$58m in works planned

Mayor Brian Ingram.
Mayor Brian Ingram.

Hilltops Council will run a deficit of about $7.5 million next financial year, before grants and contributions, according council's budget proposal.

Councillors endorsed the 2021-22 Operation Plan at an extra-ordinary meeting on Wednesday, June 2.

The plan had been deferred for discussion after it was tabled as a late report at the May meeting.

Councillors required extra time to look it over.

The budget includes a capital works spend of $58 million to improve facilities and infrastructure across the local government area, mostly roads, bridges, water and sewer infrastructure.

Major works including upgrades to Milvale Road and the Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Garden, and the Murrimboola Creek Precinct, are set to finished during 2021-22.

The Plan states that council is implementing processes to work toward the long-term financial sustainability of Hilltops.

The Operational Plan is now on display after council moved that way but not before a motion put up by councillor Flannery to make a number of changes.

Cr Flannery's motion was defeated on the casting vote of the mayor, cr Brian Ingram.

The original motion to put the plan on public display as is was then carried unanimously.

Speaking against making changes before the plan went on exhibition Cr Roles said: "I'm against it, since we have that 28 days for us all to consider, I'd like that time so we can chill out a bit and decide if it is what we want, we have the option after that 28 days to revisit," she said.

Council invites submissions in writing to submissions@hilltops.nsw.gov.au or Locked Bag 5, Young NSW 2594 by 5pm on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.