Council Budget 2016-17 adopted
Last year, Council committed to engaging more widely with the community in preparing a revised Strategic Resource Plan (SRP) and an Annual Budget.
Community Focus groups were held and feedback recorded which was reported to the community and Council. Councillors also had multiple opportunities to interrogate the numbers, discuss strategic direction, and identify projects for inclusion. Council received 10 submissions from the community and
on 14 June, three submitters presented their views on the SRP and Budget at a Special Meeting of Council. Council acknowledged that some of the issues have been already put into effect, while others were not appropriate as a short term action in 2016-17, but will no doubt be considered by the next Council.
Council agreed no further changes would be made to the draft Budget as a result of the submissions and the Budget and SRP were formally adopted. Council acknowledged that a number of current services will require review under the State Government’s ‘Fair Go Rates System’.