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Infrastructure spending main focus of Camden Council budget

Infrastructure and services is the theme of the proposed 2017-18 Camden Council budget.

Infrastructure and services is the theme of the proposed 2017-18 Camden Council budget.

More than half of the proposed 2017-18 Camden Council budget – $185.4 million – is earmarked for the construction and improvement of roads, drainage, parks and playgrounds.

This figure does include $160.8 million of works scheduled to be delivered under agreement by developers.

More than $50.5 million of works is planned to upgrade and build new parks and playgrounds including the initial stages of the youth play spaces at Harrington Park Lake and Sedgewick Reserve in Currans Hill as well as water play parks in Oran Park and Elderslie.

New open space areas and nine new active spaces including playgrounds and playing courts are proposed across various new estates in the local government area.

A total of $75.9 million is planned for road and transport infrastructure.

Some of these improvement works include:

• Graham Hill Road and Richardson Road intersection in Narellan;

• Cobbitty Road in Cobbitty;

• Hartley Drive and Anzac Avenue in Smeaton Grange;

• Oran Park Drive;

• Macquarie Avenue in Camden;

• Holdsworth Avenue in Mount Annan;

• Welling Drive in Narellan Vale.

The works also include further stages in the improvements on Argyle Street in Camden.

Camden Council endorsed the 2017-18 draft operational plan (which includes the budget) and the four year delivery program earlier this month.

“These plans outline the strategic path of council to create a vibrant and stimulating place that supports the health and wellbeing of our existing and future residents,” says Mayor Lara Symkowiak.

“The budget reflects the ambition of this council to also create exceptional open spaces and recreational facilities to support health and wellbeing.

“We want to ensure that there is high quality infrastructure, public facilities and open spaces available for our community,” the mayor said.

The Camden community is invited to comment on council’s 2017-18 draft budget, which is now on public exhibition.

Submissions can be made until Sunday, June 11.

The draft operational plan and delivery program is available on council’s website here.

The budget allocates money for continuing improvements to Argyle Street.

The budget allocates money for continuing improvements to Argyle Street.

 

 

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