Annual Budget

Each year we develop a budget which provides funding for over 200 services to the local community as well as building and upgrading millions of dollars’ worth of capital works including managing our ageing assets.

2017/18 budget

Our 2017/18 budget (pdf, 3.8MB) was adopted on 27 June 2017.

This financial year, we have allocated over $150 million to deliver a range of important services, programs and infrastructure services. We have also committed to invest $29.4 million in capital works projects to build and improve sporting and recreational facilities, aquatic facilities, parks and playgrounds, childcare centres and local roads and footpaths.

Our 2017/18 budget also enables us to deliver on the first year of the Council Plan 2017-2021, our four-year medium term strategic plan.

Budget highlights

  • $6.79 million to upgrade our local road network and improve traffic flow and safety
  • $3.09 million for parks, open space and streetscapes
  • $4.6 million to build community infrastructure on school grounds under the Governments shared facilities fund
  • $646,000 for new books and library resources, including new furniture for patrons
  • $1.90 million to improve our aquatic facilities
  • $1.25 million for footpaths and walking and cycling paths
  • $5.57 to improve recreational, leisure and community facilities

In order to fund these important services, programs and infrastructure improvements, the general rate rise for 2017/18 is 2 per cent.

Developing our budget

Every year we prepare a budget that is guided by the priorities set out in our Council Plan - a legal requirement for all councils. Councillors attend workshops with staff to work out how much money is required to meet community needs and deliver vital services.

The Strategic Resource Plan (pdf, 157KB) sets a financial framework which shapes the annual budget and the resources required to achieve our objectives in the Council Plan.

How we calculate your rates

  • The total amount we need to collect in rates is divided by the value of all properties in the local area. This is how we calculate the rate in the dollar.
  • The rate in the dollar is then multiplied by each property value. This is how we calculate each property’s rate change.
  • The State Government Fire Services Levy is then added onto the rates notice as well as the new Garbage Charge.

Anyone having difficulty paying their rates can contact us for advice and assistance.

General revaluations

Every two years we have a statutory requirement to conduct a review of property values based on market movements and recent sales trends. This is not a revaluation year, valuations will be as per the General Revaluation dated 1 January 2016 (as amended by supplementary valuations).

When conducting valuations we must follow a statutory process set out in the Local Government Act and the Valuation of Land Act (1960). Our valuers undertake a physical inspection of properties across the municipality. Properties are conservatively assessed in recognition of changes in market forces. We also regularly reassesses property values when individual households have undergone improvements, upgrades or renovations. These are called supplementary valuations.

More information

For more information about our annual budget, contact our Finance Manager on 9243 8888 or email

Last updated: Sunday, 11 March 2018, 8:49 AM