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Draft Annual Plan: Have Your Say

Released on 06 May 2016
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We’ve released our Draft 2019/20 Annual Plan for public consultation. Browse the plan here: Draft Annual Plan 2019/20

Once finalised, our Annual Plan and budget keeps us in a strong and stable financial position, and helps to shape the services we provide – now and into the future. It helps ensure that we meet the community’s needs while also being financially sustainable. It details all of our services, including new services and projects, together with financial impacts.

Our planned projects create city pride for people within Salisbury, by engaging our community members to have a strong sense of vitality, pride and belonging. Our plans include dog parks for small dogs, upgrading outdoor furniture, creating a community and public art program, and providing inclusive play spaces.

This year we’re set to make an Operating Surplus of $3.9 million (or 3.2% Operating Surplus Ratio). This means we’re committed to ensuring services are delivered as efficiently as possible while also being financially responsible.

Our Infrastructure program includes large scale projects, some of which will be delivered over multiple years, with 2019/20 funding detailed further below.


A full version of our Draft Annual Plan 2019/20 will be available from the 8 May 2019 at Council offices. Public consultation opens on Wednesday 8 May 2019 and will close on Tuesday 28 May 2019. Written comments are welcome and may be sent to: General Manager Business Excellence, Annual Plan Consultation, PO Box 8, Salisbury SA 5108 or email

If you wish to make a verbal representation, we invite you to attend the May Council meeting on Monday 27 May in the Council Chambers, 12 James Street, Salisbury at 6.30pm. To register your interest, please contact Mechelle Potter on 8406 8340 or email by Friday 24 May 2019.

2019/20 Funding

Flooding and flood mitigation projects ($2.7 million): We’re maintaining our capability to respond to significant flooding events, with funding for the design and construction of localised flood mitigation works.

Building Upgrades ($2.6 million): The Building Upgrade program will see works at the Operation Centre and Pioneer Park Water Wheel Museum.

The Paddocks Masterplan ($2.1 million): The Paddocks is one of the most significant recreation and open space precincts in our city. We have a coordinated approach for capital investment and ongoing renewal of infrastructure and facilities.

Salisbury Oval Masterplan ($1.7 million): Pending a review of the Salisbury Masterplan, funding has been allocated to support the future development of the Salisbury Oval precinct recognising the importance of the recreational and community needs.

Bridgestone Reserve Athletics Facility ($1.6 million): We’re developing a new regional-level synthetic athletics facility at Bridgestone Reserve at Salisbury South which will enable the co-location of three athletics clubs to provide affordable and convenient access to top class facilities for the clubs and residents.

Street Trees program ($1.4 million): We’re updating streetscapes with appropriate species for the (sometimes limited) spaces available within our streets.

Major renewal items as part of the Infrastructure Program include:

  • $8.6 million on road reseal and construction
  • $1.6 million on buildings (220 Council owned buildings – most of which are community and sporting clubs)
  • $0.8 million on park, sportsfield and playgrounds
  • $0.7 million for the St Kilda Channel Breakwater
  • $0.6 million for Watercourse Management works
  • $8.6 million on road reseal and construction

Capital Program: This will feature a range of projects, including $14.9 million on asset renewal. Council manages community assets valued at over $1.9 billion in the form of roads, footpaths, buildings and parks.

Financial Plan: Our 2019/20 Draft Annual Plan proposes an average rate increase of 2.5 per cent in line with its draft Long Term Financial Plan. It focuses on ensuring stable rate levels, no loss of services, and building the capacity to deliver on emerging community needs.

Mayor’s comments

Mayor Gillian Aldridge, OAM, said the Draft 2019/20 Annual Plan maintains all existing Council services, while also investing in services and projects that deliver on an improved city image. These projects reflect the importance of these areas to the community in ensuring Salisbury has longevity and continued growth for generations to come.

“The City of Salisbury continues to have some of the lowest average rates in metropolitan Adelaide,” Mayor Aldridge said. “Modest and stable increases in rates ensure we can keep developing Salisbury into a thriving, future-focused city, by providing all the same essential services while also expanding programs and commencing new projects to meet our community’s ongoing and future needs.”