The Clarence Valley economy will receive an economic boost as Councillors voted to adopt the 2020-21 budget at the June 23 Council meeting. The vote paves the way for one of the biggest capital works programs ever with investments in local roads and infrastructure improvements.
General manager Ashley Lindsay said, “A significant Capital Works Program totalling $70.6M has been agreed for the 2020/21 financial year. The key features are $22 million to road and bridge infrastructure projects and approximately $32 million allocated to open spaces, community facility and building projects.”
An additional $5.2M will be generated from the final year of a three-year Special Rate Variation which commenced 2018/2019. The majority of these funds will be spent on roads and infrastructure asset renewals.
“This is the final year of Council’s four-year financial improvement plan adopted in June 2017 which lays the foundations for the long-term financial well-being of the organisation, and the services, facilities and infrastructure it provides for the community”.
“The range of services and facilities provided are diverse and touch many aspects of our lives. You cannot drive down the street, go to the local park, sporting field, beach or other facility without interacting with something either provided or maintained by Council,” he added.
2020/2021 budget highlights include:
- Ulmarra Riverside and Village Precinct Plan (phase 1)
- Increased ranger and parking officer resources
- Zig Zag Path Yamba renewal
- Maclean Pool access and amenity upgrade
- Urban and rural floodplain asset renewals
- Orara Way reconstruction
- Beach access renewal at Wooli
- funding of cycleway concept designs from Yamba to Maclean
- Prince Street Administration Building upgrade
- Grafton Pool upgrade detailed design
- Grafton Waterfront Upgrade