Draft Annual Business Plan 18/19

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

Financial modelling tools are used to examine the potential long term impact of decisions made by Council. 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.

In 2018/19 the City of Charles Sturt has continued with a strategy that will maintain the operating surplus position it has achieved in ensuring we continue 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 2018/19 proposes a 1.8% rates increase plus assumes new property growth of 1.0%, for which it would 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 $88.373m.
  • Additional annual operating initiatives of $2.15m including economic development and initiatives to support business, school holiday sports programs, and greening the City projects.
  • A Capital works program investing $67.3m (net council’s contribution of $55.12m for road and footpath program, traffic management initiatives, playgrounds, continuation of flood mitigation stormwater works on Port Road, upgrade of the St Clair Recreation centre and West Beach Rockwall.

The Draft plan includes projects for consultation which we will review against the high level budget parameters in determining the final budget and rates increase.

Community feedback was sought on these projects to help Council decide the priorities in the final budget.

This year, we developed a wide range of ways for community members to have a say, these included:

  • Making a submission
  • Asking staff a question
  • Posing a question for our Information Session and Livestreaming event by 5pm on Monday 23 April 2018.
  • Attending our Information Session at the Civic Centre on Thursday 26 April from 7-8.30pm
  • Joining our Facebook Livestream at 8pm on Thursday 26 April 2018
  • Requesting to make a deputation to Council at the Council Meeting on Monday 23 April 2018

Submissions by post were also welcomed.

Consultation closed at 5.00pm on Wednesday 2 May 2018.

Council has now considered the feedback received from the community and reviewed all projects in light of the community feedback. Council administration is now preparing the final Annual Business Plan and Budget 18/19, and these documents are scheduled for consideration by Council at the Council Meeting on Monday 25 June 2018.

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

Financial modelling tools are used to examine the potential long term impact of decisions made by Council. 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.

In 2018/19 the City of Charles Sturt has continued with a strategy that will maintain the operating surplus position it has achieved in ensuring we continue 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 2018/19 proposes a 1.8% rates increase plus assumes new property growth of 1.0%, for which it would 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 $88.373m.
  • Additional annual operating initiatives of $2.15m including economic development and initiatives to support business, school holiday sports programs, and greening the City projects.
  • A Capital works program investing $67.3m (net council’s contribution of $55.12m for road and footpath program, traffic management initiatives, playgrounds, continuation of flood mitigation stormwater works on Port Road, upgrade of the St Clair Recreation centre and West Beach Rockwall.

The Draft plan includes projects for consultation which we will review against the high level budget parameters in determining the final budget and rates increase.

Community feedback was sought on these projects to help Council decide the priorities in the final budget.

This year, we developed a wide range of ways for community members to have a say, these included:

  • Making a submission
  • Asking staff a question
  • Posing a question for our Information Session and Livestreaming event by 5pm on Monday 23 April 2018.
  • Attending our Information Session at the Civic Centre on Thursday 26 April from 7-8.30pm
  • Joining our Facebook Livestream at 8pm on Thursday 26 April 2018
  • Requesting to make a deputation to Council at the Council Meeting on Monday 23 April 2018

Submissions by post were also welcomed.

Consultation closed at 5.00pm on Wednesday 2 May 2018.

Council has now considered the feedback received from the community and reviewed all projects in light of the community feedback. Council administration is now preparing the final Annual Business Plan and Budget 18/19, and these documents are scheduled for consideration by Council at the Council Meeting on Monday 25 June 2018.