Council releases dates for Special Rate Variation consultation

Published on 06 July 2021

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Snowy Valleys Council has announced a series of dates for community meetings to discuss the long-term financial sustainability of the organisation, including options to apply for the introduction of a Special Rate Variation.

“Unfortunately, in response to the current COVID restrictions, we have had to change our plans for meeting with the community to discuss options for financial sustainability of Council and are now moving to an online format,” said Snowy Valleys Council Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Hyde.

Instead of being able to hold the meetings in halls around the region as originally planned, a series of open meetings will now be held online via Zoom, with all-day Drop In sessions to be held in both Tumbarumba and Tumut.

“The six online meetings will provide the opportunity for residents to learn about available options and choices for ensuring long term financial sustainability of Council as well as ask questions and participate in the discussion from their own home,” said Mr Hyde.

Mr Hyde said Council recognised that online meetings are not accessible to all the community, so two all-day Drop In sessions are also scheduled for the end of July.

“By holding COVID-safe Drop In sessions with QR Code check-in at larger facilities there will be more time for people to attend and discuss the options with staff across the course of the day, ensuring a greater ability to meet any space and capacity restrictions that may still be in place.

“Information about Council’s financial sustainability options will be available from Council’s website and we will also be distributing information to residents via mail and in local media encouraging people to review and provide feedback,” My Hyde said.

“Council’s Long Term Financial Plan was adopted in June and contained an option to review the implementation of a Special Rate Variation and other sustainability measures that would, if approved, come into effect from 1 July 2022.

“As discussed with the community in March, these meetings and the information Council will be making available during July will provide further detail about what options we have for balancing the delivery of valued community services with limited financial resources.”

Online meeting times:

  • Monday 19 July: 12.30pm
  • Monday 19 July: 6pm
  • Tuesday 20 July: 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 20 July: 6pm
  • Friday 23 July: 12.30pm
  • Monday 26 July: 6pm

Community Drop In Days:

  • Wednesday 28 July: Tumut Drop In Day, 11am - 6.30pm, Boys Club Hall
  • Thursday 29 July: Tumbarumba Drop In Day, 11am – 6.30pm, RSL Hall

EDIT: Unfortunately Community Drop In Sessions have been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions and public health advice. New dates and ways to get involved will be announced.

 More information can be found by going to www.svc.nsw.gov.au/srv

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