22 May, 2015

Lithgow City Council 2015-2016 Draft Budget and Operational Plan Community Information Session Capertee Valley 29/4/2015

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE 22 MAY 2015 @ 4.30PM

Lithgow Council 2015-2016 Draft Budget

Capertee Valley allocation of funds in the Budget. Residents Submissions please remember to;

QUOTE REFERENCE IPR09-12 IN YOUR LETTER.
ADDRESS IT TO; ROGER BAILEY, GENERAL MANAGER LITHGOW CITY COUNCIL
 P O BOX 19
LITHGOW NSW 2790
OR EMAIL QUOTING REFERENCE - 1PR@LITHGOW.NSW.GOV.AU
TO CHECK OUT THE BUDGET here


CVA Inc. recommends that individuals who live at Capertee, Glen Davis, Glen Alice, Bogee and Mt Marsden put in submissions to the budget in particular if they have concerns with the roads and signage and indeed other matters that may directly effect them.  At the meeting 29th April. it was clear that there was $100,000.00 set aside for timber bridge improvements. However CVA was informed by Operations Manager Iain Stewart that this was spent on a consultant to inspect bridges and testing.


Please note that there is no funding allocated in the budget for new seals or re-surfacing the old bitumen on the main road through the valley.

(See page 54) under Developing our Built Environment, item 100011, Rural Roads gravel Re-sheeting item 100030 across the Lithgow Local Government area $150,000.00,

Roads to Recovery Funding 100031 $560000.00  (page 57) nil allocated to Capertee Valley - Glen Davis/Glen Alice Road (sometimes called the Capertee Road Glen Davis timber bridge improvement page 58 item 100011 $100,000.00

Town entry signage will be installed at Capertee for the Capertee Valley and we are hoping a smaller sign will be installed at Mt Marsden end of the Capertee Valley.

Council will be preparing a Rural Lands STUDY Strategic Land Use COST $80,000.00.

Under Transport page 74 Rural Sealed Roads rehabilitation program  Nil

rural Roads gravel re-sheeting page 74 Nil.

Port Macquarie Road, at the April meeting the general Manager inspected the road and graders will repair this road in this financial year. An approach will be made to National Parks to see where they get their gravel from as from the park gate the road was a perfect gravel road.

It was noted that under the Economic Development Strategy that Lithgow City Council allocated $90,000.00  towards Halloween event in the 2015-2016 budget. 

CVA Inc. was told by Council officers at the meeting their were not enough funds in the budget for rural roads, 

The issue is that allocated in the budget under "Strengthening our Economy" the draft Operational Plan budget total is $251,214.00.

Capertee Valley community will appreciate that there may be some benefit to the businesses in Lithgow Town, we see no benefit to the Economics of the valley such as Agriculture/Farming or Tourism, National Parks, International Bird Trail and the Psyfari festival that attracts approx. 3000 people every year.

Signage, and Roads  are the main issues in the Capertee Valley and if the roads including secondary roads are not maintained to a safe standard then it WILL have an affect on our economy which Lithgow and surrounds will not benefit either, after all the Sydneysiders and International tourists drive through Lithgow to arrive here.

CVA Inc. thank the Mayor, Maree Statham, Deputy Mayor, Ray Thompson, Clr Col Hunter, General Manager, Roger Bailey and Senior staff for holding the information session in the valley on 29th April 2015.

So, we respectfully ask that in Council's deliberations, once they receive submissions from the rate payers of Lithgow consider CVA's submission and the individual community members.

Issued by CVA Inc.
5/5/2015.




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