Maitland councillors are basking in the gloryof their extendedterm in office with some glowing achievements documented in council’s end of term report including more than $100million in capital works and the approval of 3500 development applications.

The report was presented to a recent meeting and outlined the many highlights during the incumbent council’s almost five-year reign.

Impressive city’s gains were made despite councillors thrown into limbo with the State’sthreat of council amalgamations.

Impressive achievements were made in events, infrastructure, community programs, population growth, capital works, affordable housing, tourism and environmental projects.

The End of Term Report is formally presented to the outgoing council and is a precursor for the review of the plan Maitland +10 by the incoming council.

The report touched on the number of people moving to the city,and said theconvenience of the city’s location coupled with a wide range of housing choices, from heritage to modern designs in new and growing suburbs were part of the appeal.

The city’s population (77,305) is growing at about two per cent each year.

A total of 600 people chose to become Australian citizens through ceremonies in Maitland Park.

“Our built heritage is what attracts many newcomers to the city.

“The blend of old and new is much valued by the people who call Maitland home,” the report said.

A series of successful flagship events saw more than 300,000 people visit the city.

This was reflected in the growth in visitor numbers to Maitland Regional Art Gallery which totalled more than 880,000 since it reopened in 2009.

In terms of economic growth tourism brought more than $25million to the local economy in one year alone, the report said.

The number of businesses in the area experienced a nine per cent increase between 2014 and 2016 taking the total number of businesses to 5145.

Council delivered more than $100million in capital works during the current term. It alsoapproved about3500 development applications andabout $1billion indevelopments.

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