Gunnedah Shire Council puts 2018-19 operational plan and 2017-21 delivery plan up for public exhibit

MOVING FORWARD: Gunnedah Shire Council's director of corporate and community services Colin Formann, mayor Jamie Chaffey and general manager Eric Groth discuss the draft 2018/19 Operational Plan. Photo: Supplied
MOVING FORWARD: Gunnedah Shire Council's director of corporate and community services Colin Formann, mayor Jamie Chaffey and general manager Eric Groth discuss the draft 2018/19 Operational Plan. Photo: Supplied

THE Gunnedah community will have its chance to review and add to Gunnedah Shire Council’s operational plan for the next year.

Included in the plan will be council’s budget, fees and charges as well as the 2017-21 delivery program.

Councillors voted to place the plan on public exhibition following a review of the plan at Wednesday’s May council meeting.

Gunnedah Shire Council’s general manager Eric Groth said the plan aligned with the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future criteria.

“The operational plan describes the actions council will take over the next 12 months to deliver on the community’s vision for our shire,” Mr Groth said.

“Council’s dedicated staff continue to strive to deliver efficient and quality services, and continually improve processes and practices. This plan aims to achieve Council’s continued financial sustainability while planning for growth and a positive future for our community.”

Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey said council would continue to focus on collaborative works through the newly incorporated Namoi Unlimited Joint Organisation (JO).

“We will continue to represent Gunnedah’s interests and advocate for local government regionally by actively being involved in Namoi Unlimited,” Cr Chaffey said.

“We are now entering our second year of the four-year delivery program under the integrated planning and reporting framework.

“We continue to deliver a number of significant and positive outcomes for our community and we are confident that in the year ahead, we will complete this work and realise our community’s vision for the Gunnedah shire.”

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Cr Chaffey encouraged the greater community to view the plan and have their say.

“The past 12 months were a successful and defining year of major achievements for the Gunnedah Shire and its residents and 2018-19 is shaping up to be another significant year of delivery,” he said.

“The Operational Plan is an extremely important document that will provide the framework for Council’s service delivery for the next year.

“I encourage the Gunnedah community to review the proposed plans and to submit feedback to Council for consideration.”

Copies of the draft 2017-21 delivery plan and 2018-19 operational plan are available from www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au, council’s administration building or the Gunnedah Shire Library with submissions closing on June 14. 

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