Council exhibits plans for comment

TODAY sees Coffs Harbour City Council’s first Draft Delivery Program and Draft Operational Plan put on public exhibition for comment.

The documents will remain on public exhibition until May 25.

Council has adopted the Draft Program and Operational Plan as part of a new approach to budget delivery required by the State Government, which replaces the Management Plan format that councils have followed in the past.

“It represents a significant change to the way councils are expected to do business in NSW,” said Coffs Harbour City Council general manager Stephen Sawtell.

“The intention is make councils more responsive to the aspirations of their local communities, more accountable and more focused on strategic planning, to ensure they are able to assist their communities move forward towards a sustainable future.

“Coffs Harbour is in the forefront of this program of change. In fact, we are one of the first councils to implement the new system, which will take effect from July 1.

Coffs Harbour City Council proposes to ask the State Government to approve a 4.4 per cent rate rise (in addition to the approved 2.6 per cent ‘rate pegging’ allowance) in 2010/2011.

This increase will enable council to fast-track $6million in flood mitigation work. Flood mitigation has been identified by the community as a top priority, in the wake of the 2009 storm events.



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