The public consultation period runs from Thursday 19 May 2022 to 9am Friday 10 June 2022
Each year Council prepares a draft annual business plan and budget detailing the proposed new projects, initiatives and services for the upcoming financial year, how we will fund the plan and current year highlights.
The Draft Plan is strongly tied to Council's 10 year Strategic Directions Plan and is also underpinned by other plans and strategies adopted by Council.
Some key priority projects proposed under the Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2022/2023 include:
- $3.6M to continue with Year 2 of the three-year Foreshore Redevelopment ($7.2M over 3 years);
- $2.35M for the redevelopment and upgrade of Council’s Depot;
- $800,000 Annual Road Reseal Program;
- $763,000 plant and equipment purchases and replacements including three fleet vehicles, six operations utilities, replacement construction truck and new skidsteer loader;
- $400,000 to refurbish the former ‘Manse’ building at the corner of Hallett Place and Adelaide Place for the Uni Hub Spencer Gulf to be launched;
- $450,000 to upgrade existing and build new footpaths;
- $510,000 to implement projects under Council’s Stormwater Management Plan;
- $250,000 towards additional stormwater projects outside of the Stormwater Management Plan;
- $250,000 to improvements at Nelson Square;
- $150,000 towards a local Dog Park;
- $450,000 for the replacement of Gas Flare at the Resource Recovery Centre;
- $100,000 to action safety improvements to Playgrounds.
Council has budgeted $2.35M for the redevelopment and upgrade of Council’s Depot including addressing non-compliance safety issues, replacing shedding and washdown bays, new and compliant infrastructure, creating new office space and a range of other improvements. The project was initially planned to be staged over 2 years, but the budget allocation has been brought into one year to allow for the flexibility that the project may be accomplished within 12 months. The budget has been based on an internal high-level due diligence review incorporating the above components. This means that both detailed planning will commence early in the new financial year, with a view to construction being well underway, if not completed before the end of the financial year.
As well as leveraging external funding opportunities, to fund this plan, Council proposes increases in revenue from rates and service charges as follows:
- Total general rate revenue increase of 4.4%;
- $10 increase in the Fixed Charge component of the general rate, which is included in the total rates revenue increase of 4.4%;
- Unit charges for Waste and Recycling will increase by 4.5% per service; and
- Regional Landscape Levy (previously NRM Levy) increases on average of 2.6%, as advised by the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board.
The 4.4% increase in general rate revenue equates to approximately a $14 increase per quarter for a home with a site land value of $160,000.
To view the Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget for 2022/2023 refer to the Key Documents section on the right.
The Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2022/2023 includes the Draft Long Term Financial Plan 2023-2032 - Financial Summary.
Hard copies of the Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget for 2022/2023 and Long Term Financial Plan 2023/2032 - Financial Summary were made available at the Council Administration Office and Port Lincoln Library from Monday 19 May 2022 to 9am June 10, 2022.