Community to comment on Council’s plans for next year

Media release - 5 April 2018

The draft Operating Plan for Kempsey Shire Council includes investment next financial year of more than $10 million on refurbishing the roads and bridges network, along with millions of dollars of spending in sewerage and water management infrastructure.

The draft 2018-2019 Operating Plan, listing the activities, projects and ongoing services that Council will deliver in the coming financial year, is on public exhibition during April. Also on exhibition is the Long Term Financial Plan and the proposed Fees and Charges for the 2018-2019 year.

Mayor, Liz Campbell, believes the planning documents give the community a good understanding of the competing priorities and huge range of services that Council delivers.

“The planning documents are arranged under the themes that are established in our Community Strategic Plan. That of creating a community that is Healthy, Wealthy, Safe, Connected and lead with strong Governance.

“While we will continue to improve the transport network and provide other essential services like water and waste we also want to improve other public facilities throughout the Macleay.

“The priorities survey conducted last year showed toilet blocks and recreation areas including sports fields, is where the community believes we should be seeking grant funding assistance to refurbish old or build new facilities.

“The draft Operating Plan spells out those projects that we will seek additional funding for including toilets at Back Creek and Frederickton as well as implementing actions the Sports Strategy and Crescent Head Masterplan,” said Mayor Campbell.

A focus on improved governance process and corporate systems as well use of new technology will be high a high priority for Council next financial year.

Council’s new executive team have worked closely on the development of the plans and are looking to carry out several projects to improve delivery and accountability in technology, financial systems and governance.

“I’d encourage anyone interested in knowing more about the work of Council and the choices being made, to have a look at the draft planning documents and share your view through a submission to the General Manager,” said Mayor Campbell.

The documents are available at Council’s West Kempsey office or online at  Submissions close on Monday 30 April 2018, and must be made in writing either through the website, by emailing or through hardcopy.