Wollondilly mayor ready to kick off huge new year

New year ready: Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth fighting to save the shire's koalas last year. Picture: Simon Bennett

New year ready: Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth fighting to save the shire's koalas last year. Picture: Simon Bennett

It’s the start of a new year and Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth wants to make sure residents have their say on what the future holds for the shire.

Wollondilly Council will seek feedback on changes to its Local Environment Plan later this year.

“We need manage the massive population boom that is going to occur across the area,” Cr Deeth said.

“We need to identify places that we want to protect and preserve like our agricultural lands, heritage locations and rural vistas so it is critical for residents to have their say on the Local Environment Plan.”

This year will also mark the council’s largest roadworks and asset renewal program.

“This is our biggest investment ever into roads and assets,” Cr Deeth said.

“Obviously we have a deficit in roadworks and we have been playing a serious game of catch-up.

“It’s going to take us a few years to get there but this year we will be working on projects at record levels.”

Residents will also see the completion of the Warragamba Inclusive Play space in late February and the construction of the new Wilton Recreation Reserve sporting field and amenities building.

The council will also construct its first ever smart city technology pilot project with smart street lights to be installed at Walton Street, Picton this year.

“This year will be challenging but I am really looking forward to working closely with the community,” Cr Deeth said.