Draft Annual Business Plan 16/17

Consultation has concluded


Share your views on the Draft 16/17 Budget!


The Draft Annual Business Plan has been developed within an overall planning framework which sets the strategic directions for the Council over the medium and long term and converts these into annual actions and outputs.



Council uses financial modelling tools to examine the potential impact of its decisions over the long term in determining what the community can afford for a level of rates, debt and services. The modelling provides a high level budget framework to guide us when preparing the budget detail and ensure we understand the impact of decisions made today on our future.


The Draft Annual Business Plan provides detailed information on the forecast 2016/17 budget.

The proposed rates increase is 4.9% (3.2% plus 1.7% for the Pathways to Prosperity footpath maintenance renewal project) plus new developments growth based on our forecast program for 2016/2017. This increase for the average residential ratepayer would be about $1.22 per week (0.17 cents per day) or $63.25 per year. The average residential ratepayer therefore would be investing approx. $3.71 per day to receive the infrastructure and services as laid down in the 2016/17 budget.

Project Map

View all of the projects proposed in the 2016/17 budget here in this interactive new map.

We are now seeking community feedback!



This year, we have developed a wide range of ways you can have a say. We recommend you review the Draft Annual Business Plan and then get involved by one of the following options:

Consultation closes 10 May 2016.



Share your views on the Draft 16/17 Budget!


The Draft Annual Business Plan has been developed within an overall planning framework which sets the strategic directions for the Council over the medium and long term and converts these into annual actions and outputs.



Council uses financial modelling tools to examine the potential impact of its decisions over the long term in determining what the community can afford for a level of rates, debt and services. The modelling provides a high level budget framework to guide us when preparing the budget detail and ensure we understand the impact of decisions made today on our future.


The Draft Annual Business Plan provides detailed information on the forecast 2016/17 budget.

The proposed rates increase is 4.9% (3.2% plus 1.7% for the Pathways to Prosperity footpath maintenance renewal project) plus new developments growth based on our forecast program for 2016/2017. This increase for the average residential ratepayer would be about $1.22 per week (0.17 cents per day) or $63.25 per year. The average residential ratepayer therefore would be investing approx. $3.71 per day to receive the infrastructure and services as laid down in the 2016/17 budget.

Project Map

View all of the projects proposed in the 2016/17 budget here in this interactive new map.

We are now seeking community feedback!



This year, we have developed a wide range of ways you can have a say. We recommend you review the Draft Annual Business Plan and then get involved by one of the following options:

Consultation closes 10 May 2016.


Consultation has concluded
  • View the Budget Webinar

    over 3 years ago



    The Budget Webinar was held on 21 April. This was the first time Council has used this technology for consultation purposes. Thank you to all who participated!



    The Budget Webinar was held on 21 April. This was the first time Council has used this technology for consultation purposes. Thank you to all who participated!

  • New Budget Webinar

    over 3 years ago
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    This year we are trying a whole new way for you to get involved with our Draft Annual Business Plan consultation!

    The online Budget Webinar is being held on 21 April, 6.30-7.30pm, to discuss the Draft Annual Business Plan 2016/17.

    This exciting new community engagement tool will allow community members to get involved with the consultation on the Draft Annual Business Plan from the comfort of their own home! The Budget Webinar will feature live streamed presentation by Mayor Angela Evans and other senior staff, interactive Q&A session and live chat on social media.

    What is a webinar?

    A webinar is an interactive web-based seminar that is broadcast live online. They typically feature a presentation, or information session, that is transmitted over the web using live video conferencing software. A key feature is the interactive elements that allow participants to play an active role in the webinar - the ability to give, receive and discuss information in real-time via live messaging stream, interactive polls, surveys and more.

    What do I need to participate in the Budget Webinar?

    You can participate in the Budget Webinar from any computer or mobile device that has internet access. Webcams not necessary. To hear the presentation computer audio must be turned on.

    Slow internet speeds will lead to fragmented visuals and software interruptions. We recommend you log in to the webinar on a device with reasonable internet bandwidth. We do not recommend viewing the Budget Webinar on mobile devices without wi-fi.

    How do I register to participate in the Budget Webinar?

    Its easy to sign up! Go here to register for the webinar.

    We recommend you view the Draft Annual Business Plan document prior to the Webinar.

    See you online!

    This year we are trying a whole new way for you to get involved with our Draft Annual Business Plan consultation!

    The online Budget Webinar is being held on 21 April, 6.30-7.30pm, to discuss the Draft Annual Business Plan 2016/17.

    This exciting new community engagement tool will allow community members to get involved with the consultation on the Draft Annual Business Plan from the comfort of their own home! The Budget Webinar will feature live streamed presentation by Mayor Angela Evans and other senior staff, interactive Q&A session and live chat on social media.

    What is a webinar?

