Annual and Long Term Business Plans and Budget 2014 2015

The Annual Business Plan sets out the proposed services, projects and programs for 2014/2015 to continue to work towards our objectives and long-term goals as set out in our Strategic Management Plan. 

Council, as part of this Annual Business Plan, has focused on delivering key projects for our community including an investment of $500,000 to continue the development of our world class trail network through the Mitcham hills as well as spending $210,000 on traffic management around the Daw Park Repatriation Hospital, Mitcham Square and throughout Clapham and Panorama.

The Plan also highlights our commitment to investing in our infrastructure with $5.9 million dedicated to improving our roads, $2.5 million on upgrading our footpaths and $1 million on our kerb, watertable and stormwater. A total of $16.02 million is being invested in our infrastructure assets.

To ensure the success of the Plan and the continual development and maintenance of our City and services, homeowners will pay an average of 4.24% more in rates this financial year. This means the average residential rate will increase from $1,439 to $1,500 an increase of $61 or $1.17 per week. 

This rates increase is based on a 3.04% general rate increase plus 1.2% which is a direct result of Federal and State Government cost shifting. 

The Plan also provides for an operating surplus from Council operations of approximately $172,000 (excluding subsidiaries) which is in line with Council’s commitment to balance the budget by 2014/2015. Whilst the budget forecasts an operating surplus, it does rely on substantial savings of $1,045,000 being made in 2014/2015 through cost and efficiency savings. Without the delivery of these savings, the budget effectively remains in deficit. In addition to balancing the budget, Council continues to focus on keeping expenditure responsible and sustainable, whilst providing the best possible mix of services, infrastructure and facilities for our communities today.

Annual Business Plan 2014-2015LTFP Cover

Annual Business Plan Summary 2014 2015(134 kb)

August 2014 Mitcham Community News

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 10 June 2014, adopted the Schedule of Fees and Charges 2014-2015, a link to which is provided below:

City of Mitcham Schedule of Fees 2014 2015(172 kb)

Maximum Rate Increase for Residential Ratepayers

Council has extended the rate capping scheme to all rate payers who would otherwise have incurred a rate increase greater than 12.5%. A rebate will be granted automatically to eligible ratepayers. If a rebate does not appear on your rates notice and you believe you are eligible, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 8372 8888, or email

Rates income is used to provide a range of essential everyday services such as road rehabilitation, footpath repairs and maintenance, stormwater drainage, the collection of rubbish and recyclable materials, ongoing maintenance of parks, gardens and buildings, street lighting and street cleaning, libraries, animal control, planning and enforcement of local laws.

The increase in rates income will be used to implement key strategies including maintaining the City’s ageing infrastructure, which includes our roads, footpaths and stormwater drainage systems, new footpaths and stormwater infrastructure improvements and investment to fully implement the City of Mitcham's Trails Strategy.

For further information in relation to Council rates for 2014 2015, please click here.

New and Enhanced Services for the Community

Continuation of the Trails Strategy


New Footpaths Construction


New Traffic Control Devices


New Storm-water Drainage Infrastructure


Brownhill Creek Project Works


Mitcham Cemetery Upgrade Work


Relocation of the Blackwood Toy Library


Clapham Panorama Local Traffic Plan


Repat Hospital - Traffic Improvements


Mitcham Centre - Traffic Improvements


Internal Restoration of the Former Police Cell Building – Mitcham Cultural Village


Incomplete New Capital Works from 2012/2013 being re-budgeted in 2013/2014 (including New Footpaths and Stormwater Improvements)


Highfield Drive Detention Basin - Desilting/Repairs


Incomplete new capital works from 2013/2014 and are being re-budgeted in 2014/2015


Re-prioritisation of new capital




* In addition to the services listed above, Council has also undertaken initiatives such as street lighting upgrades and investigations and bush land reserve management. An amount of $176,400 will be required annually to maintain all of these new and enhanced services for the community.

One-off Projects 2014/2015

Blackwood Master Plan


Undertake Activity Centres Development Plan Amendment Review


Audit Baseball Risk at Mortlock Park


Completion of review of use and management of Community Land in Colonel Light Gardens


Leases and Licences Review Consultation


Sturt Linear Park Stage 3 - Design and Consultation


Highfield Drive Detention Basin – De-silting/Repairs


Stormwater Management Plans (this includes $20,000 in grant funding)


Efficiency and Effectiveness Operating Projects


Corporate Systems Review


Depot Planning Project


Chemical Waste Days


Water Sensitive Urban Design Investigations




Investing in Infrastructure and Service Enhancement

The City of Mitcham will be spending $16.02 million on assets including our road network, drainage systems, footpaths and community buildings.

Renewal of Assets

Sealed Roads


Kerb and Water Table


Car Parks








Bus Shelters




Open Space and Reserves


Community Buildings


Civic Buildings


Fleet and Plant


Office Furniture and Equipment


Incomplete Renewal Works


Re-prioritisation of capital renewal




Council’s Capital Works Program is contained in the Annual Business Plan 2014 2015

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