What you've asked for

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Council conducted a comprehensive community consultation between November 2017 and March 2018, to determine whether the goals set out in the Burwood2030 Community Strategic Plan were still relevant.

The consultation covered a range of topics including Council facilities, infrastructure, environment, cleanliness and town planning and a potential need for a Special Rate Variation with funding scenarios were modelled on a possible three-year increase of 2% above the rate peg. 

Feedback from the survey was incorporated into Council’s long term strategic plans, including the Community Strategic Plan, which was revised under the new Council in 2018.

These documents form the blueprint of all activities Council will undertake in the next four to ten years.

Click here to view the Community Strategic Plan and IP&R documents.

As part of the consultation a community wide phone survey and two focus groups were held. Participants of the survey were asked for their level of support for a proposed special variation.

Key findings from the survey included:

  • 75 per cent of residents are at least 'somewhat supportive' of continuing the current SRV
  • Providing more community services, clean public places, waste management and a responsibly managed council for the area were all identified as the most important components to be included in the 10-year plan, with 98% of respondents stating these were important
  • Residents expressed concerns for the impacts and management of high density living and road safety, with all the bottom 5 agreement statements falling within the ‘Local Spaces, Economy and Transport’ pillar
  • 95% rated their quality of life as ‘good’ to ‘excellent
  • 85% of residents were at least ‘somewhat satisfied’ with the performance of Council

Following further assessment and the development of Council’s Asset Management Plan and Long Term Financial Plan, it is now recommended that Council models its potential special variation application scenario on a 2% increase above rate peg for four years, instead of three in order to reduce the existing infrastructure backlog in line with the community's priorities for the area.