Central Goldfields Shire Council resolved to place the draft refresh of the 2017-2021 Council Plan on public exhibition at an Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday 27 June, 2018.
The Council Plan is developed every four years and under the Local Government Act it must be reviewed annually. It sets out the strategic direction for Council and guides our work by setting our priorities and actions towards achieving our vision and transparently outlines how it will be achieved.
The Council Plan 2017-2021 was informed by the Central Goldfields Shire community and stakeholders as part of a community consultation process. Additional community consultation was carried out in April 2018 as part of the Have your Say campaign.
More than 500 residents provided feedback via listening posts, postcards and an online survey.
Central Goldfields Shire Council Chief Administrator Noel Harvey thanked the community for taking the time to provide us with input as part of the recent Have Your Say campaign.
“Your feedback has provided us with valuable input that has helped us inform the refresh of the Plan to ensure it is community driven and relevant for the life of the Plan.
“The refresh of the Council Plan is what we will be working from until 2021 so I encourage you to take the time to read through it so we can make sure our decision making and planning is heading in the right direction for the next three years.”
The draft refresh of the Council Plan 2017-2021 is on display for a period of 28 days until Thursday 26 July and community members are encouraged to provide feedback.
Hard copies: Available at the Shire Office, 48 Nolan Street, Maryborough during normal business hours
Written submissions must be made by close of business on Thursday 26 July and should be addressed to the Submissions, Central Goldfields Shire Council, PO BOX 194, Maryborough, 3465 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you make a submission and wish to speak to it you must specify that you wish to do so as part of our submission. A submission hearing will be held on Tuesday 31 July at 5.30pm at the Community Hub with the public encouraged to attend.
Central Goldfields Shire Council adopted the 2018-2019 Budget at an Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday 26 June, 2018.
It follows a 28 day public exhibition period with six submissions received.
The submissions requested clarification on areas including funding for footpaths, recreational reserve fees and charges, flood mitigation works and waste charges. No changes were required to be made to the Budget as a results of the submissions.
The Budget includes the following highlights:
It also includes a rate increase of 2.25%, in line with the State Government’s Fair Go Rates System.
Increases in waste charges are higher than CPI in this year's Budget due to changes in global recycling markets. This has added a significant cost to recycling resulting in increases to the Waste Management Fee of $10 and to the Recycling Charge of $35.
There will be a new fee of $11 for Central Goldfields Shire residents wishing to access or renew their disability parking permit from July 1, 2018. This small fee covers the costs associated with processing these permits. Most permits are valid for three years, depending on a doctor’s assessment.
The 2018/19 year is a revaluation year, and there have been significant changes to property values in the farming sector in this year's revaluation. This will result in a redistribution of the rate burden from residential rate payers to farm owners.
Council receives no additional revenue as a result of a revaluation, it is simply a mechanism that redistributes rates between all properties. Some rate payers may experience a decrease in their general rates as a result of the revaluation.
Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said he was pleased with the Budget.
“It includes a wide range of projects from road maintenance to Maryborough Skate Park design works – all of which will improve the liveability of Central Goldfields Shire.
“Thank you to those who provided us with feedback during the public exhibition period, we have considered all submissions carefully and we appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your input.
“We look forward to implementing the projects and services included in the budget over the next 12 months.”