Due to Council’s Proposed Rate Variation a further consultation is now underway

Long Term Financial Plan and Delivery Program

Council is now seeking community feedback on revised corporate planning documents which reflect the proposed rate increase.

You can view a revised Long Term Financial Plan, and changes to the Delivery Program 2022-26, at this webpage (see Documents on exhibition) or at Council’s Customer Service Centre at 31 Victor St, Chatswood (outside of the Christmas closedown period between Saturday 23 December 2023 and Sunday 7 January 2024).”

Please click here to review the revised plans and give feedback direct to council
Please comment below if you would like NPA to make a submission and include your feedback

Final 2023/ 2024 Operational and Long Term Financial Plan

To View the Final Operational Plan and Long Term Financial Plan Click Here

To View Council’s Operational Plans and Delivery Performance Click Here

Naremburn Progress Associations Submissions

NPA’s 2023/ 2024 Submission Click Here

NPA’s 2022/ 2023 Submission Click Here

Background – Have your Say Closed 15th June 2023

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.

Please have your say on these documents on or before 15 June 2023 by clicking this link.

In addition, the Council is holding the following community consultation events – register for these sessions at the link above.

Event focusEvent typeLocationDate and time
Long Term Financial PlanWebinarN/AThursday, 1 June (7pm start)
Long Term Financial PlanIn-person community consultation sessionCouncil Chambers, 31 Victor St, ChatswoodTuesday, 6 June (7pm start)
Operational PlanDrop-in sessionCouncil, 31 Victor St, ChatswoodWednesday, 7 June (7-8:30pm)
Operational PlanWebinarN/AThursday, 8 June (7pm start)