Input invited into council budget

 YOUR SAY: Council's budget for the 2018-19 financial year is on public exhibition.

YOUR SAY: Council's budget for the 2018-19 financial year is on public exhibition.

Newcastle's transformation into a smart, liveable and sustainable city is a major theme in council's budget for the 2018-19 financial year, now on public exhibition.

We forecast to again deliver an operational surplus, estimated at $6.5 million, while investing a record $100 million in infrastructure projects

We are committed to delivering our vision for the city through sound financial management while protecting and improving services.

This year, we have combined the delivery program and operational plan into one document - known as Our Budget. Have a look at the document and share your input with us by making a submission.

Our budget proposes a works program for 2018-19 that strikes a balance between essential asset renewal and new and upgraded services, with more than $23.5 million for roads and footpaths, $13 million to renew buildings, structures and places and $8.2 million to implement our Smart City Strategy.

Highlights of the 2018-19 budget include: $23.5 million on our roads including $9 million to upgrade local bridges; $13 million to renew our buildings, structures and places including $5 million for our parks and cultural facilities.

View the documents at newcastle.nsw.gov.au/YourSay

Hard copies may be viewed at the City Administration Centre and all Newcastle Region Library branches.

Matt Murray