Draft Annual Business Plan 17/18

Consultation has concluded

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 modeling tools to examine the potential impact of its decisions over the long term. The modeling 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.

In 2017/18 Council has continued with a strategy that will maintain the operating surplus position it has achieved in ensuring Council continues to be financially sustainable whilst delivering the range of services and infrastructure for affordable rates.

The high level framework for development of the annual budget 2017/18 proposes a 2.7% rates increase plus new property growth of 1.2%. It will deliver:

  • Core services such as maintenance of parks, reserves, roads and community buildings, waste collection and recycling services, development planning and compliance, and provision of five library services throughout the City at a total operating cost (excluding depreciation) of $88.73m.
  • Additional annual operating initiatives of $2.1m including economic development and initiatives to support to business, school holiday sports program, illegal dumping strategy and greening the City projects.
  • A capital works program investing $82m (net council’s contribution of $52.8m with additional expenditure funded by grants) for road and expanded footpath program, traffic management initiatives, playgrounds, flood mitigation stormwater works on Port Road, and upgrade of the St Clair Recreation centre and waste and recycling centre.

View the Draft Annual Business Plan Projects Infographic here.

We are consulting on a range of projects and your feedback will help us to decide the priorities in the final budget. This year, we have developed a wide range of ways you can have a say.

You can:

Submissions by post are also welcomed. Please direct mail to:

  • Valli Morphett, Coordinator Place Management, City of Charles Sturt, PO Box 1, Woodville, 5011.

Consultation closes 5pm on 11 May 2017.

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 modeling tools to examine the potential impact of its decisions over the long term. The modeling 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.

In 2017/18 Council has continued with a strategy that will maintain the operating surplus position it has achieved in ensuring Council continues to be financially sustainable whilst delivering the range of services and infrastructure for affordable rates.

The high level framework for development of the annual budget 2017/18 proposes a 2.7% rates increase plus new property growth of 1.2%. It will deliver:

  • Core services such as maintenance of parks, reserves, roads and community buildings, waste collection and recycling services, development planning and compliance, and provision of five library services throughout the City at a total operating cost (excluding depreciation) of $88.73m.
  • Additional annual operating initiatives of $2.1m including economic development and initiatives to support to business, school holiday sports program, illegal dumping strategy and greening the City projects.
  • A capital works program investing $82m (net council’s contribution of $52.8m with additional expenditure funded by grants) for road and expanded footpath program, traffic management initiatives, playgrounds, flood mitigation stormwater works on Port Road, and upgrade of the St Clair Recreation centre and waste and recycling centre.

View the Draft Annual Business Plan Projects Infographic here.

We are consulting on a range of projects and your feedback will help us to decide the priorities in the final budget. This year, we have developed a wide range of ways you can have a say.

You can:

Submissions by post are also welcomed. Please direct mail to:

  • Valli Morphett, Coordinator Place Management, City of Charles Sturt, PO Box 1, Woodville, 5011.

Consultation closes 5pm on 11 May 2017.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • PB3373 Outdoor Dining and Business Improvement - can you please clarify if the is just for the Hindmarsh traders, or is Council-wide? Cheers

    SarahD asked about 2 years ago

    This is Council wide Sarah.

    Cheers - Valli


    Thank you and kind regards

    Valli Morphett

    Coordinator Place Management

    Urban Projects

    72 Woodville Rd, Woodville

    T: (08) 8408 1364 M: 0417 743 293 F: (08) 8408 1122

    www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au

    www.yoursaycharlessturt.com.au


  • What is the status of this project from the final 2016-2017 Annual Business Plan? "Seaview Road and Lexington Road - Henley Beach South Bid ID PBB-00000026 New pedestrian ramps and median island with refuge, enabling pedestrians to cross Seaview Road at Lexington Road, and better delineating vehicle traffic.

    Jim Moore asked about 2 years ago

    Good afternoon Jim,

    We are currently finalising the design and construction is expected to be complete this financial year.

    Thanks and Regards

    Sue Hutchings

    Manager

    Engineering Strategy & Assets

    72 Woodville Road, Woodville

    T: (08) 8408 1281 F: (08) 8408 1112
    www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au


  • What is the point of making a Submission via the Submission form? What does Council expect to receive as "Submissions"? New projects and programs? To be honest, the responses I've received so far to two of my Submissions indicate to me that any new budget items have almost no chance of making it into the final budget.

