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Budget: Playford builds for the north's future

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Budget: Playford builds
for the north's future
Published 27 June 2017
Playford looks towards the future by committing $159 million to continue delivering quality services, as well as attracting greater commercial investment and creating jobs through the 2017/18 Annual Business Plan and Budget.

Playford looks towards the future by committing $159 million to continue delivering quality services, as well as attracting greater commercial investment and creating jobs through the 2017/18 Annual Business Plan and Budget.

“Our budget and business plans will stimulate the local economy and keep our rate rise to a minimum for our residents and businesses,” City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said.“We will continue to invest in key local projects such as renewing existing roads, footpaths, buildings and parks through our $59 million Capital Works Plan, as well as invest in our major projects of the Playford City CBD, health and sport precincts.”The Council has made a $1M saving that we are reinvesting into 11 new or enhanced services, while revenue from economic growth will fund a further 10 projects that will help improve safety and livability for Playford residents.“We will be reinvesting this saving back into the community, delivering a new 83-capacity car park at Argana Park, restrooms at Jo Gapper Park, new energy efficient public lights, upgrades to traffic intersections and more footpaths,” Mayor Docherty said.The 2017/18 Annual Business Plan and Budget will see an average rate increase for home owners of 2.8 per cent, which equates to about $44 per year or 12 cents a day for an average home valued in Playford at $226,000.Rates will increase by 1.8 per cent due to inflationary costs and the remaining 1 per cent towards new fees and charges imposed on local councils by the State Government and rising utility costs.“We know the reality is that residents are looking for work, while trying to manage their cost of living,” Mayor Docherty said.“We believe this is a smart approach in response to the State’s broader economic challenges, while we continue to provide value-for-money services, creating a prosperous future for Playford.” Breaking down the numbers…Council will invest more than $99 million on ‘business as usual’ customer-focused services. These include programs for sport, recreation, youth and the aged as well as services specialising in health, the environment services and customer care.$59 million will be allocated for our Capital Works Program:

22km new and renewed footpaths and 30km sealed road upgrades;

Improve stormwater issues at Old Port Wakefield Road, Virginia;

$6.5M of footpath, road and traffic safety upgrades

New irrigation and perimeter fencing at Mofflin and Broadmeadows reserves;

Roads to Recovery project for Brandis Road, Munno Para;

Rural road sealing program on Carclew Road.

The new and enhanced services will include:

Playford City Sports Precinct – traffic and road upgrades near existing facilities;

Playford City Sports Precinct Event Attraction, Asset Activation and Athlete Pathway support program;

Black Spot Road Upgrades Program and includes upgrades to Tozer/Ryan roads;

Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Program – Installation of up to 60 updated DDA compliant bus stop pads;

Rural Road Sealing Program – Up to six rural roads will be resealed;

Angle Vale Community Sports Centre – Female change rooms;

Up to 4km of new footpaths in addition to the Capital Works Program;

New public lighting program focusing on future demand in urban and rural areas;

Traffic program will see the installation of signs, safety bars and traffic designs;

Elizabeth Rise Community Centre ongoing funding;

New restrooms at Jo Gapper Reserve.

For more information and to find the full report, click HERE.