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LATEST UPDATE:

9 May, 2017: IPART has announced its determination of Council’s Special Rate Variation application and decided to allow the special variation, in part, on a one year temporary basis. This allows Council to increase its general rate income by 13.2% in 2017/18.

The decision allows Council to continue to execute its Delivery Program in 2017/18 while updating its Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) documentation and reapplying to IPART in future years if it wishes for a rate increase to be permanently incorporated in its general income base. Read more...

View IPART's determination


ARCHIVED INFORMATION:

13 February 2017: Shoalhaven City Council lodged a formal application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Rate Variation on Monday 13 February 2017. View Council's application to IPART.

A determination is expected to be made mid-May 2017.


Important Links


Rates
Calculator



Media
(4.5MB PDF)



Community Engagement Report



Download a copy of the Community Engagement Report (17MB PDF)


Information Sessions

Council is inviting the community to a series of Special Rate Variation Information Sessions designed to provide more accurate information about how your rates work to maintain our City. Hear firsthand rates information direct from senior Council staff.

Meetings will be held from 7.00pm to 9.00pm on:

  • Monday, 13 March – Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla
  • Wednesday, 15 March – Sussex Inlet Community Centre, Thomson Street Facilities, Upper Hall, Sussex Inlet
  • Monday, 20 March – Culburra Beach Community Centre, Waratah Hall, Culburra Road, Culburra
  • Wednesday, 22 March – Wandandian Hall, D2683 Princes Highway, Wandandian
  • Monday, 27 March – Nowra City Administration Centre, Seven Mile Room, Bridge Road Nowra

The information sessions will explain the facts on why a rate rise is needed; how additional rates will be spent to benefit the community across our City; actions taken and planned to cut expenditure; how the rate rise increase was calculated and; what other options would be available for our City to be financially sustainable.

The information session will also cover how our City rates compare with other like sized Councils; what consultation and research was undertaken and; the independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal process.

No RSVP is required. For more information, email council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or contact Tel: 4429 3111.


Why do we need a rates rise?

The funds generated from your rates help to provide essential local government services within the Shoalhaven City Council area. Shoalhaven City Council covers 4,660 square kilometres and has 49 towns and villages and more than 1750km of roads.

Council needs to raise rates for the following reasons:

  • Council cannot continue to meet the rising costs of operations within it's current budget

  • The community have many assets that need to be maintained by Council and this comes at a significant cost

  • The community is asking for more facilities such as toilets, community halls, swimming pools, drainage and footpaths and these all come at a cost

  • There is a need to meet the costs shifted to us from other levels of government such as increases in emergency services contributions

  • Roads need to be maintained. We have a funding gap and need to invest additional money into maintenance and renewal of community assets, especially our local roads.


Further information can be found in the FAQs and document archive sections of this page.


LATEST UPDATE:

9 May, 2017: IPART has announced its determination of Council’s Special Rate Variation application and decided to allow the special variation, in part, on a one year temporary basis. This allows Council to increase its general rate income by 13.2% in 2017/18.

The decision allows Council to continue to execute its Delivery Program in 2017/18 while updating its Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) documentation and reapplying to IPART in future years if it wishes for a rate increase to be permanently incorporated in its general income base. Read more...

View IPART's determination


ARCHIVED INFORMATION:

13 February 2017: Shoalhaven City Council lodged a formal application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Rate Variation on Monday 13 February 2017. View Council's application to IPART.

A determination is expected to be made mid-May 2017.


Important Links


Rates
Calculator



Media
(4.5MB PDF)



Community Engagement Report



Download a copy of the Community Engagement Report (17MB PDF)


Information Sessions

Council is inviting the community to a series of Special Rate Variation Information Sessions designed to provide more accurate information about how your rates work to maintain our City. Hear firsthand rates information direct from senior Council staff.

Meetings will be held from 7.00pm to 9.00pm on:

  • Monday, 13 March – Ulladulla Civic Centre, Princes Highway, Ulladulla
  • Wednesday, 15 March – Sussex Inlet Community Centre, Thomson Street Facilities, Upper Hall, Sussex Inlet
  • Monday, 20 March – Culburra Beach Community Centre, Waratah Hall, Culburra Road, Culburra
  • Wednesday, 22 March – Wandandian Hall, D2683 Princes Highway, Wandandian
  • Monday, 27 March – Nowra City Administration Centre, Seven Mile Room, Bridge Road Nowra

The information sessions will explain the facts on why a rate rise is needed; how additional rates will be spent to benefit the community across our City; actions taken and planned to cut expenditure; how the rate rise increase was calculated and; what other options would be available for our City to be financially sustainable.

The information session will also cover how our City rates compare with other like sized Councils; what consultation and research was undertaken and; the independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal process.

No RSVP is required. For more information, email council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or contact Tel: 4429 3111.


Why do we need a rates rise?

The funds generated from your rates help to provide essential local government services within the Shoalhaven City Council area. Shoalhaven City Council covers 4,660 square kilometres and has 49 towns and villages and more than 1750km of roads.

Council needs to raise rates for the following reasons:

  • Council cannot continue to meet the rising costs of operations within it's current budget

  • The community have many assets that need to be maintained by Council and this comes at a significant cost

  • The community is asking for more facilities such as toilets, community halls, swimming pools, drainage and footpaths and these all come at a cost

  • There is a need to meet the costs shifted to us from other levels of government such as increases in emergency services contributions

  • Roads need to be maintained. We have a funding gap and need to invest additional money into maintenance and renewal of community assets, especially our local roads.


Further information can be found in the FAQs and document archive sections of this page.