Operational Plan: The council is seeking feedback on the Operational Plan for 2017-18 which includes more than $200m of expenditure, including $67m of capital works. The detailed budget for 2017-18 financial year has a large focus on the maintenance and upgrades of the 1600km plus road network, which includes more than 763km of unsealed roads. The council has allocated more than $19m towards maintenance and upgrades of its roads network, with works scheduled on Nerriga, Captains Flat, Grants, Old Cooma roads and many more. The Operational Plan can be viewed at yourvoice.qprc.nsw.gov.au as well as at council’s customer service centres and libraries.
Revenue Policy: The draft revenue policy includes information on charges for general rates along with water, sewer and waste services. In line with the rate peg amount set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, the council’s income from general rates will increase by 1.5 per cent in 2017-18 (excluding new properties). A revaluation of properties in the state by the valuer general will impact on individual properties. In terms of water and sewer, the council has applied a 2.2 per cent increase in fixed access charges and consumption charges in line with CPI, while waste charges have increased by 4 per cent. The draft revenue policy and fees and charges are on exhibition until June 8 and can be viewed at council’s customer service centres, libraries or yourvoice.qprc.nsw.gov.au
Proposed Memorial Park: Following investigations of suitable sites, the council has purchased land south of Queanbeyan along Old Cooma Rd as a preferred site for a proposed memorial park. While the purchase has been progressed and will be finalised in the coming weeks, the development of a memorial park is far from approved and finalised. There will be a number of planning processes, studies and investigations carried out on the site before a development application can be lodged. The next phase will be to apply for a gateway determination from the minister for planning in order to consider rezoning the land. This process will also determine what comprehensive studies are required, such as fauna and flora, hydrological and geotechnical, before a DA can be considered. It is expected that the planning and approvals for this proposal will take up to five years to progress with extensive community engagement during the planning and assessment stages.
Tim Overall, administrator