Library Information
Strategic Plan Download
Download Mitcham Community News

Annual Business Plan and Budget and Long Term Financial Plan

Annual Business Plan and Budget 2016/2017

The Annual Business Plan and Budget for 2016/2017 outlines Council’s priorities for the year.  Click on the image to access the full Annual Business Plan for 2016/2017.

ABP 16/17 Cover Image













Key achievements of our Plan are:

  • Installation of 1,425 m of new footpaths
  • Expansion of the Tree Planting Program to 1,200 trees per annum
  • New and upgraded stormwater infrastructure
  • Frank Smith Dam reconstruction and stabilisation
  • Springbank Road upgrade
  • Further development of the Sturt River Trail
  • Additional Water Sensitive Urban Design Initiatives
  • Expanded Community Wellbeing Personal Transport Fleet
  • Participation in the Way to Go School Safety Program

In addition we are looking to partner with the Federal Government to deliver a much need replacement of the Hewett Reserve Club Rooms.

In 2016/2017 Council is budgeting for $55.7 million in expenditure on delivering services as well as investing $26.3 million on capital works with a proposed underlying operating surplus of $1.23 million.

The budget is based on a rate increase of 2.75% being the lowest for over a decade.

Rates income is the major source of funding used to provide a range of essential everyday services to the community with $49.3 million (excluding NRM Levy) being raised from rates and $8.2 million from other sources including use fees and charges and State and Federal Grants.








Investing in Community Assets and Service Enhancement

Council will be spending a total of $26.3 million on assets being $21.1 million on renewing existing assets and reducing backlog and a further $5.2 million will be spent on constructing or acquiring new assets and enhancing services.

Expenditure 16 17








The new and improved services totalling $534,000 ongoing rate funded expenditure[1], with an associated one-off $3.11 million capital investment, are as follows:

  • Water Sensitive Urban Design Initiatives
  • Tree Planting Program Expansion (including Audit) – Year 1 (1,000 to 1,200 trees per annum)
  • Website Upgrade
  • Frank Smith Dam Reconstruction and Stabilisation
  • Sturt River Linear Park Construction Part 3A
  • Sturt River Linear Park Land Purchase Part 3A
  • Improved Sporting Club Development and Engagement
  • Maintenance and Cleaning of Heritage Monuments
  • Improved Open Space Maintenance – Minno Creek
  • Participation in Way To Go School Safety Program
  • New Footpath Construction (Additional Footpaths)
  • Stormwater Upgrades and New Stormwater Infrastructure
  • Brownhill Creek Flooding Management
  • New Shades over Two Playgrounds
  • Expanded Community Wellbeing Personal Transport Fleet

Council endorsed the following operating projects totalling $500,000:

  • Council By-Election - The Park Ward
  • Bike Priority Movements Rugby Street Kingswood
  • Multicultural Food and Music Event
  • Heritage Plans for 17 Listed Heritage Buildings owned by Council
  • Water For Mitcham – Kingswood to Bailey Reserve Stormwater Reuse Scheme (Scheme 2.2) - Stage 1
  • Development of a City of Mitcham local Economic Development Strategy
  • Heritage, Restoration and Maintenance of Heritage Stone Bridges (Mitcham Reserve Bridge and Horners Bridge)
  • Heritage, Restoration and Maintenance of Heritage stone archways (Soldiers Memorial Gardens and Sutton Gardens)
  • Wartime Historic Fair (including Re-enactment Mortlock Park – Heritage Event)
  • Integrated Transport and Traffic Strategy– Planning and Design
  • Sturt River Urban Catchment - Stormwater Management Plan
  • Undertake Service Reviews per Service Review Program
  • Emerging priorities

[1]Includes estimated ongoing operating expenses in the form of maintenance and average cost of capital (interestand debt repayment over defined timeframe).

Long Term Financial Plan 2016/2017-2025/2026

LTFP Cover Image

Previous Long Term Financial Plans

Long Term Financial Plan 2015/2016

Fees and Charges

Section 188 of the Local Government Act 1999 provides that Council may impose fees and charges by resolution.

Council is required to review the fees and charges annually and at its meeting on 13 June 2017, adopted the Schedule of Fees and Charges 2017/2018, a link to which is provided below:

City of Mitcham Schedule of Fees for 2017 2018(237 kb)


Rates Summary 2016/2017

To ensure the success of the Plan and the continual development and maintenance of our City and services, homeowners will pay an average of 2.75% more in rates this financial year. This means the average residential rate will increase from $1,567 to $1,611 an increase of $44 or 85 cents per week based upon;

  • 2.05% for the continued provision of existing services and fund the repayment of debt in approximately 28 years; plus
  • - 0.73% rate decrease for financial savings; plus
  • 0.98% to cover new and improved services, in addition to maintaining existing services; plus
  • 0.45% to cover cost shifting through reduced grant funding from State and Federal Government and increase in State Government levies.

Council has a rate capping scheme available to all rate payers subject to eligibility criteria. This is designed to assist ratepayers who would otherwise have incurred a rate increase greater than 12.5%. For details of eligibility call 8372 8888, or visit


The City of Mitcham continues to use capital values as a basis for calculating rates and adopts the capital values provided by the State Valuation Office. If you believe that your property value is incorrect you may object within 60 days of receiving your first rates notice. Objections must be forwarded to the State Valuation Office:

Mail: GPO Box 1354, Adelaide  SA  5001

Phone: 1300 653 345

Fax: 08 8226 1428



Please note that Council has no role in this process.

Rates based on Land use (differential rate)

Council uses land use as a factor to apply differential rates. If you believe a property has been incorrectly classified as to its land use then a written objection may be made (to the Council) within 60 days of receiving the notice. Council may, for good reason determine to accept an objection lodged outside this time period.

For 2016/2017 the following rates will apply for different land use types:

  • Residential, Primary Production and Other Land – 0.298972 cents in the dollar on the capital value of rateable land
  • Commercial/Industrial and Vacant Land – 0.620035 cents in the dollar on the capital value of rateable land

Council has also fixed a minimum amount payable by way of the general rates of $981 being 56% of the average rate of all rateable properties.


Rebates are available to eligible properties, Council has a Postponement of Rates for Seniors Scheme and also applies a rate capping scheme to all properties to ensure that significant increases in rates are moderated over time.

Further Information

For further information on Council’s Annual Business Plan, Long Term Financial Plan or Rates please visit or call Council’s Customer Service Centre on 8372 8888.

City of Mitcham
131 Belair Road,
Torrens Park

Phone: 8372 8888

Fax: 8372 8101


Find us on FacebookTwittereNews
City of Mitcham -ABN 92 180 069 793
131 Belair Road, Torrens Park SA 5062
T: +61 8 8372 8888 | F: +61 8 83728101
Last date modified: 2017-06-25T16:30:26
SA Councils MapsSnap Send Solve