Council's Plans 2015 - 2016

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“This is a budget and Operational Plan focussed on getting the fundamentals right, providing value for money and securing our future financial management,” Craig Swift-McNair, General Manager Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

The 2015 - 2016 Draft One Year Operational Plan outlines all the activities, programs and capital works Council will undertake during the next financial year.

Total expenditure for next financial year is $214.7m which includes $100m on the ongoing operational costs, $105m on capital works projects and $9.7m on the cost of servicing ongoing debt. Rates and annual charges make up 49% of this funding, with a further 28% in grants and contributions.

The community are encouraged to review Council’s plans and budget and have a say on what Council will deliver on your behalf next financial year.

Fact Sheets about the Draft Operational Plan and Draft Fees and Charges - Ferry Fees will help clarify what's proposed and how it is funded.


The plans are on exhibition until Friday 1 May, 2015. All submissions will be collated and assessed in order to prepare a final report to Council in June.


“This is a budget and Operational Plan focussed on getting the fundamentals right, providing value for money and securing our future financial management,” Craig Swift-McNair, General Manager Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

The 2015 - 2016 Draft One Year Operational Plan outlines all the activities, programs and capital works Council will undertake during the next financial year.

Total expenditure for next financial year is $214.7m which includes $100m on the ongoing operational costs, $105m on capital works projects and $9.7m on the cost of servicing ongoing debt. Rates and annual charges make up 49% of this funding, with a further 28% in grants and contributions.

The community are encouraged to review Council’s plans and budget and have a say on what Council will deliver on your behalf next financial year.

Fact Sheets about the Draft Operational Plan and Draft Fees and Charges - Ferry Fees will help clarify what's proposed and how it is funded.


The plans are on exhibition until Friday 1 May, 2015. All submissions will be collated and assessed in order to prepare a final report to Council in June.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Will the yearly pass for concession holders on the ferry be transferable between vehicles as I use two. Will the pass be a sticker or a card? Do I have to buy two concession stickers?

    riverside asked over 4 years ago

    Thanks for your question.

    The concession passes are stickers that will attach to your vehicle. Under the proposed pricing structure you would require two stickers to allow one for each vehicle.



  • The budgeted expenditure is 214.7 million, under "where does the money come from?" you list a total of 170 million, which leaves a deficit of 44.7 million. How is that deficit funded and at what cost?

    walter schellenberg asked over 4 years ago

    Thanks for your question.

    The additional funds required for the level of expenditure outlined are drawn from cash reserves (restricted assets). Each year Council puts aside funds into restricted assets so that it can be drawn on for future use for multi year projects and ongoing asset maintenance.

  • Will the Wauchope pool heating be done with solar? Using renewable energy for this application is usually an easy win - cheap, low-tech and clean.

    gbell12 asked over 4 years ago

    Thanks for your question. Heating of the Wauchope pool is a recent addition to the project scope.

    The next steps are to develop a design brief which will consider the most efficient and effective form of heating the pool which will take into account the significant volume of water, including the diving well. Solar heating will be one of the options considered during this design phase.

  • Why does the "Small Towns Sewerage" project exist? Don't septic tanks work? Laying down new infrastructure, which costs fossil fuels to pump and maintain, seems like a step backwards. Residents will still be flushing and things will still be disappearing. Where's the benefit?

    gbell12 asked over 4 years ago

    Thanks for your question. The construction of sewerage facilities for the village areas aligns with Council’s social focus to support community growth through the provision of quality services and infrastructure. The fully reticulated schemes will allow for residential growth in the villages as well as provide an improved environmental amenity.

    More information about the systems and the concept layout plans is available on Council's website.