Special Rate Variation 2018/19 and 2019/20


Like many councils across NSW, Council faces the challenge of how to best maintain services and ageing infrastructure – the cost of which is rising faster than Council’s income.

Following the August Meeting, Ballina Shire Council resolved to proceed with community consultation on a special rate variation proposal (SRV) above the rate peg set by the NSW Government.

The proposed rate increase, if approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), will be for 2018/19 and 2019/20. The total proposed special rate variation is as follows:  

As the above table shows, Council is seeking a 9.3% increase for 2018/19 and a 5.9% increase for 2019/20 (including a rate peg of 2.5%), which will be a cumulative rate increase of 15.7%.
The income from the rate increase will allow Council to renew key infrastructure such as roads, stormwater, playgrounds, and community buildings in a timelier manner and to fund the healthy waterways program.

For more detailed information, please review the links below.

Financial and Operational Documents 

As part of the public consultation process, Council will also re-exhibit the Delivery Program/Operational Plan from September to October 2017.

Fit For The Future

The NSW Government established its Fit for the Future Program in 2014 where all Councils in NSW needed to identify how they would comply with a range of financial criteria to demonstrate that they were financially sustainable. In responding to this program, Ballina Shire Council submitted a proposal to increase the general rate income above the standard rate pegging limit for a three year period from 2017/18 to 2019/2020. The proposal was submitted to IPART and Ballina Shire Council was identified as Fit for the Future. Both submission and determination documents are available below :

We Want Your Feedback

Submissions close: Monday 30 October 2017.

If you would like to provide feedback on this proposal, you can do so in the following ways:

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Make A Written Submission

Send your submission to :
Ballina Shire Council
SRV Proposal
PO Box 450

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Attend A Public Meeting

Monday 9 October 2017
Location : Alstonville Leisure and Entertainment Centre
Time : 7pm

Tuesday 10 October 2017
Location : Lennox Head Community Centre
Time : 7pm

Wednesday 11 October 2017
Location : Ballina Shire Council Chambers
Time : 7pm

Thursday 12 October 2017
Location : Wardell Memorial Hall
Time : 7pm


Like To Know More ?

If you have further questions regarding this Special Rate Variation Proposal, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.


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