Willoughby City Council unanimously adopted the Operational Plan and Budget 2021-22 at Tuesday night’s Council Meeting (15 June).
Despite the impact of COVID-19, Council has adapted to a rapidly changing environment and has presented a well-balanced budget, continuing its commitment to serve the community through new initiatives in response to COVID-19 as well as delivering on all its planned projects and initiatives. The Operational Plan and Budget 2021-22 supports Willoughby City’s exceptional results in its recent community perception survey where 96% of residents said they were ‘very satisfied’, ‘satisfied’ or ‘somewhat satisfied’ with council’s performance and rated their quality of life as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.
“In preparing the plan, Council has carefully considered the impact of COVID-19 and how best we can support the community over the next 12 months,” said Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney. “This includes enhancing streetscapes thereby supporting businesses and community, community services and facilities, recreation and finalising a new Local Environment Plan to guide planning and development within the City of Willoughby.” Spend has been allocated to the five outcomes identified in Council’s 10-year Community Strategic Plan ‘Our Future Willoughby’:
- A city that is green: $23.6m
- A city that is connected and inclusive: $18m
- A city that is liveable: $31.6m
- A city that is prosperous and vibrant: $18.4m
- A city that is effective and accountable $21.5m
Highlights of this year’s operational plan include:
- Implementation of a public domain masterplan for Artarmon local centre ($1m)
- Design and construction of affordable housing units at Northbridge ($1.43m)
- Developing more vibrant and usable laneways in Chatswood ($1.6m)
- Upgrades to the Dougherty Community Centre. ($500,000)
- Concept designs for the Gore Hill Indoor Recreation facility ($2.5m)
- New draining and turf at Castle Cove Oval – ($650,000)
- Upgrading The Concourse cladding – ($4.15m)
“The sound financial management continues with a carefully planned and considered budget in line with essential services and what the community told us they need and want,” Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney continued.
The approval follows a 28-day consultation period.