Naracoorte Lucindale Council draft budget: Highlights

Naracoorte Lucindale Council released its draft budget 2018/19 at a special meeting on Tuesday night.

Below is an overview of the main points from the draft document, which will be adopted next month after a period of public consultation.

RATES

  • Rates will be raised by 2.3%
  • The minimum rate will be raised from $375 to $385.
  • NRM Levies: Residential, Vacant and Other ($72.75); Commercial ($109.35); Industrial ($173.90); Primary Production ($335.65).
  • Waste and recycling levy to remain at $320 per annum.
  • Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange (NRLE) fees to be raised by 2.3%
  • Grants Commission allocations increased by 1.5%
  • Early Grants Commission payments to be received in June 2018 and June 2019.
  • Property valuations have increased at an average of 3.3% since July 1 2017.

FINANCES AND PROJECT FUNDING

  • Operating surplus before capital revenue – $35,078.
  • NRLE operating surplus for 2018 – $54,047.
  • Asset renewal funding ratio – forecast to be 134%.
  • Projects that will continue to receive annual funding are the community chest program; Frances Folk Festival; South East Field Days; the TASTE Festival; Harmony Day; Lucindale Christmas Street Party (LINC); Christmas Party for Special Children; the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery; and the introduction of the Senior Super Bowls Series to Naracoorte (a three year commitment).
  • Community requested projects that will receive funding: Naracoorte Lucindale Business Tourism Association TV spots, banners, and maps; Naracoorte Big4 extension to the Naracoorte Swimming Lake season; Naracoorte Interchurch’s Carols in the Square; and the Frances Town Plan.

OPERATIONAL BUDGET – STRATEGIC

  • ARC Linkage Project (Caves) – $70,000.
  • Caves Connection Project – $40,000.
  • Economic Development Strategy - $20,000.
  • Innovation Fund – $20,000.
  • Red Meat Cluster Project – $10,000.
  • Limestone Coast Local Government Association (LCLGA) Contributions – $13,152.

PLANNING AND COMPLIANCE 

  • Naracoorte CBD and Pioneer Park Master Plan – $40,000.
  • Lucindale and Frances Township Planning (combined) – $30,000.
  • LCLGA Heritage Advisor – $4,951.
  • Heritage Assistance Fund – $15,000.
  • Storyboard Project (four signs containing historical information about the township – presumably Naracoorte – to be installed between 2018-2020) – $10,000.
  • Naracoorte and District Sports Centre Master Plan – $20,000.
  • Corella Management – $8,000.
  • Vandalism Control – $15,000.

ELECTED MEMBER ALLOWANCES

  • General allowances which include allocations for travel, telephone, and internet – $212,000
  • Associated vehicle costs (excluding depreciation) – $14,160.
  • Election expenses (including electoral roll updates) – $30,000.
  • Induction of new 2018 Council – $10,000.
  • Staff functions – $4,000.
  • LCLGA hosting costs – $1,000.
  • Staff functions – $4,000.
  • Conferences and training – $11,000.

GOVERNANCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

  • Community consultation – $4,000.
  • Council’s quarterly newsletter – $5,000.
  • ‘Bang the Table’ online community consultation tool – $7,700.
  • Wayfinding Project (to be implemented in stages over three years) – $25,000.
  • Council website upgrade – $3,000.
  • Library (Smith St) total budget – $334,591.
  • Lucindale Community Library contribution from Library (Smith St) budget – $12,000.
  • Community Arts and Cultural Facilitator (working with the community on Caves Connection Project) – $50,000 (subject to successful grant application).
  • Naracoorte Art Gallery – $21,900.
  • Museum (Lucindale) total budget – $3,185.
  • Christmas in the Square, Lucindale Christmas Street Party & Special Kids Christmas Party (combined) – $2,900.

CAPITAL BUDGET

Bridges and Culverts

  • Grubbed Rd Bridge – 100% renewal – $40,000.
  • Hazel’s Rd Flood Crossing – $100,000.
  • Rural Culvert Replacement – 100% renewal – $50,000.

Sealed Roads

  • Fifth St (Frances) – 75% renewal – $200,000.
  • Kingston Avenue – 100% renewal – $1,000,000.
  • Kowree Court & Young Drive – 100% renewal – $750,000.
  • Mill Road – 100% renewal – $225,000.
  • Old Caves Road – 100% renewal – $1,235,000.
  • Ormerod St Design –  100% renewal – $30,000.
  • Pearson St – 100% renewal – $200,000.
  • Platt Cr – 75% renewal – $200,000.
  • Robertson St – 75% renewal – $900,000.
  • Second St (Frances) – 100% renewal – $500,000.

Footpaths

  • Cameron St – $67,500.
  • Gordon St – $30,000.
  • Smith St (Rolland/Jones) – 100% renewal – $60,000.

Intersection

  • Cedar Ave/Jenkins Tce – 100% renewal – $70,000.
  • Cooee/Mills/Shepherds Rd – 100% renewal – $100,000.
  • Miles Rd – 75% renewal – $50,000.

Unsealed Roads 

  • Crooked Lane – 75% renewal – $40,000.
  • Flinders Lane – 50% renewal – $280,000.
  • Struan St – $150,000.

Reseals and resheets are $932,350 and $952,900 respectively. 

The draft budget may be amended before the special council meeting scheduled for June 12. Members of the public are invited to this meeting to provide comment or suggestions. 

Council will formally adopt the annual business plan and budget 2018/19 on June 26.

Tuesday night’s meeting featured some feisty discussion on issues including roads.