Labor delivers record $100 million works program in Council's draft 2018/19 budget

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The transformation of Newcastle into a smart, liveable and sustainable city continues as a major theme in Newcastle City Council's draft budget for the 2018/19 financial year, which includes a record $100 million for continued capital works and an anticipated year-end surplus of $6.5 million.
 
Council has combined the delivery program and operational plan into one document -- known as Our Budget -- that sets out Council's objectives for the next four years and outlines its planned actions and projects for the 2018/19 financial year.
 
The draft 'Our Budget' document along with the draft Fees and Charges Register for 2018/19 will be placed on public exhibition from Thursday 3 May to Wednesday 30 May.
 
Our Budget proposes a works program for 2018/19 that strikes a balance between essential asset renewal and new and upgraded services to the community, including more than $23.5 million on roads and footpaths, $13 million to renew buildings, structures and places and $8.2 million to implement our Smart City Strategy.
 
"We forecast to again deliver an operational surplus while investing a record $100 million in infrastructure projects," said Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.
 
"Under the Council that I lead, we are committed to delivering our vision for the City through sound financial management while protecting and improving services.

The draft Community Strategic Plan was also endorsed by Council to be placed on public exhibition.

Highlights of the 2018/19 budget include:

  • $23.5 million on our roads including a $9 million civil works program to upgrade local bridges
  • $13 million of works renewing our buildings, structures and places including $5 million for both our parks and cultural facilities
  • $8.2 million on Newcastle's Smart City Program
  • $8.1 million on renewing the existing storm water network
  • $7.9 million on a solar farm to be built at the Summerhill Waste Centre
  • $2.6 million on increasing cycling links around the city

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the draft budget includes more than $8 million towards our Smart Cities program.
 
"The next 12 months is going to be an exciting period when people start to see what it means to be a smart city. Extensive sensor networks, smart poles, public WiFi, electric vehicle charging stations and E-bicycle infrastructure are all set to become a reality over the 2018/19 financial year."
 
"Additionally, a further $2 million will also be invested in lifting the Tyrrell Street Bridge at Wallsend, the first of three bridges that will be raised after supporting columns are removed, as the first stage of a plan to address flooding that regularly affects the Wallsend CBD.
 
To view the documents on public exhibition and make a submission, go to newcastle.nsw.gov.au/YourSay
 
Hard copies may be viewed at the City Administration Centre, 282 King St, Newcastle, Newcastle Region Library, Laman Street, Newcastle, and all other Newcastle branch libraries.

Nuatali Nelmes