Council meeting highlights – Monday 24 June 2019

Date posted: 24 June 2019

Please see below for highlights of the final determinations made at tonight’s Ordinary Meeting of Lake Macquarie City Council.

The full agenda and reports are available at meeting agendas and minutes. The stream of tonight’s meeting will be available online at webcast.lakemac.com.au from Tuesday.

Draft Operational Plan and Budget 2019-2020

Council adopted the Draft Operational Plan and Budget 2019-2020, draft Delivery Program 2017-2021 and the draft Fees and Charges 2019-2020.

Quotes from Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser:

“Roads and cultural facilities are the big beneficiaries following the adoption of the 2019-2020 Operational Plan and Budget at tonight’s Council meeting.

"The 2019-2020 Operational Plan boasts Council’s biggest ever spend of $355 million. Construction of Speers Point and Wangi Wangi jetties, new shared pathway between Fernleigh Track and Kahibah, and completion of the upgraded Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery at Booragul are among the more than $98 million worth of capital works projects planned for the next 12 months.

“About $2.5 million is dedicated to improving and creating new parks and playgrounds and a further $4.3 million for sports facility upgrades. Other features of the operational plan include a budget of $42.8 million for roadworks, traffic and improvements such as speed bumps and school crossings, $19 million to improve community buildings and $34 million for maintenance.”

“The size of the budget reflects the growth of Lake Macquarie, with more than 205,000 people now calling the City home.

“The Operational Plan provides a detailed overview of the works for the City, from small neighbourhood projects to City-wide actions.

Let’s Imagine: Innovators Support Roadmap

Council adopted the Let’s Imagine: Innovators Support Roadmap to guide activities designed to attract, nurture and retain innovators.

Quotes from Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser:

“Liveability and innovation are very closely linked, so we are lucky that our City has so many appealing qualities such as our beautiful lake, our coastline, diversity of housing and access to services. We are a place of progressive support and infrastructure for the future of innovation and business. This Roadmap lays the foundation to continue improving the liveability of the City, and drives our focus on developing a co-innovation program, where we can continue to collaborate and partner with innovators and creators.”

Petitions Policy

Council approved a new Petitions Policy to go on public exhibition for 28 days. The Policy aims to establish a consistent process to the management of both hard copy and online petitions

Mayor and Councillor Fees 2019-2020

Council authorised the amendment of the Mayoral allowance and Councillor fees in line with the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal’s determination for 2019-2020.

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