Tell Council About Your Budget Priorities

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As part of the Towards 2030 Integrated Planning Framework Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is working with the community to clarify your expectations and increase the understanding of Council processes. This interactive budget tool called Budget Allocator is one part of this program.

The aim of the Budget Allocator tool is to provide an interactive way to help residents become aware of the competing priorities and constraints in place when allocating the budget to deliver services to the community.

In straightforward terms Council’s revenue comes from the general rate, fees, charges on water, waste, sewer and developer levies as well as State and Federal Government grants.

The budget figures used in the budget allocator are indicative figures that reflect the share of the general fund and ongoing grant allocations spent on each of the areas of service. The budget in Council’s Corporate Plan includes oncosts, revenue generated, borrowings, staffing and administration and these would make this exercise overly complicated and so have been omitted.

The services included in Budget Allocator are funded from the general fund. Waste, Water and Sewer services are not funded from the general rate fund. Information on funding and what’s included in these services is available in the three forum sections below. You are able to leave comments about these services by clicking on the title.

Comments and budget scenarios submitted through the Budget Allocator will help guide Council in formatting the service priorities and financial model included in the draft Four Year Delivery Program, the next step in Council's Integrated Planning Framework.

To create and submit your budget scenario click on the BUDGET ALLOCATOR icon in the top right hand corner of the page.

As part of the Towards 2030 Integrated Planning Framework Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is working with the community to clarify your expectations and increase the understanding of Council processes. This interactive budget tool called Budget Allocator is one part of this program.

The aim of the Budget Allocator tool is to provide an interactive way to help residents become aware of the competing priorities and constraints in place when allocating the budget to deliver services to the community.

In straightforward terms Council’s revenue comes from the general rate, fees, charges on water, waste, sewer and developer levies as well as State and Federal Government grants.

The budget figures used in the budget allocator are indicative figures that reflect the share of the general fund and ongoing grant allocations spent on each of the areas of service. The budget in Council’s Corporate Plan includes oncosts, revenue generated, borrowings, staffing and administration and these would make this exercise overly complicated and so have been omitted.

The services included in Budget Allocator are funded from the general fund. Waste, Water and Sewer services are not funded from the general rate fund. Information on funding and what’s included in these services is available in the three forum sections below. You are able to leave comments about these services by clicking on the title.

Comments and budget scenarios submitted through the Budget Allocator will help guide Council in formatting the service priorities and financial model included in the draft Four Year Delivery Program, the next step in Council's Integrated Planning Framework.

To create and submit your budget scenario click on the BUDGET ALLOCATOR icon in the top right hand corner of the page.

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  • Understanding the Water Services

    about 11 years ago
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    The Port Macquarie-Hastings Council water system provides over 31,000 water connections. The system includes two off creek storage dams, four water treatment plants, 36 reservoirs and over 750 km’s of water mains. Other associated equipment includes chemical dosing units, additional pumping stations, telemetry equipment for remote monitoring and technical instruments.


    In order to maintain and sustain the current service level it is proposed to continue to increase your water annual charge by 6% each year. This enables the current service level to be maintained whilst also providing for additional growth in the region. Network growth will continue to be met by both increased developer charges and rate income as required. 

  • Understanding the Sewer Services

    about 11 years ago
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    The Port Macquarie-Hastings Council sewerage system provides over 27,500 connections. The system includes six sewerage treatment plants, 154 pumping stations, 11,400 manholes and over 630 km’s of gravity and pressure mains. Other associated equipment includes 40km’s of reclaimed water mains, telemetry equipment for remote monitoring and technical instruments.


    In order to maintain and sustain the current service level it is proposed to continue to increase your sewer annual charge by 4.5% each year. This enables the current service levels to be maintained whilst also providing for additional growth in the region. Network growth will continue to be met by both increased developer charges and rate income as required.

  • Understanding the Waste Services

    about 11 years ago
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    The Port Macquarie-Hastings Council waste services include management of four waste transfer stations of varying capacity, kerbside domestic collection, street sweeping and collection of around 1,000 public litter bins throughout the Hastings.

    In order to maintain and sustain the current service level it is proposed to continue to increase your waste annual charge by 2% each year. This will enable the current service levels of pick up frequency and collections to be maintained and provides for anticipated growth in this area.