Singleton Operational Plan Unveiled

Filed under Council, Hunter Valley, News ~ by Press on  28 Mar 2019

Asset renewal remains Singleton Council’s biggest focus in draft 2019/20 Operational Plan

The biggest capital investment in water and sewer infrastructure since 2006 headlines the draft Singleton Operational Plan 2019/20, which has been unveiled for community feedback from today.

The document sets out 153 individual projects and activities for the coming financial year, including the community commemoration of Singleton’s bicentenary in 2020; an increased commitment to advocacy and socio-economic planning; and finalisation of the Floodplain Risk Management Plan.

The plan also forecasts a $2.65 million operating surplus (excluding capital grants) as a result of continued downward pressure on operating expenses, and a $37.6 million capital works program.

Singleton Council General Manager Jason Linnane said asset renewal continued to be a key focus, in keeping with the final year of the special rate variation.

A total of $29.4 million will be spent on asset renewal in 2019/20, which accounts for 79 per cent of Council’s capital works program with $5 million coming directly from rate revenue,” he said.

We are committing $1.87 to asset renewal per $1 of depreciation – meaning our assets will be maintained to an appropriate standard to continue to serve the community into the future.

We will also see a significant investment in our water and sewer network amounting to $17.1 million to upgrade the infrastructure required to provide our most essential services.”

The capital works budget includes:
• $10.42 million for roads;
• $9.27 million for water infrastructure;
• $7.84 million for sewer infrastructure; and
• $4.37 million for recreation and buildings.

Mr Linnane said most pleasing was that Council could deliver important capital projects while maintaining a commitment to financial management.

The draft Operational Plan allows for increases in rates and charges ranging from 5.8% to 9.78%, keeping average residential rates in Singleton at less than 80% of the Hunter Region average,” he said.

This plan will also deliver improvements in all Fit for the Future benchmarks set by the State Government.

We are extremely pleased with the direction that has been set for Council through this draft Operational Plan, which will only be enhanced through our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement to constantly re-evaluate the services Council provides, how they are provided, and how we can do better.

Now we’re handing over the draft document for feedback from the people Council exists to serve: the people in our community.”

The draft 2019/20 Operational Plan is on public exhibition from Wednesday 27 March 2019 to Wednesday 24 April 2019. The document may be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centre, Singleton Library or online at www.singleton.nsw.gov.au

Submissions may be directed to the General Manager by email to council@singleton.nsw.gov.au or by post to PO Box Singleton NSW 2330.



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