Last week councillors voted to place council's draft 2020/21 Operational Plan and Budget on public exhibition.
The Operational Plan is one of council's most important documents because it outlines our plan of works for the year ahead and our immediate funding priorities.
Within the pages of this year's document residents can see where we plan on undertaking road, drainage, stormwater, kerb, gutter and footpath construction activities in their town.
It also details major infrastructure improvement projects such as multi-million-dollar upgrades to our water and sewerage networks which are designed to help accommodate our shire's growing demands.
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Some of the key figures from this year's draft Operational Plan and Budget include $67.5 million to be spent on capital works projects including $9.9 million on improving community buildings, $23 million on improving roads, bridges and footpaths, $2.9 million on modernising the Southern Regional Livestock Exchange and Resource Recovery Centre and $5.2 million on establishing an Animal Shelter Reserve.
We've also set aside $3.4 million in response to the bush fire and COVID-19 crises.
Council's draft 2020/21 Operational Plan and Budget, which includes our proposed Fees and Charges, will be on public exhibition until Friday, June 26 and can be viewed online at www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au.
I encourage all readers to take a few moments to view these plans and comment on our proposed program of works to see when we'll be undertaking works that will affect you.
I'm happy to report that on Monday, June 1 both the Bowral Central Library and Destination Southern Highlands Welcome Centre in Mittagong reopened their doors to the public.
The reopening follows an easing in social distancing restrictions and are the first in a series of gradual reopening of council's public-managed facilities.
While both venues welcomed visitors back as of Monday, patrons will notice some changes to previous operations to ensure social distancing restrictions are still met.
Rest assured that more public facilities will reopen as further restrictions are eased.
For more information on our Bowral Public Library and Destination Southern Highlands Welcome Centre visit www.library.wsc.nsw.gov.au and www.visitsouthernhighlands.com.au.