Marion delivers lowest rates in 15 years, new projects

Read about the Council's lowest rate rise in more than 15 years.

The lowest rate rise in more than 15 years, major investments in sporting facilities and improving local streetscapes headline Marion Council’s plans for 2016/17.

Handing down its budget, Council has reaffirmed its commitment to low rates by increasing average household rates by 2.5 per cent.

It follows a 2.9 per cent average rate increase last year.

This year’s rates will be used to fund the delivery of high quality services and maintain more than $1.1 billion of community assets.

Mayor Kris Hanna said Council is continuing its commitment to providing value for money for ratepayers.

“Council is working hard to ensure we provide quality services and develop our area without placing an undue burden on ratepayers,” Mr Hanna said.

“We have some exciting projects planned for major sporting and community infrastructure, improved streetscapes and walking and cycling paths.”

Key projects for 2016/17 include:

  • Starting the $8 million redevelopment of Edwardstown Soldiers’ Memorial Recreation Ground.
  • Partnering with BMX clubs, the State Government and Onkaparinga Council to build a $3.5 million international standard track at O’Halloran Hill.
  • Investing $550,000 on improving streetscapes
  • Seeking partnership funds to upgrade Mitchell Park Sports and Community Club.
  • Identifying a potential site for a new regional soccer facility.
  • Investing $200,000 on high priority walking and cycling projects

Marion is the sixth largest Council in South Australia but its rate increases are among the lowest.

The average residential rate will be about $1381.

Of that, about $273 is spent on maintaining roads, bridges and footpaths, $183 is spent on parks and gardens, $114 on libraries and $139 on community facilities.

Council’s total budget is $76.9 million.

More information about Council’s plans for the coming year are contained in the summary of the Annual Business Plan 2016/17 which is available at

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