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Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is calling for community feedback on its 2021-22 draft operational plan.
A budget of more than $190 million has been allocated to fund key infrastructure projects and rebuilds.
The operational plan for 2021-2022 was written before the floods, so council is now wanting to assess what matters in communities across the region and how those needs are identified, prioritised and planned for.
The total expenditure for the next financial year is $194.1 million.
The capital works program is the money allocated to maintain or upgrade the key infrastructure council provides across the local government area.
The draft plan forecasts $20.8 million to transport and traffic, $10.3 million to parks and recreation, $8.5 million to water, and $4.9 million to waste.
PMHC CEO, Dr Clare Allen said as council moves into a new financial year, the priority will be working together with the community to find the most successful outcomes.
"The next financial year is going to be a lot different than what we expected, and I am committed, as both a newly appointed CEO and new resident in the region, to ensuring that council works closely with our communities," Dr Allen said.
"It is imperative that we listen to community needs, involve communities in identifying possible solutions and also in prioritising those solutions.
"The proposed operational plan will need to be altered as a consequence of the floods and we really want to make sure that we align our plans with the goals of communities."
A copy of the draft plan is available online, in council's customer service centres, and the libraries in Port Macquarie, Laurieton and Wauchope.
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