Draft 2017-2021 (Revised 2020) Delivery Program and 2020-2021 Operational Plan

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Consultation has concluded

Over the next month the Port Macquarie-Hastings community are invited to ‘have your say’ on Council’s proposed actions, activities, projects, budget and performance measures for the 2020/21 financial year.

The 2020/21 draft Operational Plan is the fourth and last annual plan during the current term of Council, before the next Council election in September this year, and is available to have your say until Friday 17 April.

Draft Operational Plan

The draft Plan is part of Council’s integrated suite of planning documents, and demonstrates how Council is achieving the objectives and vision of the Community Strategic Plan.

Continuing to plan for and deliver the infrastructure to accommodate the continuing growth that the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area is experiencing remains a major focus for Council. This includes providing:

  • waste,
  • water and sewer services,
  • road rehabilitation and maintenance,
  • stormwater maintenance.
  • vegetation management, and
  • future planning for the region’s growing infrastructure needs.

In addition, the ongoing development and maintenance of our parks, reserves, and sporting grounds and construction and maintenance of footpaths is a high priority, as Council works hard to ensure our area can cope with the current and anticipated future growth.

Planned budget

The total projected income for the 2020/21 financial year is $200.4 million, and total expenditure is $198.5 million, which includes…

  • $36.1 million on roads and transport;
  • $22.1 million on sewerage services;
  • $23.2 million on water supply;
  • $22.9 million on waste management;
  • $11.2 million on sport and recreation.

Key projects

A few of the key projects proposed in the 2020/2021 draft Operational Plan include:

  • Construction of the Kew Main Street Upgrade;
  • Commencing construction of the Rainbow Beach Sports Fields;
  • Upgrading Town Green West Reserve;
  • Continued rehabilitation of Bago Road;
  • Structural repairs to Kindee Bridge;
  • A focus on road resurfacing and rehabilitation across the region;
  • Finalising design for the Port Macquarie Aquatic Facility; and
  • Investigation and concept design for the potential sealing of Bril-Bril Road.

Have your say

You are invited to review the draft documents and have your say. The draft Delivery Program and Draft Operational Plan are available to review online. You can use the links below, or the Document Library section on the right hand side of this page.

  • Draft 2017-2021 Delivery Program (DP) (Revised 2020)
    Developed by the newly elected council following the September 2016 local election to cover a four year period 2017-2021. It outlines Council’s commitment to the Port Macquarie-Hastings community during the four year term of office. These commitments focus on achieving strategic goals of the Community Strategic Plan (CSP), that are translated into actions relating to individual projects and activities detailed in the Operational Plan (OP).
  • Draft 2020-2021 Operational Plan (OP)
    A one-year sub-plan of the Delivery Program that lists individual actions that will be undertaken during the financial year. The Operational Plan also includes the Schedule of Fees and Charges, Revenue Policy and Rating Maps.

A snapshot of key projects taking place in the Camden Haven, Port Macquarie and Wauchope regions and a Budget Snapshot can be seen in the Document Library (to the right) as well as a handy Fact Sheet for those community members who would like a high-level overview of the draft Plan.

Provide your feedback by Friday 17 April 2020

The draft plans are available for review and feedback via Council's website, until Friday 17 April.

All interested persons are encouraged to view the draft plans and provide written comments. All comments received will be reported to a future Council meeting for consideration along with possible actions and budget implications before a final decision is made.

Please note, any submission may be made public. Contact details remain confidential; however let us know if you would like your name to remain confidential too.

Submissions

Please share your thoughts with us by:

  • Completing the online form under the "Submission" tab below; or
  • Creating pin point feedback on a map under the "My Place" tab below; or
  • Sending an email to council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au; or
  • Posting your response to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, PO Box 84, Port Macquarie NSW 2444.

You don’t need to write your comments in any particular style or format, as long as you tell us what you think.

Comments should be received no later than 5pm, Friday, 17th April 2020.

