EACH year, the council develops its operational plan and budget, supporting the four-year delivery program.
The 2014-15 draft plan and budget is a snapshot of the tremendous positive change in Newcastle.
Projects will provide much-needed maintenance for our valuable infrastructure, support economic development and address the unique needs of each of our suburbs.
During the year, you will literally be able to walk or drive through Newcastle and see change taking place.
Just a few examples:
■ Building and structures - $13.9 million to address critical maintenance and help clear the infrastructure backlog, including Civic Theatre ($200,000-plus for painting, carpet and general sprucing up); sports grounds ($300,000 amenities renewal at Blackley Oval New Lambton, $300,000 to replace roof at Waratah grandstand and $150,000 toilet upgrade at National Park athletic track); new playgrounds ($200,000 for Kilpanie Road Reserve Lambton, Tumpoaba Reserve Maryland, Minmi Reserve and Cedrella Creek Reserve Warabrook); cycle ways ($150,000 for line marking and signage) and Henderson Park Community Hall Merewether ($900,000 to replace existing hall and toilets).
■ Roads - $9.5 million for road resurfacing.
■ Environmental programs - $6.6 million.
Overall, our major asset preservation program will fund $30 million worth of works.
This is great news for local communities and the council's investment will hopefully encourage people to get out and enjoy the fantastic parks, playgrounds and facilities available across the city.