Published 08 July 2020

Tea Tree Gully Council has set a 0% increase in rate revenue this financial year excluding growth, while maintaining service levels and delivering an expansive capital works program.

The freeze in rate revenue excluding growth was endorsed at a meeting of Tea Tree Gully Council earlier this week, with approval of the Council’s 2020-2021 Annual Business Plan and budget.

 “A lot of work has gone into getting the right balance as we know many people in our community are facing difficult times. We’ve been cautious about expenditure, but also aware that we need to invest in infrastructure improvements to generate much-needed jobs and economic growth,” said Deputy Mayor Damian Wyld.

“Feedback from the community played an important role in putting together the budget. We’re appreciative that people took the time to share their views with us,” he said.

In total the Council has set aside about $30.2 million to improve or construct new assets.

Ongoing investment in the Modbury area as part of Council long-term plans, to revitalise the precinct and create jobs, has featured strongly in this year’s budget.

A new $1.7 million play space will be built at Modbury’s Edinburgh Reserve, generating up to 10 new jobs during construction. This will form the first stage of long-term plans to improve the 3.2 km corridor of Dry Creek, between Kelly and Milne roads.

A $1.2 million footpath project near the Modbury hospital and O-Bahn interchange, focused on improving accessibility for elderly people in the area, is also likely to generate up to 10 new jobs. Details on grant funding for these two projects.

Earlier this year, Elected Members chose to freeze all fees and charges set by Council for 12 months and amended its hardship policy to reduce financial pressure on residents.

These measures will be maintained with fines and interest waived on rate arrears and additional support for businesses impacted significantly by COVID-19.

 Budget snapshot

  • $17 million – parks and gardens and capital works beautification projects, maintenance, planning and planting, and city beautification capital works projects
    Including $744,000 for power line undergrounding on sections of Reservoir and Golden Grove Roads (Modbury)
  • $10.2 million – waste management services
  • Also covers bin and hard waste collections
  • $4.9 million – road improvements
    Including $400,000 for reconstruction of Elcombe Crescent (Modbury: North East Road to end)
  • $1.7 million – to upgrade current community buildings
    Including $540,000 for a kitchen, bar and change room for Hope Valley Sporting Club
  • $1.8 million – new footpaths, unsealed footpaths and bus shelter upgrades
    Including $98,000 for a new footpath at Wongabeena Drive (Surrey Downs: 10 Casuarina Avenue to 54 Wongabeena Drive)
  • $2.4 million – sporting, park and playground upgrades
    Including $260,000 for South Australia District Netball Association courts upgrade. Info on grant funding

How people had their say on the annual business plan and budget

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