For more information contact the Integrated Planning and Reporting Team on (02) 6581 8111.

Over the next month the Port Macquarie-Hastings community are invited to ‘have your say’ on Council’s proposed actions, activities, projects, budget and performance measures for the 2020/21 financial year.

The 2020/21 draft Operational Plan is the fourth and last annual plan during the current term of Council, before the next Council election in September this year, and is available to have your say until Friday 17 April.

Draft Operational Plan

The draft Plan is part of Council’s integrated suite of planning documents, and demonstrates how Council is achieving the objectives and vision of the Community Strategic Plan.

Continuing to plan for and deliver the infrastructure to accommodate the continuing growth that the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area is experiencing remains a major focus for Council. This includes providing:

  • waste,
  • water and sewer services,
  • road rehabilitation and maintenance,
  • stormwater maintenance.
  • vegetation management, and
  • future planning for the region’s growing infrastructure needs.

In addition, the ongoing development and maintenance of our parks, reserves, and sporting grounds and construction and maintenance of footpaths is a high priority, as Council works hard to ensure our area can cope with the current and anticipated future growth.

Planned budget

The total projected income for the 2020/21 financial year is $200.4 million, and total expenditure is $198.5 million, which includes…

  • $36.1 million on roads and transport;
  • $22.1 million on sewerage services;
  • $23.2 million on water supply;
  • $22.9 million on waste management;
  • $11.2 million on sport and recreation.

Key projects

A few of the key projects proposed in the 2020/2021 draft Operational Plan include:

  • Construction of the Kew Main Street Upgrade;
  • Commencing construction of the Rainbow Beach Sports Fields;
  • Upgrading Town Green West Reserve;
  • Continued rehabilitation of Bago Road;
  • Structural repairs to Kindee Bridge;
  • A focus on road resurfacing and rehabilitation across the region;
  • Finalising design for the Port Macquarie Aquatic Facility; and
  • Investigation and concept design for the potential sealing of Bril-Bril Road.

Have your say

You are invited to review the draft documents and have your say. The draft Delivery Program and Draft Operational Plan are available to review online. You can use the links below, or the Document Library section on the right hand side of this page.

  • Draft 2017-2021 Delivery Program (DP) (Revised 2020)
    Developed by the newly elected council following the September 2016 local election to cover a four year period 2017-2021. It outlines Council’s commitment to the Port Macquarie-Hastings community during the four year term of office. These commitments focus on achieving strategic goals of the Community Strategic Plan (CSP), that are translated into actions relating to individual projects and activities detailed in the Operational Plan (OP).
  • Draft 2020-2021 Operational Plan (OP)
    A one-year sub-plan of the Delivery Program that lists individual actions that will be undertaken during the financial year. The Operational Plan also includes the Schedule of Fees and Charges, Revenue Policy and Rating Maps.

A snapshot of key projects taking place in the Camden Haven, Port Macquarie and Wauchope regions and a Budget Snapshot can be seen in the Document Library (to the right) as well as a handy Fact Sheet for those community members who would like a high-level overview of the draft Plan.

Provide your feedback by Friday 17 April 2020

The draft plans are available for review and feedback via Council's website, until Friday 17 April.

All interested persons are encouraged to view the draft plans and provide written comments. All comments received will be reported to a future Council meeting for consideration along with possible actions and budget implications before a final decision is made.

Please note, any submission may be made public. Contact details remain confidential; however let us know if you would like your name to remain confidential too.

Submissions

Please share your thoughts with us by:

  • Completing the online form under the "Submission" tab below; or
  • Creating pin point feedback on a map under the "My Place" tab below; or
  • Sending an email to council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au; or
  • Posting your response to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, PO Box 84, Port Macquarie NSW 2444.

You don’t need to write your comments in any particular style or format, as long as you tell us what you think.

Comments should be received no later than 5pm, Friday, 17th April 2020.

