Hilltops Council news: Community input needed on new plan

Hilltops Council has engaged consultancy firm Sala4D from Orange to put together a Precinct Plan to revamp the Murrumburrah precinct, making it more attractive to the significant passing tourism trade.

The plan will link Roberts Park area, Murrumboola Creek and the business area, as well as the Light Horse Memorial, museum and the proposed Bill the Bastard statue.

Sala4D will be in town May 30 and 31 to hold a series of meetings and workshops to get public input into the plan. I encourage all interested residents and businesses to have their say on this very important document, which could have a major impact on the future development of historical Murrumburrah.

The council has allocated $1.1M of Stronger Communities grant funding towards this project, which I hope will transform Murrumburrah in the same way the upgrade of Neill Street in Harden did, so please get involved.

The council is currently working on the Long Term Financial Plan for the Hilltops Region, which encompasses the 12-month Budget (Operational Plan), the Delivery Program, a four-year plan and the ten-year Community Strategic Plan.

This is the first budget that councillors will put together for Hilltops and will set the direction of the council during the next few years. All councillors are committed to the future of the Hilltops Council and its potential as a regional leader in NSW local government.

You will see significant changes from how the old Harden, Boorowa and Young councils operated, but Hilltops is a new organisation and changes have to be made to make us financially sound for the future. When the Operational Plan goes on public display, please have a look and make comments.