Wollondilly enters period of major transformation

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Wollondilly Shire Council is in a major period of growth and transformation, according to the mayor Cr Robert Khan.

“In the last 18 months, Wollondilly has faced many challenges including bushfires, drought, floods and Covid-19,’’ he says.

“These events have had a significant impact on the community and how we deliver our services.

“Throughout these challenges, council has shown it is adaptable and agile in the face of disruption and change,” he said.

Cr Khan says the draft Wollondilly Council operational plan and budget for 2021-21 focuses on the key areas of roads, jobs, customer experience and organisational performance.

The investment in road renewal and upgrades will be $17.31 million in 2021-22.

The focus will be on improving the road network in the shire, stopping further deterioration while reconstructing already failed roads.

At the same time, the council is calling on the NSW Government to take responsibility for some major Wollondilly roads given their traffic volumes, including Menangle Road, Wilton Road, Macarthur Drive, Remembrance Driveway, Finns Road and Silverdale Road.

Local job creation through economic investment and tourism is a high priority in the budget, with council proposing to invest $33.18 million in local capital works to improve the shire, stimulating local jobs through project delivery.

There are also plans for council to establish a business investment concierge and executive planner to unlock greater business investment opportunities and directly support local business growth and job creation.

Council is developing a business enhancement plan focused on improving organisational performance so it can effectively and efficiently grow the shire for the benefit of the current and future Wollondilly residents.

Submissions close on May 26. If you’d like to make a contribution visit the council website.

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