Draft Annual Business Plan - Have Your Say!

Introduction

We encourage residents, ratepayers and businesses to take a look at our draft Annual Business Plan 2020/21 and provide feedback by Friday 8 May 2020. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the impacts COVID-19 is having on our local community and economy and, together with your comments on the Draft Plan, we work to refine the Annual Business Plan for the year ahead.

Background

Each year we develop a Draft Annual Business Plan guided by our overall planning framework (Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP)) which sets strategic directions over the medium and long term and converts these into annual actions and outcomes.

COVID-19 and implications for this year's Draft Annual Business Plan

Since the adoption of our Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) and development of our Draft Annual Business Plan 2020-21, the ongoing COVID 19 crisis has been unfolding. We recognise that this pandemic will have both social and economic impacts for our community.

We have chosen to invite community comment on our Draft Annual Business Plan 2020/21 as it currently stands and over the consultation period we will undertake further review of our Draft Plan having regard to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

During April and May 2020, we will further review our Draft Plan in light of the current COVID-19 crisis and community consultation, particularly looking at:

  • Reducing the rates increase where practical, in contrast to the adopted LTFP.
  • Bringing forward or deferring projects based on relevance to community and economic recovery.
  • Community feedback received during the consultation period.

Consideration of rates will take account of the impacts of COVID-19 while at the same time ensuring we continue to deliver affordable services for our communities throughout this public health emergency and maximise opportunities to access state and federal stimulus funding to bring forward projects and help drive economic recovery.

Features of our Draft Annual Business Plan 2020/21

As it currently stands, our Draft Annual Business Plan 2020/21 (now out for community consultation) is based on a rates increase of 1.94% (plus new property growth of 1%), and delivers:

  • Current services levels maintained for core operations at a cost of $91.6m in providing access to libraries and community centres, planning and development, maintenance of our infrastructure like parks, footpaths and waste collection.
  • Total capital infrastructure program of $33m including Renewal of Existing Infrastructure as per Asset Management Plans and New Upgraded infrastructure including key projects.
  • Annual operating projects or service level increases of $2.3m including whole street planting programs, economic development and initiatives to support to business and greening the City projects.
Community Consultation

Our Draft Annual Business Plan 2020/21 is open for community comment from Wednesday 15 April until Friday 8 May 2020. A range of ways are available for our community to find out more and have a say:

  • View the Draft Annual Business Plan online.
  • Ask a Question online (refer to the "Ask a Question" section to the right).
  • Submit a Written Submission online (refer to the “Lodge a Written Submission” section below).
  • Submit a Written Submission by email addressed to Brenda Julian at bjulian@charlessturt.sa.gov.au and include the subject heading "Written Submission on Draft Annual Business Plan 2020/21".
  • Submit a Written Submission by post addressed to the CEO, City of Charles Sturt, PO Box 1, Woodville SA 5011, Attention Ms Brenda Julian and include the subject heading "Written Submission on Draft Annual Business Plan 2020/21"
  • Request a Deputation to Council for the Council Meeting to be held on Monday 27 April 2020 at 7.00pm. Your deputation will be conducted via a Zoom Webinar and you will be provided with a unique link to join on the night (refer to Deputation Request information on the CCS Website).

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Lodge a Written Submission

If you wish to lodge an online written submission in relation to the Draft Annual Business Plan 2020/21 please complete this form by 5pm Friday 8 May 2020.
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