Draft plan ready for scrutiny

BELLINGEN ratepayers can now have a look at council’s draft four-year management plan.

In a report to councillors, the Director of Corporate Services, Peter Wilson, said that because of rate pegging, the four-year financial plan projects a cumulative deficit of more than $150,000.

He said the current capped rate increase of 2.6 per cent will generate only an additional $141,600 in revenue for council and so ‘the potential for further efficiencies will need to be explored’.

Under the draft plan, water charges will rise by 6.14 per cent; sewerage charges will rise by 5.08 per cent; domestic waste charges will go up by a 7.41 per cent and tip access charges will rise by 4.55 per cent.

For the next financial year, $1.136 million has been allocated for infrastructure renewal but there is no money for the development of a proposed Community Services Centre in William Street, Bellingen.

Borrowings for a $3 million upgrade of the Raleigh Works Depot will cost council $314,000 in the 2010/11 financial year.

Axemen start season with bang in 9s

The Hoey Moey Tooheys Coffs Coast 9s final at Geoff King Motors Park was played between Group 2 rivals the Coffs Harbour Comets and the Orara Valley Axemen who won 12-10. Nines rugby league 17 February 2018 Photo: Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Advocate

Promised improvement more than just empty words after Coffs Coast 9s

REVEALED: Rental numbers rise at the start of the year

RENTAL RISE: The number of residential rentals available in Coffs Harbour rose marginally since the end of 2017.

Coffs records marginal rise in number of rentals

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