For the benefit of constituents who have not cottoned on to how influential this plan/strategy [the Growth for Rates Reduction plan] can be, in moving South Gippsland Shire (SGS) on to a higher plane.
A lot of work went into the details, but here’s the nub: The core idea is to increase the trajectory of the Shire population growth for a few years.
This achieves a rapid growth in the rates base (more ‘assessments’), than previously forecast, whereby the net increase in revenue, can be utilised to improve infrastructure and/or to minimise future rate increases, or optimally, to actually reduce individual assessments.
The elected Council is charged with the responsibility to ensure that the net gain is not swallowed up by a ballooning administration, and actually benefits the ratepayers/constituents.
Some constituents fear their ‘patch’ will be destroyed in the process. Careful population placement ensures that does not happen.
Having said that, we all have to accept some changes will occur if we are to retain South Gippsland Shire (SGS) as a great place for our grandchildren to enjoy. Look around and see how many places in SGS have already died through a lack of population. Towns do not die from having too many people – they die from having too few people!
Growth for Rates Reduction (GfRR) plan is no magic pudding – it’s about putting the accelerator down and doing better than the currently projected population increase of 1.3 – 1.4% p.a. (out to 2035).
All projections from Council are formulated on historical data based on this pathetic projected growth rate. SGS is simply getting left behind!
What is not immediately obvious, is the GfRR strategy is the key mechanism to drive a much-needed paradigm shift in the ‘culture’ of the administration.
Not easy to achieve, as it has become a deep-seated problem over the last decade or so.
Is there anyone out there who has had dealings with the Shire administration who thinks improvement is not desirable? If in doubt, have a chat with a property developer, real estate agent, or other residents – I have – with 100s of them!
It’s a matter of replacing the present ‘obstructionist’ attitude, be it real or imagined, and engendering a more accommodating ‘can do’ mentality.
Remember who pays the wages! Staff who can’t, or won’t adapt, should take up the opportunity to work elsewhere.
John McCombe, Leongatha.
How the rates plan will work