Council adopts 2017/2018 Budget and Integrated Plans

Council’s 2017/2018 Budget and Integrated Plans will take effect from 1 July 2017.

It follows a decision by Councillors to adopt the Budget and Plans at Thursday’s Council Meeting. They include the:

  • Operational Plan 2017/2018
  • Delivery Program 2017/2018 to 2020/2021
  • Infrastructure Plan 2017-2026
  • Long Term Financial Plan 2017-2026
  • Workforce Plan 2017/2018 to 2020/2021
  • Social and Community Plan 2013-2018

Upper Lachlan Shire Council General Manager John Bell said a series of community outreach meetings held in Crookwell, Taralga, Gunning and Bigga and a five-week exhibition period helped inform the final Plans.

“These Plans set out Council’s future funding priorities, so it was essential that we consulted with the community to ensure they were in-line with expectations,” Mr Bell said.

“Council has tried to address the needs and demands from all sections of the community while ensuring we maintain a healthy operating budget and remain fit for the future.”

The Operational Plan 2017/2018 includes a comprehensive capital expenditure works program for the Shire, totalling $12.5 million. Notable projects in 2017/2018 include:

 Project Description

Project Cost
Crookwell Landfill (Waste Centre) upgrade/remediation (two year project - $3 million cost) $1,500,000
Public Toilet Amenities - Goodhew Park, Taralga $100,000
Towns and villages streetscape program $200,000
MR248E Kiamma Creek, Crookwell Timber Bridge Replacement $1,062,500
Gravel Resheeting on Local Roads (various roads throughout the Shire all programs) $671,175
Grabine Road, Bigga reconstruction (8 year program) $800,000
MR52 Gundaroo Road rehabilitation and resealing $865,000
Urban Road Pavement Rehabilitation – Bunnaby Street, Taralga $200,000
MR248W Crookwell-Boorowa Road 2016 road damage restoration $837,000
Bitumen Resealing on Regional Roads, funded by RMS (throughout the Shire) $334,035
Bitumen Resealing - Urban Local Roads (throughout the Shire) $100,000
Bitumen Resealing - Rural Local Roads (throughout the Shire) $468,000
Crookwell Water Supply Treatment Plant project (total project cost of $7 million) $1,000,000
4 towns water supply mains replacements $290,000
3 towns sewerage mains replacements



Notable increases in fees and charges include:

  • 1.5% increase in Ordinary (General) Rates
  • 1.5% increase in Residential Sewerage Charges
  • 4% increase in Water Usage Charges
  • 2.5% increase in Water Access Supply Charges
  • 4% increase in Residential Domestic Waste Charge
  • 4% increase in Rural Waste Charge

To view the 2017/2018 Budget and Integrated Plans, please visit Council’s website

For further information, please contact Council’s Director of Finance and Administration, Andrew Croke, on 4830 1000.