Willoughby City Council is seeking community feedback on key corporate planning documents, which will guide the future of the local government area in 2023/24 and beyond.
The draft Operational Plan is relevant to the financial year 2023/24 and provides information on the Council’s proposed:
- $68.5 million project and capital works spend, including setting aside $27.6 million for the Willoughby Leisure Centre upgrade
- Budget and revenue policy, including a 3.7% rate revenue increase in line with the NSW Government’s cap
- Changes to fees and charges, including for the Domestic Waste Management Charge.
- Corporate performance indicators
- Business improvements
Meanwhile, the draft Long Term Financial Plan covers the decade between now and 2033 and outlines the Council’s response to an unprecedented and volatile economic climate.
High inflation is driving costs to grow faster than income, a situation which has been exacerbated by ongoing rate revenue capping by the NSW Government. The Council has been actively managing this situation, by identifying cost savings, more efficient ways of delivering services and external funding opportunities.
However, as the Council continues to carry out this important work, the draft Plan identifies the need for the Council to secure additional revenue so it can continue to provide high-quality services, maintain our assets and parks and deliver significant new community projects in coming years.
As such, the draft Plan includes a proposal to increase rates through a Special Rate Variation of between 15-20%, commencing in 2024/25.
Even with a Special Rate Variation, the Council’s average residential rate is likely to remain close to the average rating cost among all Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Council councils.
Council has not made a decision to pursue a Special Rate Variation at this stage, but is seeking early feedback on this proposal through this draft Plan.
In addition, the Council is holding the following community consultation events – register for these sessions at the link above.
|Event focus||Event type||Location||Date and time|
|Long Term Financial Plan||Webinar||N/A||Thursday, 1 June (7pm start)|
|Long Term Financial Plan||In-person community consultation session||Council Chambers, 31 Victor St, Chatswood||Tuesday, 6 June (7pm start)|
|Operational Plan||Drop-in session||Council, 31 Victor St, Chatswood||Wednesday, 7 June (7-8:30pm)|
|Operational Plan||Webinar||N/A||Thursday, 8 June (7pm start)|
Council’s Community Engagement Team