Independent review of Council’s infrastructure assets, finances and pricing well advanced

28 October 2015

Queanbeyan City Council General Manager, Mr Peter Tegart has responded to recent media commentary regarding Queanbeyan City Council’s rates and charges.

“An independent review into Queanbeyan City Council's infrastructure assets, finances and pricing was commissioned in August and will be used in the development of the 2016-17 budget,” Mr Tegart said.

“Council has engaged the highly-credentialed and experienced Professor Percy Allan to undertake a review of Council's asset standards, finance policies, Financial Plan and pricing. The review is expected to be completed early in 2016 with a presentation by Professor Allan, after which the community will be invited to provide feedback.

“The review will look at asset standards and service levels and an affordable mix of rates, fees and other income.

"The review will shape the Long Term Financial Plan and guide Council's budget and charges for the next financial year. The Financial Plan will set the path to maintain the sustainability benchmarks set by NSW Government under 'Fit for the Future' reforms.

"The review of water and sewer charges is also designed to ensure compliance with NSW Government guidelines, and 2016-17 pricing will be guided by an independent water pricing consultant. Feedback on pricing will be sought from the community before setting fees and charges for the 2016-17 Operational Plan. Council's Rates and Charges Advisory Committee is guiding that process and continues to engage with Queanbeyan Residents and Ratepayers Association.

"Council's Long Term Financial Plan is reviewed in each new Council term and the financial forecasts and pricing are being assessed now in advance of next year's local government elections.

“Professor Allan led the report into local government across NSW in 2006 that identified a significant infrastructure backlog in the sector. Local councils’ ability to manage their backlog, their finances and population change, are key issues in the NSW Government's 'Fit for the Future' reform program. Professor Allan has also conducted a number of reviews of local councils.”

For more information contact
Ricky Tozer, Manger Integrated Planning and Communications on 6285 6577