I'd like to ask ratepayers to help us save money for worthwhile projects and invite the clientele of Watt Street businesses to park for free on us as we overhaul the city's oldest street.
We're appealing to all rate payers with an email address to sign up to receive notices in their inbox instead of their letterbox.
Emailing avoids postage costs, reduces paper usage and gives property owners a digital record.
Council saves around $4 annually for each property that has their rates emailed instead of posted. Currently, only 5 per cent of all rateable properties have taken up the email option. If all were registered, we'd save $300,000 a year. That's enough to fund two new playgrounds.
I encourage all rate payers with an email address to register on the council's website. Or email details, including your address, email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> and request to have your rates notice emailed.
Last week we invited businesses fronting Watt Street in Newcastle's CBD to register for two free hours of parking for their clientele. We've done this to help offset the loss of on-street parking during the massive works program in which we're delivering eight years of improvements in just five months in Newcastle East. Customers and clients of registered Watt St businesses can park free for two hours in council's King St carpark upon validation of their parking ticket.