The reconstruction of the Olympic pool at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre, the Civic Precinct redevelopment and the commencement of works at the Moree Intermodal site are among some of the major projects Moree Plains Shire Council will undertake over the next year, as set out in its draft 2020-2021 operational plan and budget.
The draft operational plan and budget is currently on public exhibition, with a number of exciting projects earmarked to get underway.
More than $21 million is set aside for transport, including more than $5 million to seal the remaining 21 kilometres of gravel on the Carrigan Road between Mungindi and Boomi, $3 million for works relating to the Moree Intermodal site, and $3 million to complete the local sealed rural reseal program, as well as $1 million for the completion of new sealing works on Terry Hie Hie Road.
More than $14 million is earmarked for water supply services, including the completion of the $6 million Moree water security project and the $3.8 million Ashley potable water supply project, as well as the completion of the five-year $1.4 million water main renewal program and stage two of the $1 million loan-funded reservoirs repairs and painting project.
One of the biggest projects being undertaken this financial year will be the reconstruction of the Olympic pool at MAAC, with $1.8 million put aside for the refurbishment.
The Moree Civic Precinct redevelopment is also on schedule to be completed this financial year, with $1.3 million in the budget for the remainder of the upgrade works.
There's also more than $3 million in the budget for the construction of the second half of the waste cell at Moree Waste Management Facility.
Moree mayor Katrina Humphries commended the hard work of council staff and councillors for putting together an operational plan and budget that will meet the needs of the shire now and into the future.
"The role of local council has moved towards investing in infrastructure and projects to develop our community and the liveability of our shire," she said.
"Over the next 12 months, according to the plan, the community will continue to see important upgrades occur to emergency services facilities, pools and sporting fields as well as commencement of works on the north-south road link at the Moree Intermodal site to the south of Moree.
"In addition to these projects council will continue to take care of its traditional local government responsibilities of roads, waste, water and sewer services."
MPSC general manager Lester Rodgers was pleased that council was in a position to reduce water consumption charges for potable water.
Tier one (up to 750KL) and tier three (over 8000KL) consumption levels are being reduced from $1.58 to $1.45 for potable water, while non-potable charges have been cut from $1.06 to $0.96. Tier two (751KL to 8,000KL) has dropped from $2.05 to $1.93 for potable and $1.73 to $1.27 for non-potable.
All other fees and charges (other than statutory fees) remain at 2019/2020 levels.
The 2020-2021 draft operational plan and budget is currently on public exhibition until 5pm Wednesday, July 22.
The 28-day period of public exhibition is an opportunity for community members to submit comments on the allocation of resources and projects council is planning to undertake in the new financial year.
The draft operational plan and budget is available to view on council's website at https://www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/hot-topics/docman/news-and-topics/1595-operational-plan-and-budget-2020-2021-public-exhibition-version/file. Alternatively, a hard copy can be provided on request.
Feedback and comments can be submitted to: The General Manager, Moree Plains Shire Council, PO Box 420, Moree, NSW, 2400.