Operational Plan for 2020/21 is on public exhibition and submissions from the community are now sought.

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 2021. The recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has made planning for the 2020/2021 budget somewhat difficult, with the pandemic impacting our communities and economies heavily.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to provide feedback to Council on our plans for the 2020/21 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 includes the budget for the financial year ending 30 June 2021, 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 2020/21 Draft Operational Plan Budget are:

• Roads Improvement and Renewal – Local ($1.44M) and Regional ($1.985M).
• Plant and Equipment Improvement and Renewal – ($2.42M).
• Urban Services - Town Streets related works (Includes trees/gardens, footpaths, kerb & gutter, drainage, pavements) and ovals, parks, swimming pools and other amenities improvements – ($1.17M).
• Improvements to Council Offices & Other Property, Public Halls and Cemetery Equipment Improvements – ($37,500), Communications and Information Technology ($65,000) and Works Support Capital ($41,000).
• Aerodrome Improvements – ($35,000).
• Regulatory Services (Rangers) – ($60,000).
• Tourism & Development related improvements – ($85,000).
• Rural Fire Services Vehicles and Enhancements – ($1.2M).
• Community Transport and Multiservice Outlet Replacements – ($75,000).
• Water ($2.2M), Sewer ($3.16M) and Waste Services ($60,000) capital related improvements.

To fund these works, as well as ongoing services and activities, Council proposes a number of increases in fees and charges in 2020/21. While the majority of these increases are in line with previous years’ increases, general rate pegging of 2.6% and the consumer price index (CPI), some higher increases are also proposed.

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

Water supply and sewerage guidelines for ‘best practice’ management require local providers to achieve ongoing full cost recovery for water supply and sewerage services. In order to achieve this in 2020/21, Council proposes to increase water access and usage charges by 5% across the Shire. Council also proposes to increase sewerage and waste charges by an amount equivalent to the general rate pegging set of 2.6%.

The plans on display include Council’s Revenue Policy, including fees and charges for 2020/21.

Click here to view the draft plan.

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 Mendooran, Binnaway and Dunedoo Post Offices, Baradine Rural Transaction Centre, Mullaley General Store and on Council’s website.

To provide comment on the draft plans, please forward your submission to Council no later than 4:30pm on Friday 15 May 2020 in one of the following ways:

Warrumbungle Shire Council
PO Box 191
Coonabarabran NSW 2357
Deliver In Person
Warrumbungle Shire Council
14-22 John Street
Deliver In Person
Warrumbungle Shire Council
59 Binnia Street

Submissions should include a reference to the draft Operational Plan for 2020/21 and Delivery Program as the subject of your submission. Submissions received will be summarised and reported to Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting of 21 May 2020.

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Last Updated: 22 Apr 2020