Changes to your rates: community consultation for residents and businesses

15/10/2019

Georges River Council is undertaking extensive community consultation about Council’s proposal to apply to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to seek approval for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) as well as the creation of a consistent minimum rate for all ratepayers.
 
This would increase the total rate income by 10.6% (8.1% special rate variation and 2.5% annual rate peg), and if approved these changes would come into effect from 1 July 2020.
 
Mayor of Georges River Council, Kevin Greene said since the amalgamation of Kogarah and Hurstville Councils in 2016, there have been two rating systems for the Georges River area.
 
“We must create one consistent rating system to ensure a fairer approach for all ratepayers.
 
“The impact on ratepayers will vary and on average, ratepayers will pay between $1.00 and $3.00 extra per week.
 
“Council is facing a number of cost pressures with providing services to our community,” said Mayor Greene.
 
“To provide a snapshot, over $150 million worth of additional community assets over three years has led to a 33% increase in the costs of operating and maintaining assets.
 
“We want people to have their say through face-to-face community information sessions throughout October and November 2019 or via an online survey.
 
“This extended period takes into consideration the spring school holidays, and allows more time for people to respond than the required 28 days, to provide as much opportunity as possible for public feedback.
 
“In order to encourage feedback from the community, there are six information sessions, as well as a dedicated Business Information and Feedback Session on 30 October 2019,” explained Mayor Greene.
 
“Additionally, there will be two drop-in events for those who have limited time to spare but would still like to provide feedback.
 
“Information sessions and drop-ins are located throughout the local government area at various times to enable residents to get to one that suits them.
 
“People can come anytime to the drop-ins and stay as little or as long as they like - to help choose the best option for the future,” added Mayor Greene
 
There is comprehensive information as well as FAQs already available on Your Say Georges River, and people can also register on Your Say for an information session or learn more about drop-in events.
 
Community Information Sessions and Drop-in Event details:
 
Community Information Session
Wednesday 23 October, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Mortdale Community Centre
2b Boundary Road, Mortdale
 
Community Information Session
Tuesday 29 October, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Club Rivers
32 Littleton Street, Riverwood
 
Community Information Session
Thursday 31 October, 7.00pm-8.30pm
Hurstville Library and Service Centre
12-22 Dora Street, Hurstville
Chinese interpreter available at this session
 
Community Information Session
Monday 4 November, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Georges River Civic Centre
Corner MacMahon and Dora Streets Hurstville
 
Community Information Session
Thursday 7 November, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Kogarah School of Arts
Corner of Queens Avenue and Bowns Road, Kogarah
 
Community Information Session
Saturday 9 November, 11.00am-12.00noon
Oatley RSL
23 Letitia Street, Oatley
 
Drop-in Event
Friday 25 October, 4.00pm-8.30pm
Peakhurst Foodies and Farmers Market
Corner Forest Road and Isaac Street Peakhurst
 
Drop-in Event
Saturday 2 November, 10.00am-12.00noon
The Green Playground, Kyle Bay
Corner Merriman Street and Kyle Parade
 
Business Information and Feedback Session
Wednesday 30 October, 7.00pm-8.00pm
Dragon Room, Georges River Council Civic Centre
Corner MacMahon and Dora Streets Hurstville
 
 
 
Get in touch
For more information or to register for an upcoming workshop go to https://yoursay.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/SRV
 
You can also call Council on 9330 6400 or email yourrates@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au