Lowest rate rise in more than 10 years delivers value for ratepayers
Read about how Council is achieving outcomes for the community while keeping rates low.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 50 - December 2015.
A $195 million building boom and a commitment to delivering the lowest rate rise in more than 10 years are among a raft of Marion Council’s achievements in 2014/15.
Council’s recently released annual report provides an insight into how the city has developed over the past financial year and details the progress of major projects and services.
The report shows work began on a $1 million revamp of Cove Sports and Community Club, a new memorial was unveiled at Hallett Cove in time for ANZAC Centenary commemorations and plans were finalised to build a new park worth $940,000 in South Plympton.
Additionally, a new 70-metre water slide was opened at the Marion Outdoor Swimming Centre, Council secured $100,000 of State Government funding towards a new dog park in Trott Park and upgrading sporting infrastructure has been prioritised.
Mayor Kris Hanna said Council had quickly made its mark following last November’s Local Government elections.
“Eight of the 13 ‘new’ Councillors elected a year ago have not been on the previous Council. As a united group we’ve brought a fresh approach to the City of Marion,” Mr Hanna said.
“We immediately began working on the budget to deliver better value for ratepayers and our pressure resulted in more than $2.6 million in savings by increasing efficiencies.
“This enabled us to announce an average household rate rise of 2.9 percent for 2015/16, the lowest in more than 10 years. This has been achieved without reducing services.”
The report shows $195.5 million of building applications were granted, an increase of more than $27 million on the previous year and the highest in eight years.
The biggest approval was for Westminster School’s $25 million early learning and primary education facility in Marion.
Work also began on a $1.5 million upgrade of Railway Terrace in Ascot Park.
The report reveals that:
- 44,180 volunteer hours were contributed
- 851,830 library items were loaned
- 1751 Development Applications were granted
- 14,420 trips were made by the Community Bus
Details of how Council allocated its $72 million budget are featured in an overview of its financial performance which shows more than $41 million was invested in public infrastructure and $6 million in health and community care.
- View a full copy of the City of Marion Annual Report.
City Limits Magazine
The City Limits Magazine is a community publication that keeps Marion residents in touch with what is happening in their community. It includes information about major projects, council initiatives and events, as well as profiles of community members.
It is published three times a year and distributed to 40,000 residents and businesses in the Marion Council area.