In accordance with Section 133(2) of the Local Government Act 1989 (the Act) notice is given that the Central Goldfields Shire Council Annual Report for 2017-2018 has been prepared and submitted to the Minister for Local Government.
The 2017-2018 Annual Report is available for inspection at Council’s Customer Service Centre, 48 Nolan Street, Maryborough and the online version is available to view here.
In accordance with Section 134(2) of the Act notice is given that the Annual Report will be considered at the October Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 at 6pm at the Community Hub, 48 Burns Street, Maryborough.
Central Goldfields Shire Council adopted the refresh of the 2017-2021 Council Plan at an Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday 28 August, 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 said it was great to see one of Council’s most important documents finalised.
“The refresh of the Council Plan was made possible thanks to the hundreds of residents who took the time to provide us with feedback as part of the Have Your Say campaign.
“Your feedback provided us with valuable input that helped us inform the updated Plan to ensure it is community driven and relevant.
“The Council Plan drives our decision making and planning for the next three years and we look forward to working closely with the community in its delivery.”
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.”