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Funding targets Bulli Surf Club and historic Waterfall cemetery

AN upgrade for Bulli Surf Club is just one of the infrastructure renewal projects earmarked under Wollongong City Council’s draft Annual Plan for 2015-2016, which is public exhibition from Thursday April 2 until Friday May 1.

The draft Annual Plan provides a detailed breakdown of the projects, programs and activities Council plans to undertake for 2015-2016. It covers all Council areas including cultural and economic development, as well as infrastructure renewal and planning.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said is encouraging the community to view the draft plan and attachments.

“It’s important that we hear many people on the future programs and long term financial sustainability of our Council,” he said.

The draft Annual Plan is a key component of Council’s Strategic Management Framework and includes the draft Budget, the draft Capital Budget, and the draft Revenue Policy Fees and Charges. The draft Plan’s outcomes are closely linked with the six community goals outlined in Wollongong 2022, the Community Strategic Plan.

“Council is the caretaker of more than $3.7 billion in community assets such as roads, footpaths, stormwater drains, pools, parks, reserves, and libraries, community centres, and public amenities. Ensuring that we refurbish and maintain these ageing assets, such as the Austinmer rock pools, the Crown Street Mall, or the many footpaths, is a difficult task,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

“The financial strategy we have outlined in our draft Plan is to ensure that we continue to move towards a small surplus in our budgets and that we use at least 85 per cent of our Operational Funds for renewal of these ageing assets.”

The draft Capital Budget includes $81.84 million in capital works for the financial year. Some of the proposed projects for 2015/2016 include work reinstating the historic Waterfall Cemetery, and refurbishing Bulli Surf Life Saving Club.

Along with the draft documents on exhibition, detailed capital works programs and additional service information is available on Council’s website. Alternatively, you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.

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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