    Jim Moore asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Jim,

    ‘Submissions’ are an open feedback opportunity/tool for community members. They could take the form of providing feedback on a specific project or program contained in the Draft Budget. Alternately they could contain a new project idea or highlight a community issue. Its all up to the individual respondent.

    All submissions will be included within the consultation feedback report, which summarises community feedback received. This will be considered by Council members prior to finalising and endorsing the Draft Annual Business Plan & Budget.

    Regards - Valli

    Thank you and kind regards

    Valli Morphett

    Coordinator Place Management

    Urban Projects

    72 Woodville Rd, Woodville

    T: (08) 8408 1364 M: 0417 743 293 F: (08) 8408 1122

    www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au

    www.yoursaycharlessturt.com.au


  • Can you please provide me with evidence that certain programs from the Annual Operating Projects list are meeting objectives (as evidenced through formal evaluations). This will help determine whether the budget bids are worthwhile spends - PBB286 Doggy Daysx2 $20,000 - PBB297 Planet Ark trees $35000 - PB337 Light Up Your Christmas $20000 - PB427 Santa Sleigh Display $20000 - PB444 Western Business leaders mealsx4 $16000

    SarahD asked about 2 years ago

    Annual Operating Project Bids are developed by relevant staff as a result of various inputs such as community suggestions, asset management plans, Elected Members suggestions, master plans etc.

    All projects receive a benefit ranking based on criteria which focus on: alignment to our Community, Corporate plan, the number of people in the community who benefit, cost savings and project criticality. For Capital Works higher priority is given to renewal of existing assets (above new asset and upgrades).

    Council members are provided with a listing of all projects for review which includes: a summary of relevant information contained in the bids, the benefit ranking of the project and a corporate and project risk assessment in determining the projects that will be consulted on by the community.

    Council will review the community feedback and then determine the final list of projects for the ensuing year, having regard to the high-level parameters for rates, borrowing and community feedback etc

    In response to those projects you have highlighted, their benefit rating scores (25 max score) are listed below.  

    PBB286 Doggy Days x 2 $20,000 - benefit rating 17.5/25

    PBB297 Planet Ark trees $35,000 - benefit rating 16.25 /25

    PB337 Light Up Your Christmas $20,000 - benefit rating 8.75/25

    PB427 Santa Sleigh Display $20,000 - benefit rating 7.5/25

    PB444 Western Business leaders $16,000 - benefit rating 16.25/25

    If you refer to the Special Corporate Services meeting 21 March, item 3.14, you can see the detail of the project information presented to Council.

    Regards - Annette


    Annette Martin

    Manager Financial Services

    72 Woodville Road, Woodville 5011

    t (08) 8408 1153 f:(08) 8408 1122

    www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au


  • Would Council consider a Fund My Community-style community engagement for the 2018/2019 Draft Annual Business Plan? In FMC the State Goverment asks community members to decide which community projects should get funded for the year - you are given a budget of $1M to "spend" and must choose projects based on their plan, target group and outcomes. It's brilliant. See https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/fmc_rounds/fund-my-community-2017

    SarahD asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Sarah. 

    We are very aware of the ‘Fund My Community’ competitive grants program administered by Department of Premier and Cabinet. 

    We support a number of different grants here at Council, including Discretionary Ward Allowances, Westside Place Makers, Heritage Conservation grants and more. Grant applications are reviewed against criteria established for the specific grant stream, and considered by Council prior to funds being awarded. For more information on our grants go here: http://www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=50

    A crowdsourcing style of grant evaluation is something that may be considered by Charles Sturt in the future - with Council Member approval of course. On a side note, we have utilised interactive ‘Budget Allocator’ engagement tools a number of times in past Budget consultations here at Charles Sturt.

    Very happy to chat further with you more about your question if you wanted to give me a call.

