2021-2022 Operational Plan and budget goes on public exhibition
Published on 29 April 2021
Ku-ring-gai Council is seeking public comment on its draft budget and operational plan for the new financial year, including proposed fees and charges.
A detailed report presented to the Council at its meeting on Tuesday 27 April outlined a wide-ranging program of improvements and capital works set to start from July this year.
The report highlighted an anticipated reduction in general income due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, the Council’s balance sheet is in positive territory with an operating surplus predicted of $4.4 million excluding contributions and grant income.
The surplus will be returned to the ongoing capital works program.
The report highlighted the need to consider sales of under utilised assets as a means of financing some larger projects. These include the new library and community centre for the Lindfield Village Hub, the Marian Street Theatre upgrade and the new indoor sports centre at St Ives.
Key projects planned for 2021-2022 are:
- Lindfield Village Green – completion and public opening
- St Johns Avenue, Gordon – creation of a pedestrianised ‘eat street’ and streetscape improvements
- St Ives Village Green Youth Precinct – new skate park and playground
- Marian Street Theatre – determination of the development application and detailed design
- Indoor Sports Centre, St Ives High School – determination of the development application and detailed design
Funding allocated to other key capital works programs in the draft budget includes:
- $14.4 million for road renewal and footpaths
- $8.1 million for new and upgraded parks
- $5.6 million for streetscape improvements to local and neighbourhood centres
- $4.2 million to upgrade sportsfields
- $3 million for the natural environment and sustainability initiatives
- $1.6 million for drainage and stormwater upgrades
- $921,000 for traffic management
- $606,000 for playground upgrades and new equipment
- $525,600 for public toilets and facilities
- $485,500 for sports courts
The Council will meet again on 18 May and consider funding for major projects such as the Marian Street Theatre.
Speaking after the meeting, Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the draft Operational Plan and 2021-2022 budget would go on public exhibition for comment.
“This is an opportunity for residents to have their say on how their rates are spent over the next 12 months.”
Mayor Anderson added that one of the priorities for the new Council elected in September would be to decide on the Council’s future spending over the following four years.
“This is an exciting task for the incoming Council, to work with our community in determining key goals through a community-based strategic planning process.”
The draft Operational Plan and budget for 2021-2022 including proposed fees and charges is on public exhibition from Thursday 29 April until 5pm Wednesday 26 May 2021. To view the document and make a comment visit www.krg.nsw.gov.au/Council/Your-say
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