Liverpool Plains Shire Council is seeking community feedback on several key strategic planning documents currently on public exhibition.
With Council having notified the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) of its intention to apply for an SRV, it is a requirement that Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting documents be publicly exhibited and adopted prior to a formal application being submitted.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, said the strategic documents, which include Council’s Long-Term Financial Plan and Asset Management Plans, highlight the challenges the organisation continues to face in becoming fit for the future.
“The Long-Term Financial Plan clearly identifies that Council cannot continue delivering the existing range and standard of services our community currently enjoys, while also funding the maintenance and renewal of local infrastructure,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“In addition to modelling the “status quo” of Council’s current income and expenditure and what that looks like over the coming decade, the Long-Term Financial plan models two alternative scenarios which include the introduction of an SRV and how each of those would affect our bottom line,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins said Council’s preferred scenario, which will form the basis of its SRV application should it proceed, includes the introduction of a permanent SRV of an additional 8 per cent, which includes the rate peg, in 2021/22, 2022/23 and 2023/24.
“While we understand that rate rises of any kind are never welcome, it is clear that without the introduction of the proposed SRV, we will struggle to provide services and maintain infrastructure in line with community expectations,” he said.
“The community owns and your Council maintains an extensive infrastructure network, including roads, bridges, drainage, footpaths and public buildings, but as our Asset Management Plans demonstrate, the cost of maintaining these assets increases as they age,” he concluded.
Public submissions on the documents close Friday 22 January 2021.
The strategic documents can be accessed from Council’s website at www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au, with hard copies available at Council’s Customer Service Centre at 60 Station Street, Quirindi.
For further information about the proposed SRV, visit OurSay Liverpool Plains at https://oursay.org/LiverpoolPlains