Business plan

Draft annual business plan and budget 2022/2023

The City of Mount Gambier’s draft 2022/2023 annual business plan and budget was approved for consultation at this week’s council meeting and is now open for community comment, along with the draft plan long-term financial and draft asset management plans 2023-2032.

The documents outline the work programs and budget allocation supporting the activities the Council will undertake over the next financial year and beyond.

The proposed operating budget of $39.6 million will provide a number of key services, including waste management and disposal, community events, planning and development services, community development and library and the Riddoch Arts and Culture Centre. The budget also outlines key infrastructure services the Council will provide, including maintenance of roads, pathways, lighting, storm water drainage, street trees, sports facilities and open spaces.

In addition, the Council allocated $7.4 million for asset renewal, including buildings and structures, infrastructure, plant and equipment, and the Caroline Landfill. $14.1 million has been allocated to upgrade or purchase new assets, including the completion of the Wulanda Convention and Recreation Center, rail path solar lighting, and Valley Lakes Recreation Area washrooms.

The draft annual business plan and budget proposes to provide both essential services to the community and seeks to lay the foundation for the future with the development and execution of the Crater Lakes Master Plan and subsequent development strategy for sports, leisure and open spaces.

– Sarah Philpott, CEO of the Town of Mount Gambier

“It is exciting to be able to continue undertaking new projects, improving existing facilities and planning for the future while completing the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the Council with the Wulanda Convention and Leisure Centre. . »

The Council’s estimated operating deficit in 2022/2023 is $(2.7) million.

“The primary driver for a significant portion of this shortfall is the timing of a number of grants that were received in the current fiscal year instead of the next,” Ms. Philpott said.

“Operating in a deficit environment means that there will have to be an even greater emphasis on strong financial controls and ensuring that public value is maximized.”

It is proposed to increase total budgeted tariff revenues, including tariffs and waste service charges, by 4.5%, consistent with previously adopted and current draft long-term financial plans.

Budget highlights and key influences include:

  • Mount Gambier Sports, Recreation and Open Spaces Strategy,
  • Activation of crater lakes,
  • CBD Activation Plan,
  • Event sponsorship and community grants,
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 3, and
  • Public health and welfare, including the impacts of COVID-19 on the availability and cost of materials.

The Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2022/2023, Draft Long Term Financial Plan 2023-2032 and Draft Asset Management Plans 2023-2032 can be downloaded from www.haveyoursaymountgambier.com.au or visit the council office or the Mount Gambier Library for a hard copy.

The community is invited to give their opinion on the documents:

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