Camden Council includes Covid-19 relief package in annual budget

Camden Council's 2020/21 budget features a $16.8 million Covid-19 support package. Pictures: Chris Lane (inset: supplied)
Camden Council's 2020/21 budget features a $16.8 million Covid-19 support package. Pictures: Chris Lane (inset: supplied)

Camden Council has adopted a $336 million budget that will deliver community infrastructure and a $16.8 million Covid-19 support package.

The 2020/21 Operational Plan also details a $178 million Capital Works Program, including the continuation of a $5.1 million Community Infrastructure Renewal Program (CIRP), as well as a budget surplus of almost $2 million reinvested into the community.

The Covid-19 support package will support residents and businesses throughout the Camden local government area in three stages over six months.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said she was proud that the council could produce an exciting budget whilst going through the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The council has, over many years, demonstrated strong financial management, which has allowed the council to support its community with a $16.8 million Covid-19 support package whilst continuing to maintain our service levels and projects across the area," Cr Fedeli said.

"This budget shows the council's focus on expanding and developing our newest suburbs whilst also enhancing established areas."

Stage one and two of the council's COVID-19 are currently under way.

This includes rate relief for all rateable properties, waiving the interest on overdue rate notices for residents experiencing hardship and removing the red tape and requirement for a hardship application.

Community groups will also be reimbursed for payments to use the council's facilities, spaces and services.

The council will offer digital support for businesses adversely effected by COVID-19 and has committed to providing business grants to help small businesses adjust.

Camden Council staff members will also be volunteering at Lifeline.

The council has also committed an additional $11.4 million to accelerate the delivery of a number of infrastructure projects from the 2020/21 Capital Works Program, to be completed by December 31, 2020.

Stage Three, or the recovery phase of the package, will be tailored in coming weeks.

It will include a mix of major projects, events, grants and financial support for business and community groups.

Over the next two years, more than $51 million will also be spent on community infrastructure projects including the Herbert Rivulet drainage land purchase, a redevelopment of the Council Works Depot, the Nott Oval synthetic soccer pitch, the Ferguson Land cricket facility and stage two of the Narellan sports hub.

The council will also fund road designs from Leppington Road to Byron Road and Ingleburn Road at Leppington.

Other major projects that have been completed during this delivery program period include:

  • Harrington Park youth facility - $1.14 million;
  • Sedgewick Reserve youth facility - $1.36 million;
  • Curry Reserve water play facility - $2.5 million;
  • Oran Park Library - $13.7 million;
  • Camden Town Centre Upgrade Stage Three - $3.4 million;
  • Camden Town Centre Upgrade Stage Four - $3.6 million;
  • Camden Valley Way/Macarthur Road Intersection Upgrade - $4.95 million;
  • Graham Hill Road/Richardson Road Upgrade - $3.9 million;
  • Spring Farm Community Facility - $3 million;
  • Kirkham BMX - $1.7 million;
  • Kirkham Park Playing Fields - $1.8 million;
  • Bandara Circuit Playground - $1 million;
  • Howard Park - $1.9 million;
  • Julia Reserve Community Centre - $10.6 million;
  • Julia Reserve Skate Park - $3.5 million;
  • Catherine Park Sporting Fields - $5.1 million;
  • Catherine Park Community Facility - $2.2 million; and
  • Ron's Creek Waterplay, Youth and Passive Space - $1.54 million (nearing completion).

The 2017/18-2020/21 Delivery Program and 2020/21 Operational Plan (Budget) can be viewed on the council's website: