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Savings deliver new services in SA’s fastest-growing community

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Savings deliver new services in SA’s fastest-growing community
Published 27 June 2018
Over the past financial year, Playford has worked hard to reduce operating costs and provide the right mix of services to benefit our region and cater for our rapidly growing population.

Over the past financial year, Playford has worked hard to reduce operating costs and provide the right mix of services to benefit our region and cater for our rapidly growing population.

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A staged redevelopment of Virginia's main street is among the main budget items in the City of Playford's 2018/19 Annual Business Plan.

Some of these new services in the 2018/19 Annual Business Plan and Budget include a staged redevelopment of Virginia's main street, a new Grenville Centre and infrastructure to deliver even more cheap, recycled water to green Playford.

In fact, we will be able to fund 16 new and enhanced services in total as part of our Continuous Improvement Program including:

  • Upgrade of Kalara Reserve clubroom at Davoren Park (home of Andrews Farm Soccer Club)
  • $240,000 to install disability stop pads to improve access at 60 bus stops
  • Delivery of new playgrounds and infrastructure at Fremont Park Stage 2
  • $228,000 for Blakeview’s approved Fund My Neighbourhood cycling and walking path
  • Road upgrade programs
  • Continue to renew old public housing at Playford Alive

City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said this budget is pivotal in steering the future course for our community.

“Our population is expected to increase to more than 130,000 residents by 2036, so we need to ensure we have the infrastructure in place and the services to support our community now and into the future,” Mayor Docherty said.

“At the same time, we are also committed to being fiscally responsible - an example of this is our part-ownership of the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority or NAWMA, where we have been able to keep our recycling costs down.

“Other savings have resulted from our campaign to crackdown on illegal dumping, which has paved the way for a much-needed second hard-waste removal service."

In 2018/19 Council will invest $73.36 million in its Capital Works Program and $105.75 million on existing business as usual services, including:

  • $1.1 million for rural road sealing in One Tree Hill and surrounds
  • $2.2 million for the Greater Edinburgh Parks stormwater system and a further $379,000 for minor stormwater works
  • 19 kilometres of footpaths and 4 kilometres of kerbing
  • 40 kilometres of sealed roads
  • $1.2 million for Black Spot road program
  • $2.4 million to continue the Playford Alive urban renewal
  • $2.6 million to continue Council’s recycled water business

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The 2018/19 Annual Business Plan and Budget includes a rate increase for home owners of 2.3% (plus 0.7% in State Government fees such as the waste levy).

This equates to an additional $30 per year based on the average capital value of a home in Playford of $242,000.

“We also want to thank our community for providing feedback during the recent 21-day public consultation period. These responses have helped us understand our region’s concerns, priorities and even shaped our financial modelling.” Mayor Docherty said.

For more information about the 2018/19 Annual Business Plan and Budget, visit HERE.