Coorong District Council is Putting Your Rates to Work

Published 30th April 2024
Media Release

Residents and ratepayers across the Coorong District Council are invited to view and provide feedback on how their rates will be put to work through the draft 2024/25 Annual Business Plan & Budget, the draft 2024/25 – 2033/34 Long Term Financial Plan and the Community Vision Plan mid-review.

The draft 2024/25 Annual Business Plan & Budget will guide Coorong District Council’s expenditure and project delivery for the next financial year.

Mayor Paul Simmons encourages all Coorong residents to read the draft Plans and provide written feedback by close of business on Thursday, 23 May 2024.

“The next 12 months will continue to see Coorong District Council deliver core services whilst ensuring we sufficiently fund our replacement of assets,” says Mayor Simmons.

“We have conducted a thorough review of current services and expenditure, and I am pleased to tell the community we have found considerable savings.

“However, we are currently in a budget repair phase given low to nil rate rises during COVID-19, coupled with significant inflation over the past two years and revised depreciation figures to account for renewal of Council’s assets.”

In 2024/25 Coorong District Council will maintain a strong focus on core activities, including its 42km unsealed road re-sheeting program. New activities will include:

  • Delivering ‘Changing Places’ accessible community toilets in Coonalpyn
  • Works associated with the Narrung jetty, Tintinara Customer Service Centre and upgraded toilets at the Tintinara War Memorial Hall
  • Progression of moving to drinkable water at Wellington East
  • Pre-development activity associated with Tailem Bend Tenth Street surplus land affordable housing project
  • Continued renewal of Carcuma Road (further 3.9km to be sealed)

An average rate increase of 8.52% has been proposed for 2024/25 to ensure Council achieves a position in which services and assets can be maintained whilst setting consistently lower rate increases and balanced budget positions in following years.

This is supported by a 15% rate cap upon request, and availability of a comprehensive rates hardship package for residents.

To support the draft 2024/25 Annual Business Plan & Budget, a review of the 2024/25 – 2033/34 Long-Term Financial Plan and the Community Vision Plan 2021 – 2025 has also been undertaken.

The concurrent review of these three documents aims to align community aspirations to current and future services, programs and project delivery within a sustainable financial model.

Public consultation on the draft Plans, reviewed Community Vision Plan and draft 2024/25 Schedule of Fees & Charges opens on Thursday, 2 May 2024 and will close at 5:00pm on Thursday, 23 May 2024.

The draft documents will be available to view on Coorong District Council’s website or by visiting any Coorong District Council office.

Residents are encouraged to attend an upcoming Community Information Session to find out more about the draft Plans first-hand.

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Contact:

Bridget Mather
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER | COORONG DISTRICT COUNCIL
Phone: 1300 785 277 | E: bmather@coorong.sa.gov.au

Community Information Sessions:

Residents are invited to attend a public meeting to learn more about the draft 2024/25 Annual Business Plan, draft 2024/25 – 2033/34 Long Term Financial Plan, Community Vision Plan mid-review and draft 2024/25 Schedule of Fees & Charges:

  • Meningie Bowling Club, 6:30pm, Wednesday 8 May 2024
  • Tintinara Council Office, 6:30pm, Wednesday 15 May 2024
  • Coorong Civic Centre, Tailem Bend, 6:30pm, Wednesday 22 May 2024