What are the big winners of this year’s council budget?

Roads, recreation and waste management are just some of the big financial winners in the Mid-Western Regional Council’s 2017/18 Operational Plan.

The $55.7 million in total expenditure for 2017/18 and $132 million over the next four years will go towards funding a number of essential projects throughout the Mid-Western region, including the continuation of the Wollar Road upgrade and improvements to community facilities.

According to a statement from Mayor Des Kennedy: “As a Local Government organisation, one of the most important things we do is budget and plan for the projects Council will undertake.

“Council has now prepared our Operational Plan 2017/18, setting out how much money Council will spend, what it will be spent on, and how we will fund this expenditure. This is the action plan and budget that staff will follow”.

This year will also be the first year for the council’s four year Delivery Program for 2017 – 2021 in which they’ll be aiming to improve the region’s key infrastructure and invest in a sustainable future.

Major projects that will benefit from the council’s plan include:

  • Continuation of the Wollar Road upgrade, and continued investment in road networks
  • Continuation of shared pathways around the region, including a new footbridge
  • Upgrade of important waste management infrastructure
  • Ongoing renewal and upgrade of the water supply and sewerage networks
  • Stormwater drainage improvements
  • Stage 2 of Glen Willow Sports Complex
  • Further property development in Mortimer Street
  • Recreational infrastructure for youth including a skate park upgrade, & district adventure park
  • Upgrades to a wide range of corporate and community buildings across the region

The Operational Plan and Delivery Program were created in consultation with the local community. Progress will be reported in the council’s Annual Report.

The full document can be read on the Mid-Western Regional Council’s website­- www.midwestern.nsw.gov.au.

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