Council Budget delivers record capital works spending

Thursday 27 April, 2017

Council last night approved the first integrated draft budget and operational plan of the Inner West Council for public exhibition.

Administrator Richard Pearson said the 2017/18 draft budget and operational plan includes a four year, achievable capital works program that sees a number of large scale projects commencing during the next financial year with a record spend on capital works projects of $66 million.

“A considerable effort has been made to ensure the first integrated Inner West Council Budget bringing together the three former Council areas is funded in a sustainable manner,” Mr Pearson said.

“The number of major projects and level of services we are undertaking to deliver with the 2017/18 budget and operational plan will greatly benefit our inner west community.

“In particular, the $66 million in capital works spending for next financial year has only been made possible by the larger scale of the new Inner West Council. This is $20 million larger than the three former Councils combined were able to deliver.”

“It will include $23.6 million to be spent on roads and footpaths as well as $12.9 million to be spent on our trees, parks and sporting grounds.”

Council Draft Budget 2017/18 Capital Works highlights include:

  • Steel Park Child Care Facility $3,400,000
  • The Greenway $2,821,000
  • Ashfield Aquatic Centre $2,568,000
  • Ashfield Town Centre Upgrade $4,755,000
  • Lilyfield Road Cycleway $1,650,000
  • Weston St Balmain - Fenwick Building $1,400,000
  • Petersham Park staged upgrade $845,000
  • Sydenham Green Stage 2 $700,000
  • Blackmore Oval Wetland Stormwater Upgrade $590,000
  • St Peters Town Hall upgrade works $495,000
  • Callan Park playing fields upgrade $440,000
  • Dawn Fraser Pool Upgrade $358,000

Mr Pearson said Council will hold a public meeting to outline the draft budget during its public exhibition period that extends from Friday 28 April to Friday 26 May.

“The budget documents will be continually reviewed through the public exhibition period with public feedback to be reported back to the June Council meeting prior to its adoption,” he said. “We look forward to hearing on it from the community.

The budget documents can be viewed online at or in hard copy at any of Council’s Customer Service Centres.

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