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Investing in our community

Port Stephens Council is facing increased pressure to provide enhanced services and facilities to meet the high standards our community expects. In recent years, Council has implemented a range of productivity savings, reduced costs across our operations and been assessed as financially sustainable by the NSW Government.

However, our community is telling us they want more investment in their local area. There are parts of our local government area which require significant work and to achieve this, Council is considering an application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) in 2019.

If successful, this proposed rate increase will provide additional funds to deliver major projects requested by the community – stimulating local economies, driving business growth, attracting visitors and enhancing our region for the benefit of all.

We are conducting a comprehensive community consultation process from late July, presenting the community with a range of options to consider and provide feedback on. Our community will have a major say in any application made to the State Government.

Together we are investing in our community.

Proposed options

Total cumulative increase: 19%
Total estimate of funds raised: $30.9m

Under this option, Council will not apply for a special rate variation and rates will only rise by the annual rate peg set by the NSW government.

Maintain existing service levels

Documents

Total cumulative increase: 56%
Total estimate of funds raised: $30.9m rate peg plus $56.3m

Town Centre and neighborhood revitalisation – $36 million

Funding to undertake a range of activities and construction projects to revitalise town centres and neighborhoods across Port Stephens, including:

  • Anna Bay
  • Fern Bay
  • Fingal Bay
  • Karuah
  • Lemon Tree Passage
  • Medowie
  • Nelson Bay
  • Raymond Terrace
  • Seaham

New paths and cycleways - $7 million

Reseal and rehabilitate roads across Port Stephens - $14 million over seven years

Sports facilities - $9.5 million

Funding for new facilities at King Park and Tomaree Sports Complex, as well as increased maintenance of existing facilities across Port Stephens.

More amenities for our community – $6.5 million

Including a new Information Centre at Birubi and new BBQ facilities across Port Stephens

More funding for libraries and community services - $3.5 million

More events in Port Stephens

Drainage improvements - $5.5 million

Documents

Total cumulative increase: 66%
Total estimate of funds raised: $30.9m rate peg plus $71.8m

+ Most roads sealed in Port Stephens - $42 million

+ All new paths and cycleways - $8.7 million

+ Community Arts Centre - $2 million

Town Centre and neighbourhood revitalization

Sporting facilities upgrade

More funding for libraries and community services

Community amenities - including new BBQ facilities across LGA

More events in Port Stephens

Drainage improvements for Shoal Bay

Documents

Total cumulative increase: 77%
Total estimate of funds raised: $30.9m rate peg plus $88m

+ Every road sealed in Port Stephens - $56 million

+ All new paths and cycleways - $8.7 million

+ Better drainage across LGA - $7.5 million

+ Community Arts Centre - $2 million

Town Centre and neighbourhood revitalization

Sporting facilities upgrade

More funding for libraries and community services

Community amenities - including new BBQ facilities across LGA

More events in Port Stephens

Drainage improvements for Shoal Bay

Documents

Information sessions

Councillors and staff will be at the following information sessions to talk about these documents with the community. View the full list of Community Information Sessions (PDF181KB).

Please note that not all Councillors will be at every session. Find out about your ward Councillor.

Drop in sessions – no booking required.

Drop in sessions – no booking required.

  • Salamander Bay Tuesday 24 July, 11:00 am to 1:00pm, Tomaree Library
  • Raymond Terrace Monday 30 July 10:00am to noon, Raymond Terrace Library
  • Anna Bay Saturday 4 August, 8:30am to 2:00pm, Anna Bay Markets, Bay Life Church
  • Medowie Saturday 11 August, 8:00am to 12:30pm, Medowie Markets on Ferodale Road
  • Lemon Tree Passage Saturday 11 August, 8:00am to noon, Chemical Waste Drop Day Lemon Tree Passage
  • Nelson Bay Saturday 18 August, time TBC, Love Seafood Festival.
  • Shoal Bay Monday 20 August, 8:00am to 11:00am, Shoal Bay Shopping Centre

Limited availability - booking essential. Please call Customer Service on (02) 4988 0255 to book a seat.

Additional sessions will be scheduled, dependent on demand and time/venue availability.

Any enquiries please telephone Council on (02) 4988 0255.

Community feedback

Submissions must be received by 5pm Friday 31 August 2018. You can provide feedback in five ways:

  1. Online through Council's website on the Engagement Hub site (follow the links from the front page of the website)
  2. By email to srv@portstephens.nsw.gov.au.
  3. In writing on a submission form available at the information sessions.
  4. By letter to Port Stephens Council, PO Box 42, Raymond Terrace NSW 2324.
  5. You may be contacted to take part in a telephone survey.

Please quote PSC 2018-02118 with your feedback.

Comments on social media and verbal statements will not be collated as submissions.

Submissions may be made in any format less than 10mb in size (including audio or video files) able to sent via email.