For more information contact the Integrated Planning and Reporting Team on (02) 6581 8111.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Join us for a live Q&A through our Facebook page on Tuesday 14 April at 1:00pm. If you have any questions about the Delivery Program or Operational plan, please post them here and we will answer them on the live cross.

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    I am looking for the financial/economic justification for the increase in water and sewer charges. What modelling has been done on setting the price and can you provide these details please.

    Carmel Krogh asked over 1 year ago

    Council is required to follow the Integrated Planning & Reporting Framework which drives the content and detail of information included in the Operational Plan and associated documents. The information provided is in accordance with legislative guidance, however there is significant detail underlying the financial data provided, which is available through other reporting mechanisms, such as the annual financial statements. In particular, the Capital Works programs are detailed in the Operational Plan only for the first year in light of Council adopting a one-year operational plan. 

    The development of Council’s Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy, which is currently being reviewed by Public Works Advisory following detailed advice from the State Government in 2018/19, will include Council’s Total Asset Renewals Plan and capital works for water and sewer assets over a 30 year timeframe. As you would be aware the IWCM will also include a review of the typical residential billing amount to ensure the forward projections for the respective funds and proposed works are cost effective. Outcomes from the IWCM will be made available to the public. 

    Council maintains detailed 20 year Water and Sewerage Financial models consistent with the NSW Best Practice Guidelines. A recent Best Practice Compliance Audit for the 18/19 financial year for both the Water and Sewer Funds found Council complied with best practice guidelines regarding tariff's and 20 year price path.

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    From the 2020-21 Operational Plan document 1. I note from P55 within document (p18 of the pdf file) that "Greenmeadows Drive - Development Planning and Feasibilities" with an Allocated Amount 2020-21 $80,000 is listed as part of the "Council Service: Airport – 2020-21 Allocated Amount". How is this possible when it is nowhere near the airport and please explain exactly what it is? 2. From P63 (or P26 of pdf) theer is mention of finalisation of a business case for the ocean drive Duplication implying this case won't be completed till 2021. This seems to conflict the message Council has given that it is "shovel ready". When is the actual start of construction expected? 3. From P40/77 Item 1.4.3.2 there is a statement "1. Ensure Council’s website is current and represents single source of truth for internal and external customers ". My experience has been that it is extremely difficult to find desired documents using the Council website search function. For example later in this same document it states that Maps of Flood prone areas is now publicly available but a search using "GIS flood mapping" does not produce the desired information. When will Council improve this part of its website? 4. GreenmeadowsDrive is again mentioned on P 60/97 in item 3.1.2.3 in terms of "Development Planning & Feasibility", "Property Investment Portfolio" and "Consider Greenmeadows Drive appropriateness for strategy on community use assets by 30 June 2021". Exactly what does this mean and is it related in any way to the Orbital Rd Project? 5. P66/103 item 4.1.1.27 CW "Commencement of design for the Water treatment/Filtration Plant at Cowarra dam Allocated Amount 2020-21 – $50,000". Surely it has been identified that more extensive filtration of river water is required to secure our future water needs, yet this paltry amount seems to be the only allocation for such an urgently needed piece of infrastructure. Is this $50,000 the only expected/scheduled improvement in filtration? 6. Drawing your attention to an error on P78/115 - the Performance Measure for item 4.2.1.17 is the same as 4.2.1.176. 7. Despite assurances from Council/Councillors given at numerous Council meetings there seems to be no funds allocated to improving the water quality and ongoing monitoring of Lake Cathie. The cost estimate discussed in Council meetings to establish and maintain such a study/management was around $1 million pa. Where is this significant allocation? 8. This document as well as the Delivery one sets out some key expenditures but disappointingly does not indicate the backlog in infrastructure spending. I am aware that the cost of stormwater backlog items is about 5 times its annual allocation of funds. Why aren't residents supplied with the monetary value of infrastructure backlogs and can this please be made available to residents?

