At Monday night’s Council meeting, the comprehensive draft 2018/19 Operational Plan was endorsed. With more than $27 million in capital works projects and an increased focus on water and sewer infrastructure; the plan will be unveiled for public exhibition today.
And, our local government representatives congratulated Council staff on a job well done. The document outlines all of Council’s activities for the coming financial year and the next steps in the journey to creating the community’s vision for Singleton as vibrant, sustainable, progressive, connected and resilient. Including the detailed annual budget and proposed fees and charges, in line with State Government requirements.
This encompasses variations to:
- the rating policy which will see “Council’s 2018/19 rate yield be increased by 9.75% as approved by IPART on May 26 2016, being the third year of four 9.75% increases over the period from 2016/2017 to 2019/2020”;
- domestic waste management;
- water and sewerage charges;
- stormwater management service charge,
- interest charges on outstanding rates and charges;
- and changes to the fees and charges schedule, like a $127.73 fee for holding an event on Council land.
General manager Jason Linnane says the plan sets out Council’s entire works program for 2018/2019, covering everything from maintaining our parks and sports fields through to promoting Singleton to investors and holding high quality events.
“It also reflects the significant focus we have put on enhancing the experience for our customers through actions in our customer service strategy, and our ongoing commitment to reviewing the efficiency of our services to make sure we are delivering what our community wants in the best way possible,” he says.
“Best of all, the draft Operational Plan is a checklist for our community on what we will deliver in the next financial year.
“I encourage everyone to take a look at the document during the public exhibition period and please let us know if you have any feedback.”
The draft Operational Plan 2018/2019 is available on Council’s website at www.singleton.nsw.gov.au as well as in hard copy at Council’s Customer Service Centre and Singleton Library. Written submissions may be addressed to the General Manager PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 16, 2018. Submissions received will be summarised and included in a report to Council on June 18, 2018 when the draft plan returns to the Chambers for adoption.
Among the actions are a future plan for Singleton in the areas of the arts, culture and recreation; condition assessments on all critical road, drainage, building, open space and transportation assets; and commission of a new animal shelter.