Council meeting preview: Ordinary Council Meeting – Monday 27 May 2024

Published on 23 May 2024

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Council’s next meeting will take place at the Administrative Centre at Speers Point on Monday 27 May, with an Ordinary Council Meeting starting from 6:30pm.

Members of the public have the option to watch the proceedings live online at

Below are some of the items listed for discussion. You can view the full agenda online.

2024-2025 Operational Plan considered for adoption

Councillors will consider adopting the Operational Plan 2024-2025, following public exhibition.

If approved, the plan will feature a revised capital works budget of $111.5 million to fund key projects such as the East Lakes Community Recycling Centre, a playground upgrade and new youth hub at Rathmines Park, a learn-to-swim pool in West Wallsend, the Hunter Sports Centre expansion and more.

In addition, $26.6 million has been allocated to road sealing, resurfacing and rehabilitation while $27.7 million is going toward community and sporting facilities.

March review of the Operational Plan 2023-2024

Councillors will consider adopting amendments to the capital works budget in the 2023-2024 Operational Plan as part of the March review.

Its proposed Council will borrow up to $23.3 million, instead of $18.1 million. This is due to a growth in Council’s capital works program and increasing construction costs.

This quarter, 141 actions (95 per cent) are on track or have been achieved.

Environmental Research Grants 2023-2024

Councillors will consider funding five applications totalling $35,000 as part of the Environmental Research Grants Program 2023-2024.

The program sees Council offer grants to university researchers and other research-based organisations to support exploration of contemporary and local environmental issues.

Traffic facilities and improvements to road safety

Councillors will consider approving no stopping and double dividing centre lines on Solling Crescent, Morisset. This follows approval for an 18-lot light industrial business park subdivision in the area.

If greenlit, the new markings, slated for a bend in Solling Crescent, aim to enhance road safety and traffic flow.

Councillors will also consider approving signage and line marking to support the installation of traffic lights at the Freemans Drive and Deaves Road intersection in Cooranbong, which is aimed at enhancing road safety for drivers and pedestrians.

Infill housing

Councillors will consider approving a development application for a multi-dwelling house comprising of 26 dwellings and strata subdivision at 163-167 Excelsior Parade, Toronto.

An application for a 39-lot community title residential subdivision at 300, 310 and 314 Warners Bay Road, Mount Hutton is also up for adoption.

These items are in line Council’s strategic direction to diversify housing through infill within accessible locations.

Partnership with the NSW State Emergency Service

Councillors will consider writing to the Minister for Emergency Services in NSW, the NSW SES and Local Government NSW to express thanks for their recent efforts in weather emergencies.

The communication will also seek to enhance and streamline the support offered to residents in the aftermath of a local storm event, including the provision of financial assistance for storm debris removal.