    Philip Lloyd asked over 1 year ago

    Q1. Error noted. This item will be moved to the Strategy sectionQ3. the website upgrade is scheduled before end of this calendar year.Q4 - Greenmeadows Drive Council assets are the subject of a strategic review to determine what is the best and most valuable use for the community for the land holdings. Q6 - Error noted and will be corrected in the final document. The Performance measure for 4.2.1.17 is 'The annual Bushfire Risk Mitigation Program is adopted by 30 September 2020'

    ADDITIONAL RESPONSES AS AT 7 MAY (question 7 response pending):-

     Q2 . Council is continuing to work with Transport for NSW on delivering the Ocean Drive Duplication Project. The completion of the Detailed Business Case is a requirement of the State Government prior to releasing any funding. Council has been waiting on review comments and clarification regarding cost risks from TfNSW before the Business Case can be finalised. Council has now received the required information from TfNSW and the Business Case will be finalised and submitted to TfNSW before the end of June 2020. Council and TfNSW are also still working through the delivery methodology and risk apportionment, which needs to be resolved prior to construction commencing.   

    Q3. the website upgrade is scheduled before end of this calendar year. 

    Q4 - Greenmeadows Drive Council assets are the subject of a strategic review to determine what is the best and most valuable use for the community for the land holdings.  

    Q5. In line with our strategic planning, Council has committed $250,000 with an engineering scoping commenced on a bulk water treatment plant, with a capacity of 50 to 60ML/day, at the Cowarra Dam and this is currently scheduled in the 10 year capital works program at a cost of approximately $60Million to $100Million. The $50,000 is to continue to planning and design once the Scoping Study is completed in October 2020. Future Operational Plans will continue to include this important project as it progresses through design to construction and commissioning over the next 5 to 7 years. If the planning progresses ahead of schedule additional funds will bought forward out of the Water Reserve. 

    Q6 - Error noted and will be corrected in the final document. The Performance measure for 4.2.1.17 is 'The annual Bushfire Risk Mitigation Program is adopted by 30 September 2020'  

    Q7 - Council has made the following resolutions in respect of the allocation of funds specifically for Lake Cathie: 

    At its Ordinary Meeting on 16/10/19 Council resolved in part as follows: 

    “1. Note the importance of the following projects and prioritise them for planning and design: 

    a) Upgrade of Boundary Street, Port Macquarie from its intersection with Hastings River Drive to the Port Macquarie Airport entry based on current investigations and planning in an amount of $15,000,000.00 for the complete project. 

    b) Carry out upgrade works to Bril Bril Road, Rollands Plains based on prior discussions and investigations with the local community in an amount of $6,000,000.00 for the complete project. 

    c) Carry out further works with respect to the “Schools to Schools” project from Kendall Public School, Kendall to Laurieton Public School, Laurieton, with reference to the existing Strategic Alignment Study and the high priority sections identified in consultation with the School to School local committee. 

    d) Carry out further works with respect to the “Beach 2 Beach” project from North Haven to Dunbogan, with reference to the proposed Strategic Alignment Study and in consultation with the Beach 2 Beach local committee. 

    e) Carry out investigations and planning with respect to undertaking tidal improvements to that part of the Lake Innes and Lake Cathie Estuarine System from the Ocean Drive bridge in a westerly direction. 

    2. Add to the 2019-2020 Operational Plan the components of planning and design for the projects listed above so as to substantially progress each, using internal and/or contracted resources so as to not prevent completion of other existing projects in the 2019-2020 operational plan. 

    3. Request the General Manager to add the remaining planning and design work for the projects listed above, plus substantial further work on each project, to the draft 2020-2021 Operational Plan.   

    4. Request the General Manager to fund the nominated planning and design work specified in point 2, above, with loan borrowings raised immediately to the amount of $2,400,000.00. 

