Businesses and residents of Adelaide are being aske to provide feedback on plans for the City to outlay more than $38 million in city infrastructure spending during 2019/20.

In its latest announcement, the City has called for feedback on its draft budget for 2019/20, which was approved at the Council’s meeting on April 30.

A key feature of the budget involves the allocation of $38.2 million to city infrastructure.

This includes $8.1 million which will go toward street upgrades and greening.

Around $15,.9 million will be spent on projects and maintenance associated with the Adelaide Park Lands upgrade connecting the central business district and the riverbank with Bowden and the parklands.

Oter projects include:

  • Allocation of $800,000 for tree planting and street greening projects in the city’s south west and north west areas;
  • Funding of $370,000 to develop Master Plans for Melbourne, O’Connell and Hutt Streets, as well as $800,000 for safety improvements to Whitmore Square;
  • Continuation of the renewal of Jeffcott Street in North Adelaide and completion of the Gawler Place Development;
  • Investment of $5.8 million in grants, sponsorships, incentives and support to our strategic partners;
  • Progressing the next stage of the redevelopments of Eighty Eight O’Connell Street and the Central Market Arcade;
  • Allocation of $1.9 million towards business growth and innovation opportunities, including $213,000 in support of Renew Adelaide, $267,000 for Study Adelaide, $266,000 for entrepreneur support initiatives and $373,000 to the Adelaide Convention Bureau;
  • Providing sponsorship/grant funding to assist artistic, cultural and community organisations, including $1.9 million for festival and event sponsorship, $1.0 million for Splash Adelaide city activations, and $120,000 to support live music;
  • Furthering our reputation as a connected and smart city with the continued rollout of Ten Gigabit Adelaide;
  • Delivering community celebrations, such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve that are open and inclusive and provide a safe and family friendly environment in the city;
  • Developing a new approach to business waste and recycling services as well as delivery of best-practice approach for waste reduction; and
  • Continued investment in incentive programs of strategic importance to the city such as $1.6 million for climate change initiatives and $1.3 million for heritage preservation grants.

The plan also holds rates steady and removes outdoor dining fees – moves the Council says were adopted in recognition of cost of living pressures and the need to support the city’s hospitality industry.

City of Adelaide Acting Lord Mayor Houssam Abiad encouraged community members to have their say.

“Following five months of discussion and collaboration, I’m confident that we have crafted a balanced Integrated Business Plan which will support the city’s continued economic and cultural growth,” Abiad said.

“I encourage anyone interested to have their say about how we are supporting our capital city’s growth through initiatives that promote increased private investment, attract more visitors, help to grow our residential population and create new jobs.”