Climate change action and emergency planning in the aftermath of the tragic bushfires in 2019 feature in MidCoast Council's 2020-2021 annual operational plan.
The plan and council's budget are on public exhibition for community feedback until June 29, 2020.
Apart from outlining infrastructure, environmental and community projects to be delivered, this year's operational plan outlines the progress council will make on a number of projects during the coming year, including:
- developing a climate change action plan
- revising and updating the emergency plan after the tragic bushfire events of 2019
- starting to deliver more than $2 million in Federal and State funding for bushfire recovery
- developing the MidCoast environmental plan and development control plan, and
- developing MidCoast Cultural and Aboriginal action plans.
"These projects, and a vast number of others, will be our focus as we work to deliver our mission of delivering benefits to our community in ways that add value and build trust," MidCoast Council's general manager, Adrian Panuccio said.
The $100 million road program, funded jointly by the NSW Government and the final year of the five per cent special rate variation (SRV), is included in the 2020-21 budget.
Council has kept other rates and charges to a minimum during the period of the SRV, Mr Panuccio said. The water availability charge, sewerage charges and the domestic waste management charge will not be increased.
"There has been no increase in the waste management charge since 2017 and sewer charges have not increased since 2018," Mr Panuccio added.
"The community developed MidCoast Council's strategic plan, 'MidCoast 2030: Shared Vision, Shared Responsibility' in 2018, and our first delivery program is continuing to be implemented, with this operational plan and budget to guide our works and projects over 2020-2021.
"Each year, we continue to ask for community feedback on the operational plan and budget, as we work towards achieving the longer term outcomes outlined in the community strategic plan and delivery program.
"Importantly, the plan also indicates how we will measure our performance to show we are delivering on our commitments to our community. We report on our progress against this program every six months to ensure we are on track, and this information is publicly available for our community so they can be informed on our performance."
To read the 2020-2021 draft operational plan and budget, and to provide your feedback, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/haveyoursay before the public exhibition period closes on June 29, 2020.
View the community's strategic plan "MidCoast 2030: Shared Vision, Shared Responsibility" and the current delivery program, along with past operational plans at www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/futureplans.