Last chance to provide comment on strategic plans and budget

Friday, 02 June 2017

Community members have until next Wednesday, 7 June to make submissions on Lismore City Council's new suite of strategic documents and 2017/18 budget.

The draft Imagine Lismore Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027 is now on public exhibition along with the four-year Delivery Program and one-year Operational Plan (budget).

The State Government requires all NSW councils to develop new Integrated Planning & Reporting documents at the beginning of each new council term.

The suite of documents detail the community's vision for Lismore, Council's four-year action plan in response to community feedback and the 2017-2018 budget.

Council is seeking community comment on all three documents before the final plans go to Council for adoption on 20 June.

Council made savings internally of approximately $2.5 million this year with every department required to contribute. There are also two proposed Special Rate Variations within the four-year Delivery Program to increase revenue.

The first is a continuation and expansion of the Special Business Rate Variation Levy of $220,000 to fund business promotion and marketing activities, beginning in 2018/19.

The second is a $3 million Special Rate Variation proposed for commencement in 2019/20 that will go directly toward road maintenance and start addressing Council’s significant infrastructure backlog.

In relation to the 2017/18 budget, the total is approximately $159 million, which includes $33.6 million for roads and associated infrastructure, or 21%.

Aprroximately $55 million in capital works is included in the 2017/18 financial year. This includes:

  • $20.0 million upgrade of wastewater infrastructure;
  • $10.8 million on new capital roadworks;
  • $4.5 million in water infrastructure;
  • $2.5 million for waste disposal – Container Deposit Scheme; and
  • $2.3 million for waste disposal – commercial waste sorting.

There is also $721,200 for footpaths in the CBD and $735,000 for improvements at Lismore Regional Airport.

In relation to the typical residential bill, water will increase to $864 (an increase of $36 or 4.3%), wastewater to $886 (an increase of $31 or 3.6%) and integrated waste to $297.70 (an increase of $4.40 or 1.50%).

The general rate (after applying the full rate pegging increase of 1.5%) will increase the average urban residential rate by $18 to $1,169. This means the total average urban residential rates bill would rise to $3,292.

Submissions on the Imagine Lismore Community Strategic Plan and the combined Imagine Lismore Delivery Program and Operational Plan must be received by 4pm on 7 June 2017.

Submissions can be made online via our On Public Exhibition page, emailed to or mailed to the General Manager, Lismore City Council, PO Box 23A, Lismore NSW 2480.

News Updates