Ku-ring-gai Council is seeking public comment on its draft budget and delivery program for the new financial year, foreshadowing a loss of income caused by the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown.
A detailed report presented to the Council at its meeting on Tuesday 28 April has outlined a wide-ranging program of improvements and capital works set to start from July.
However the report also highlighted an anticipated reduction in income of around $5.6 million due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the key projects proposed for 2020-2021 are:
- Lindfield Village Green – construction and completion.
- Lindfield Village Hub – awarding of the tender to build the Hub.
- St Johns Avenue, Gordon – construction of a pedestrianised ‘eat street’.
- St Ives Village Green – works to create a youth precinct.
- St Ives Showground – completion of an accessible regional playground.
Council unanimously adopted the draft delivery program and budget for public exhibition, but Mayor Jennifer Anderson warned that some other projects planned may be postponed or even cancelled due to the effects of COVID-19.
“We are continuing to serve our residents and customers to the best of our ability during this difficult time”, the Mayor said.
“On that basis essential services will be our focus in the coming year.”
Over $18 million has been set aside for roads and footpaths in the capital works budget.
Parks and sportsfields upgrades will be boosted by an extra $13.5 million and nearly $1 million will be spent on new equipment for local playgrounds. A further $1.1 million has been allocated to Ku-ring-gai’s public toilets and shower blocks.
Council has underlined its commitment to environmental protection with a proposed $4.7 million in funding and $1.5 million for stormwater drainage.
Mayor Anderson said the Council would complete a number of important planning studies this year to help guide spending priorities in the future, once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
“We are currently exhibiting a strategy to address future housing needs for our residents. Other studies will focus on retail and commercial centres and employment trends to provide up-to-date information on what services the community requires in the next 20 years.”
The draft Delivery Program and Budget, including proposed fees and charges for the 2020-2021 financial year, is on exhibition for public comment until 28 May 2020. Click here to view the document and make a comment.
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