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Hurstville City Council unveils draft Management Plan

Posted 17 April 2009 by (Hurstville News)

The draft Plan was adopted by Council following an extraordinary meeting last night (8 April 2009).

Mayor Badalati 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.”

Mayor Badalati said Council will continue rolling out initiatives in Hurstville CBD under its 2004 City Centre Master Plan.

“I am pleased that Council’s ambitious strategy to improve the City Centre is now becoming a reality and that the community is benefiting from new facilities,” he said.

Mayor Badalati said construction will soon commence on a bus-rail interchange between Woodville Lane and Forest Road, Hurstville.

“The interchange will improve local bus co-ordination and access to retail and commercial businesses, and link the northern and southern City Centre precincts,” he said.

“Council will also commence work on a second access point to Hurstville railway station and Hurstville Central at 243a to 247 Forest Road.”

Mayor Badalati said Council is preparing a new development control plan (DCP) for Hurstville CBD, as a framework to consolidate its position as southern Sydney’s major commercial and retail centre.

“The new DCP will include revised controls for height and floor space ratio,” he said.

“Council will play its part in the changes by paving the way for additional parks and public spaces, streetscape and public domain improvements, better pedestrian and road access as well as fostering commercial activity in the Hurstville local government area.”

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

“Since its introduction in 2006/07, Council has re-sheeted and sealed 55 roads, constructed 35 new footpaths, installed solar lighting along walking tracks at Olds Park, provided new children’s playgrounds, resurfaced 15 sporting fields, and upgraded numerous synthetic cricket wickets and tennis courts at locations throughout the City,” he said.

“The Jack High Child Care Centre on the old Beverly Hills Bowling Club site in Vanessa Street has now opened, accommodating Council’s Family Day Care Service and providing 59 new long day care places for children from 0-5 years.

“I am proud to note that all of the above works have been carried out on time and strictly within budget.”

Mayor Badalati said the new Kingsgrove Community Centre, which will replace an ageing building in Morgan Street, is expected to be completed by September 2009.

“This purpose-built facility consolidates a number of community services currently based at different locations and will provide much-needed space, including a meeting hall for community groups,” he said.

Mayor Badalati said that despite the economic downturn, Council is committed to ensuring projects proceed as scheduled, with no reduction in service levels to the community.

“While Council has delivered a surplus budget over the past three years, we have been affected by the global financial crisis like all other organisations and businesses,” he said.

“Careful and stringent planning has gone into this year’s budget process and Council has made a conscious decision to go into deficit in the next financial year, to ensure that major construction works, critical maintenance projects, public transport infrastructure, and community and recreational facilities continue rolling out.

“Council has funding in its reserves to continue these projects and we are working diligently to ensure we return to a budget surplus as soon as possible.

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

The draft Management Plan 2009-2013 is on public exhibition until Wednesday, 13 May 2009 at 5.00 pm. Copies of the document can be viewed at www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au or Hurstville Civic Centre, Hurstville City Library and Penshurst Library.

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

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