Looking back on 2017
This year has certainly flown by, yet at the same time, our community has seen some incredible change in a short amount of time.
Looking back, together we have celebrated a number of wonderful events together and got on board #mymaitland. This year our city became the fastest growing non-metro area in NSW, with investment in our city higher than ever, which is great news for business.
For our community, investment over the last couple of years has seen the construction of the indoor pool, the new grandstand at No. 1 Sportsground and final upgrades to The Levee, which will be wrapped up with the completion of The Riverlink Building next year.
This year we engaged with over 13,000 people across 17 different projects, answered 63,000 calls, had 7,700 live chats and logged nearly 10,000 service requests.
In addition, there were eight new bus shelters installed, around 24 kilometres of major road construction completed and another 10 kilometres of local road works and rehabilitation undertaken.
Council was also out and about with schools planting (569) and giving away seedlings (around 4,000) and launched the garden organics collection service (green bins).
We also welcomed more than 150 locals as they became Australian citizens (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie) and another 19 people were inducted into the Maitland Hall of Fame.
What's to come?
For the remainder of this financial year, Council will continue to focus on the completion of a range of projects and initiatives.
In addition to the major infrastructure, a new Community Centre for Gillieston Heights is in planning, as well as construction commencing next year on the Maitland Regional Sportsground Complex and a skate park in East Maitland.
Council is also part way through the nearly $13 million that will be spent on the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and resurfacing of our roads across the city during this financial year.
It is an exciting time in Maitland and the future of our community is very bright. Council has a long term plan to manage our city as our population moves towards 100,000 people in the coming decades.
Part of this plan is the revised Maitland +10 draft, which is our Community Strategic Plan. The draft plan is now on public exhibition for comment until Monday 12 February 2018, so go and take a look on Maitland Your Say and if you like, make a submission.