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Upper Hunter Shire Council adopts $112 million Operational Plan and Budget


Upper Hunter Shire Council last night adopted their $112 million plans and budgets for the coming years. 

At the monthly Council meeting the Delivery Program 2017/2018-2020/2021 and Operational Plan 2020/2021 was adopted that includes Council’s proposed activities such as services and capital works program, and operational budgets and fees and charges. 

Council is forecasting a balanced budget for the 2020/2021 year of $112 million in both revenue and expenditure.

The draft plans were on exhibition for public feedback throughout May and after receiving a total of 157 submissions, there were a number of amendments made to the draft plans, based on community submissions.

Council said all of the submissions were considered and responded to individually and that the quality and quantity of submissions was very high, the majority being detailed and the ideas discussed with others to gain consensus for a group submission.

Mayor Maurice Collison thanked everyone who took the time to make a submission.

“It is pleasing to see the many and varied responses, from across almost all areas of the shire which shows a genuine concern to improve facilities, infrastructure and other services,” he said.

The final plans will be available on Council’s website www.upperhunter.nsw.gov.au from the beginning of the financial year, 1 July 2020.

Some of the key projects that will be delivered or progressed in the coming year include:

  • Cameron Bridge Replacement
  • Bill Rose Sports Complex Project
  • Scone CBD Revitalisation
  • Murulla Street Causeway
  • Omadale Brook Bridge Replacement
  • Bunnan Road Upgrade (Main Road 62)
  • Cassilis Sewerage Scheme
  • Scone Regional Airport Upgrades including creation of a Warbird Aviation Visitor Attraction

Council added that these plans are a statutory requirement under the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework. Every NSW council is required to undertake long term planning, based on comprehensive community engagement, and resourced by robust plans for finances, assets and workforce.  The IP&R framework provides a systematic and rigorous approach for making well-tuned plans aligned with community’s vision and priorities, as well as Government priorities and plans for the region.

The framework lays out where the Shire is heading over a ten-year period, backed up by detailed plans for the short and medium-terms.

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