Council concentrates on Roads, Growth, Economy and Organisational Performance with new Operational Plan & Budget

Wollondilly Council

Wollondilly Council will consider its draft Operational Plan and

Budget at Tuesday night’s meeting, with the focus for the year

ahead on the key areas of roads, planning for growth,

supporting economic development and improving

organisational performance.

Part of Council’s Delivery Plan, the Operational Plan outlines

how Council will continue to deliver important ongoing

services for the Wollondilly community in the 2022/23 financial

year.

Mayor Matt Gould said, “Wollondilly is in a major period of

growth and transformation, and this Council is committed to

enhancing service delivery and organisational performance.”

“We have heard from the community and we know that

improving the Shire’s road network is a clear priority, so we

will be investing $21.1M in capital works and maintenance of

our major roads and bridges, and we expect to receive further

grants which will lead to this being a record investment.”

“Under the draft Plan, Council is updating our roads strategy,

with an even greater investment in preventative maintenance,

fixing priority issues quicker, as well as maintaining our

significant capital road renewal program investment. We’re

planning an additional roads crew focused on roadside

vegetation management and drainage together with more

investment in road maintenance and an improved surveillance

process to address community concerns,” he said.

The Budget includes an extensive ongoing and significant

$34.4M capital investment across the Shire, with just some of

the highlights in addition to our roads including:

• Old Menangle School site playground and landscaping

construction and building design

• Dudley Chesham all abilities playground and Multipurpose building design

• Picton to Tahmoor Shared Cycleway completion

• Wollondilly Performing Arts Centre commencement

• Birahlee Park Yanderra Playground upgrade

• Botanic Gardens upgrades including accessible

amenities, stage, pathways and inclusive playspace

• Waterplay park in Barralier Park, The Oaks design

• Appin Sportsground netball courts and floodlighting

• Numerous footpath projects including Avon Dam Road

and Silverdale Rd as well as kerb & gutter

“Councillors have spent significant time since being elected

working collaboratively with the staff to develop this Plan and I

look forward to sharing it with the community for feedback,”

Mayor Gould said.

The Draft Budget outlines that Council remains in a sound

financial position, with a forecast surplus budget result of

$52K.

The Operational Plan also outlines Council’s approach to

better manage growth, with additional investment in strategic

planning to manage for the demands of growth while

protecting and enhancing what makes the Shire unique.

Wollondilly is experiencing year on year growth in the number

of Development Applications and there is pressure on the

organisation to maintain and improve service delivery.

Additional resourcing within the Development Services team

in 2022/23 together with a planning approval digitisation and

integration project will help deliver more efficient and higher

quality customer service.

The ongoing construction of the Wollondilly Cultural Precinct

represents an exciting phase for Wollondilly, with

opportunities for Council to improve and enhance the services

it provides to the community. In 2022/23, the focus is on

preparing for a new pre-school service, following the

completion of the Children’s Services building.

The 2022/23 Budget has been prepared to deliver the actions

contained in the Operational Plan and to address the future

challenges of growth.

Wollondilly has experienced a series of emergency situations

in recent years including drought, bushfires, the Covid-19

pandemic, storms and floods; all of which have negatively

impacted its budget. Council has proactively made allowances

for natural disasters and emergencies in the 2022/23 budget

and Long Term Financial Plan, to mitigate potential future

negative economic impacts.

The draft Operational Plan and Budget will go on Public

Exhibition following Tuesday night’s Council meeting, with

residents invited to have their say on the plan for the year.

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