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Annual Business Plan 2021 - 2022

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The Annual Business Plan outlines the services Council will provide to the community and how it will pay for these services. The Plan also provides a summary of how your rates will be levied for 2021-2022.

Council aims to deliver a well-managed and sustainable City environment to residents and ratepayers, for current and future generations.

At the Council Meeting on 29 June 2021, Council endorsed and adopted the Annual Business Plan 2021-2022, inclusive of the budget, long term financialplan and rating strategy with minor amendments. See the Council Minutes - 29 06 2021 under Key Documents for details.

What's It All About?

The Annual Business Plan is a key element of the Council’s overall planning framework. It describes how the Council will put into operation the strategic vision of the Council and our day-to-day work to ensure the City is well run and the community receives quality services.

The focus of the $32.3 million draft Plan is upon the provision of a range of projects to maintain and improve our City infrastructure while carefully managing Council’s financial sustainability.

The draft Plan is funded by Council’s equal lowest rate increase in 20+ years. The average rates increase is projected to be an increase of 1.9%, on average $37more than the current year.

Highlights of the Budget

Whilst the focus will be to continue to implement Council’s annual asset renewal program (roads, footpaths, kerb and gutters, stormwater), the 2021-2022 Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget includes the following major investments:

Economic Stimulus Projects:--In response to the COVID19 global pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn, both the State and Federal Governments have a number of stimulus grant programmes available. Council has made application to some of these programmes for 4 separate projects. At the same time, Council has made provision within the Draft Annual Business Plan 2021-2022 to contribute $4.5M of matched funding towards a combination of these projects (not all projects are expected to be successful). The projects with applications being made are as follow, projects will only proceed if the associated grant application is successful:

Open Space Upgrades:--Irish Harp Reserve - Council has allocated $325k in the draft Budget for the upgrade of Irish Harp Reserve. This upgrade will provide a usable and functional reserve to the local community with safety upgrades achieved with improved lighting, irrigation and access.

Series of Events:--Following a successful events season in 2020-2021, the ‘Series of Events’ is planned to be back for 2021-2022, continuing to provide flexible events in a COVID safe manner. Successful Community Events in 2020-2021 included Prospect Art Walk, Teddy Bear Picnic, Festive Streets, Outdoor Cinemas and 4 weeks of Prospect Fringe. In 2021-2022 we will see many of the favourites return.

Capital Works Program:--In addition to the $4.5M of Stimulus projects outlined above, approximately $5.9M of Capital Expenditure has been included in the draft Annual Business Plan 2021-2022.

Have Your Say!

Members of the community were invited to have their say on the Draft Annual Business Plan 2021-2022 during our public consultation from 17 May to 7 June 2021.

Results were presented to Council for consideration at the June 2021 Council Meeting.

  • Council Workshop

    Tuesday 15 June

    Council Workshop to discuss the results of the Community Consultation.

  • Council Decision

    Tuesday 29 June

    Final Council decision.

  • Council Endorsement

    Tuesday 11 May - Special Council Meeting

    Council endorse the draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2021-2022 and the Draft Rating Strategy ready for Community Consultation.

  • Community Consultation Commences

    Monday 17 May

    We are currently seeking feedback from our community on our draft Annual Business Plan 2021-2022.

  • Interactive online Webinar

    Thursday 3 June

    Opportunity for residents to ask questions of key Council staff.

    Check out What's On - right of this page to find more details. 

    Registration is essential to receive the ZOOM weblink and join the webinar.

  • Drop-In Session

    Monday 7 June

    Opportunity to talk to key council staff and discuss the draft Annual Business Plan.

    No need to book, just drop in.

  • Community Consultation Closes

    Monday 7 June - 11:59pm

    Closing date for public consultation submissions.