Council’s $280M capital spend

Wollongong City Council has approved $282 million of capital works over the next three financial years.

The Delivery Program 2018-2021 was passed at last night’s Council meeting, with additional funding of $1.1 million to improve sports field lighting.

Better footpaths and cycleways, more trees and improvements to community facilities are some of the other priorities on Council’s ‘to-do list’ over the next few years.

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor David Brown said: “This is a significant amount of money and people will be able to see this investment in action whether it’s through more trees being planted as part of our Urban Greening Strategy, community programs in Dapto, improvements to the Helensburgh town centre, to landscaping at Fred Finch Park in Berkley.”

“What’s particularly exciting is we’ve delivered this without increasing our domestic waste or stormwater management charges, and no rates rise above the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s recommendation.”

Council received 97 submissions on the draft Delivery Program when it was put on public exhibition earlier this year.

“Council will always be about the daily services like rubbish collection, libraries and swimming pools but we’re also putting in place plans and infrastructure to make sure we’re delivering for our community into the future,” Cr Brown said.

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