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Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget for 2018-2019

Council’s draft Annual Business Plan for 2018-2019 has been developed as a staged approach to achieve our Strategic Plan to 2020 and Long Term Financial Plan 2019-2028.

The draft Plan has been reviewed by key Council staff and Elected Members to achieve and maintain financial sustainability whilst providing great service to our growing community and is now open for community comment.

Highlights of the Budget

Whilst the focus will be to continue to implement Council’s annual asset renewal program (roads, footpaths, kerb and gutters, stormwater), the 2018-2019 Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget includes the following major investments:-

Community Hub, Library and Innovation Centre (CLIC)

This once in a lifetime project began following Council’s need to find a replacement for the current Thomas Street Centre, due to the Department for Education reclaiming the use of the property in 2019 to accommodate an increase in student numbers at the Nailsworth Primary School. The new centre will be home to many of Council’s services. The new facility will be operational prior to the expiry of the current lease for the use of the library.

George Whittle Development

The development of George Whittle Reserve will see the park transformed to include new and upgraded facilities.  The capital investment of this project is $1.2m, with 50% of the cost offset through externally sourced grant funding.  This is a 2-year project, with majority of the work scheduled in 2018-2019.

Prospect Road Undergrounding of Power lines

In partnership with SA Power Network, the final stage of undergrounding of power lines along Prospect Road (between Regency Road and Angwin Avenue) has been scheduled for 2018-2019.  Council will contribute one third of the cost to underground the power lines. Following the undergrounding, Council will commence the upgrading of footpath and landscaping on this section of Prospect Road. This upgrade work is also contained within the Draft Annual Business Plan 2018-2019.

Financial Overview

The budget proposes an Operating Surplus of approximately $205,871 with the total estimated operating expenditure for the year being $23.8m. Income received from external grants from the State and Federal Government is $2.6m and other non‐rate sources are $1.7m.  This leaves a total of 87% or $20.3m to be raised through general rates.

An average residential rate increase of 3.5% is proposed, a modest increase which sees this year’s minimum rate as $1,200.

Feedback

Council encourages you to read the draft Plan and note the service and investment activities it funds in order to achieve the strategic objectives of the Council for the benefit of the whole community. Please note our core objective of maintaining the high level of local amenity and services our citizen’s expect and enjoy, as well as providing for a safe, healthy and financially responsible future.

We want to hear your priorities, opinions and suggestions on our Annual Business Plan and Budget.  The plan will form the Council’s roadmap for the services delivered and activities undertaken over the coming 12 months.

You can view the Draft Annual Business Plan 2018-2019 and provide your written submission at:

  • Council's Civic Centre, 126 Prospect Road, Prospect
  • Prospect Library, 1 Thomas Street, Nailsworth

You are also invited to attend a Public Meeting:

  • Tuesday 29 May 2018, 6pm at Prospect Town Hall, 126 Prospect Road, Prospect

All community feedback captured from the Public Meeting together with the written / on-line submissions will be presented to Council in June 2018.

Written submissions are to be received until 12:00pm Wednesday 30 May 2018.

To find out more, telephone 8269 5355 or email admin@prospect.sa.gov.au



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