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Council Caps Rate Increase To Reduce Impact On Ratepayers

2017/18 Budget Adopted

The City of Victor Harbor finalised its budget process at a special council meeting held on 3 July when it adopted its 2017/18 budget.

Council faced a number of challenges in setting its budget with a combination of cost shifting from other levels of government, introduction of new services, increased power and waste services expenses, increased depreciation due to revaluations, and transfer of State Government Housing to Community Housing increasing council expenditure by over 8%. The budget also responds to priorities highlighted by the community and through the consultation process.

To minimise the burden on City of Victor Harbor ratepayers, the Council has capped its rate increase and opted for a deficit budget.

The average rate increase is 3.5% or $63 for the year. For residential ratepayers this will mean an average increase on last year’s rates of 3.1% or $55.

The budget allows for a net capital works program of $5.9 million. Operating expenses of $26.6 million will be funded by revenue of $25.5 million resulting in a deficit of $1.1 million.

The increased deficit is largely due to the early payment of federal and state grants which has reduced 2017/18 revenue by $621,000. Despite the budget forecasting a deficit, the Council is in a sound financial position with a comparatively low level of debt. A scheduled review of the Long Term Financial Plan will set a framework for the Council to move back into a surplus position.

For more detail view the City of Victor Harbor’s 2017/18 Annual Business Plan.

School Holiday Fun In The Mainstreet Precinct

School Holidays in the Mainstreet Precinct

Looking for something to do this school holidays? Why not check out what is happening in Victor Harbor’s Mainstreet Precinct.

The SA Whale Centre is running a hands-on session focussing on penguins. There’s creative art workshops at Ocean Street Studio, a number of children’s movies showing at the Victa Cinema, plus much more!

See the complete listing of what’s on in the Mainstreet Precinct.

Have Your Say On The Draft Town Centre Parking Strategy

Have your say on the draft car parking strategy

The City of Victor Harbor is seeking the community’s feedback on its draft Town Centre Parking Strategy.

This strategy forms ‘Part B’ of the Victor Harbor Town Centre Traffic Movement and Car Parking Strategy, and outlines the Council’s commitment to manage on and off-street parking into the future.

The strategy has been informed by the results of a community survey, as well as comprehensive investigations. It includes a number of recommendations that address a broad range of areas including the availability of car parks, time limits, cost, enforcement and wayfinding.

For more detail view the draft strategy and investigations report online at You can view a hard copy at the Council Office (1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor.

The public consultation period will close at 5pm on Friday, 11 August 2017.

Santos Tour Down Under Back To Victor In 2018

Santos Tour Down Under

The City of Victor Harbor is excited to be named as host of the Stage 3 finish in the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under.

Securing the Stage 3 finish again is a real win for Victor Harbor, particularly given that the race organisers are retaining last year’s popular 13 km finishing circuit around Victor Harbor.

Last year spectators enjoyed seeing the professional riders a number of times as they looped around Victor Harbor. It created a fantastic atmosphere around the city.

Stage 3 will be held on 18 January and start at Glenelg before winding through Myponga, Yankalilla and Inman Valley, before finishing up on the Esplanade in Victor Harbor.

The 2018 Santos Tour Down Under will be held from Saturday, 13 January until Sunday, 21 January. Visit for all the details.

Dog and Cat Registrations Now Due

Registrations now due

It’s important for owners to register their pets for a number of reasons. For example, registering your pet means that if they are lost, the Council can contact you and reunite you with your four-legged friend.

Dog and cat registration run from 1 July to 30 June each year. Renewal notices have recently been sent to pet owners for 2017/18.

As cat registration has only recently been introduced, you may need to complete the application form.

Renewals are due by 31 August. Please be advised that a late fee of $15 may be charged for late payments.

Find out more about cat or dog registrations.

Ocean Street Entry Next For Upgrade

Stage 2 Mainstreet Upgrade

Preparations for Stage 2 of the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct Upgrade are underway!

At its June meeting, the City of Victor Harbor amended the staging plan of the upgrade and Stage 2 will now incorporate the northern end of the Precinct, continuing on Ocean Street from the end of Stage 1 to Torrens Street. Previously Stage 2 was to extend along Ocean Street from each side of the newly upgraded intersection to the end of the pedestrian crossing points.

As a result of changing the stage plan of the upgrade, work needs to be undertaken on the design specifications for Stage 2 and an additional grant funding application will be submitted. Council plans for Stage 2 construction works to commence in May 2019.

View the revised staging plan.

Help Us, Help You

Update your contact details today

Council would like to be able to contact you if we receive reports of urgent issues relating to your property.

For example, we often get calls reporting damaged fences or fallen trees, and we would like to be able to pass this information on to property owners, or their nominated emergency contact.

To help us, we are asking ratepayers to provide us with a phone number and email address for their property’s primary contact person.

Updating these details will only take a couple of minutes, and will allow us to provide a better service to our ratepayers.

Update your details today.

Next Council Meeting

The City of Victor Harbor’s next council meeting will be held on Monday, 24 July 2017 from 5.30pm in the Council Chambers (1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor).

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