Special Rate Variation Approved

Hawkesbury City Council has been advised by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal today that Council’s Special Rate Variation Application has been approved.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett welcomed the announcement.

“This is great news for our community because it means that Council will be able to invest more money in maintaining and upgrading our assets and services,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett said.

“During extensive community consultation, residents have told us which assets were the most important to them.

“Our community identified roads as a priority followed by the condition of our town centres and public spaces, stormwater drains, footpaths and parks.”

The $82 million Works Program will include loan borrowing costs as well as:

  • $ 24 million on improving sealed roads
  • $ 16.5 million on sealing gravel roads
  • $ 13 million on revitalising town centres and public spaces
  • $ 7 million in upgrading community buildings
  • $ 9 million on enhancing parks, river foreshores and sport and recreational facilities
  • $ 4 million on building new pathways.

To fund the Special Rate Variation, there will be an average increase of $107 in the first year. Over the following two years, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, there will be a rate increase each year.

“Whilst this additional income is a great outcome for everyone and it will mean we will now be able to deliver an even better service to our local community, it will also be supported by an updated hardship policy to ensure that members of our community are not disadvantaged by the Special Rate Variation,” the Mayor added.

Click here to see the works planned in the Hawkesbury during 2018-2019. To see Council’s hardship policy, please visit the Rates Section of Council’s webpage.

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