Budget boost

FIXING the Inner West’s ageing infrastructure is a priority of this year’s council budget which will include more than $33 million for replacing and upgrading local roads and renewing footpaths.

Spend increase on infrastructure

INNER West Council will spend almost 20 per cent more on infrastructure to provide top quality roads, footpaths and community facilities “that residents expect and deserve”.
Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said that having established improved financial and asset management systems since the new Council was elected in 2017, the focus was now on saving funds to allow record investment in community infrastructure like roads, footpaths, pools, parks and sporting fields.
“Council is taking a more sophisticated approach to saving and allocating funds to our infrastructure investment,” he said.
“We are focusing on ensuring that the community has access to the top quality roads, footpaths and community facilities that residents of the inner west expect and deserve.
“We’re spending an extra 17 per cent in infrastructure over four years and another 7.4 per cent increase on last year’s budget on footpaths as population demand grows
“We will spend $43 million to transform the Aquatic Centre in Ashfield into a state of the art contemporary mix of recreational facilities. We’re also maximising access to our playing pitches by allocating $2 million for synthetic turf playing fields which will help meet the increased demand for more sporting grounds.”
The budget also includes $23 million to replace and upgrade local roads, $10 million to renew footpaths, $4.3 million to upgrade Marrickville Town Hall, $7 million to upgrade Town Centres, and $800,000 to upgrade Alex Trevallion Plaza in Marrickville.