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Hurstville City Council financially strong

Posted 28 May 2015 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Con Hindi today reaffirmed that Hurstville City Council continues to be financially robust.

Mayor Hindi said Council is again on track to deliver an operating surplus for the 2014-15 financial year which reflects positively on Council’s prudent financial management.

“This great result was highlighted in the full year forecast third quarter review that was reported to Council on 20 May 2015,” he said.

“With the NSW Government’s Fit for Future initiative to encourage Council amalgamations it is imperative that communities have confidence their council is financially sound, operating efficiently and in a strong position to foster growth so they can continue to deliver quality services.

“Hurstville City Council has the capacity to stand alone and remain financially sustainable for the long-term.

“We are in a sound position financially and have a balanced budget with a significant capital works program.

“Some of Council’s major projects underway include; the building of a multi-million dollar community centre which is nearing completion at Jubilee Park, Mortdale, over 2 million in infrastructure plus works, and the development of a Plan of Management for Penshurst Park.

Mayor Hindi said in March 2015, Council undertook extensive community consultation to determine what our community wants in relation to Council amalgamations.

“In total, as a result of the information brochure and survey, Council received 5,073 responses (both hard copy and on-line) with more than 63 per cent of respondents strongly indicating Council should stand alone and not merge with any other Council,” he said.

“We have listened to our community and the results indicate the consensus is for Council to remain independent.

“Council is now developing its ‘Fit for the Future’ submission and this will strongly oppose any forced amalgamation.

“As part of the ‘Fit for the Future’ requirements, Council must prepare a submission by 30 June 2015 to outline how it will become sustainable, provide effective and efficient services and have the scale and capacity to meet the needs of communities and partner with the NSW Government.”

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