Sunday, May 26, 2024

Infrastructure rollout at centre of Hills Shire plan

A $162.8 million infrastructure spend is the centrepiece of The Hills Shire Council’s 2024-25 budget.

The draft plan, which is open for feedback until 8 May, outlines projects and services to be delivered across The Hills Shire in 2024-25, along with the Draft Operational Plan.

Mayor, Peter Gangemi (pictured) said Council has allocated a total of $308.5 million to fund community wellbeing, manage growth, build and maintain infrastructure and preserve the natural environment for the upcoming fiscal year.

“Council is entrusted with safeguarding community assets valued at $5.5 billion on behalf of our residents,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“This plan reflects our proactive approach to addressing evolving needs and ensuring a high quality of life for all.

“We are doing this by allocating $54.4 million to services such as our libraries, childcare, aged and disability services, aquatic and community facilities, SES and bushfire operations and much more.”

$12.3 million will be used for infrastructure planning, asset inspections, land use and developer contributions planning, and grant funding project management; while $162.8 million will be spent on maintaining, renewing and building new assets; and $68.7 million will be allocated to environmental initiatives, public health and waste services.

“Council has been debt-free since 2002 and will work hard to remain that way as we continue to run our activities on a sustainable long-term footing,” the Mayor said.

“I am proud of The Hills Shire Plan that our staff have put together for our community, and I encourage residents to have their say on the plans during the exhibition period.”

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