The public consultation period was open from Thursday 18 May 2023 to 9am Friday 9 June 2023
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 2023/2024 include:
- $1.3M to complete the three-year Foreshore Redevelopment ($7.2M over 3 years);
- $4.17M for the redevelopment and upgrade of Council’s Depot;
- $850,000 Annual Road Reseal Program;
- $535,000 plant and equipment purchases and replacements including a new fleet vehicle, replacement of trucks and new skidsteer loader;
- $675,000 to upgrade the changerooms at Ravendale with funding of $325,000 from the Department of Sport & Recreation;
- $500,000 to replace the Swimming Enclosure, partially funded through Local Roads & Community Infrastructure Fund, Phase 4;
- $300,000 Carparking in the town centre, funding through Council's Carparking Reserve;
- $350,000 to replace irrigation systems on the Foreshore and Poole Oval;
- $450,000 for the replacement of Gas Flare at the Resource Recovery Centre (deferred from 22/23)
Council has budgeted $4.17M 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. Planning for this project commenced in 2022/2023, with a view for works to commence in 2023/2024.
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 9.5%
- $10 increase in the Fixed Charge component of the general rate, which is included in the total rates revenue increase of 9.5%
- Unit charges for Waste and Recycling will increase by 6.7% per service; and
- Regional Landscape Levy increases on average of 7.7%, as advised by the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board.
The 9.5% increase in general rate revenue equates to approximately a $33 increase per quarter for a home with a site land value of $160,000.
To view the Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget for 2023/2024 refer to the Key Documents section on the right.
The Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2023/2024 includes the Draft Long Term Financial Plan 2024-2033 - Financial Summary.
Hard copies of the Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget for 2023/2024 and Long Term Financial Plan 2024-2033 Financial Summary were made available at the Council Administration Office and Port Lincoln Library from Thursday 18 May 2023 to 9am Friday June 9, 2023.