2019/20 Budget

Council adopted the 2019/20 council budget at a special meeting on 20 June 2019

2019/20 Budget

Council adopted the $848 million 2019/20 council budget at a special meeting on 20 June 2019.

The budget was developed in conjunction with:

Budget snapshot

  • A budget which includes a positive operating result of $29.6 million
  • A $848 million dollar budget which delivers services and opportunities to keep our region great
  • A $320 million dollar Capital Works Program
  • Environment Levy increases by $2 to $76
  • Transport Levy increases by $1 to $44
  • Heritage Levy increases by 50c to $13
  • $8.60 increase to waste management charges for a 240L wheelie bin
  • Overall the general rates and waste management charges combined results in a 2.97% increase
  • Pensioner discount continues
  • On-time payment continues

This is a budget that:

  • Focuses on delivering for our communities now and into the future
  • Invests in our greatest assets, our people, our environment and natural assets, and our economy.

2019/20 Budget News

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Budget slide presentation[5779KB]

Budget news

There's something for you in the 2019/20 budget

Capital works highlights by division

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Environment, Transport and Heritage Levies

The Heritage, Transport and Environment levy contributions made by all ratepayers enables us to build on our investment in our environment, plan for our region's future transport needs and preserve and celebrate our cultural heritage.

Heritage Levy

The Heritage Levy will increase by 50 cents to $13, and will continue to:

  • support research into regional stories, and explore options for our community to better interact with our heritage through digital solutions
  • conserve the region's heritage assets, including State Heritage-listed Bankfoot House and its collection
  • support the region's community museums and historical societies through grants, professional development, workshops, community programs, collaborative marketing and events
  • support cultural heritage projects in collaboration with Kabi Kabi, Jinabara and Descendants of Australian South Sea Islander peoples.

Transport Levy

The Transport Levy will increase by $1 to $44, to support:

  • the detailed business case for the Light Rail project and other strategic transport planning outcomes
  • the continuation of local transport services for our community such as Council Link, the Flexilink trials and the Kenilworth Community Transport Service
  • the continuation of bus stop upgrades to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act requirements
  • travel behaviour change programs.

Environment Levy

The Environment Levy will increase by $2 to $76, and will continue to:

  • support the implementation of the Environment and Liveability Strategy
  • protect and enhance our valued natural environment, including our native plants and animals, waterways and wetlands and coastal environments
  • support the purchase and management of conservation lands, catchment and coastal rehabilitation projects, and partner with private landholders and environment and community groups.

Not-for-profit organisations

  • Charities and not-for-profit organisations will receive a 50 percent fee reduction when lodging a development application
  • $3.4 million in community grants to support projects, events and activities of not-for-profit groups.

Pay your rates on-time

Take advantage of your on-time rate payment discount.

Pensioner rate concession

Eligible pensioners continue to receive a rate concession.

Set and forget your rates payment

Did you know that you can set up a direct debit to have your rates paid in full on the due date? That way, you can set and forget your payment and guarantee receiving your on-time payment discount.

You can also receive your rates notice by email. You'll be helping the environment and if you are travelling or have moved house, you will know when your rates are due.

Check out MyCouncil

You can register your pets, enter and track a service request, view and pay council accounts quickly and view your rates notice on MyCouncil - a secure online gateway to council's services.

2019/20 Budget Schedules

You can access separate sections of council's 2019/20 Budget from the listing below or within the 2019/20 Budget Book (PDF, 6.63MB)

The 2019/20 Budget Schedules were presented as attachments to the budget adoption report. The schedules include:


The following policies have been adopted as part of the 2019-20 Budget:

Along with the Revenue Statement 2019/20

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