Inner West Council Exhibits First Draft Budget

The first Operational Plan and Budget of the new Inner West Council is now on exhibition, delivering the visions of the previous Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils for the coming year.

Administrator Richard Pearson said that the Plan follows through on the extremely good planning work carried out by the former councils.

“The previous councils did some great work preparing their draft budgets and consulting with the community,” he said.

“Continuity of service provision is a key priority for the new Inner West Council so we will now be carrying on their good work in delivering services and projects for our now 185,000 residents.”

Mr Pearson said Inner West Council will deliver high quality services and facilities to all residents, ratepayers, business owners and visitors.

“We are committed to maintaining or bettering the service levels that our residents have come to expect,” he said.

“We will also deliver a number of strategic community projects and a major program of community infrastructure projects.

“Importantly, we have also been able to include new State Government funding of $15 million that has been provided for local community infrastructure projects and services.

“A further $10million from the State has also been included, which is aimed at helping us to integrate the three councils without any impact on our operations.”

Projects incorporated in the Draft include:

  • Development of the old Marrickville Hospital site;
  • Adaptive reuse of 1880's Fenwick Stone Building at 2 - 8 Weston Street, Balmain;
  • Redevelopment of the Ashfield Aquatic Centre;
  • Ashfield Town Centre Renewal;
  • Renewal of the Centenary Park Community and Sport facility;
  • Completion of the Childcare Centre at Steel Park;
  • Upgrade of Leichhardt Oval;
  • Camperdown grandstand and amenity renewal;
  • Marrickville Park grandstand and amenities renewal.

The Draft Delivery Program 2014 - 2018 (Year 3) & Operational Plan 2016-17 (Parts 1, 2 & 3) and Draft Resourcing Strategy 2014 - 2018 (Year 3) are on public exhibition until Thursday 30 June 2016.

See on Council’s website for the exhibition documents at

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