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Investing in our community

‘Maps depicting projects planned for future terms are available in the ‘projects’ section.’

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 has notified the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) of its intention to apply for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) in 2019.

Latest news

An independent report released has confirmed that Port Stephens Council’s proposal to invest $43 million in rejuvenating town centres will deliver an estimated $109 million economic benefit for local areas in the construction period alone.

Read the Business Case Cost Benefit Analysis: Town Centre Revitalisation Projects - Port Stephens Council (Morrison Low report) (PDF 1.5MB)

Special Rate Variation Projects 2019-2021

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Maps depicting projects planned for future terms are available in the ‘projects’ section on the right of this page.

Next steps

  • January 2018 - February 2019 Council reviews community feedback from the public exhibition of revised Integrated Planning and Reporting documents.
  • 11 February 2019 Council submits application to IPART.
  • March 2019 Public submissions to IPART close.
  • May 2019 IPART announces its determination on Council's application.
  • July 2019 If successful, the new rate increase would come into effect.

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 application

Option Three: Extend - SRV of 7.5% per annum for 7 years - Council endorsed

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

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

Substantial road resealing and rehabilitation program

A range of new paths and cycle ways

Arts Centre for Raymond Terrace