Have your say on Council activities and budgets

The Eurobodalla community is invited to have a say on Eurobodalla Council’s draft operational plan for the next financial year.

Now on public exhibition, the draft Delivery Program 2017-21 and Operational Plan 2018-19 sets out the key works, services and initiatives Council will carry out to help achieve the community's vision of being friendly, responsible, thriving and proud.

It also includes supporting financial information including drafts of the 2018-19 budgets, capital program, revenue policy and fees and charges.

Council estimates it will manage an income of $113 million in 2018-19, excluding new capital grants and contributions, with an operating expenditure of about $108 million. Rates are proposed to increase by 2.3 per cent in accordance with rate pegging, as approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

Highlights for 2018-19 include progressing the Batemans Bay Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre and other projects that have attracted government funding, including the oyster hatchery at Moruya Airport, the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya, new visitor facilities and herbarium at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens and the Moruya Airport redevelopment.

Council will also continue with its review of the Companion Animal Management Plan and implement some of the high priority actions from its Recreation and Open Space Strategy 2018 and Pathways Strategy 2017.

The $48.2 million capital program for 2018-19 has a focus on sustaining community infrastructure. Using a mix of Council and government funds, Council is proposing to spend $17.8 million on the local roads and bridges, $12.5 million on sewer projects and $2.2 million on recreation projects including upgrades to boat ramps, playgrounds and sportsfields.

More than $211,000 is also proposed to be distributed to the community via grants.

The community is encouraged to provide feedback on the revised draft Delivery Program 2017-21 and Operational Plan 2018-19 before the closing date on Tuesday 22 May. View the document online at or at Council’s customer service centre at Moruya and the Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma libraries. Media Release

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