Rates and Services Review

Consultation has concluded

In order to ensure Council’s financial sustainability over the past year we have involved our community in a Rates and Services Review, exploring options for changes in the range and level of services, and the means to fund these.  The Review is now substantially complete.  As a result of the Review we have lodged an application for a Special Rate Variation with the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

The Review was necessary because increases in population the City has experienced over the past five years has caused a rise in demand for Council services, which are becoming increasinglyContinue reading

In order to ensure Council’s financial sustainability over the past year we have involved our community in a Rates and Services Review, exploring options for changes in the range and level of services, and the means to fund these.  The Review is now substantially complete.  As a result of the Review we have lodged an application for a Special Rate Variation with the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

The Review was necessary because increases in population the City has experienced over the past five years has caused a rise in demand for Council services, which are becoming increasingly costly to provide.  In addition, we now have more up-to-date forecasts of the cost of improving our infrastructure, and these have identified a need to spend more on essential community assets like roads, footpaths, drains, parks and other facilities.

The Review comprised:

  1. a collaborative phase from June to November 2013, in which conversations were conducted about the challenges facing council and the ways in which they could be resolved with a Community Working Group, a representative sample of the Canterbury community.  Engagement of the broader community also took place to make these conversations as public as possible and to gather feedback.
  2. a consultative phase from mid-December 2013 to February 2014 to inform the Canterbury community of the strategy preferred by the Community Working Group, including the size and timing of a proposed Special Rate Variation, and also to gather feedback.

Extensive information on the process and outcomes of the review can be found here on this website.

Consultation has concluded
  • Invitation to community meeting

    over 2 years ago

    We are holding three community meetings to further discuss our strategy for a sound financial future for our City:

    Tuesday 29 April 2014 - 6.30 pm - City of Canterbury Administration Centre, 137 Beamish Street, Campsie

    Tuesday 6 May 2014 - 6.30 pm - Earlwood Senior Citizen's Centre, Corner Homer Street and Joy Avenue, Earlwood

    Wednesday 7 May 2014 - 6.30 pm - Riverwood Community Centre - 151 Belmore Road North, Riverwood.

    We are holding three community meetings to further discuss our strategy for a sound financial future for our City:

    Tuesday 29 April 2014 - 6.30 pm - City of Canterbury Administration Centre, 137 Beamish Street, Campsie

    Tuesday 6 May 2014 - 6.30 pm - Earlwood Senior Citizen's Centre, Corner Homer Street and Joy Avenue, Earlwood

    Wednesday 7 May 2014 - 6.30 pm - Riverwood Community Centre - 151 Belmore Road North, Riverwood.

  • Sound future for our City

    over 2 years ago

    Council has moved to protect the future of the City of Canterbury by lodging an application for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) with the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).  The application for a Special Rate Variation is part of our community's preferred strategy to continue to deliver existing services and improve and maintain infrastructure, developed over the past 12 months with extensive community involvement.

    The application is for an increase of 7.5% each year for three years including the rate cap, or 4.6% each year for three years above the rate cap.  After three years the average rate will be $145 more as a result of the SRV. 

    IPART will make a decision on the SRV application in the near future, and Council will consider IPART's decision in preparing the 2014-15 budget.

    Our application can be viewed on IPARTs website here.

    Council has moved to protect the future of the City of Canterbury by lodging an application for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) with the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).  The application for a Special Rate Variation is part of our community's preferred strategy to continue to deliver existing services and improve and maintain infrastructure, developed over the past 12 months with extensive community involvement.

    The application is for an increase of 7.5% each year for three years including the rate cap, or 4.6% each year for three years above the rate cap.  After three years the average rate will be $145 more as a result of the SRV. 

    IPART will make a decision on the SRV application in the near future, and Council will consider IPART's decision in preparing the 2014-15 budget.

    Our application can be viewed on IPARTs website here.

  • Council adopts amended integrated plans

    over 2 years ago

    At the Extraordinary Meeting on 13 February 2014, Council resolved to apply to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal for a Special Rate Variation.  Read the report and resolution here.

     In doing this they also adopted amended Integrated Plans including:

    Community Strategic Plan

    Council Delivery Program

    Long Term Financial Plan

    Asset Management Strategy

    At the Extraordinary Meeting on 13 February 2014, Council resolved to apply to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal for a Special Rate Variation.  Read the report and resolution here.

