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2020-21 Annual Business Plan endorsed

Thursday 30 July 2020

More than $60 million will be invested back into the community through services, capital works and maintaining essential assets, as detailed in the 2020-21 Annual Business Plan.

City of Holdfast Bay’s Elected Members endorsed the plan and budget at this week’s council meeting, which also details a list of new projects to be undertaken over the coming 12 months.

The main areas of investment will include:

  • $48 million to provide services to our community
  • $6.7 million to upgrade and maintain community assets
  • $7.4 million for new capital infrastructure and service improvements

The plan also details council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes financial assistance measures for residents and businesses and an economic recovery plan and fund.

“Building on the financial assistance measures introduced for residents, businesses and sporting clubs in April 2020, the Annual Business Plan aims to balance targeted, short-term financial relief with long-term financial stimulus,” Mayor Amanda Wilson said.

“The plan includes a COVID-19 fund, which will provide targeted assistance to those in need and support the community in the recovery.

“We are investing in the community wellbeing program and will continue to provide services such as home shopping and the community bus to support our elderly and vulnerable residents.”

After a review of council operations, a rate increase has been limited to 1.9 per cent. Of that, 0.8 per cent will cover the State Government imposed Waste Levy which was raised substantially in 2019.

Based on the median house value of $560,000 within the City of Holdfast Bay, the 1.9 per cent rate rise equates to an increase of $27 annually.

"Support is available for ratepayers facing difficulties in paying their rates and we have in place a Financial Hardship Policy, which was endorsed in April, with a range of financial relief measures to support residents, businesses and sporting clubs who have been impacted by COVID-19,” Mayor Wilson said.

“Ratepayers who may be experiencing financial difficulty due to loss of income are encouraged to contact us on 8229 9999 to discuss support options to alleviate hardship. “

A comprehensive capital works program, which is aimed at supporting local jobs and encouraging further investment activity, includes the following projects, among others.

  • $1.3 million to continue remediation works on the Glenelg Town Hall
  • $750,000 on stage 2 of the Brighton Caravan Park redevelopment (subject to business case)
  • $300,000 to redevelop the Kingston Park kiosk (subject to business case)
  • $1.2 million to continue to improve our stormwater systems
  • $240,000 to continue to improve our three gullies
  • $40,000 for improvements to the Brighton North and St Jude cemeteries

A further $57,500 has been allocated for a weekly green-bin collection trial over 12 months, which will be a first for South Australia.