Long term infrastructure projects, such as the West Cowra and Wyangala sewer systems, Low Level Bridge repairs and Billimari drought supply project remain a key focus for the coming year, with Council’s latest draft delivery program and operational plan now on public exhibition.
All members of the community are encouraged to review the Draft Delivery Program 2017/2018 to 2020/2021 and Draft Operational Plan 2020/2021 and provide feedback to Council by Friday 12 June 2020.
‘The COVID-19 pandemic is a significant challenge for our community and Council operations are no exception. Council is watching developments closely and will respond to the changing circumstances as required,’ said Mayor of Cowra, Cr Bill West.
‘This operational plan and the associated long term financial plan have been developed with the aim of continuing to deliver the range of services and facilities expected by the community and where required, lobby government for support for businesses and individuals to ensure we emerge from the pandemic in as strong a position as possible,’ Cr West said.
Other objectives Council aims to deliver over the period include, working with the NSW Government in planning for the redevelopment of Cowra hospital, supporting the retention and expansion of activities at Cowra Agricultural Research Station, pursuing funding for items identified in the Village Action Plans that form part of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and liaising with Water NSW as the planning for the raising of Wyangala Dam wall progresses with a particular emphasis on ensuring the Reflections Holiday Park is retained and indeed expanded.
Council will also advocate for initiatives that provide greater security for water supply in the shire and undertake a review of water and sewer charges in conjunction with this long term water planning.
‘We encourage the community to read these plans, ask questions if you have them and provide any feedback over the course of the next month,” Cr West concluded.
The documents will be on public exhibition in the foyer of Cowra Shire Council, 116 Kendal Street Cowra, during ordinary office hours, 8.30–4.30pm Monday–Friday and on Council’s website. Copies have also been provided to village progress associations in the Shire.