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Hurstville City Council unveils Management Plan

Posted 26 May 2011 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Philip Sansom said the Plan sets out the significant activities and projects Council will undertake over the next four years to shape the City’s future.

“Our responsibility is to continually meet the changing needs of our community and also develop strategies to ensure Hurstville remains the St George region’s major retail and commercial hub,” he said.

“This Plan builds on the good work Council has carried out over the past 12 months, including the completion of the Hurstville Transport Interchange and Pedestrian Access Link.

“The new transport hub is helping to reduce vehicle and pedestrian traffic along Forest Road and providing greater access to the CBD.

“Additionally, the Council-funded pedestrian access ramp provides easy links for commuter journeys as well as disabled access to Forest Road from Hurstville railway station.”

Some of the highlights of the 2011-2015 Management Plan include:
Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre upgrade
The $4.5 million Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre upgrade will include the construction of a new mind and body studio, fully equipped crèche, complete refurbishment of existing change rooms, and toilets and car park improvements. It is anticipated the project will be completed in late 2011.
Hurstville Golf Course Stormwater Harvesting and Resue
The first stage of the project will involve meeting the irrigation demands of the existing tees and greens at Hurstville Golf Course (Peakhurst Industrial Catchment), and the construction of a storage dam. Over time, it is anticipated the project will provide full irrigation for the golf course and prevent the potential use of more than 35 million litres of water per annum.
Upgrade of Jubilee Park
Council is undertaking a feasibility assessment to construct new facilities at Jubilee Park, Mortdale. It is proposed the new facility will include a new community centre and accommodate Mortdale Community Services.

Mayor Sansom said Council has also prepared a suite of new planning controls for the Hurstville local government area.

“These include a new Comprehensive Local Environmental Plan and City Centre Development Control Plan,” he said.

“The new Comprehensive Local Environmental Plan will provide guidance on the size, shape and location of new developments whilst protecting open space and environmentally-sensitive areas.

“It will encourage job creation and generally improve the quality of our natural and built environment for future generations.

“The new planning controls for Hurstville City Centre include a City Centre Development Control Plan, Local Environment Plan and an update to the City Centre Masterplan 2004.

“These new planning controls will strengthen Hurstville’s position as a strategic major centre in the St George region.”

Mayor Sansom said that along with work in the CBD, Council is continuing to fulfill its commitment in the suburbs through the Infrastructure Plus program.

“Over the past few years, Council has re-sheeted and sealed more than 65 roads and streets, constructed 40 new footpaths, installed solar lighting along popular walking tracks at Olds Park, and provided new children’s playgrounds, resurfaced 18 sporting fields, and installed fitness equipment at various parks,” he said.

“Council will continue to provide road, footpaths, park, sporting field improvements as part of the ongoing program of works.”

Mayor Sansom said that Council is determined to effectively and responsibly manage its financial position.

“I am pleased to reveal that an Operating Result and Cash Budget surplus is forecast for 2011-12 and the future three years,” he said.

“Council is committed to ensuring that major construction works, maintenance projects, and community and recreational facilities continue to roll out.

“Over the past few years, Council has achieved much to be proud of and will continue to work hard to provide outstanding facilities and services to residents and ratepayers.”

The Management Plan 2011-2015 is available on Council’s website at http://www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/Management-Plan.html

For information, phone Council’s Manager Corporate Planning, Ed Mishra on 9330 6177.

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