Council adopts $163m annual budget and exciting future plans
This budget for the 2022/23 financial year includes record spending on infrastructure, with a big push on maintenance such as works on 161 roads and a focus on the road networks in Thornton, Chisholm and Lochinvar.
In community facilities, there will be new amenities in Maitland Park, the transformation of Town Hall into a venue capable of hosting live shows, bands and acts, completion of the Maitland Administration Building, progression of Morpeth to Walka Water Works shared pathway, design for new sportsgrounds in the west and new multipurpose community centres in the east of the City, and overhauls of sportsground amenities.
There is a big effort in the environmental space with increased tree planting, a focus on the health of the Hunter River, a citywide approach to environmental sustainability, and construction starting at the Mount Vincent Waste Transfer Station.
For Mayor Philip Penfold, it's a big win for Maitland.
'We're proud to be delivering services, critical infrastructure and major projects the community has been calling out for,' Mayor Penfold said.
'There is a big focus on the things the community value: roads, recreation and the environment.
The budget and projects to be completed were endorsed as part of the most recent Delivery Program and Operational Plan, which are documents outlining everything Council will be working on for the next four years, from the resurfacing of a local road to the building of a regional facility.
Also endorsed last night was Maitland+10, which is a big picture strategic plan that guides all decisions and was developed from the community's ideas on how they want the City to look, feel and work in the future.
All documents were developed following extensive community consultation and a period of public exhibition.
To view the Delivery Program and Operational Plan or Maitland +10, visit www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/maitland-your-say/engagements/ipr-suite