Wakefield Regional Council is seeking community feedback on its plans for the coming years:
• Draft 2018/19 Annual Business Plan and budget
• Draft Long Term Financial Plan 2018/19 – 2027/28
Council is taking a ‘steady as she goes’ approach to its financial plans, aiming to balance the community’s service expectations with the looming challenge of rate capping.
The draft 2018/19 budget proposes more than $4.6 million be invested into Wakefield’s 2728km road network and a 5.5% rate rise for residents – consistent with Council’s plans announced last year.
“This is what we were aiming for in 2018/19 and what we communicated to our ratepayers last year,” Mayor Rodney Reid said. “We are aiming for a modest increase so we can keep developing Wakefield into a future-focused region by providing quality services and delivering projects for the good of the community.”
Mayor Reid said it was clear rate capping would impact Council’s future plans but he was confident Elected Members and staff could work together to manage the challenges ahead.
“Overall, we are looking at a prudent approach that will hopefully make for the best of both worlds - more scope for service improvement and an ability to deliver the bulk of our Strategic Management Plan items,” he said.
If you would like to have a say on any of the plans, you can:
• Complete a submission form on Council’s website – wrc.sa.gov.au;
• Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line ‘Feedback’;
• Drop a line to the Chief Executive Officer PO Box 167 Scotland Place Balaklava SA 5461
The draft plans can be found on Council’s website or are available for viewing at the Council office in Scotland Place, Balaklava. Consultation is open until 5pm on Friday 13 July 2018.