January to June 2023 Progress Report – Community Update
As at 30 June 2023
Working capital short-term loan
High cash outflows
DISASTER RESPONSE PROGRAM DELIVERED
Despite continued wet weather and cashflow management issues resulting in delays to completion of the Disaster Response Program, Council delivered $19M in Disaster Response in addition to 72% of its agreed operational plan actions for 2022/23. The requirement for Council to provide up-front most of the costs before recovering government disaster recovery funding introduced a significant challenge i.e., balancing the planned with the unplanned and ensuring that projects are delivered while maintaining the financial sustainability of the organisation. In responce Council effectively managed cashflow to fund major natural disaster works and grant funded projects by
• Utilising a $3.5M working capital short-term loan facility to cover high cash outflows throughout the 2022/23 year.
• Ensuring the pace of works was matched with available cash and the timing of natural disaster and grant milestone claims.
• Responsibly managing cashflow, which resulted in some projects being rephased to the 2023/24 year.
• Donkey Steps Track – completed
• Access reinstated to residences and businesses
• Studies commenced to determine alternate route for new Wolgan Road.
Portland Foundations Trunk Main
Installed and connected, enabling future development and continuation of works on the Portland Foundations site.
Clarence to Wallerawang Pipeline Project
This project will enable water security in the Lithgow City Council area.
• All required studies are progressing.
• Expression of interest for a selective tender process for design and construction of the pipeline is underway.
• Sub-options including other water sources are being developed into scenarios for inclusion in the Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy.
Committed to achieving best practice for waste management & resource recovery
Green Bins to be introduced in 2024
Ahead of State Government 2030 deadine
2022/23 Transport Program
The following works were completed Hartley
- Banners Lane – 400m bitumen sealed
- Cranebrook Park Road – 960m bitumen sealed Lithgow
- Hassans Walls Road – 1.2km bitimen sealed
- Read Avenue Lane – 100m bitumen sealed
- Stewart Street – 460m bitumen sealed
- Musket Parade Lane – 370m bitumen sealed
- Clwydd Street – 135m bitumen sealed Portland
- Ridge Street – 1800m bitumen sealed Rydal
- Market Street East – 290m bitumen sealed Wallerawang
- Barton Avenue – 690m bitumen sealed
- Bathurst St Lane – 230m bitumen sealed Timber Bridge Replacement Program
- Airly Creek, Coco Creek and Crown Creek Bridges on Glen Davis Road.
Financial Assistance Program
- $40,000 to Portland
• $13,325 to Arts OutWest
• $11,500 to Lithgow Show
• $32,881 to 15 local projects by local community groups
• $600 to local schools for end of year academic prizes.
Cullen Bullen Sewerage Scheme
- IDEA tank constructed.
- Leak Testing underway
- Project on track for completion prior to end of 2023.
Lithgow Evolving Economy Plan (LEEP)
The draft Lithgow Evolving Economy Plan, developed to assist the Lithgow LGA to transition the economy from one based on coal and electricity was placed on exhibition.