Rate payers of Muswellbrook Shire are asked to provide their views on priority projects that will improve services to residents, stimulate the local economy, provide new entertainment opportunities for the community and attract visitors to the region.
Council has continued to pursue the ambitious set of priorities captured after extensive community consultation and reflected in the Muswellbrook Community Strategic Plan.
To fund the implementation of these projects, Councillors unanimously resolved to place two options before the community for feedback.
The first option includes a permanent, one-off increase of 12.5% (18.5% for mining rates, both including the 2.5% rate peg) from 2018/19 which will fund:
Improvements in stormwater management, particularly in Denman
Upgrades to Muswellbrook’s Olympic Park precinct [ exhibition notice ]
A new Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre [ exhibition notice ]
Additional support for job creation across the Shire.
The second option will increase rates by the anticipated 2.5% rate peg. Council’s present works program will continue within existing resources.
Martin Rush, Mayor of Muswellbrook, said:
“Council has carefully considered community priorities and now asks local residents to let us know their views on these options. Council has no preconceived views on the options. We will continue to deliver balanced budgets and the high standard of services and infrastructure our community expects of its Council.”
Cr Steven Reynolds, Councillor Spokesperson for Community Engagement said:
“The options Council is asking the community to consider will deliver significantly improved facilities to all the families that use the popular Olympic Park venue. It will increase car parking and enhance road safety. Council has worked closely with Olympic Park user groups and they solidly support the proposal.”
Cr Jason Foy, Councillor Spokesperson for the Arts said:
“Council has listened to the community over the last twelve months and refined the original concept for a regional performance space. We are eager to get feedback on the new Entertainment and Conference Centre proposal. It will add a new level of entertainment, performance and recreational opportunities for our Shire’s local families. As well as this, it will bring visitors from the wider region and new economic activity.”
Have Your Say:
Council is seeking your feedback, until 12:00pm 11 December 2017, on this proposal in a number of ways.
Write to Council at PO Box 122, Muswellbrook NSW 2333
Leave a comment on Council’s Facebook page
Complete this online survey
The consultation has confirmed ongoing community support to cement Muswellbrook as the Regional Centre for the Upper Hunter – with the infrastructure to match – such as an Entertainment and Conference Centre and quality regional sporting facilities.
Whatever the outcome, Muswellbrook rate payers will continue to pay amongst the lowest rates in the Hunter region.