    5. Request the General Manager to consider (in the current 2019-2020 operational plan, the draft 2020-2021 operational plan and in the review of the long term financial plan) the appropriate mitigation factors to offset the cashflow requirements (and operating performance impacts) of repaying the interest and principal associated with the above borrowings. 

    6. Request the General Manager to consider additional borrowings up to $25,000,000.00 in total to fund the balance of the projects listed 1a) and 1b) above and progressing the projects listed 1c), 1d) and 1e) above (in the draft 2020-2021 operational plan and in the review of the long term financial plan), together with the appropriate mitigation factors to offset the cash flow requirements (and operating performance impacts) of repaying the interest and principal associated with the additional borrowings.” 

    CARRIED: 6/2 

    FOR: Alley, Dixon, Hawkins, Intemann, Levido and Turner 

    AGAINST: Griffiths and Pinson 


    At the same meeting Council further resolved as follows: 

    “That Council: 

    1. Note the information provided in the Lake Innes/Lake Cathie Estuary System Update Report. 

    2. Request the General Manager to seek 50% Coastal Management Program funding to undertake the initial background studies as outlined, for input to the Lake Innes/Lake Cathie Coastal Management Program being $147,500.” 

     Q8. Council reports on its infrastructure backlog each year in the Annual Report - Financial Statements, available on our website. As at 30 June 2019 it was report that the estimated cost to bring assets to a satisfactory standard for all infrastructure (i.e backlog) was $112.8Million. This includes $77.7Million for sealed roads and $29.9Million for stormwater assets as the two biggest infrastructure asset class backlogs. 

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    Dear PMQ Council, reading through your proposed Key Projects there appears to be a couple of major points missing. One is water security, this feature arose with the recent drought where PMQ found it was unable to provide water to the current population let alone to the growing numbers moving into this area. Second, is the daily traffic congestion on both the Ocean Drive and Hospital area of Oxley highway. I see the recently constructed hospital car park is operational but does it open to Lake road if so why isn't a roundabout placed on the Lake road and Toorak Court to allow traffic to turn right? A partial version and a more practical version of an Orbital road linking Ocean Drive to Ruins Road would solve many of these issues, ie the congestion on both Ocean Drive and Oxley Hyw and provide another entrance to the industrial estate that is already over crowded. Graham Donald

    gra-gra asked over 1 year ago

    The Draft Operational Plan does include the planning and investigation for the bulk filtration plant at Cowarra Dam, which is a multi-year strategic project for securing our water supply. Future Operational Plans will continue to include this important project as it progresses through design to construction and commissioning over the next 5 to 7 years. 

     For the short term water security in response to the drought Council initiated an emergency water supply security project to review upgrading the Wauchope Water Treatment Plant and undertake feasibility investigations into alternative sources of water such as groundwater and desalination. These projects are to ensure we can continue to have a secure water supply until such time as the bulk purpose built water filtration plant is built at Cowarra Dam. This project was initiated after the current draft Operational Plan was compiled, however it will be include in the final plan for adoption in June 2020.  

    Council is also continuing to investigate potential new road links, such as the routes for the proposed Orbital Road, including connecting Ocean Drive to The Ruins Way and/or Major Innes Drive, as well as upgrades to the existing road network as part of the Port Macquarie Transport Network Improvement Planning Project. This planning project includes completing a Strategic Business Case for highest priority upgrades. This will allow Council to seek the required funding from the State and Federal Governments. This planning project continues into the 2020/21 Operational Plan year and is currently planned to be completed by August 2021. Council is working closely with Transport for NSW staff regarding improvements to the Oxley Highway as this is a State Government Controlled road. 

    The new Hospital Car Park was delivered by the State Government for Hospital staff with access off Toorak Court, which comes off Lake Road. As the car park had an existing road connection the State Government unfortunately did not consider any road upgrades. Regarding the intersection of Toorak Court and Lake Road, due to the topographic constraints and adjacent services it is not feasible to construct a roundabout.  

