11 September 2019

Millions to be spent on big ticket Eurobodalla projects in coming year

| Ian Campbell
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The new Moruya Airport runway. Photo: ESC.

The new Moruya Airport runway completed earlier this year, part of Council’s rolling redevelopment program. Photo: ESC.

Eurobodalla Shire Council has laid out a program of big ticket infrastructure works and community projects with the approval of its latest Delivery Program and Operational Plan

Council expects to manage an income of more than $119 million in 2019-20. More than half will come from ratepayers, with the remainder from user fees and charges, grants, contributions and investments.

Mayor Liz Innes says Council’s 31 different services would deliver 184 actions in the coming 12 months.

“All these projects will help boost our economy, create much-needed jobs, cater to the diverse needs of our community and help to make Eurobodalla a wonderful place to be,” she says.

“We will also continue to advocate to all levels of government for improved infrastructure and services that our community deserves.”

Council says $75.4 million will be spent on capital works projects throughout the shire, more than $13 million on local roads, bridges and pathways, and $24 million on water and sewer infrastructure.

Much anticipated grant funded capital projects for the year ahead include:

  • Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre – $18 million in 2019-20;
  • Shellfish hatchery at Moruya – $1.99 million;
  • Continuing redevelopment of the Moruya Airport – $3.3 million;
  • Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden redevelopment – $1.19 million;
  • New viewing platform at Observation Point, Batehaven – $790,000.

Almost $5 million will be spent on recreation services and infrastructure, including major improvements to Captain Oldrey Park at Broulee, Gundary Oval at Moruya, Moruya Showground and Bill Smyth Oval at Narooma.

When it comes to maritime infrastructure and bicycle paths, Councils says $87,263 will be spent on marine facilities renewals and maintenance, $126,000 continuing the Nelligen Boat Ramp upgrade and new car park and $55,000 for Durras Lake Boat Ramp car park construction.

Pathway works are prioritised according to the Pathways Strategy. There is $40,000 for a shared pathway at Sunshine Bay, as well footpath renewals – at Durras Drive, South Durras – $15,000, Northcove Road, Long Beach – $53,000, Beach Road, Sunshine Bay – $70,000, Edward Road, Batehaven – $95,000, Trafalgar Road, Tuross Head – $45,000, Noble Parade, Dalmeny – $60,000, Sunshine Bay Road, Sunshine Bay – $40,000.

When it comes to the contribution from ratepayers, Council will increase the general rate and environmental levy by 2.7 per cent, in accordance with rate pegging approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

Council says the increase equates to $1 a week, or $52 a year, for the average residential ratepayer.

To view the Delivery Program and Operational Plan in more detail visit Council’s website.

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Robert Cooke4:05 pm 13 Sep 21

As regards the new airport runway. Bravo Eurobodalla Council!! Bravo!! Next time Batemans Bay and Moruya become surrounded by fire grounds
we can now expect RAAF C-130 transports being able to deliver Woolworths and Coles supply trucks to top-up food supplies. No thanks to Madam Berejiklian and hopeless thinking Scomo, I near ran-out of food during the fortnight when all roads were closed. It was a good thing that
I had some kero for lighting with no TV, no phones or electricity during the 14 days. Now look at this pair in their picking on innocent
citizens who don’t want to be inoculated health reasons or not. Bring-on the elections!

Peter Hyland6:35 pm 17 Jul 19

Malua Bay. Mulgowrie street needs gutters

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