Operational plan and budget

The annual Operational Plan and Budget outlines the detailed annual actions and planned expenditure that Council will undertake to work towards the community vision in the Community Strategic Plan.

It spells out the yearly projects and activities that will be undertaken to achieve the commitments made in the four-year Delivery Program.

Delivery program 2018-2022 and Operational plan 2021/22

The Revised Delivery Program 2018-2022 and combined Operational Plan 2021/22 details year 4 in Council's four-year Delivery Program and was adopted at the Council Meeting held on 29 June 2020.

What's in the document?

  • Detailed initiatives and programs to be undertaken by Council during the 2021/22 financial year
  • Key drivers for Council's 2021/22 budget
  • Detailed operating and capital works budgets for 2021/22
  • Statements of Council's financial position, cash flow and loan borrowing
  • An overview of Council's rates, fees and charges

The budget explained

This year, Council’s responsible budget is focused on:

  • Stimulating the local economy
  • Delivering infrastructure
  • Renewing ageing assets

Where does Council get its money?

Council's revenue comes from the following sources:



Rates harmonisation

Council is harmonising rates over the next eight years, as required by the NSW Government. While Council is not increasing its overall rates income, some individual’s rates will change.

Council is also harmonising the Domestic Waste Charge which pays for waste and recycling services. Almost $6 million dollars will be returned to the community in the new financial year as a rebate. This will reduce the impact of rates harmonisation.

Eligible pensioners continue to receive a $250 rates discount, and an extra rebate for Domestic waste and Stormwater charges.

Council also has a hardship policy to assist ratepayers.

Where do your rates go?

For every $100 collected, Council allocates: 

For every $100 collected Council allocates: $30 to Operations – roads, footpaths, parks and gardens maintenance and fleet, $28 to Capital Works, $9 to Library and Historical Services, $6 to Community Services and Culture, $5 to Sports and Recreation,$5 to Planning, $5 to Environment and Sustainability, $4 to Children and Family Services, $2 to Engineering Services, $1 to Community Events, $1 to Economic Development, $1 to Resource Recovery, $1 to Traffic and Transport Planning, $1 to Regulatory Services and $1 to Corporate Support Services.


Budget highlights

Council will build on last year’s infrastructure budget which focused on stimulating the local economy, delivering new infrastructure and fixing ageing infrastructure.

As well, Council will offset some of the effects of rates harmonisation by reducing the Domestic Waste Charge (DWC) to most residents.

Key highlights from the budget include:

budget map

Long term financial sustainability 

Council is focusing on long term financial sustainability and has already saved over $18 million every year from more efficient ways of working.

Council’s program of financial sustainability will improve our bottom line through service reviews and a focus on continuous improvement. As well Council is:

  • Purchasing a new commercial investment property to generate income
  • Maximising strategic procurement
  • Enhancing asset management practices
  • Implementing our Land and Property Strategy
  • Leveraging the value in technology to deliver better processes and efficiency improvements
  • Reviewing fees and charges
  • Seeking out new revenue generating opportunities

Previous year operational plans

Fees and charges

Council's fees and charges supports each annual budget. These can be found on the Fees and Charges page.

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Page last updated: 19 Jul 2021