     In doing this they also adopted amended Integrated Plans including:

    Community Strategic Plan

    Council Delivery Program

    Long Term Financial Plan

    Asset Management Strategy

  • Council to decide on application to IPART

    over 2 years ago

    The exhibition period for the integrated plans and the proposed option has ended.  Council will consider a report on the proposed rate increase at an Extraordinary Meeting this Thursday 13 February 2014, following the City Services and City Development Committee meetings.  The report can be found at:

    The exhibition period for the integrated plans and the proposed option has ended.  Council will consider a report on the proposed rate increase at an Extraordinary Meeting this Thursday 13 February 2014, following the City Services and City Development Committee meetings.  The report can be found at:

  • Draft Integrated Planning documents now available

    over 2 years ago
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    Draft integrated planning documents are now available including the

    Community Strategic Plan

    Council Delivery Program

    Long Term Financial Plan

    Strategic Asset Management Plan

    Draft integrated planning documents are now available including the

    Community Strategic Plan

    Council Delivery Program

    Long Term Financial Plan

    Strategic Asset Management Plan

  • Community Working Group Stories now available

    over 2 years ago
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    Videos are now available where community members talk about the Rates and Services review and their experiences of being part of the Community Working Group.

    Videos are now available where community members talk about the Rates and Services review and their experiences of being part of the Community Working Group.

  • Information Sessions

    over 2 years ago
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    We are holding a series of information sessions on the Rates and Services Review:

    • 15 January 10am – 12pm  Punchbowl Community Centre
    • 16 January 10am – 12pm  Earlwood Senior Citizens Centre
    • 21 January 2pm – 4pm Ashbury Senior Citizens Centre
    • 22 January 10am – 12pm  Belmore Senior Citizens Centre
    • 22 January 2pm – 4pm  Canterbury City Community Centre
    • 29 January 10am – 12pm  Riverwood Senior Citizens Centre

    Everyone is welcome to attend.  For more information see the Key Dates.

    You can read the presentation for these sessions here.

    We are holding a series of information sessions on the Rates and Services Review:

    • 15 January 10am – 12pm  Punchbowl Community Centre
    • 16 January 10am – 12pm  Earlwood Senior Citizens Centre
    • 21 January 2pm – 4pm Ashbury Senior Citizens Centre
    • 22 January 10am – 12pm  Belmore Senior Citizens Centre
    • 22 January 2pm – 4pm  Canterbury City Community Centre
    • 29 January 10am – 12pm  Riverwood Senior Citizens Centre

    Everyone is welcome to attend.  For more information see the Key Dates.

    You can read the presentation for these sessions here.

  • Further consultation and next steps

    over 2 years ago
    Council is now conducting a range of activities to inform our community of the preferred option, the proposed rate increase, and to obtain further feedback.  This will include advertising, information sessions, letter box drops, information stalls in town centres.  Check the Key Dates for more information.  You can also read a Fact Sheet with an update on the review here.

    Council cannot just introduce higher rates – it must get the approval of the State Government to do so.  Council must apply to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to increase the rates.

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    Council is now conducting a range of activities to inform our community of the preferred option, the proposed rate increase, and to obtain further feedback.  This will include advertising, information sessions, letter box drops, information stalls in town centres.  Check the Key Dates for more information.  You can also read a Fact Sheet with an update on the review here.

    Council cannot just introduce higher rates – it must get the approval of the State Government to do so.  Council must apply to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to increase the rates.

    Council will make a final decision on the proposed rate increase, considering any feedback from the community over the next two months, at a meeting in early February 2014.  It must then submit an application to IPART by the 24 February 2014.

    If IPART approves a rate increase it will start on 1 July 2014.

  • Council adopts Community Working Group's preferred option

    over 2 years ago

    At the meeting on 28 November council adopted the Community Working Group's preferred option for further consultation with the community.  It also decided to advise the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal that it would be applying for a Special Rate Variation to commence in the 2014-15 year.  Read the report to council and the minute of their decision.

    At the meeting on 28 November council adopted the Community Working Group's preferred option for further consultation with the community.  It also decided to advise the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal that it would be applying for a Special Rate Variation to commence in the 2014-15 year.  Read the report to council and the minute of their decision.

  • Community Working Group presents preferred option to councillors

    almost 3 years ago
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    Members of the Community Working Group presented their preferred option to councillors at a briefing on 13 November 2013, and were able to answer questions.  Read the presentation, or the summary of the outputs from all the meetings of the Community Working Group.

    Council will consider the preferred option for further community engagement at the meeting on 28 November 2013.

    Members of the Community Working Group presented their preferred option to councillors at a briefing on 13 November 2013, and were able to answer questions.  Read the presentation, or the summary of the outputs from all the meetings of the Community Working Group.

    Council will consider the preferred option for further community engagement at the meeting on 28 November 2013.