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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, and to continue to invest in our local area.

While Council has implemented a range of productivity savings, reduced costs and been assessed as financially sustainable by the NSW Government, there are parts of our local government area, which require significant work. To achieve this, Council has applied to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a rate increase, known as a Special Rate Variation (SRV) in 2019.

Latest news

Council has submitted its application to IPART for a Special Rate Variation. IPART is now accepting submissions until 11 March 2019. Community members can provide a submission through IPART, or by post to Local Government Team, IPART PO Box K35 Haymarket Post Shop NSW 1240.

What's next?

  • 11 February - 11 March 2019 - Public can make submissions to IPART
  • 14 May 2019 - IPART announces its determination on Council's application
  • July 2019 - If successful, the new rate increase would come into effect

Projects

Special Rate Variation Projects 2019-2021

Click on the map above to view full details.

For more information on projects scheduled for future terms, visit the ‘Projects’ section on the right of this page.

Council's application

SRV of 7.5% per annum for seven years (to remain permanently in place)

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

Town Centre and neighbourhood revitalisation

Sporting facilities upgrade

More funding for libraries and community services

Community amenities - including new BBQ facilities across LGA

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Drainage improvements for Shoal Bay

Substantial road resealing and rehabilitation program

A range of new paths and cycle ways

Arts Centre for Raymond Terrace

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