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Annual Business Plan, Budget, Long Term Financial Plan & Rating Policy

Council at the Ordinary Meeting held on Tuesday 16 May 2017, The Flinders Ranges Council approved the draft Annual Business Plan 2017-2018, draft Long Term Financial Plan 2017-2037, draft Fees & Charges 2017-2018 and draft Rating Policy 2017-2018 for public consultation.

Feedback and suggestions regarding Council’s draft Annual Business Plan 2017-2018, draft Rating Policy 2017-2018, draft Long Term Financial Plan 2017-2037 and draft Fees and Charges 2017-2018 are required in writing by 5:00pm Friday 23 June 2017.  Written feedback or suggestions are to be addressed to the Finance and Administration Manager, The Flinders Ranges Council, PO Box 43, Quorn SA 5433.

Council will set aside one hour at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday 20 June 2017 commencing at 6:30pm for Residents or Ratepayers who wished to address the Council on the draft Annual Business Plan 2017-2018, draft Rating Policy 2017-2018, draft Long Term Financial Plan 2017-2037 and/or draft Fees and Charges 2017-2018. Ratepayers are required to phone Council on 8620 0500 to register their interest in making a verbal presentation to Council on the draft Annual Business Plan 2017-2018, draft Rating Policy 2017-2018, draft Long Term Financial Plan 2017-2037 and/or draft Fees and Charges 2017-2018.

Council will accept email submissions to council@frc.sa.gov.au provided a contact name, address and phone number are included in the email.

Both the written and verbal submissions will be considered by Council at a Special Meeting of Council held on Tuesday 4 July 2017 in Quorn.

These documents are now available on Council's website (under Public Consultation) or a hardcopy can be viewed at the Quorn Council Office or Hawker Motors.

The Rating Policy 2017-2018 contains changes to Council’s rating methodology from the Rating Policy 2016-2017. Council is proposing to introduce Separate Rates for Halls, Swimming Pools, Street Lighting, Public Conveniences and Landfills/Transfer Stations, with a corresponding decrease in the general differential rate. It is not anticipated that there will be any impact on the total rates paid other than the budgeted average increase of 5%. Refer to Council’s draft Rating Policy 2017-2018 for more detail. Council is undertaking this change to provide a more transparent rating policy, listing the ratepayers “portion” of the cost of maintaining major infrastructure. Please note that monies raised for Separate Rates can only be used for the purpose raised. It is not intended to include a capital component in the separate rate for 2017-2018.

Council is required under Section 151 & Section 156 of the Local Government Act 1999, to consult the public on any changes to rating methodologies. Consultation will be undertaken in conjunction with the consultation required for the Annual Business Plan, which is expressly allowed under that Act by Section 151(8a).

EPA Dob in a Litterer App

A new public litter reporting App and website, developed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will give power to the people who see someone litter.

From Wednesday 1 February South Australians will have access to the Dob in a Litterer App and website to report cases of littering from vehicles.

The Dob in a Litterer App is free and easy to use. After downloading onto a phone or tablet, users simply complete a once-off registration process to commence reporting.

Dob in a Litterer uses the latest technology featuring drop down menus to identify the type, model and colour of the offending vehicle, a map to determine the exact location of where the littering took place, and also includes a photo feature to capture evidence.
Research has shown that cigarette butts remains the main contributor to litter in South Australia, with other items including takeaway food containers, plastic bottles and paper.
The Dob in a Litterer app has been specifically designed to target littering from vehicles.
Fines have been set at $210 for small amounts of general litter, $500 for Class B hazardous litter, which includes lit cigarettes or butts, used syringes and glass, and $1000 for quantities of litter more than 50 litres on volume, such as illegal dumping.

The app is free and available for Android and Apple phones and tablets.

The launch of Dob in a Litterer coincides with the introduction of the litter provisions of the new Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016, and a State Government commitment to introduce a public litter reporting system.

A similar system is operating in NSW and Victoria.

South Australia maintains its reputation for sustaining a clean environment and this legislation and the new app and website is making this happen. These reforms will significantly deter littering by giving the power to all citizens to report littering and result in reduced clean-up costs to local government, as well as improved services for the South Australian community.

Dob in a Litterer

CFS Fire Danger Season

Flinders District Fire Danger Season

- 1st November to 15 April each year

The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) has not advised that the Fire Danger Season for the Flinders District will be changed for the 2017-2018 Fire Danger Season. The Flinders District Fire Danger Season starts on 1st November 2017 and was scheduled to finish on 15 April 2018. All Fire Danger Season dates can be found on the CFS website here:


Please be aware that Fire Bans can be applied any time during the year. Please refer to the CFS website for futher details concerning Fire Bans: http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/home.jsp

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