Celebrating Local Government Week 2020
Published on 05 August 2020
It's Local Government Week, a time to celebrate the many services and diversity of work councils do to nurture healthy communities and build vibrant cities. This year’s theme ‘Council’s Do’ reflects the work that all councils do in their local communities, including the wide variety of services that go beyond roads, rates and rubbish.
This year we’re celebrating Local Government Week by sharing some of the different things Council does across our City, like our library services and our important work with Landcare. We caught up with Ben and Alex to find out what they do in their roles.
This week I also sat down with Council’s Director of Built and Natural Assets, David Hughes to talk about the Operational Plan. The Plan steps out Council’s intentions and strategy for the year ahead and maps out the range of projects set to be delivered this financial year.
In total the Operational Plan forecasts that we will inject $395 million into our local economy over the next 12 months. It’s an incredible figure, but what is just as amazing is the diversity and range of infrastructure projects that will be delivered.
Of course, roads and footpaths feature heavily in the plan, but about 40 per cent of the budget is also dedicated to improving the lifestyle and wellbeing of our community. This is on things like shared pathways, improving our parks and playgrounds, investment in sporting facilities, swim centres and skateparks, as well as our local creative and cultural spaces.
All in all, the plan highlights some really positive projects and some of my favourites include the Fernleigh Awabakal Shared Track, upgrades to our parks in Morisset and Croudace Bay, and starting work on the Speers Point Multi Arts Place. David and I talked about a host of projects and if you would like to watch our chat you can via Facebook.
As a community and a nation, we are experiencing a very difficult time with COVID-19, but I would like to reassure all our residents that Council is continuing to do for our City and our residents.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser