2018 Media Releases
Council on track to deliver targets set by community
27 June 2018
Willoughby City Council adopted the annual plan and budget, four year delivery program and 10-year long term vision at last night’s Ordinary Council Meeting (Monday 25 June).
The budget and Operational Plan reflects Council’s strong financial position, with key highlights including a projected surplus of $5.9m before capital revenue ($15.6m including capital revenue); a fully funded plan for projects and capital works; annual rates in line with the permissible rate increase of 2.3%, and a $15 increase in domestic waste service charges following three years with zero per cent increases.
The four-year Delivery Program outlines the key priorities for this Council including delivering great urban design, improving traffic, reducing our ecological impacts and stimulating economic development. It outlines challenges such as population growth, employment and housing affordability.
The Operational Plan and Delivery Program deliver on the five outcomes identified by the community in the 10 year long term vision, called the Community Strategic Plan ‘Our Future Willoughby 2028’.
The five outcomes are:
- A City that is Green
- A City that is connected and inclusive
- A City that is liveable
- A City that is prosperous and vibrant
- A City that is effective and accountable
Consultation for the Delivery Program and Operational Plan and Budget was undertaken over a 28 day period from May 15, while the Community Strategic Plan had extensive consultation since November 2017, with Council receiving 5000 comments through engagement activities including community events, workshops, libraries and online via Have Your Say.
“Council has endorsed plans and a budget that will benefit our community well into the future, through funding a wide range of improvements that will deliver the services and facilities required and expected by our community,” Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said.
“The focus now for Council is to deliver great urban design and landscaping, improve transport, traffic and parking, promote affordable housing, stimulate economic development, reduce our ecological footprint, optimise facilities, and improve Council business and governance,” she said.
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