Wollongong 2022 is a long term Community Strategic Plan for the City. The Plan plays a vital role in the future of Wollongong, and provides direction for the delivery of key projects and services, which will help meet the needs of the community.
The NSW Government’s Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework (IP&R) requires that all councils develop long, medium and short term plans which detail how the community’s vision, aspirations and priorities will be delivered via projects and services.
Wollongong City Council transitioned to IP&R in June 2012. This followed extensive community engagement in 2011 and 2012 to develop a long term vision for Wollongong. This vision and six community goals are outlined in the Wollongong 2022: Community Strategic Plan. The Community Strategic Plan is supported by Council’s Resourcing Strategy, Delivery Program and Annual Plan including the Budget, Capital Budget and Revenue Policy, Fees and Charges.
From the mountains to the sea, we value and protect our natural environment and we will be leaders in building an educated, creative and connected community.
To achieve our vision, six community goals were created which will guide Council, business and the community for the next ten years:
We value and protect our environment
We have an innovative and sustainable economy
Wollongong is a creative, vibrant city
We are a connected and engaged community
We are a healthy community in a liveable city
We have sustainable, affordable and accessible transport
Wollongong City Council’s Revised Resource Strategy 2012-2022 identifies that while Council’s financial position is considered to be sound in the short to medium term, the continuity of services and revenue are not sustainable in the long term. Depreciation of assets continues to outstrip funding available for renewal, with the gap at approximately $21M annually.
In order to meet the savings challenge, on 17 February 2014, Council resolved that to secure our financial future, Council must deliver:
A minimum $4.5 million target for efficiencies
$1.5 million in service level adjustments
A minimum $500,000 in increased fees and charges
A Special Rate Variation (SRV) for an increase in ‘General Revenue’ and minimum rate amounts. The increase in ‘General Revenue’ will provide additional revenue of approximately $14.5 million (6.13% in 2014-15, 6.23% in 2015-16 and 6.24% in 2016-17).
Based on this Council submitted a SRV application to Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) on 24 February 2014. On 3 June 2014 IPART determined the outcome of this application and approved Council’s request in full for annual increases for ‘General Income from Rates’ of 6.13% in 2014-15, 6.23% in 2015-16 and 6.24% in 2016-17. This is a cumulative increase of 19.78% by 2016-17 (11.25% above the anticipated rate peg).
At its meeting of 23 June 2014, Council adopted the Annual Plan 2014-15, Budget 2014-15 and Capital Budget 2014-15 as well as the Revenue Policy, Fees and Charges 2014-15. The Council also endorsed its rates and charges including the Special Rate Variation comprising of 6.13% increase in General Revenue (inclusive of 2.3% rate peg) as determined by IPART.
Resourcing Wollongong 2022.pdf
Delivery Program 2012-17 & Annual Plan 2012-13 Summary
Delivery Program 2012-17 & Annual Plan 2012-13 Attachment 1 - Comprehensive Version
Delivery Program 2012-17 & Annual Plan 2012-13 Attachment 2 - Annual Service Plans 2012-13
Delivery Program 2012-17 & Annual Plan 2012-13 Attachment 3 Budget 2012-13 & Capital Budget 2012-13
Delivery Program 2012-17 & Annual Plan 2012-13 Attachment 4 Revenue Policy, Fees & Charges 2012-13