Bayside adopts $55 million budget for works in 2019-2020

Bayside Council has adopted its 2019-2020 Operational Plan outlining its priorities and actions for the next financial year.

The Operational Plan, which was adopted at the June 12 council meeting, includes budget and fee charges and a general rates increase of 2.7 per cent as determined by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

The Plan forecasts a cash surplus of $57,656 for 2019/20.

In his message introducing the Operational Plan, Bayside Council mayor Bill Saravinovski said that Bayside plays a significant role in the bigger picture for Sydney.

"We are vitally important to the success of our global city, with key partners and infrastructure including Sydney International Airport and Port Botany amongst the industries operation within our boundaries," Councillor Saravinovski said.

"Council is focussed on planning for our larger community by protecting our open space and providing state-of-the-art facilities to cater for the strong growth predicted in our area," he said.

Bayside Council general manager Meredith Wallace said the council is facing many new challenges in the coming years and these are reflected in its Delivery Program and Operational Plan.

"Our planning for the future will involve a new Local Environmental Plan that will consider all housing choices for our community, from affordable local housing and better and more social housing to help people who want to change housing type but stay within the local area," Ms Wallace said.

The total estimated cost of the council's Capital Projects Program for 2019/20 is $55 million.

This includes upgrade to Cahill Park Amenities and Café - Stage 1 ($1.385M), fit-out of Arncliffe Youth Centre ($1M), upgrade to Ador Reserve Amenities ($1.7M), upgrade to Syd Frost Memorial Hall and Amenities ($1.2M), upgrade to AS Tanner Reserve Amenities Arche's Hall ($1.2M), development of Gardiner Park Synthetic Field ($2.27M), development of Arncliffe Park Synthetic Football Field ($4.305M), upgrade to Mutch Park Skate Park and Toilets - Stage 2 ($1.4M), upgrade to Wentworth Avenue-Baker Street-Page Street Intersection - Stage 1 ($4.9M), Bonar Street Stormwater Project - Stage 1 ($2.53M), construction of Cahill Park Seawall - Stage 2 ($1.45M).

Under the Bayside City Projects Program for 20192020, the council has budgeted $2,250,000 for beaches and waterways foreshore infrastructure including the Cahill Park Seawall construction stage two, Sandringham Seawall Rehabilitation options study and the Brighton le Sands boardwalk renewal.

There is $3,450,000 for new buildings and improvements including the Arncliffe Youth Centre, Beach Hut Dolls Point, Cahill Park cafe and Bexley Oval amenities block.

There is $8,258,000 is for building renewals and rehabilitation including Ador Reserve amenities, Bexley Depot rehabilitation, Brighton Baths amenities building roof upgrade and Rockdale administration building.

The council's delivery program includes:

- $650,000 is for purchases for library collections, $260,000 for tree planting in public domain and open space, $410,000 for Bonar Street and Mt Olympus lighting, $200,000 for Angelo Anestis car park access improvement, and $410,000 for street furniture.

- $8,522,500 for open spaces including Ador Reserve Fencing landscaping, Arncliffe Park Synthetic Football Field, Cahill Park tennis courts, new park signage, and Scarborough park cycle and pathways.

- $3,895,000 for passive parks works including Bonar Street Park, Rockdale Park concept plan implementation and water feature renewal.

- $1,750,000 for playgrounds upgrades or renewal including Cecil Street Reserve Monterey, Gilchrist Reserve at Bexley North, Marinea Reserve Arncliffe, Moorfields Reserve Kogarah and Studdert Reserve Kyeemagh.

- $2,834,000 for fleet replacement including medium and heavy vehicle renewals.

- $8,000,000 for road pavements.

- $5,497,000 for traffic and road safety including Kyeemagh Boat Ramp Controls and local area traffic management at Ramsgate.

- $1,921,500 for town centre improvements including Arncliffe Bexley, Ramsgate Beach.

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