RISING TALENT SHOWCASED IN NEW SHOW AT MRAG
16 May 2013
Talented budding artists from around the region will boast their latest works in Showcase – a new exhibition at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
Showcase engages artistic students from Years 7 – 12 from both government and private schools in the Maitland and Lower Hunter area, professionally displaying their artworks.
Cultural Director Joe Eisenberg said it’s an opportunity for local people to see the world through the eyes of some of the region’s youngest creative minds.
MAITLAND GAOL IN THE GREEN SAVING ENERGY AND CASH
16 May 2013
Thousands of litres of rain water will be captured and held in Maitland Gaol, after the tourist site received two new water tanks as part of the state government’s Waste and Sustainability Improvement Payment (WaSIP) program. The 5,500L capacity tanks, located outside the kitchen, will be used to water the gardens and the exercise yard. Fifteen thousand dollars was awarded for the project, which is one of a series in Maitland funded by the WaSIP program.
MAITLAND MAYOR PUTS SUPPORT BEHIND LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFERENDUM
09 May 2013
Maitland Mayor Peter Blackmore is urging people across the Hunter to support their councils by voting yes at the referendum on Constitutional recognition for Local Government to be held alongside the federal election on September 14.
Cr Blackmore has joined Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Cessnock Mayors in strongly supporting today’s announcement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
‘Maitland City Council has long shown support for Constitutional recognition for Local Government, to safeguard the federal government’s vital position of support for local communities,’ he said.
COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSION TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON COUNCIL’S DRAFT DELIVERY PROGRAM 2013-17
08 May 2013
A community information session tomorrow evening will offer residents an opportunity to have one on one conversations with Council about the recently released draft Delivery Program 2013-17 and Operational Plan 2013/14.
The four year Delivery Program details a series of key objectives for the progression of the city including the construction of a year round pool, the pursuit of funding to refurbish the Town Hall as a performance space, delivering new transport infrastructure and affordable housing in Central Maitland and establishing ‘The Levee’ in Central Maitland as a lifestyle precinct. The program also lists capital works proposed across the city’s community buildings, bridges, footpaths and cycleways, recreation facilities and road works.
CHALLENGES CLEAR AS NEXT FOUR YEAR PLAN RELEASED
29 April 2013
The next four year Delivery Program for Maitland City Council is out for community review until 27 May 2013. The program outlines the work Council is aiming to achieve through to 2017, and incorporates the annual operational plan (including the budgets, rating, fees and charges) for 2013/14.
General Manager David Evans said the program also importantly details that, like many local government areas in NSW, Maitland City Council faces a significant challenge in financially sustaining services to our fast-growing City over time.
'Rates revenue annually covers less than half of what it costs us to deliver our services and with a growing population we need to take a serious look at how Council will operate over the next ten years,’ he said.