Council’s future plans revealed

Published on 17 May 2018

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Projects that focus on improving the region’s road transport network, enhancing accessibility, supporting local businesses, and building vibrancy and improved streetscapes are just some of the deliverables MidCoast Council has outlined in their action plan for the next 12 months.

The range of activities detailed in the draft 2018-2019 Operational Plan link directly to the overarching strategy for the MidCoast region, which came to life recently when the MidCoast community worked together to develop the Community Strategic Plan (CSP), MidCoast 2030 - shared vision, shared responsibility. They will serve as a delivery checklist for Council for the 2018-2019 financial year.

Of key note in the 2018-2019 Operational Plan, the existing $30million Roadcare Program will continue, alongside ongoing discussions with the State Government for provision of an additional $50 million in funding for roads and bridges, leveraging funds quarantined from the special rate variation introduced last year to match the $50 million.

"Roads are a key issue for our community and MidCoast Council is dedicated to doing all we can to improve our road network", said Steve Embry, MidCoast Council's Acting General Manager.

The one-year Operational Plan is presented in conjunction with MidCoast Council’s 3-year Delivery Program (2018-2021), the first to be prepared as a merged Council and which outlines focus areas for the current elected Council’s term of office.

“The Operational Plan is part of a suite of planning documents we prepare and make available to our community, and is the most detailed in terms of what Council will be delivering for the community in the upcoming financial year. Our business is complex, with a wide variety of services being delivered for our community. Our goal is to present these in a way that is easy to read and importantly, links to the objectives that the community has expressed in MidCoast 2030”, Steve said.

“Presenting the Delivery Program and Operational Plan in a single document gives our community the opportunity to see where we are headed over the next three years, the deliverables that will help us get there over the coming 12 months, and criteria against which we will measure our progress”, he added.

The document will be on public exhibition, and submissions invited, from Thursday 17 May through to close of business on Wednesday 13 June.

The Operational Plan represents MidCoast Council’s commitment to delivering against community expectations and desires, as identified in the recently adopted Community Strategic Plan. As well as detailing actions and projects linked to the five core values from the CSP, it includes the annual budget, a proposed schedule of fees and charges, and Council’s statement of revenue policy.

“We are committed to delivering value for money for our community, and to be transparent about how and where funds will be expended over the next 12 months”, Steve said. “The financials are an important part of our Operational Plan; they are integral to delivering what we say we will deliver”.

“Harmonised rates across the three former regions is not yet possible, due to State Government legislation that restricts changes to rate structures for merged councils”, Steve said, “but we are proposing the standardisation of fees across the region where possible”.

Waste management charges will remain static for both domestic and commercial customers.

Find out more about the 3-year Delivery Program and 2018-2019 Operational Plan by visiting www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/DPOP where you can also review and download the document, and find details about how to make a submission.

MidCoast Council’s Delivery Program (2018-2021) and Operational Plan (2018-2019) will be on exhibition until Wednesday 13 June.