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Tuesday 28 June 2022
The outcomes of engagement on our Delivery Program 2022-2026 and Operational Plan & Budget 2022/23 (part of the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework Review 2022) were reported to Council on Tuesday 28 June.
The report to Council noted the engagement outcomes, proposed revisions and recommended adoption of the full suite of documents. The report also highlighted proposed new fees for exhibition that had not appeared in the Fees and Charges 2022/23 booklet.
In its meeting, Council resolved to adopt all documents and exhibit the proposed new fees.
The Council Minutes (Item 9.3, page 20) are available here.
Final versions of the adopted documents are available on the following pages - Strategic Framework and Delivery Program 2022-2026 and Operational Plan & Budget 2022/23.
The delivery program sets out the work we will undertake over the next four years to address community priorities in our Community Strategic Plan (CSP). We are in the process of revising the CSP for the future. If you'd like to read more you can find the recently exhibited draft from the tile at the bottom of this page.
The first year of our delivery program is the operational plan, including the 2022/23 budget. The operational plan details expected income and expenditure for all planned services and infrastructure as well as ongoing maintenance and depreciation commitments.
The draft budget proposes a modest increase to rates of 2.4% which equates to an average increase of $37 per year for residents. An application to IPART for approval to increase rates by 2.4% has been made. Go to the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.
Our draft Fees and Charges 2022/23 detail our proposed charges for services in 2022/23. We have also revised our Pricing Policy which guides how we recover costs for services. Links to these documents are available below.
Check out our videos below, the hotspot map for what's happening in your area and the factsheets to learn more.
If you'd like to read the Delivery Program in full, you will find a PDF of the document at the button below.
We have created a map to make it easier for you to see what's planned in each area. Click on the coloured spots below to jump to the relevant section of the program.
See how we invest every dollar of our $443m budget.
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A summary of the draft program is detailed in the fact sheet.
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A summary of the draft program is detailed in the fact sheet
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See what's intended for investments in health and recreation.
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View the CAPEX map of our $85m capital works program in 2022/23.
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Timeline item 1 - complete
29 Apr - 29 May 2022: Drafts on exhibition
Timeline item 2 - complete
30 May - 10 Jun 2022: Review submissions
Timeline item 3 - complete
28 Jun 2022: Report to Council
Timeline item 4 - complete
1 Jul 2022: Outcome of Council meeting
The Delivery Program sets out the work that Council proposes to undertake over the next four years as part of the delivery of the community outcomes and goals of the Community Strategic Plan. The first year of the Delivery Program is the Operational Plan.
The Delivery Program is updated annually and includes:
Also included in the delivery program are financial forecasts for the future three years.
An overview of the 2022/23 budget is shown on page 11 of the Delivery Program, showing the Council’s income sources and how the funds will be spent.
The income is used to deliver services (operational budget) as well as manage and maintain our infrastructure assets (capital budget) such as roads, footpaths, buildings, parks, wharves, stormwater system etc. The capital budget funds both new works and maintenance works, which are planned in line with our Asset Management Strategy and Plans. Each of the 16 key services also sets out its income and expenditure for the next four years.
The Budget chapter provides more detail on the consolidated budget for 2022/23. It also projects our financial position for the next four years, and is planned to ensure financial sustainability.
The Fees and Charges document details how much Council will charge for a range of services in the financial year. These are usually services provided on a user-pays basis, which not all ratepayers will use e.g. hiring halls, childcare, theatre tickets. Fees and charges are set annually.
Fees generally rise by a modest percentage each year.
The projects listed in the draft Delivery Program have rolled forward from the 2021-25 Delivery Program with new projects having been established to address community priorities in the Community Strategic Plan. This is further shaped by more recent community feedback on a wide range of projects, strategies and actions plans that have been developed together with the community, business, non-profit organisations, grant bodies and Government.
All projects are set out under each service, and a map of local capital projects is provided.
Every submission received will be considered in the finalisation of the documents and the operational program. Council will remove personal and identifying information from each of the submissions before making the content public.
The final documents and engagement report will be presented to Council on Tuesday 28 June 2022 with the report being available on the agenda papers for the meeting.
The agenda will be available by Thursday 23 June 2022.
View details about Council meetings - https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/council/mee...
More information is available in the document library, where you can access all of the documents that are on exhibition.
You can learn more about local projects by finding a fact sheet with a list of the projects that are scheduled for your local area.
There are two webinar presentations available for you to view – one on the Delivery Program and Budget and one on the capital works program for 2022/23.
In addition, there are several opportunities for you to attend an information session, check the ‘save the date’ section of this project page.
The draft budget proposes a modest increase to rates of 2.4% which equates to an average increase of $37 per year for residents. This supports Council in meeting increases in costs due to inflation like higher prices for fuel and construction materials. This modest increase ensures Council maintains services at current levels and continues to invest in the renewal of community infrastructure assets.
Each year the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) set the maximum amount rates can be increased for all Councils in NSW. In December 2021 they announced the limit would be 0.7% for the 2022/23 financial year, however this was based on outdated inflation information. With inflation currently at 5.1%, the Minister for Local Government has established a process through the IPART for Council’s to apply for a higher increase that is consistent with the Council’s expected level of rating income (to a maximum of 2.5%). Council has resolved to apply to IPART for approval to increase rates by 2.4%.
IPART has published Council’s application on their website and is accepting submissions until 25 May. Submissions can be made here. IPART will notify Council of its decision on 21 June.
If IPART approves the application, Council will make a decision on the rate increase at its meeting on the 28 June. If you want Council to consider your views you will need to make a separate submission to Council on the rate rise.
Council will need to reduce the overall program in 2022/23 by $3 million. It is likely this will result in a reduction in our working capital ($0.25m) as well as funding for community infrastructure:
Council is focused on continuing to achieve efficiency savings and reinvesting those into our community. In the development of the 2022/23 draft budget, Council has achieved a reduction in operating costs of $1.8 million. This includes efficiencies from the introduction of new systems and processes and the optimisation of plant and fleet. We are continuing to work across the organisation to provide efficiency improvements and contain costs.
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