    A webinar is an interactive web-based seminar that is broadcast live online. They typically feature a presentation, or information session, that is transmitted over the web using live video conferencing software. A key feature is the interactive elements that allow participants to play an active role in the webinar - the ability to give, receive and discuss information in real-time via live messaging stream, interactive polls, surveys and more.

    What do I need to participate in the Budget Webinar?

    You can participate in the Budget Webinar from any computer or mobile device that has internet access. Webcams not necessary. To hear the presentation computer audio must be turned on.

    Slow internet speeds will lead to fragmented visuals and software interruptions. We recommend you log in to the webinar on a device with reasonable internet bandwidth. We do not recommend viewing the Budget Webinar on mobile devices without wi-fi.

    How do I register to participate in the Budget Webinar?

    Its easy to sign up! Go here to register for the webinar.

    We recommend you view the Draft Annual Business Plan document prior to the Webinar.

    See you online!
  • How much rate increase is proposed?

    over 3 years ago
    Woodville

    We are still to receive final valuations from the Valuer-General. Based on modelling in previous years and general trends we expect a proposed rates increase equates to 4.9% (3.2% plus 1.7% for the Pathways to Prosperity footpath maintenance and renewal project) plus new developments growth based on our forecast program for 2016/2017.

    This increase for the average residential ratepayer would be about $1.22 per week (0.17 cents per day) or $63.25 per year and will fund high level parameters for the core service levels, projects and capital expenditure. The average residential ratepayer therefore would be investing approx. $3.71 per day to receive the infrastructure and services as laid down in the forecast 2016/17 budget

    As with previous year’s rating strategies it is proposed to continue to increase the minimum rate to ensure we remain within the legislated maximum of 35% of properties.

    Share your views on the proposed rate increase by making a submission today!

    We are still to receive final valuations from the Valuer-General. Based on modelling in previous years and general trends we expect a proposed rates increase equates to 4.9% (3.2% plus 1.7% for the Pathways to Prosperity footpath maintenance and renewal project) plus new developments growth based on our forecast program for 2016/2017.

    This increase for the average residential ratepayer would be about $1.22 per week (0.17 cents per day) or $63.25 per year and will fund high level parameters for the core service levels, projects and capital expenditure. The average residential ratepayer therefore would be investing approx. $3.71 per day to receive the infrastructure and services as laid down in the forecast 2016/17 budget

    As with previous year’s rating strategies it is proposed to continue to increase the minimum rate to ensure we remain within the legislated maximum of 35% of properties.

    Share your views on the proposed rate increase by making a submission today!

  • Strategic Context

    over 3 years ago
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    The Draft Annual Business Plan 2016/17 has been developed within an overall planning framework which sets the strategic directions for the Council over the medium and long term and converts these into annual actions and outputs.

    A 10 year Long Term Financial Plan summarises the financial impacts of Council’s strategic directions and provides an indication of the sustainability of these plans. By evaluating our financial strategies over a planning horizon of 10 years we can determine how decisions we make now and for the 2016/17 budget will impact on future budgets and ensure the impact of rates is spread equitably across generations of ratepayers so that planned service standards over the long term and infrastructure levels can be met without unplanned and disruptive increases in rates or cuts to services.

    The Community Plan 2013-2027 is the lead document in council’s strategic planning framework. Five theme areas developed through extensive community consultation reflect the community’s aspirations and set down the broad direction and emphasis that Council will pursue over the next 20 years. The Corporate Plan is the next step in the delivery of that plan and details the strategies and actions that will deliver, over the next 4 years, the first stage of the Community Plan.

    As required by the Local Govt. Act, the Community Plan had been developed in the broader context of the State Strategic Plan and the State Government’s key priorities.

    The Community plan and other relevant documents are all available from council’s website.

    The Draft Annual Business Plan 2016/17 has been developed within an overall planning framework which sets the strategic directions for the Council over the medium and long term and converts these into annual actions and outputs.

    A 10 year Long Term Financial Plan summarises the financial impacts of Council’s strategic directions and provides an indication of the sustainability of these plans. By evaluating our financial strategies over a planning horizon of 10 years we can determine how decisions we make now and for the 2016/17 budget will impact on future budgets and ensure the impact of rates is spread equitably across generations of ratepayers so that planned service standards over the long term and infrastructure levels can be met without unplanned and disruptive increases in rates or cuts to services.

    The Community Plan 2013-2027 is the lead document in council’s strategic planning framework. Five theme areas developed through extensive community consultation reflect the community’s aspirations and set down the broad direction and emphasis that Council will pursue over the next 20 years. The Corporate Plan is the next step in the delivery of that plan and details the strategies and actions that will deliver, over the next 4 years, the first stage of the Community Plan.

    As required by the Local Govt. Act, the Community Plan had been developed in the broader context of the State Strategic Plan and the State Government’s key priorities.

    The Community plan and other relevant documents are all available from council’s website.