Budget 2018

The period for community consultation on the 2017 Draft Budget has concluded. A report on the community response was considered by staff and presented to the 13 June council meeting which adopted the final budget.

The opportunity for community consultation about the council budget for the coming year, has now ended.

A report on the community feed-back will be considered by the next Council meeting on 19 June.


The opportunity for community consultation about the council budget for the coming year, has now ended.

A report on the community feed-back will be considered by the next Council meeting on 19 June.


The period for community consultation on the 2017 Draft Budget has concluded. A report on the community response was considered by staff and presented to the 13 June council meeting which adopted the final budget.
  • Roads are key feature of new draft budget

    4 months ago
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    16 May 2018

    A plan to spend more than $28 million on roads is a key feature of Orange City Council’s plans for the coming year.

    The council’s draft budget for the coming 2018/19 financial year was put on display for community comment at the 15 May council meeting.

    Mayor Reg Kidd said he’s pleased the council is continuing to make steady progress with the task of lifting the quality of local road infrastructure.

    “The budget includes plans to spend more than $25 million on major projects, like the next stage of the southern feeder road and a new roundabout...


    16 May 2018

    A plan to spend more than $28 million on roads is a key feature of Orange City Council’s plans for the coming year.

    The council’s draft budget for the coming 2018/19 financial year was put on display for community comment at the 15 May council meeting.

    Mayor Reg Kidd said he’s pleased the council is continuing to make steady progress with the task of lifting the quality of local road infrastructure.

    “The budget includes plans to spend more than $25 million on major projects, like the next stage of the southern feeder road and a new roundabout at the intersection of Hill Street and the northern bypass,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “We’ll be needing financial help from the NSW and Australian governments for projects of that scale.”

    “We also want to get on with the next stage of work on key roads such as Cargo Road and Forest Road. Local residents have been pleased to see work begin on these long-awaited projects. The next stages of these projects will take us into the next financial year, so they appear in the budget that’s now up for community comment.”

    The draft budget includes :

    • $17.83 million for the Southern Feeder Road, (incl. new rail bridge)
    • $1.76 million for Cargo Road,
    • $4.6 million for the NDR/William Maker Drive roundabout
    • $1.6 million for the ongoing Forest Rd upgrade

    Orange City Council Finance Committee chair and Deputy Mayor Cr Joanne McRae is pleased local streets also get a strong priority in the draft budget.

    “The draft budget aims to get the balance right between constructing these major transport projects while also putting resources into improving the quality of local streets,” Cr Joanne McRae said.

    “The draft budget has also allocated $3.2 million to be spent on maintaining local roads, bridges and footpaths and our council asset management team will now fine-tune the list of which streets will be on the list for action.

    “Generally, the area of roads and traffic takes up around 12% of the council’s operational spending.

    “This community consultation is an important part of any budget. This is where the community can look at what’s planned and have their say about the priorities in the budget.

    “With the YourSay Orange website, it’s never been easier to fill in a quick survey or leave some comments about what you think the priority should be. As always, people can write a letter or make a submission by email.”

    The deadline for community comments on the budget is Tuesday 12 June.

    Online : https://yoursay.orange.nsw.gov.au/budget-2018

    Email : council@orange.nsw.gov.au


  • Modest surplus puts council in good position to serve community

    4 months ago
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    14 May 2018

    Orange City Council’s proposed budget for the coming year is a positive sign the council is in a good position to provide services for the community.

    The draft budget will be considered at the 15 May council meeting, and it’s expected that it will be put on-show for community comment and discussion.

    The proposed 2018/19 budget includes:
    • Income from continuing operations of $139.6 million, including :
    • Rates income (general, water & Sewer) $44.8 million
    • User charges $34.5 million
    • Grants $48.3 million
    • Misc. (incl. contributions from developers) $12 million

    Operating expenses total $96.3 million.


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    14 May 2018

    Orange City Council’s proposed budget for the coming year is a positive sign the council is in a good position to provide services for the community.

    The draft budget will be considered at the 15 May council meeting, and it’s expected that it will be put on-show for community comment and discussion.

    The proposed 2018/19 budget includes:
    • Income from continuing operations of $139.6 million, including :
    • Rates income (general, water & Sewer) $44.8 million
    • User charges $34.5 million
    • Grants $48.3 million
    • Misc. (incl. contributions from developers) $12 million

    Operating expenses total $96.3 million.


    After proposing to spend $74 million on capital projects, the budget has a consolidated surplus across all funds of $2.8 million.

    Rates increases
    An average residential general rates assessment will increase by the government regulated limit of 2.3% or $32.91 per year.

