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The newly adopted WCC Draft Operational Plan & Budget 2013-14 will give the answers if you wonder where our city’s revenue comes from, what we spend on services and asset maintenance and how much debt we carry, writes Christine Kelley.

With community input, council has developed a city strategy – a long-term vision for the city over the coming 16 years. It will be implemented by delivery programs, each reflecting a high level, four-year planning focus. A program is then translated into an annual operational plan that shows budget and key actions for a given financial year by activity – compulsory reporting to the Department of Local Government. At more than 150 pages, the plan and attachments are no light read but a quick flip through will give a broad perspective on the areas of council service delivery and costs. Among Willoughby-wide projects, the priority improvement program shows Artarmon is earmarked in the coming year for upgrades of floodlighting at Artarmon Reserve Oval and Thomson Park and enhancements to the Artarmon Loop shuttle bus. The old Artarmon Library and Constant Companion buildings at 2a Elizabeth St are scheduled for master-planning. If you think balancing your household budget is tricky, try running a city. For all the facts and figures, visit: http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/About-Council/Exhibitions/draft-operational-plan-and-budget-2013-2014

The 6 Cleg St brothel has submitted a second application (DA-2013/93) to use the premises as a brothel under the new LEP, similar to earlier proposals, writes Plamen Bassarov.

Curiously, the 12-page DA, to justify not providing disabled access, quotes Berejiklian in the Gazette (August, Page 7) saying a lift at Artarmon railway station at $20,000 is too expensive. It makes no mention of whether the operators are fit and proper persons to run the brothel – merely, according to council records, no nuisance notices have been received. The brothel was mentioned in a Four Corners program a year ago for using Asian sex slaves (February Gazette, Pages  10).

No adverse effects are expected from the following developments:

(DA-2013/87) 327 Pacific Hwy: change of use from vehicle servicing and tyre sales to vehicle servicing and vehicle showroom and installation of signage. Minor exterior changes.

(DA-2013/102) 49 Broughton Rd: demolition of existing dwelling and construction of attached dual occupancy and associated works. Two new semi-detached 2-storey houses on the site of the existing single-storey house.

Courtesy of Gazette May 2013
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