More than $40 million in projects to be rolled out

Published on 06 July 2021

roadwork being carried out by Council work crew

More than $40 million in projects will be rolled out by the City of Tea Tree Gully in the next 12 months.

The projects will include stage 1 of a new $12 million community building and sporting clubroom at Harpers Field (Golden Grove), as well as a combined $7.6 million investment in improving roads and building new footpaths across the City of Tea Tree Gully.

The news follows the official endorsement of Tea Tree Gully Council’s 2021–2022 annual business plan and budget last week. 

Deputy Mayor Lucas Jones said the capital works program - one of the largest investment for many years by the Council -  was an intentional investment in enhancing the future wellbeing of our community.

“This is about strategic spending on key infrastructure that will create jobs and boost our local economy. It’s a win-win situation as we will also end up with better buildings, roads, footpaths and playgrounds to serve our community for many years to come,” Deputy Mayor Jones said. 

He said the Council was prepared to take on even more capital works if more grant funding becomes available from the state or federal governments. 

Other investments to benefit the community include:

• $6.4 million - City beautification work, such as tree screens and streetscape upgrades, including a $1.3 million city beautification project for Meadowvale Age-Friendly Precinct (Modbury) 

• $1.6 million - Facility and lighting upgrade for Modbury Sporting Club (Ridgehaven)  

• $3.6 million - Sporting, park and playground upgrades, including a $1.5 million new adventure playspace at Golden Fields Reserve (Golden Grove) 

• $2.3 million - Improving existing buildings, including a $452,000 upgrade of the Road and Cycle Safety Centre (Ridgehaven) so it can open to the public to use without bookings - $452,000

• $943,000 - Traffic management measures and signs, including a $275,000 deceleration lane at the Montague Road junction (Modbury). 

The budget will also cover several new large-scale community events, along with popular annual favourites, such as Civic Park Carols, Summer Garden Festival and Civic Park Movies – all subject to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Much of the remainder of our budget will fund key services for our community, such as waste collection, verge mowing, community centres and the library.  

Council resolved to increase rates by 2.7% - excluding any increases due to growth and changes in property valuations - to generate $86 million of the $101 million in operating income required this financial year.

The Council has faced many cost pressures over the past 12 months, after delivering a 0% increase in rate revenue, with significant increases due to waste costs and expenses relating to COVID-19. 

It has not been immune from the external cost pressures in 2021-22 having worked hard to deliver efficiencies across the business primarily in the area of employee costs without impacting services to the community.

A community value program has been established that aims to ensure there is alignment between those services delivered by Council and those expected by our community.

See our Annual Business Plan for more details.

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