    The total average household increase (including general rates, water, sewer and waste charges) is $75.08 (2.4%) per year or $1.44 per week.

    An average business rates assessment will increase by $113.58 or $2.18 per week.

    The process of producing the proposed budget began late last year. It’s expected that after Tuesday night’s meeting, the draft budget will be on-show for community comment for 28 days before it comes back to a council meeting in June.

    Orange mayor Reg Kidd said it was important that the community took time to understand the key points of the budget in the coming weeks.

    “As a community, it’s important that we all own this budget and that there’s an opportunity for feedback from the community,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “The council is looking forward to hearing any and all feed-back.”

    At Tuesday night's meeting, the Council also resolved to include a donation request from the Orange and District Historical Society for the purchase of a device to digitise their photographic negatives worth $25,000.


  • CBD upgrade is highlight of proposed council budget plans

    4 months ago
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    11 May 2018

    A $30 million two-year upgrade of Orange’s central business district is the centre-piece of Orange City Council’s draft budget.

    The plan comes in the wake of calls for action to attract new retailers to Orange and invigorate the area as a community-space.

    Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said an upgrade of Orange’s CBD was one of the main appeals that came from the recent ‘Where to Next?’ community-wide conversation, that happened as part of developing the city’s new Community Strategic Plan.

    “When we asked people what they loved about Orange and what they wanted to see happen in...

    11 May 2018

    A $30 million two-year upgrade of Orange’s central business district is the centre-piece of Orange City Council’s draft budget.

    The plan comes in the wake of calls for action to attract new retailers to Orange and invigorate the area as a community-space.

    Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said an upgrade of Orange’s CBD was one of the main appeals that came from the recent ‘Where to Next?’ community-wide conversation, that happened as part of developing the city’s new Community Strategic Plan.

    “When we asked people what they loved about Orange and what they wanted to see happen in the future, we heard how important the heart of Orange is, both when it comes to shopping, doing business and gathering together for big community events,” Cr Reg Kidd said.

    “There’s a big push in the Strategic Plan for the council to do more to support the local economy and enable jobs to grow. One of the biggest employment sectors in Orange is retail and a major shot-in–the-arm for the CBD is a key part of that.”



    Orange City Council Finance Committee chair and Deputy Mayor Cr Joanne McRae is pleased the CBD upgrade has found its way into the draft budget.

    “The CBD is at the heart of our community, and it’s critical that we invest to bring it up to the standards of a modern, growing, vibrant city,” Cr Joanne McRae said. “It’s a key place that brings locals, visitors and tourists together. It’s also a central place for us to live, business to prosper, preserve our heritage and collaborate together.

    “The design stage is going to take a lot of work and this is only the first step, but it’s a very important project for the people of Orange. Whether it’s simple steps like improving the coloured street lights and adding free WiFi or bigger changes like putting in place what’s needed to attract key retailers and making it a place people can meet, this is what needs to be explored.

    “Residents can be assured we’ll be consulting with expert designers and putting the best ideas out for community discussion. We’ll also need financial help from other tiers of government to make sure we get a CBD that will be a power house for the region for years to come.”

    Orange City Council General Manager Garry Styles said an attractive CBD can be a major driver for the local economy.

    “When people are proud of their CBD and can see people coming from other centres to shop and do business here, that can really set the tone for business in the broader community, “ Garry Styles said. “We want a CBD local residents can be proud of, that attracts key retailers, that has the infrastructure, technology and space that lets us grow.”

    The project is based on spending $15 million each year for two years. Of the total of $30 million, $10 million would come from the council and $20 million would come from government grants, which has yet to be secured.

    The list of other key capital projects in the draft council budget includes :
    • $15 million towards a CBD upgrade (plus an additional $15 million in Year Two)*
    • $17.83 million for the Southern Feeder Road, (incl. new rail bridge)*
    • $1.76 million for Cargo Road,
    • $4.6 million for the NDR/William Maker Drive roundabout*
    • $2.28 million for Airport security and passenger enhancement (incl. secure car parking, CCTV, Terminal WiFi and facilities upgrade)*
    • $4 million for an Orange Regional Gallery extension (incl. extra gallery space, doubling storage capacity and theatrette area)*
    • $1.6 million for the next stage of the Forest Rd upgrade
    • $1.97 million for the Cricket Centre of excellence*
    • $1.5 million for a new animal shelter.
    • $1.23 million for Icely Road Water Treatment Plant upgrade (incl. telemetry upgrade, land acquisition, site security and Lagoon upgrade)
    A number of these projects* depend on successful grant submissions to the NSW and Australian governments.

    The draft budget will be considered at the 15 May council meeting, and it’s expected that it will be put on-show for community comment and discussion.