AS the Gunnedah economy continues to bounce back from drought and COVID-19, a newly approved operational plan will further drive recovery and shape the town's future.
Gunnedah Shire Council adopted the final year of its Operational Plan at its Wednesday night ordinary meeting, which includes a record $47 million spend on local projects.
Big ticket items that will be finalised or undertaken in the 2021/22 year include the ongoing $16 million redevelopment of the Gunnedah saleyards, $1.25 million Orange Grove bridge replacement and a $6.4 million Gunnedah Koala Park.
Roads projects also heavily feature in the plan, including a $4.8 million upgrade of Clifton Road, $7.5 million Rangari Road upgrade and $6.2 million Kelvin Road upgrade.
However there are many successes to celebrate, the mayor said, including the completion of major works such as the $62 million Gunnedah Second Road over Rail Bridge and $8.2 million Grain Valley Road Upgrade.
The 2021/22 year is also shaping up to be another significant year of delivery with a continued focus on infrastructure and tourism, he said.
"At this time, there is more certainty than last year for the year ahead," Cr Chaffey said.
"With the next NSW Local Government Elections only a matter of months away I want to reassure all residents that my fellow councillors and I are 100 per cent committed to continue to advocate strongly on behalf of our community on all issues and deliver on commitments."
The Draft 2017-2022 Delivery Program and 2021-22 Operational Plan was adopted following a public exhibition period that closed last month.
The postponement of the 2020 NSW Local Government Elections required an additional year be added to the four-year delivery program.
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