    Also: refer to Facebook Q&A livefeed - water security refer to 5.50min and traffic congestion  10.20mins & 42mins. 

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    I would like to know what are the FUTURE plans for Lake Cathie . ? I note there seems to be no allocated money for fixing the Lake , can you please let ratepayers know what is going on and why no action is being taken . ? Thank You

    Marie asked over 1 year ago

    Lake Cathie is included in the CMP stage 2 for next year with completion of Aboriginal Heritage study for Illaroo Road Stormwater and possible asbestos removal. Continued water quality monitoring and investigation in to issues associated with full estuarine health.  Also refer to facebook Q&A livefeed approx 18.30min & 46min

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    Instead of just shoving a rate increase in the operational plan, why doesn't Council ask the Community if an increase in rates is justified and if the community can afford, yet another increase in rates?

    Rick Sharp asked over 1 year ago

    Council have a few options for annual Rate Increases. IPART set a maximum allowable increase of 2.6% p.a. this maximum amount is currently included in the Draft Budget for 2021 Financial Year. However, the Draft Budget was established prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic shutdowns. Therefore, Counciil will conduct a formal review, including Councillors, taking into consideration the financial impacts of the Pandemic. The Budget is not formally endorsed until June 30th 2020.

    Also refer to facebook Q&A livefeed approx 7.30min.

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    Why does Council think the community can afford another increase in rates?

    Rick Sharp asked over 1 year ago

    Council have a few options for annual Rate Increases. IPART set a maximum allowable increase of 2.6% p.a. this maximum amount is currently included in the Draft Budget for 2021 Financial Year. However, the Draft Budget was established prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic shutdowns. Therefore, Counciil will conduct a formal review, including Councillors, taking into consideration the financial impacts of the Pandemic. The Budget is not formally endorsed until June 30th 2020.

    Also refer to facebook Q&A livefeed approx 7.30min.

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    All levels of government have a responsiblity for housing for the most vulnerable in our communities, ie, the homeless. PMHC has repeated said this is a state and Federal issue. No it needs to be faced by ALL levels of government who have responsibility for housing and the ability to raise money. Women over 55 are the fastest growing cohort of homeless people and should be looked after, not by saying it doesn't come under our jurisdiction. This required a change in mindset by PMHC to be more responsive to community needs, particularly those who are incapable of advocating on their own behalf. What is PMHC doing about shelter for homeless women.

    ccarmody7 asked over 1 year ago

    Affordable housing is a function of the State, however Council is very aware of this issue and continues to advocate various levels of Government in relation to it. Council is currently completing a Housing Choice Study, looking at housing affordability and matching the LGA demographic to ensure suitable housing stock. This will ensure that developments are providing a good mix of housing options.

    Also refer to facebook Q&A livefeed 9.10min

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    I am wondering if the council has allocated any funds for the repair of the sea rescue building after the fire. Why has there been no work on this building. Did the council have insurance?

    Frank S. asked over 1 year ago

    Insurance repairs to the Marine Rescue building public amenities and kiosk commence on Monday 27 April.

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    The B2B pathway is such a great incentive moving forward for all residents to share. Looking forward to the final path to be finished. Wendy Smyth 45 The Boulevarde Dunbogan

    Wendydsmyth&hotmail.com asked over 1 year ago

    Thanks for your feedback Wendy, we at Council agree that the Beach to Beach pathway is a great asset for residents and visitors to the Camden Haven area. We have enjoyed being involved with the community, in working together on this project.

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    Please secure the funding for the Camden Haven B2b Shared Pathway. It is so important for our community, for our health, for drawing recreational tourists to the area.

    rjbenn@gmail.com asked over 1 year ago

    Thanks for your input, we at Council agree that the Beach to Beach pathway is a great asset for residents and visitors to the Camden Haven area. We have enjoyed being involved with the community, in working together on this project.