City of Salisbury Approves Annual Plan

Released on 27 June 2018
Annual Plan 2018-19

City of Salisbury has approved the lowest average rate increase in more than five years. Residents can also look forward to further investment in community projects and infrastructure works, after the City of Salisbury’s 2018/19 Annual Plan was endorsed at Monday's Council meeting.

The 2018/19 Annual Plan includes an average rate increase of 2% - which is less than the average rate increase for each of the previous five financial years. The average rate increase for each financial year between 2015/16 - 2017/18 was 3% while the average rate increase was 3.25% for 2014/15 and 4.2% for 2013/14.

City of Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge said Council was in a strong financial position.

“The City has $1.8 billion worth of assets, which we are committed to maintaining and growing sustainably,” Mayor Aldridge said. “Our debt levels are low, currently at $12.7 million.”

Mayor Aldridge said that Salisbury residents will continue to enjoy some of the lowest rates in metropolitan Adelaide.

“The modest rate increase endorsed in the 2018/19 Annual Plan is the lowest in years, and is below the March Adelaide Consumer Price Index of 2.3 percent,” she said. “It ensures City of Salisbury can continue to provide all the same essential services, while also expanding programs and commencing new projects to meet residents’ current and future needs.”

The 2018/19 Annual Plan maintains all existing Council services and includes recent decisions to enhance existing services. It also boosts investment in areas of community importance, such as flood management, infrastructure works, community and recreational facilities and improved streetscapes. In addition, the Annual Plan includes approximately $1.1 million in expenditure savings, reflective of Council’s undertakings to ensure services are delivered as efficiently as possible.

Some investments approved for 2018/19 include:

  • $1.5 million for a Street Trees program

    This program will be focused on improving the amenity of streetscapes through the programmed updating of streetscapes with appropriate species for the sometimes limited spaces available on local streets.

  • $2.6 million for the new Bridgestone Reserve Athletics Facility

    City of Salisbury plans to develop a new regional-level synthetic athletics facility at Bridgestone Reserve in Salisbury South.

  • $2 million for Flood Mitigation projects

    Council will maintain its capability to respond to significant flood events, with funding provided for the design and construction of localised flood mitigation works.

  • $1.2 million for the Building Renewal program

    Funding marked for the renewal of various building elements for all Council-owned buildings, including buildings that are leased.

  • $12.08 million for Salisbury Community Hub Salisbury Community Hub, part of Council’s City Centre revitalisation agenda, will bring together a range of community and civic services within one vibrant and multi-functional building. The hub will provide modern spaces for community use and have state-of-the-art technology that will improve how we work and engage with our community.
  • $730,000 for Salisbury Oval Master Plan implementation

    The Salisbury Oval Master Plan, as part of Councils City Centre revitalisation agenda, guides the future development of the Salisbury Oval Precinct and identifies a number of actions for the delivery in the short-medium and longer term including the upgrade of new sporting facilities and property development.

  • $475,000 for Sports Club Solar Panels Installation

    Council will assist all sport clubs within the City of Salisbury to reduce operating costs through the installation of an additional 2.5kW of solar panels.

  • $450,000 for an Autism-Friendly Play Space

    Council will develop a play and outdoor space to meet the needs of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

  • $55,000 for Salisbury Stories History Project

    Salisbury Stories History Project is designed to collect the living histories of the people of Salisbury and create a local library collection available in audio, visual and digital formats for public display at events, celebrations and commemorations.

  • $25,000 for Salisbury eSports

Salisbury eSports is a youth orientated online sports program, which has been piloted at Twelve25 for the past two years.

Debt levels over the Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) peak at $20.8 million in 2019/20 and trend down to $17.4 million at 30 June 2020, which is an additional $4.7 million on current debt levels. This will be managed through short term facilities rather than needing to commit to long term loans. Council’s LTFP factors in continual investment of $13 million per annum in new and upgraded community assets, while maintaining existing assets for continued community use.

Council also delivers additional proactive revenue through its business units, such as Salisbury Water and the Strategic Property Development division. This revenue assists in reducing the City of Salisbury’s reliance on rate revenue, providing further benefit to the local community.