What your rates pay for

Rates are a tax on property. A property's value is used to calculate how much each property owner pays in rates, with every property valuation conducted by an independent valuer. Rates help to fund a wide range of services, facilities and programs in your local community. Rates make up around 68 per cent of our operating revenue.

Some of the services we provide on an ongoing basis include:

  • bridges, roads and footpath construction and maintenance
  • drains
  • household rubbish collection and disposal
  • kerbside recycling collection
  • hard and green waste collections
  • public lighting
  • parks
  • planning and building services including control of land use planning, processing of planning applications, zone and overlay controls, and building control services to ensure community safety
  • public facilities and community assets such as community halls
  • recreation, sport and leisure facilities
  • swimming pools
  • libraries
  • registration of cats and dogs, as well as domestic animal businesses
  • collection of wandering animals
  • control of dangerous and restricted breed dogs
  • traffic management
  • food premises inspection and registration services to ensure compliance with the Food Act
  • pest control services
  • monitoring and approval of septic tank systems
  • litter control
  • tree planting
  • compliance monitoring of tobacco laws
  • emergency management
  • tourism and business development services
  • native vegetation controls
  • health, welfare and community services including kindergartens, maternal and child health facilities, playgroups and neighbourhood and community houses
  • youth services and events
  • school holiday programs
  • skate parks
  • community grants funding.

To see our planned spending for this financial year view our 2018-19 budget