Oran Park leisure centre highlight of $531m Camden budget

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Camden Council’s $531 million draft budget for next financial year includes the delivery of several new key projects and vital maintenance work across the entire local government area.

Even though council last week endorsed the 2024-25 operational plan, budget and capital works program, it is still in a “draft’’ stage because the law requires the document is put on public exhibition before final approval.

In any case, the draft papers show that the $63 million Oran Park leisure centre, which will contain an indoor 50m competition pool (artist’s impression pictured above), a separate water play area, four indoor basketball courts as well as a gymnasium, creche and café, will open later this year.

The project is part of council’s huge investment in local community infrastructure through the continuation of the community support package.

Council is continuing to work on 11 other major projects totalling $132 million, secured through the NSW Government’s Western Sydney infrastructure grants program.

Earlier in 2024, council released the preliminary concept design for the new $10 million animal shelter and community education hub and $4 million community nursery at Smeaton Grange.

Work has also started on the Camden Civic Centre renewal and upgrade project, which will give this arts and cultural hub in the heart of Camden extra spaces for activities and improved functionality.

Mayor of Camden, Cr Ashleigh Cagney, said the draft operational plan was exciting for the entire community.

“Council is committed to delivering the best it can in every capacity and the draft budget truly has something in it for everyone,” she said.

“We know our local government area is headed for growth and change over the coming years and we want to continue to ensure Camden is well-connected, diverse and thriving.

“This operational plan, and the wider delivery program, is how we will achieve that.

“I’m very proud to be leading council in helping our community in such a way, and this draft budget will ensure we continue providing fantastic outcomes for our community.”

The items on public exhibition (April 17 – May 14) include the draft 2024/25 operational plan and budget, capital works program, fees and charges schedule and long-term financial plan. For more information, visit yourvoice.camden.nsw.gov.au.

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