The Coffs Harbour community is being encouraged to provide feedback
on Council’s Draft 2016-2020 Delivery Program. The document - which includes
the Draft 2016-2020 Budgets, 2016/17 Operational Plan and 2016/17 Fees and
Charges - is on public exhibition from May 2 until May 30 2016.
General Manager, Steve McGrath, said the documents map
out the community’s priority needs and ensure resources are available to support
Draft 2016-2020 Delivery Program maintains the direction we’ve established in
recent years to make Council financially sustainable so we can continue to deliver
the services expected of us,” said Mr McGrath.
2016/17 budget includes the final implementation year of a Special Rate
Variation (SRV) for ‘General Income’ that was approved by the NSW Government in
2015 and the ongoing Transformation to Sustainability (T2S) Program.
SRV incorporates the State Government’s ‘rate pegging’ allowance and to
minimise impacts on ratepayers, Council has placed a three-year price freeze on
water and sewer annual charges so that the overall increase in annual bills in
2016/17 is limited to 3.9% for the average urban ratepayer.
Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, said the injection of
rate variation funding will help Council deal with a backlog of public works needed
to ensure services remain at levels demanded by the community.
“These include road rehabilitation works worth an additional
$677,156, building renewals worth an extra $492,468, other transport asset
works that add up to a further $194,935 and Parks and Recreation works worth an
extra $266,754,” said Cr Knight.
“Other major projects in the draft 2016/17 Budget include the
continuation of the Jetty Foreshores Project ($9.2m funded by $4.6m in Federal
grant funds and Council’s reserve funds) and CBD Masterplan Works ($1.97m
funded through the CBD Special Rate) and the ongoing Bridge Renewal Program
($887,000). These are projects identified as community priorities – and people
can be confident we’re getting on with the job.”
The T2S project is addressing Council’s long-term financial
viability by restructuring the organisation and re-engineering its operational
processes to save money, maximise efficiencies, build productivity and generate
better outcomes. Changes to date mean that T2S is on track to generate ongoing annual
savings of at least $3.2m for the organisation within three years.
The draft documents – and details of how to make a submission - are
available on Council’s website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/onexhibition
Printed copies can also be viewed at Council’s Administrative Centre
and at local libraries. The closing date for submissions is Monday, May 30 2016.