    Regards - Valli


    Thank you and kind regards

    Valli Morphett

    Coordinator Place Management

    Urban Projects

    72 Woodville Rd, Woodville

    T: (08) 8408 1364 M: 0417 743 293 F: (08) 8408 1122

    www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au

    www.yoursaycharlessturt.com.au


  • The OPAL (Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle) program in Charles Sturt will no longer be State/Federal-Government funded from mid-2017. Is CCS committing funds - as the City of West Torrens has- to continue this most significant community program?

    SarahD asked about 2 years ago

    Good morning Sarah, and thanks for your question.

    The Charles Sturt OPAL program was planned to be delivered within a 5 year funding commitment. From the outset Council has established mechanisms to embed OPAL approaches in the ongoing work of various teams, including Community Development, Placemaking, Open Space and more, to ensure sustainability post-OPAL funding. A further focus on health and wellbeing is being delivered through Council’s Public Health Plan.

    Regards - Camilla


    Camilla Leaver

    OPAL Manager

    City of Charles Sturt

    Ph: 08 8408 1132  Mob: 0437 689 511


  • Has any money been included in the draft budget for lighting on the shared path through St Clair between the St Clair Railway Station and Actil Ave?

    Dave_Case asked about 2 years ago

    Good afternoon Dave. Sincere apologies for the delay in our reply! This project was included in this year's budget. Due to internal delays, it will be delivered later in the calendar year.

    Please get in touch if you have further queries.

    Thanks - Sue



    Thanks and Regards

    Sue Hutchings

    Manager

    Engineering Strategy & Assets

    72 Woodville Road, Woodville

    T: (08) 8408 1281 F: (08) 8408 1112
    www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au



  • Why is there still not an automatic response system in place for people who have made budget submissions? I brought this to your attention recently. Compare this lack of response and the uncertainty that goes with it to the Snap Send Solve app that (a) instantly acknowledges a submission and (b) ensures that the person making the submission has a copy of what they sent in. Do I have to raise this issue with the Mayor to get what should be a basic part of this process fixed? I know she is genuinely keen on engaging with residents and I suspect she would be disappointed to discover that Council's budget consultation process inhibits this.

    Jim Moore asked about 2 years ago

    Good morning Jim. Thank you for your comment. Some of the tools that we use to deliver our online consultation may configured in the manner you request, but not all unfortunately. We are happy to raise this with our platform providers however this is unlikely to be turned around with any speed.

    I am happy to talk further on this if you would like.

    Regards - Valli

    Thank you and kind regards

    Valli Morphett

    Coordinator Place Management

    Urban Projects

    72 Woodville Rd, Woodville

    T: (08) 8408 1364 M: 0417 743 293 F: (08) 8408 1122

    www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au

    www.yoursaycharlessturt.com.au


  • Is habitat development part of the criteria for choosing trees for the verges in residential areas? Is an arborist part of the process? Are the surrounding areas examined so that habitat for birds and insects is enhanced by the verge plantings rather than just planting a row of suckering trees that do not provide habitat, cause suckering problems in adjoining gardens and flower for just a few weeks a year?

    Jennifer asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Jennifer. Thanks for your question. Yes habitat for native fauna is taken into account as part of the selection process for street tree planting.

    In regards to the Whole Street Planting Program, selection is generally based on three tree species suitable for the locality and we endeavour to include both native and exotic tree species as part of the consultation process for the residents. Each resident located within the street proposed for replanting has the opportunity through a written survey or alternatively online to select the replacement species. Please note a tree information sheet providing a brief species description and pictures of the proposed species is provided as part of the consultation package. Final species selection is based on the majority view point of those residents who returned the completed survey by the nominated date.

    The other contributing factors tree species proposed for replanting have been selected on the basis of:

    • Plant characteristics which include a tree’s tolerance in paved surfaces, pest and disease resistance, life span, root growth characteristics and litter potential
    • Available growing space which includes street and verge width
    • Growing conditions (i.e. soil type, aspect, locality etc)
    • Minimising interference to underground and overhead services
    • Availability of the species
    • Neighbouring and surrounding landscape character

    The species selection for infill planting or an individual tree planting request is generally determined by the existing trees species in the street, if the existing species remain appropriate for the locality.

    Feel free to give me a call if you have more questions.

    Regards
     
    Chris Taras
    Technical Officer - Arboriculture

    72 Woodville Road, Woodville 5011
    T: (08) 8408 1539 F: (08) 8408 1122