4 May 2018
Draft Annual Business Plan & Budget 2018-19 Open for Community Consultation.
With Council appointing its first Chief Executive, Roy Blight, in August 2017, and the subsequent restructuring of its Senior Management Team, Council’s change in leadership is now complete. Under this leadership, Council looks ahead to the 2018/2019 year.
I am pleased to confirm that Council is debt-free, well managed and committed to good governance. All this is reflected in the 2018/2019 Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget.
Whilst austere in some areas, it provides for key projects that aim to build a better community. A number of new projects will be characterised by their reliance on partnership efforts. However, at the core of the budget is the need to invest in existing assets which include those related to essential services like power, water, and sewerage infrastructure and recreational and cultural assets like Roxbylink and the Community Youth Centre. The investment in Council-owned assets contributes to sustainability and creates long-term value to the community.
For 2018/2019 Council aims to achieve an operating surplus of $105,000. The projected income from council rates is expected to be the same in dollar terms as for the Adopted Budget of 2017/2018. New projects and assets will only be invested in if they are supported by a well-argued ‘business case’ which addresses whole of life costs, community benefit, financial viability and external funding opportunities. This is the approach to major expenditure that Council will take into the forthcoming year and beyond.
Roxby Downs is, and will continue to be, a family oriented community. The town is rich with cultural and recreational facilities, as well as diversity of people and interests. Our projects focus on building a liveable community which is attractive, resilient and sustainable. An environment where residents enjoy quality lifestyles and participate in community life. This is why Council’s activities extend beyond the role of traditional local government. Our purpose is to work with BHP and the community to make Roxby Downs Australia’s mining town of choice. A place where people want to live, work, and raise their families.
The Draft Annual Business Plan & Budget 2018-19 is available for download from Council’s website www.roxbydowns.sa.gov.au. Hard copies are also available from the Council Office at 6 Richardson Place, Roxby Downs.
The ‘Current Consultations’ page of our website outlines details regarding how the community can make submissions and the dates and times of a Community Information Session, Facebook live session and Meeting.
Friday 4 May 2018 to Friday 25 May 2018