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Rates to rise to pay for city’s capital works

WOLLONGONG City Council will increase rates by 3.4 per cent to help fund $73.4 million in capital works over the next 12 months.

Council confirmed the second year of its five year Delivery Program through its Annual Plan for 2013/14. Council adopted the plan, including the Budget and Capital Budget 2013/14 at its meeting on June 24.

Council also set is rates and charges for the financial year.

Council has adopted a 3.4 per cent rate increase for the coming financial year. This increase is in line with the rate pegging limit set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

Under the annual plan, Council’s fees and charges overall are set to increase by 3.28 per cent for 2013/14.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the Delivery Program, Annual Plan and Budgets represent a Council that is funding a major amount of works in the city.

“We are planning for a Capital Works budget of $73.4 million over the next 12 months,” he said.

The works include the continuation of the Crown Street Mall refurbishment and major works associated with the West Dapto Access Strategy.

Council has applied for a proposed $4.3 million loan under the Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme to support a $5.5 million program of works for the renewal and upgrade of significant community assets in Corrimal and Thirroul.

In addition works are about to begin on a new landfill cell at Whytes Gully to cater for the city’s waste.

“Council has also received a $4.2 million grant contribution to the $8.2 million program of works on the Blue Mile foreshore walk, from the North Beach Bathers to the CityBeach.

“This capital works program will see a significant amount of works in areas such as roads, footpaths and shared pathways, stormwater and floodplain management, our parks, gardens and sports fields, beaches, pools, libraries, and other wonderful facilities that we offer our community members, the Lord Mayor said.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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