Kyogle residents to have a say on Long Term Financial Plan

KYOGLE Council ratepayers and residents are being invited to come along to a series of "listening posts" to learn more about, and have input into, Council's Draft Long Term Financial Plan.

The draft plan, which went on exhibition for community comment today, is integral to Council's campaign to become financially sustainable and prove to the State Government it is Fit for the Future.

Under the government's Fit for the Future blueprint for local government in NSW, Kyogle Council must prove it is financially sustainable (Fit for the Future) or look to amalgamate with one or more adjoining councils.

Council is proposing to increase rates by 22% above the pegged rate limit over the first five  years of the 20-year plan and dramatically increase its spending on its road and bridge network.

It will also be seeking additional funding from the State and Federal Governments.

The first of Council's listening posts will be held on Saturday, 25 October, at the Woodenbong Yowie Market.

Others are planned for: 

  • the Bonalbo Community Hall on Tuesday, October 28 (2-6pm);
  • the Kyogle Farmers Market on Saturday, November 1.

The "listening posts" will be manned by senior council staff who will be available to explain to community members the various options for the future of the council, provide details on the long term financial plan, and record community feedback.

No appointments are necessary, people can just come along and have a one-on-one chat with Council staff.

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