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Feedback sought on Blacktown and Penrith council budgets

Both the Blacktown and Penrith City Councils are currently seeking feedback from the community for their Operational Plans for the 2021-22 financial year. 

The draft Operational Plans contain information on planned works, budget, fees and charges in the council areas for the next 12 months, and local residents and ratepayers and being asked to read them and provide input. 

Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown OAM said that Penrith’s draft plans (which includes its Draft Delivery Program for 2017-22 & its Draft 2021-22 Operational Plan) have been developed to reflect the priorities and direction established through engagement with councillors and the community.

“The previous 12 months have been quite extraordinary and Council’s response to residents, business and community groups has enabled Penrith to bounce back from the pandemic. Now we must look forward as we continue to deliver on infrastructure, recreation and services for our community,” Cr McKeown said.

“Our budget of $307.7 million for the coming financial year will not only keep our services running smoothly but will stimulate our local economy,” she said.

Penrith City Council have said that they will consider each and every submission received on their draft documents before they are finalised, and they will be reported at Council’s Ordinary Meeting on 28 June.

In Blacktown the council has adopted a draft budget of $656 million for the 2021-22 financial year, including a major capital works program of more than $150 million.

Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said that while adjustments may need to be made to the budget to deal with the ongoing response to COVID-19, the council is committed to delivering on transformational projects for the city. 

“The $80 million Warrick Lane precinct CBD redevelopment is nearing completion, initial works have started on the $100 million International Centre of Training Excellence at the Blacktown International Sportspark and construction will commence later this year on a world-class $30 million Animal Rehoming Centre at Glendenning,” Mayor Bleasdale said.

“In addition, students are now studying at the Australian Catholic University campus in the Blacktown City Centre and we will continue to operate one of the state’s largest childcare programs at our 25 Kids Early Learning centres,” he said.

Penrith City Council residents can have their say on the draft plans HERE until Monday May 31.

Blacktown City Council residents can have their say on their draft plans HERE until Tuesday June 1. 

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