2019 Council Budget delivers big on community infrastructure

about 2 years ago

Randwick City Council’s 2018-19 draft Budget has been released today, 1 May 2018, for public exhibition and is set to deliver a sizable $70M in new community initiatives, programs and activities, Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey announced today.

The draft Budget and Operational Plan outlines Council’s proposed activities and expenditure and fees and charges for the next financial year and is on public exhibition for community comment from 1 May to 1 June 2018.

Council’s finances are in a good position with total operating revenue of $157M and compliance with all seven of the State Government required financial indicators.

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said the Budget is responsible and progressive.

“This Budget delivers for the community what we promised. We’re continuing our tradition of responsible and sound financial practices and getting on with the business of providing the community with top quality services, facilities and programs.

“I’m particularly excited to be investing in our arts and local culture with design work to start on upgrading the La Perouse Museum and designing a new Cultural Centre at Blenheim House in Randwick as well as new public art.

“I’m also pleased we are taking responsible steps to address domestic violence with an innovative strategy to support women exiting crisis accommodation into medium term accommodation.

“There’s also significant investment in sustainability and the environment with a boardwalk extension planned at the Randwick Environment Park, stormwater harvesting, new tree management system and plans to go carbon neutral,” Mayor Shurey said.

The community-focused Budget is set to deliver some significant projects including 4.9km of road upgrades, 3km of new and improved footpaths, a new Gymnastics and Indoors Sports Centre, a Cultural Centre, two major playground upgrades, undergrounding powerlines and various building and public toilet upgrades at La Perouse, Malabar, Yarra Bay and Maroubra.

The 2018-19 Budget is the first year of Council’s proposed Our Community Our Future program which was widely consulted with the community and is currently awaiting determination from the Independent Pricing & Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) which is expected in mid-May.

Council has applied to IPART for a Special Rate Variation of 7.64% to Council’s total rate base for 2018-19. If approved, this would result in residential rates increasing by 5.52% in 2018-19 which for the average ratepayer paying about $1,223 a year is an increase of $64.

The cost of collecting your rubbish, recycling, green waste and providing four clean-up services per household per year will increase by $14 (2.35%) to $568 per year.

The 2018-19 draft Budget & Operational Plan is on public exhibition for community comment from 1 May to 1 June 2018. Have your say and view the documents at www.yoursayrandwick.com.au/budget2019 or view hard copies at Council’s Customer Service Centre and libraries.

Budget highlights

  • 4.9km road repaving works
  • 3km new and upgraded footpaths
  • La Perouse Museum upgrade
  • new Cultural Centre
  • new indoor sports and gymnastics Centre, goal posts and fencing at Heffron Park
  • playground upgrades in La Perouse, Kensington, Coogee and Maroubra
  • walking and cycling improvements including new separated cycleway connecting with Kingsford light rail terminal
  • public wifi
  • anti-terrorism works
  • coastal Walkway extension around golf courses
  • stormwater harvesting at Maroubra Beach
  • new tree management system
  • Randwick Environment Park boardwalk extension

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