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Special Rate Variation (SRV)

Council is currently finalising details for the special rate variation (SRV) that it will be presenting to the community prior to making its application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for consideration in February 2021.

Every ratepayer has been posted a comprehensive Fact Sheet and survey form. They were delivered from Monday, 21st December, 2020. Council seeks feedback from all ratepayers so as to incorporate all feedback received in the SRV to be submitted for consideration by IPART.

Council understands that the community is impatient to hear of a result, however, Council must abide by the rules of the SRV process as laid out by IPART and the Office of Local Government.

As detailed in the correspondence ratepayers will receive from Council the SRV will be sizeable. Council has investigated alternatives in an attempt to avoid applying for an SRV, however, to assure financial sustainability long term, with a view to maintaining service levels wherever possible and, in response to very significant cost pressures imposed by the May 2016 forced amalgamation and subsequent rate path freeze, it has been determined that an SRV is the most responsible and feasible option.

Council conducted Community Meetings, Citizen Juries, and posted videos as part of an extensive community engagement campaign. The majority of these activities will occur in both Cootamundra and Gundagai during January.

PLEASE NOTE:  

All of the citizen jury members were selected randomly from the Expressions of Interest received. Specifically, the random number generator function of Microsoft excel was used to select a number and the person’s name that matched the row number was selected. Joseph Drew made a video of the process and this video will be made available to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) as part of Council’s submission to them.

It is imperative that ratepayers have the opportunity to have their voices heard and Council strongly encourages attendance at the proposed community engagements. Council has engaged Professor Joseph Drew to ensure there is genuine engagement and everything possible is done to ensure the final submission prepared for IPART in February 2021, reflects the community’s wishes and feedback.

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Financial Sustainability Report

Addendum to Financial Sustainability Report

Capacity To Pay

Debt Capacity

LTFP Addendum February 2021

Delivery Plan Addendum February 2021

Efficiency Report Final

SRV Fact Sheet

Survey Final

SRV Citizen Jury

 

Videos can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Special Rate Variation

Survey and Expression of Interest explained.

 

A media release issued 16 December 2020 can be found at the following link:

COMMUNITY URGED TO CONSULT OVER SRV | Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council (nsw.gov.au)

Current Documents on Public Exhibition

Council recognises that community input is vital in order for proposals and projects to respond effectively to local needs and to succeed.

Council obtains this community input by placing plans and proposals on Public Exhibition and inviting community feedback. This process ensures that local residents, organisations and other stakeholders are informed about what is happening in the area and can have their say on the areas future.

PLEASE NOTE: All submissions/feedback received may be included within the official Council agendas and minutes, including personal information about the submitter’s identity and location. Agendas and minutes are made available to the public on Council’s website. If you do not wish to be identified in Council’s agendas and minutes, please indicate this in your submission.

LTFP Addendum for SRV Proposal and Delivery Program 18-19 to 2021 Addendum

Council resolved at its Ordinary Council Meeting held on Tuesday 8 December 2020 (ITEM 8.1.1) to place the LTFP Addendum for SRV Proposal and Delivery Program 18-19 to 2021 Addendum on public display for at least 28 days in conjuction with community consultation for a proposed Special Rate Variation.

To make your submission to Council, please to do so in writing to Council by the advertised submission date. Submissions may be:

  • Delivered to Council’s Offices in Cootamundra or Gundagai.
  • Posted to: The General Manager, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, PO Box 420, Cootamundra NSW 2590.
  • Emailed to mail@cgrc.nsw.gov.au. If you choose to email your submission, please phone us if you do not receive any acknowledgement, in order to confirm that the email was received.

LTFP Addendum for SRV Proposal 13.12.2020

Delivery Program 18-19 to 20-21 addendum

 

RATES AND HARDSHIP  POLICY and DEBT RECOVERY POLICY

Council resolved at its Ordinary Council Meeting held on Tuesday 8 December 2020 (ITEM 8.1.1) to place the above Policies on public display for at least 28 days in conjuction with community consultation for a proposed Special Rate Variation.

To make your submission to Council, please to do so in writing to Council by the advertised submission date. Submissions may be:

  • Delivered to Council’s Offices in Cootamundra or Gundagai.
  • Posted to: The General Manager, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, PO Box 420, Cootamundra NSW 2590.
  • Emailed to mail@cgrc.nsw.gov.au. If you choose to email your submission, please phone us if you do not receive any acknowledgement, in order to confirm that the email was received.

Rates and Charges Financial Hardship Policy

Debt Recovery Policy