If you look after the pennies, the dollars will look after themselves

A recent newsletter put out by the Lithgow Ratepayers Association quoted J Paul Getty as saying “If you look after the pennies, the dollars will look after themselves” when questioning Council’s providing $12,300 to the Ironfest Festival in Financial Assistance as per its Financial Assistance Policy.

Council has traditionally provided Recurrent Financial Assistance under Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993 to a number of organisations in the Lithgow LGA in the categories of:
• Recurrent Financial Assistance; and
• Non-Recurrent Financial Assistance, including fee waivers and sporting related financial assistance.

“The following organisations have received Recurrent Financial Assistance (in accordance with Policy 4.2) for a number of years as these organisations have been regarded as contributing to the retention and further development of social capital within individual communities” said Mayor Lesslie


Recurrent Financial Recipient 2017/18 Amount
Lithgow Show Society $12,300
Ironfest Festival $12,300
Lithgow Chamber of Commerce programs and events $12,300
Western Region Academy of Sport $1,780
White Ribbon Day $500
Schools for end of year academic prizes $930 ($50 per school)
Lithgow Tidy Towns $2,050
Wallerawang Tidy Towns $1,025
Portland Tidy Towns $1,025
Cullen Bullen Tidy Towns $1,025
Portland Golf Club $860
Lithgow Information and Neighbourhood Centre Rental Assistance $11,000
Arts Outwest $12,749
Total $69,844



“In the 2017/18 financial year, Council also allocated $87,000 for Non-Recurrent Financial Assistance” said the Mayor “making the total amount of Financial Assistance $156,844”.
“However, Council agrees, that it is time that the list of Recurrent Financial Assistance recipients be reviewed as circumstances for some individual recipients may have changed and they may no longer be as reliant on Council financial assistance as they have been in the past.” continued Cr Lesslie “Therefore at its most recent meeting Council resolved to “amend Policy 4.2 Financial Assistance by removing the Recurrent Financial Assistance category and requiring current Recurrent Financial Assistance recipients to apply for Non-Recurrent Financial Assistance each year”.
“This will allow the current Recurrent Financial Assistance recipients to be assessed on merit each year the same as the Non-Recurrent applicants” concluded the Mayor.

A review of Policy 4.2 has commenced and the revised policy will be presented to Council on 28 May for endorsement for public exhibition and comment for 28 days.

In the Draft 2018/19 Operational Plan, Council has reduced the financial assistance allocation from $156,844 allocated in 2017/18 to $147,500 as follows:
• Recurrent Financial Assistance $52,500
• Non-recurrent Financial Assistance $54,000
• Portland Pool $41,000

The allocation for Portland Pool is outside the scope of Policy 4.2 and is set in the Annual Operational Plan. In 2018/19, this allocation has been increased by $6,000 to include a specific allocation towards the costs of water usage.

Community submissions on the Draft 2018/19 Operational Plan close on 21 May. Anyone wishing to make a submission may do so on the Have Your Say website www.haveyoursay.lithgow.com.

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