Council adopts record budget with our Operational Plan 2024/2025

Image of the Operational Plan 2025-2025 coverA record $245.9 million budget will drive a once-in-a-generation program of repairs and improvements to our City’s infrastructure, programs and services.

These priorities are outlined in detail in Council’s Operational Plan 2024/2025, which was approved by Councillors at last week’s Council meeting. The Operational Plan is Council’s action plan for achieving the community priorities outlined in the Community Strategic Plan. It is prepared each year and identifies the projects, programs and activities that Council will fund and deliver across the next 12 months.

Our Operational Plan 2024/2025 was developed through an extensive planning and prioritisation process. It contains 131 key actions for delivery across a wide range of services and work areas, a comprehensive capital works program and annual budget.

Major Operational Plan highlights for 2024/2025 include budgets of:

  • $107.6 million on improving local roads and drainage.
  • $39.8 million on upgrading public spaces, parks, sports and recreation facilities.
  • $45.6 million on community and culture including local events, our Libraries, Gallery and Museum.
  • $39.1 million on waste collection, landfill and sewer.

A significant portion of this year’s budget includes funding provided by State and Federal flood recovery programs, the State Government’s Western Sydney Infrastructure Grants (WSIG) program, and the Western Parkland City Liveability Program which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal. These multi-year projects are major city building projects that will have profound benefits to families and residents of all ages for generations to come. Highlights include:

  • St Albans Road, St Albans and Central Macdonald – $6.56 million
  • Thomas James Bridge, Wiseman’s Ferry – $5.9 million
  • Road Rehabilitation Program 2024/2025 – $4.68 million
  • New Fire Control Centre – $4.2 million
  • Sealing of Greens Road, Lower Portland – $2.15 million
  • Windsor Town Centre upgrade – $ 3.1 million (multi-year project)
  • Woodbury Reserve – $5.7 million (multi-year project)
  • Fernadell Park – $6.5 million (multi-year project)
  • Tamplin Field Redevelopment – $5 million (multi-year project)
  • Turnbull Oval Redevelopment – $ 4 million (multi-year project)
  • Kurmond – Kurrajong Cycleway – $4 million (multi-year project)
  • Hawkesbury Oasis Aquatic and Fitness Centre Improvements – $3 million (multi-year project)
  • North Richmond Community Precinct Upgrade – $2.9 million (multi-year project)
  • Cycleway over Rickaby’s Creek – $2 million (multi-year project)
  • Wayfinding and Signage Program – $2 million (multi-year project)
  • Richmond Swimming Pool Upgrade – $1 million (multi-year project)

These projects only represent a portion of the committed budget for this coming financial year. For a full list of commitments, please read the Operational Plan 2024/2025 at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/your-council/about-council/integrated-planning-and-reporting

With significant projects of this nature, we will be working closely with the Hawkesbury community wherever possible to ensure they have their say and to incorporate their feedback into the final designs to ensure new facilities meet the diverse needs of our residents.

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