Clarification

IN the issue of October 15, we published a story on page 3 with the headline Mt Druitt Pool unlikely to reappear.
Nanjing Night Net

In the article we stated that Blacktown Council showed a record profit for 2012/2013 of $136 million.

However Blacktown Council has pointed out that when $144 million of Grants and Contributions are taken into account (including items such as the dedication to the council of land and the payment of developer contributions for future public works) the actual result for the year was a deficit of $7.8 million.

Cost increases mean that the council has a challenge of balancing the budget while delivering the services needed by an expanding city such as Blacktown.

External costs facing the council in 2013/14 include:

■ An increase in fees payable to the state’s Valuer General;

■ Increased street lighting charges;

■ Extra energy costs for the council’s assets; and

■ Extra contributions to state emergency and fire services.

The city’s roads, footpaths, bridges, building and parks — valued at $2.8 billion — need to be maintained or renewed.

At present there is a backlog of $68.3 million of this work.

Blacktown Council general manager Kerry Robinson said: “The challenge for this council is to fund the cost of these ageing assets”.

“The council is in a responsible position but our assets cannot be maintained unless we address these future challenges as a priority for our residents,” Mr Robinson said.

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