Last chance to provide comment on strategic plans and budget

Friday, 02 June 2017

Community members have until next Wednesday, 7 June to make submissions on Lismore City Council's new suite of strategic documents and 2017/18 budget.

The draft Imagine Lismore Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027 is now on public exhibition along with the four-year Delivery Program and one-year Operational Plan (budget).

The State Government requires all NSW councils to develop new Integrated Planning & Reporting documents at the beginning of each new council term.

The suite of documents detail the community's vision for Lismore, Council's four-year action plan in response to community feedback and the 2017-2018 budget.

Council is seeking community comment on all three documents before the final plans go to Council for adoption on 20 June.

Council made savings internally of approximately $2.5 million this year with every department required to contribute. There are also two proposed Special Rate Variations within the four-year Delivery Program to increase revenue.

The first is a continuation and expansion of the Special Business Rate Variation Levy of $220,000 to fund business promotion and marketing activities, beginning in 2018/19.

The second is a $3 million Special Rate Variation proposed for commencement in 2019/20 that will go directly toward road maintenance and start addressing Council’s significant infrastructure backlog.

In relation to the 2017/18 budget, the total is approximately $159 million, which includes $33.6 million for roads and associated infrastructure, or 21%.

Aprroximately $55 million in capital works is included in the 2017/18 financial year. This includes:

  • $20.0 million upgrade of wastewater infrastructure;
  • $10.8 million on new capital roadworks;
  • $4.5 million in water infrastructure;
  • $2.5 million for waste disposal – Container Deposit Scheme; and
  • $2.3 million for waste disposal – commercial waste sorting.

There is also $721,200 for footpaths in the CBD and $735,000 for improvements at Lismore Regional Airport.

In relation to the typical residential bill, water will increase to $864 (an increase of $36 or 4.3%), wastewater to $886 (an increase of $31 or 3.6%) and integrated waste to $297.70 (an increase of $4.40 or 1.50%).

The general rate (after applying the full rate pegging increase of 1.5%) will increase the average urban residential rate by $18 to $1,169. This means the total average urban residential rates bill would rise to $3,292.

Submissions on the Imagine Lismore Community Strategic Plan and the combined Imagine Lismore Delivery Program and Operational Plan must be received by 4pm on 7 June 2017.

Submissions can be made online via our On Public Exhibition page, emailed to council@lismore.nsw.gov.au or mailed to the General Manager, Lismore City Council, PO Box 23A, Lismore NSW 2480.

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