Council meets to determine pools rate variation

Council staff are recommending a special rate variation to pay for the shire's pools ahead of a meeting next Wednesday.

However, it said all the feedback and funding options outlined in the report and some variations on those options, including that council not apply for an SRV, will be considered before deciding on a way forward.

The report outlines all sources of feedback on the six pools and the funding proposal. Of the options presented in the report, the recommendation to council if they wish to continue to commit to the six-pool goal is that council applies to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a rate increase of 11 per cent (inclusive of the rate peg), that if successful would come into effect on July 1, 2020.

The report follows a community engagement process conducted over several months, including the public exhibition of the draft Swimming Pools Strategy Discussion Paper, surveys, public information sessions, signage, media releases and briefings, and social media posts.

If council decides next week to apply for an SRV in any form, it is required to advise IPART of its intentions by November 29, after which further community engagement will be undertaken before the formal application is resolved by council in early February.

IPART will then consider the application against a set of assessment criteria including evidence that the community is aware of the need for and extent of the rate variation.

To view the business paper for next week's meeting, including the report to council on the proposed SRV and the consultation summary report, visit

The meeting will be held at 2pm Wednesday and is open to the public.

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