Cessnock Council have put its draft operational plan and fees on public exhibit for comment

Mayor Bob Pynsent

Mayor Bob Pynsent

CESSNOCK residents will pay more to visit their local swimming pools and a higher domestic waste charge if council adopts its draft operational plan which includes proposed fees and charges.

This month, council put its draft operational plan on public exhibition - which includes a nearly $75 million budget for 2019-20.

A proposed $15.6 million budget for works includes $4 million to continue the Cessnock Civic Precinct Revitalisation program and $6 million for local roads construction.

Cessnock City mayor Bob Pynsent said council was seeking public feedback on the draft operations and budget plans.

"The annual operational plan provides us with a road map to achieve our objectives," he said.

"We have a strong focus on improving the services we provide and upgrading community infrastructure throughout the local government area."

"I encourage members of the community to take the time and look over the plan.

"It's going to be another busy year for council as we continue to work towards achieving the vision set out under the Community Strategic Plan."

The annual domestic waste charge is set to rise from $555 to $588 while pensioners will have to pay $3.60 for access to Cessnock and Branxton swimming pools.

The draft plan details services and projects for the new financial year and includes proposed infrastructure projects, budget, rating structure and fees and charges for the 2019/20 financial year.

Community members can comment on draft plan until June 5. It is on display at council's administration building, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri libraries and at cessnock.nsw.gov.au.