Thursday, April 25, 2024

Public consultation opens for SA council business plans

South Australians are being encouraged to have a say in shaping the future of their community as councils prepare to consult on draft annual business plans.

LGA SA President, Mayor Dean Johnson said it was an important opportunity for residents to be active participants in local decision-making.

“Community engagement is an essential part of how all councils work in South Australia,” Mayor Johnson said. 

“At a local level, every resident gets the chance to have a say about how rates revenue is spent on projects and services – like parks and reserves, playgrounds, libraries and community centre programs and local infrastructure.

“Some of our suburbs are experiencing population growth and new residential developments while in other areas we’re seeing investments in new industries and major projects which create jobs and support the economy.”

By consulting, councils can ensure that future planning and infrastructure needs reflect the views of their community and local businesses, said Mayor Johnson.

“Major projects and investments in the budget need to be balanced with essential services like waste, road and footpaths upgrades and stormwater,” he said.

“Councils set their business plans and budgets in a very transparent and accountable way and that should provide residents with confidence their council is working to represent what matters to them.

“I encourage everyone to take the opportunity when consultation opens to put forward their views, including proposed rates for the coming financial year.”

South Australian councils will adopt their annual business plan between 1 June and 15 August 2024, prior to setting rates for the year ahead.

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