At a Special Council meeting held on Monday 21 June 2021, Council adopted its 2021/22 Budget.
Read the media statement here.
Key points in the 2021/22 Council Budget
- Glenorchy City Council voted unanimously to adopt its proposed 2021/22 budget, with a strong focus on safety, sustainability, and growth.
- Due to the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19, the budget forecasts a deficit of $1.3 million for the next financial year.
- In the budget, Council proposed to increase its rates by 2.5%.
- In last year’s 2020/21 budget, Council provided $1.9 million in relief to ratepayers through the COVID-19 Rates Relief Rebate.
- There will also be increases in Council’s waste collection fees of between $12.00 and $17.00 for most households (depending on the waste services being provided), to cover the increasing cost of waste management and also absorb the Tasmanian Government’s proposed $20 per tonne waste levy.
- The COVID-19 Community Assistance Package passed last year did not come without cost. It will still take ongoing discipline and careful financial management to get our operating budget back in the black.
Capital works planned for 2021/22
A record $25m capital works program is proposed for 2021-22. The capital works program includes a range of projects to maintain and upgrade Glenorchy’s important infrastructure to cope with increased demands now and into the future, while continuing to stimulate the economy to promote growth.
It also increases Council’s investment in flood mitigation and bushfire safety measures.
Key projects and programs include:
- $8.4m for a range of road and transport projects, including patching and reconstruction, $3m for road resurfacing and $2.2m on improving the condition of our footpaths with a focus on fixing trip hazards throughout the city.
- $4.7m for new sport and recreation facilities funded by Australian Government grants, including:
- new destination playgrounds at the Montrose Foreshore and Giblins Reserve
- upgraded soccer facilities at KGV
- a new amenities building at the Eady Street Cricket Ground.
- $3.5m to constructing a new cell at the Jackson Street landfill to extend its life by up to ten years.
Economic Recovery Plan
The adopted budget also allocated $1.5m for a range of projects under Council’s Economic Recovery Program including:
- $135,000 to begin the implementing the Greater Glenorchy Plan, including activities to stimulate growth in the three CBD precincts in the city.
- $460,000 to fund the relocation of the Southern City BMX track from the Berriedale Peninsula to Tolosa Park.
- $200,000 to fund capital works to support the implementation of the Marine and Innovation Master Plan for Prince of Wales Bay.
- $1.3m on flood mitigation projects and extending Council’s stormwater network to unserved areas.
- $350,000 for the upgrade of public toilets at Giblins Reserve.
- $280,000 to upgrade the footpath linking the Intercity Cycleway through to MONA.
- $150,000 to improve tracks and trails in our reserves, including upgrading Lutana Woodlands’ paths and the fire and mountain bike trail network in Wellington Park.