Delivery Program/Operational Plan (draft) 2018/19 to 2021/22
- services and key actions planned for 2018/19 to 2021/22
- summary of major capital works planned for 2018/19 to 2022/23
- long term financial plan for 2018/19 to 2027/28
- rates, fees and charges proposed for 2018/19.
- CPI increases in waste collection, waste consumption and wastewater charges.
- Nil increase in water access charges.
- A change in the charging structure for water access charges for multi-tenancy properties, which will now be based on the number of occupancies, rather than meter size. This provides consistency with the wastewater and waste collection charging structures. Should this proposal not proceed, Council will review the (nil) increase to water access charges.
- The continuation of a pensioner / health care card holder concession, increased from 30% to 50%, for eligible season ticket holders for the Burns Point Ferry.
- The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal IPART approved a temporary special rate variation of 4.9% (including a rate peg of 1.5%) for 2017/18 only. Council submitted a further application to IPART in February 2018, for a special rate variation of 9.1% in 2018/19 and 5.9% in 2019/20. The application for 9.1% for 2018/19 represents a 3.4% increase above the standard rate peg limit of 2.3% plus retention of the 3.4% temporary rate variation that was approved for the 2017/18 year. The application for 5.9% for 2019/20 represents an increase of 3.4% above an assumed rate peg of 2.5% for that year.
- IPART are expected to make their decision and announcement on the special rate variation on 15 May 2018.
- The Delivery Program and Operational Plan exhibited are based on the special rate variation being approved, referred to as Scenario 1. The additional funding from the special rate variation is to be expended on increased asset renewal works and actions to improve the health of our waterway and these increases are intended to be permanent increases to our rate income. If the application is not approved, Scenario 2 outlines the model without the additional funding.
In addition to capital works for roads, footpaths and stormwater major community infrastructure projects planned for 2018/19 are:
- River Street Beautification – completion of the final stage Moon Street to Grant Street.
- Indoor Sports Centre - construction of a two courts as part of the Ballina High School redevelopment, to provide a four court complex.
- Airport Terminal – expansion for the departure lounge.
- Coastal Walk and Coastal Shared Path – finalise links between Ballina and Lennox Head.
- Skennars Head Sports Fields – expansion of sporting fields.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the following public meetings:
- Monday 21 May 2018, 7pm, Lennox Head Community Centre
- Tuesday 22 May 2018, 7pm, Wardell Memorial Hall.
Fees and Charges 2018/19 (draft) (1MB pdf)
Council charges and recovers approved fees for any service it provides other than a service provided on an annual basis for which it makes an annual charge under Section 501. In determining fees Council has taken into consideration the cost to Council of providing the service, the price suggested by any relevant industry body or in any schedule of charges published by the Office of Local Government, the importance of the service to the community, and any factors specified in legislation.
Workforce Plan 2018- 2022 (draft) (1.1MB pdf)
The CSP identifies the community’s main priorities and aspirations for the future to promote a positive lifestyle and improve the amenity for our residents and visitors. Council uses this document to guide and inform its decision making and planning for at least the next ten years.
The current CSP was adopted in November 2017 and is provided as a supporting reference to the documents currently on exhibition.