A draft plan to be considered at a meeting next week outlines how Lake Macquarie City Council will spend its $356 million annual budget.

Councillors at Monday night’s Ordinary Council Meeting will consider placing the draft Operational Plan 2019-2020 on public exhibition.

The plan details the actions Council will take over the next 12 months to deliver on the community’s vision for the City.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser, said the plan identifies what services will be delivered, how those services link to the Community Strategic Plan and how progress will be measured.

“Lake Macquarie is a growing City of vibrant experiences and opportunity, and this draft Plan strikes a balance between making great things happen for our City while managing our financial resources for the long term,” Cr Fraser said.

“The draft Plan sets out how we will manage our $356 million budget, the actions and financial resources we will allocate to each area and the services, programs and the $93 million in capital works projects we will be working on throughout the year.

The proposed capital works program includes $37.5 million to be spent on road works and traffic improvements and $19 million for community building upgrades.

Key projects include replacement of Speers Point and Wangi Wangi RSL jetties, construction of a shared pathway from the Fernleigh Track to Kahibah and completion of the Bernie Goodwin Memorial Reserve in Morisset.

“Actions identified in the Plan will help ensure Lake Macquarie City continues to be recognised by our residents, visitors and businesses as a great place to be,” Cr Fraser said.

“We are always striving towards creating a City where services and lifestyle opportunities exist close to where people live, work and play.”

The draft Operational Plan, including supporting Budget 2019-2020, and the Draft Fees and Charges 2019-2020, are based on the Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027 and Delivery Program 2017-2021, adopted by Council in June 2017.

View the Council Report and draft Operational Plan at lakemac.com.au.

Capital works snapshot 2019-2020

  • $37.5 million on road works and traffic improvements
  • $19 million on community building upgrades
  • $18 million upgrading City assets and preparing for future growth
  • $4.5 million on drainage and environmental improvements
  • $4 million on construction and upgrade of local sporting facilities
  • $4 million on new footpaths and cycleways
  • $3.5 million on library and cultural facilities upgrades
  • $2.5 million on upgrading our parks and playgrounds

Key projects

  • completion of the Awaba Waste Management Facility expansion
  • construction of new amenities and playground at Martinsville Oval
  • replacement of Speers Point and Wangi Wangi jetties
  • completion of the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery expansion
  • construction of a new shared pathway between Fernleigh Track and Kahibah
  • completion of the Bernie Goodwin Memorial Reserve upgrade
  • road rehabilitation works at Macquarie Street, Morisset