MEDIA RELEASE - Draft 2019/20 Budget

Council places 2019-20 budget on exhibition

Nambucca Shire Council’s draft 2019-20 Operational Plan and budget is on public exhibition and it forecasts spending about $9.5 million on important community services like roads, bridges, waste collection and libraries.

Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhonda Hoban said the draft budget outlines how Council will maintain its assets and infrastructure, protect the natural environment and set up future economic opportunities for the community.

“Council’s draft 2019-20 budget is on public exhibition until 4pm Thursday 20 June and I welcome questions and comments on it from the community,” she said.

“We are planning to spend $5.8 million on road maintenance and $3.3 million on waste management for households.

“The budget provides funds to replace several old bridges for a total cost of $1,862,800. These include Fischers Bridge at Tamban, Rhones Creek No 2 bridge at Talarm, Allgomera Creek No 2 bridge at Allgomera, Argues Bridge at Upper Taylors Arm, Valla Bridge at Valla and Stinging Tree Bridge at Argents Hill.

“We are investing well in the protection of our natural assets and the budget identifies $425,000 in Environmental Levy funds to be spent on environmental projects. Some of the projects include implementing Council’s Coast and Estuary Management Plans, river bank stabilisation, improvements to Council reserves and installing solar panels on Council’s main buildings and libraries.   

“Additionally we will be spending $222,300 on controlling weeds – one of the biggest scourges on our environment.”

Along with the 2019-20 budget, Council will be presenting a revised draft 10-year financial plan to the community to demonstrate Council’s long-term financial stability and how Council will meet its Community Strategic Plan.

“It is imperative Council maintains a balanced budget to keep rate increases to a minimum,” Cr Hoban said.

“Our 2019-20 budget is proposing to increase rates by 2.7 per cent which is the rate peg set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal New South Wales.

“We have been able to achieve this through frugal financial management and successfully applying for grants.”

The draft 2019-20 Operational Plan and budget will be on public exhibition until Thursday 20 June 2019. Any person can make a submission in writing to Council about the draft operational plan (available at /cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-LAC-03-76-58) during this period. Hard-copies of the draft plan are displayed at the Nambucca Heads Library, Macksville Library and in Council’s Macksville administration building.

Written submissions on the plan must be addressed to the General Manager, Nambucca Shire Council, PO Box 177, Macksville, 2447 and be received by 4pm on Thursday 20 June 2019.

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