Business plan

Dissecting the city’s embryonic business plan and budget

Whether it’s a new sound system in the Rundle Mall, expanding the paid parking lot, or exploring the possibility of a live performance ‘sound shell’, here are some of the projects that the city could pay to study or implement in the next fiscal year.

At an Adelaide City Council committee meeting – held virtually as Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor contracted COVID-19 – on Tuesday evening, elected members received the first glimpse of the draft plan business and budget 2022-2023 of the city.

In early discussions, it was recommended that expenditures for strategic projects be a maximum of $5.4 million.

Appropriate projects detailed in a draft budget report prepared by the administration have been categorized as “business critical”, part of the Reignite program designed to bring people back to the city, initiatives adopted by the advice, etc.

“This list for this workshop is not definitive in terms of what we are going to put into the draft business plan,” said Grace Pelle, finance and procurement manager for the City of Adelaide, this week.

“The idea was to bring you the list as it stood, so you could see how it was worded and obviously solicit feedback from advisers tonight.”

Some of the most expensive recommended projects for the next financial year include $710,000 for the city activation of Splash Adelaide; $605,000 for the implementation of actions to expose infrastructures to climate risks; $597,000 for Adelaide’s free Wi-Fi upgrade; and $341,000 for the 2022 local general election.

Less expensive but notable recommended projects projects include $40,000 for training of elected members and $120,000 to increase voter turnout and “candidate diversity” for Adelaide City Council elections.

A City of Adelaide spokesperson said the budget for training elected members for the 2021-22 financial year was $15,000, with $5,000 allocated specifically to the Lord Mayor.

The increase in costs over the next fiscal year is due to new councilors expected after the local elections in November.

The administration has recommended spending $30,000 over 2022-23 on homelessness sector reforms in South Australia and the Adelaide Zero project – with the same amount allocated to overhaul the Adelaide Oval event car park.

The City of Adelaide did not respond CityMagQuestions from before the deadline regarding the amount of funds allocated in the last financial year to the Adelaide Zero project and homeless services.

Parking was mentioned several times in the report, with $40,000 recommended for the “carbon neutral UPark project” and an expansion of paid parking areas costing $300,000 of the council’s capital budget.

Project opportunities included exploring the feasibility of a city “live site” and live performance “sound shell” with pricing to be confirmed at a later date.

An example of a sound shell, located in New South Wales. This photo: Mattinbgn

The report includes work in progress with costs spanning the 2022-2023 fiscal year, including finding a new home for the Southwest Community Center with capital funding of $1.5 million. , and the same amount allocated to complete the long north stall-south cycle path.

Other notable project opportunities include upgrading the basketball court and skate park at Ityamai-Itpina King Rodney Park with capital funding of $250,000 and $110,000 to study expanded water use recycled to irrigate streetscapes.

Although the council last December asked South African police to consider a ‘formal undertaking’ not to use facial recognition technology ‘unless and until’ the South Australian Parliament passes legislation in line with recommendations from the Australian Human Rights Commission and Legal Council, CCTV cameras were budgeted at a cost of $100,000.

Representatives of the city council’s direct affiliates – the Adelaide Central Market Authority (ACMA) and the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) – also offered deputations on Tuesday evening regarding their respective strategic plan and budgets. 2022-2023.

Key takeaways from the ACMA include 2% rent increases, expansion of click and collect services and recommended spending of $750,000 to upgrade market stalls.

The authority wants to reduce operating costs and waste for businesses and improve the “stall atmosphere,” their report says. The overall objective over the next fiscal year is to “create a lasting customer relationship as the world’s leading food and fruit and vegetable market”.

The AEDA, which replaced the Rundle Mall Management Authority in January 2021, says in its plans it wants to “accelerate the growth” of the city by attracting investment and supporting businesses.

Their planned actions for 2022-23 include implementing KPMG performance review recommendations, engaging with Renew Adelaide to activate “retail vacancies” and promoting an upgrade of the Rundle Mall audio system.

The draft business plan and budget will go out for public consultation next month, with the council adopting the final plans in June.

For more information on Adelaide City Council, go here.