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25 June 2019

Council budget delivers for Willoughby community

Willoughby City Council unanimously adopted the Operational Plan and Budget 2019-20 at last night’s Council Meeting (Monday 24 June).

Key highlights include a projected surplus of $6m before capital revenue ($9.5m including capital revenue); $33.8m allocated for project and capital works to upgrade and deliver new community assets.

There will be annual rates increases in line with the permissible rate of 2.7% and no increase to the domestic waste service charges.

The Operational Plan and Budget 2019-20 supports Willoughby City’s top five ranking in the NSW local government financial and asset management audit (Audit Office of NSW).

The approval follows a 28-day consultation period.

Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said it continues to deliver on the five outcomes identified in Council’s 10-year Community Strategic Plan ‘Our Future Willoughby’.

Spend has been allocated to the five outcomes:

  • A city that is green: $22.4m
  • A city that is connected and inclusive: $18m
  • A city that is liveable: $30.9m
  • A city that is prosperous and vibrant: $15.2m
  • A city that is effective and accountable $23m

“The sound financial management continues with a carefully planned and considered budget in line with essential services and what the community told us they need and want.”

Along with the traditional roads and rubbish, bushland projects, walking tracks, parks, playgrounds, sports fields and streetscapes have received funding. See the Operational Plan and Budget 2019-20 in full at

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