29 June 2016 – Media Release
Cumberland Council has published its first ever Draft Operational Plan for 2016/17. The plan includes the budget for the year and consolidates the existing plans of the former Auburn, Holroyd and Parramatta City Councils to create a unified overarching strategy for the new Cumberland Council.
A subtotal of $77,750,239 will be invested into capital works in the coming financial year. The headline will be a $23,000,000 upgrade to Merrylands Town Centre which will create a new city square, new roads for better access and manoeuvrability and increased car parking and drainage. Other major works include a $3,000,000 upgrade to the Berala Village Town Centre, as well as a $2,700,000 upgrade to Auburn Park which will become a sport and recreation hub for the local area.
The majority of the infrastructure work in the local government area will focus on improving roads with $12, 315,216 being allocated purely for this purpose. $5,476,993 will also be dedicated to improving and maintaining all public buildings and facilities so the local community continues to have access to great locations to visit and use.
The plan also details the exciting community events and programs taking place in the Cumberland area in the upcoming year. The Cherry Blossom Festival returns, Sydney’s prime location to see the Japanese Sakura blossom, as does the popular PetFest, a great event for animal lovers Sydney wide. The simulated Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood will also be delivered, which takes schools and the public on a vivid journey of a refugee coming to Australia.
“Cumberland Council’s first Operational Plan was a careful process of consolidating the deliverables of three former Councils into one unified vision for the communities which make up this new local government area” said Cumberland Council Administrator, Viv May.
“The 2016/17 plan delivers across the board with a focus on safe and quality roads, new and improved places for the community to frequent, and great community programs and events to forge a strong local identity” elaborated Mr May.
The Draft Operational Plan 2016/17 is now on public exhibition. You can have your say by visiting http://www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au.draft-cumberland-council-operational-plan/ and filling out the feedback form.
For media information, contact Shane Wells. Phone: (02) 8745 9715 / 0437 870 818.
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