Published 29 April 2019

The draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2019-2020 supports our long-term strategic direction and sets out the proposed projects, services and programs for the financial year and how we intend to fund them.

This plan, along with the draft Information Technology Asset Management Plan will be made available to the community on Monday 29 April 2019 for feedback.

This year, we propose a 2.7% general rate increase, of which 0.8% of this increase is attributable to the cost pressures associated with China banning the import of certain kinds of recyclable material.

For a residential property a property valued at $450,000, this would mean paying an extra 90 cents per week or $47 per year.

A total of $81,644 million will be collected from rates, which will be supplemented with $15.135 million in funding from other sources, such as fees and charges, state and federal grants, and loan borrowings. These alternative funding sources allow us to minimise rate increases while still funding services and new initiatives that benefit our City and our community.

In 2019-2020, we will invest $24.130 million in asset renewal and the construction of new assets, with a further $74.302 million being spent on maintaining our existing assets and public amenity, delivering council services, programs, events and activities that support, inspire and connect our residents.

Key capital works include:

  • $4.5 million on roads
  • $1.5 million on footpaths
  • $3.6 million on a new multi-use community facility at Richardson Reserve
  • $975,000 on city beautification works
  • $720,000 on playground upgrades

Council encourages the community to provide feedback on our draft budget and business plan documents.

Visit ‘Have Your Say’ and complete the feedback form by 5pm Wednesday 24 May 2019.

You can also share your feedback and ask questions at the 14 May Council meeting from 7.30-8.30pm at the Civic Centre, 571 Montague Road, Modbury.

Following community consultation, Council will determine whether the direction and focus of the plan is appropriate and to what extent the proposed initiatives and services outlined in the draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2019-2020 will be funded.