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Investing in Maitland: How the numbers are stacking up


Less than 24 months after it launched its 10-year strategic plan, Maitland City Council is counting the numbers in its development progress. 

The local government area (LGA) that sits as one of the fastest-growing regional cities in Australia will soon add an additional $212 million in planned development to its portfolio. 


In fact, over 550 development applications with a median processing time of 29 days were lodged between July and December 2023, according to the latest biannual On The Move report. 

Capital Works

The report also shows Maitland City Council is on track to achieve 91% of the actions outlined in the 2023/24 Operational Plan, including 171 Capital Works projects with a year-to-date capital spend of $25.4 million.  


Following its launch in June 2023, Maitland’s new kerbside bulky waste service has processed more than 468 tonnes of waste, with an anticipated resource recovery rate of 80%. 

Maitland was among the top 10 most popular destinations for regional-to-regional movers in 2023.

Maitland City Council general manager Jeff Smith said the figures showed council was on track to deliver its promises. 

“[Council is] demonstrating our commitment to delivering on both the objectives of our annual Delivery Program and the vision set out in the Maitland+10 Community Strategic Plan,” he explained. 

“Our list of recent wins and achievements extends across the city, with investments in community infrastructure, facilities and services.  

“We acknowledge that there is always room for improvement, however, we have made significant progress through our passion and commitment to making our city a great place to live, work and play.” 

Issue 25 of On The Move, which covers July to December 2023, is now available to read at  

Hard copies of On The Move can be accessed at Maitland Administration Centre and Maitland Libraries. 

The Numbers (to February 2024):

93,616 Maitland population
144,550 population projection by 2041 


  • $212.7m planned investment from DAs 
  • 29 days median processing time for DAs 
  • 30 days median processing time for construction certificates 
  • 49% of projects with construction in progress 
  • 12% of projects completed 

Fun stats:

  • 226 immunisations provided 
  • 54,000 people attended events in Central Maitland 
  • 99 new citizens welcomed 
  • 179,661 library loans 
  • 1,675 attendees at events held at aquatic centres
  • 5,642 attendees at 205 events held at MRAG


  • 3 community planting days
  • 57t e-waste collected
  • 712 seedlings planted during community planting days
  • 12.56t lead acid batteries collected


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