2021/2022 Operational Plan - Yass Valley Council

 
2021/2022 Operational Plan - Yass Valley Council
2021/2022
Operational Plan

                   Adopted 23/6/20214
2021/2022 Operational Plan - Yass Valley Council
Yass Valley Council acknowledges the
 traditional custodians of the land –
 the Ngunnawal people and acknowledge the
 elders of the community and their
 descendants.
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 We also produce a newsletter, ‘The Valley Views’ which is mailed to
 all residents and businesses three times per year.

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 In person:
 Yass Valley Council
 209 Comur Street
 YASS NSW 2582
 Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5.00pm
 Phone             02 6226 1477
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 Mail              PO Box 6, YASS NSW 2582
 Email             council@yass.nsw.gov.au
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2021/2022 Operational Plan - Yass Valley Council
Table of Contents
Our Mayor and Councillors                                                       4
Message from the Mayor                                                          5
What is an Operational Plan?                                                    6
We are working towards our community’s goals                                    7
Our Environment                                                                 8
Our Economy                                                                    13
Our Community                                                                  16
Our Infrastructure                                                             21
Our Civic Leadership                                                           28
Statement of Revenue Policy ___________________________________________________ 35
Fees and Charges                                                                44
2021/2022 Annual Budget                                                         46
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Our Mayor and
        Councillors
        Yass Valley Council has nine Councillors, including the Mayor. The roles and responsibilities of the Mayor
        and Councillors are explained in sections 226 and 232 of the Local Government Act 1993.

                              Councillor Rowena Abbey (Mayor)                       Councillor Nathan Furry (Deputy
                              Mobile: 0427 830 910                                  Mayor)
                              Rowena.Abbey@yass.nsw.gov.au                          Mobile: 0402 636 735
                                                                                    Nathan.Furry@yass.nsw.gov.au

                              Councillor Geoff Frost
                              Mobile: 0403 521 079                                  Councillor Allison Harker
                              Geoff.Frost@yass.nsw.gov.au                           Mobile: 0402 636 735
                                                                                    Allison.Harker@yass.nsw.gov.au

                               Councillor Mike Reid
                               Mobile: 0412 078 475                                 Councillor Michael McManus
                               Mike.Reid@yass.nsw.gov.au                            Mobile: 0419 474 649
                                                                                    Michael.McManus@yass.nsw.gov.au

                              Councillor Jasmin Jones
                              Mobile: 0400 486 616                                  Councillor Cecil Burgess
                              Jasmin.Jones@yass.nsw.gov.au                          Mobile: 0429 930 628
                                                                                    Cecil.Burgess@yass.nsw.gov.au

                               Councillor Kim Turner
                               Mobile: 0407 489 570
                               Kim.Turner@yass.nsw.gov.au

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Message from
our Mayor
On behalf of my fellow Councillors, I am proud to          re-sheeting program for our unsealed road network.
present the 2021/2022 Operational Plan, which
includes the 2021/2022 Budget, Fees & Charges and          Our community was faced with significant
Rates Charges for Yass Valley.                             challenges last year, including drought, bushfires
                                                           and a world-wide health crisis in Coronavirus
The individual projects and activities that will be        (COVID-19). It was, and in many ways continues to
undertaken in 2021/2022 are based on the                   be, an uncertain and unsettling time and we were
commitments made in the Delivery Program.                  all forced to adapt to new and innovative ways of
The framework for our Plan is based on our 2016-           life as we united to get through the pandemic
2036 Regional Community Strategic Plan (CSP) that          together.
identifies the community’s priorities and
expectations for the next 20 years. It also contains       There were major disruptions to businesses,
budget information, outlining how Council will fund        services and facilities in the Local Government Area.
the delivery of each of these key projects.                Many of Council’s services and facilities had to close
                                                           or operate with modifications and limitations for a
The Operational Plan allocates responsibility for          period of time.
each project or activity to a program area of Council.
This is then filtered into program area plans, project     Councillors were given another year to continue our
plans and individual work plans. It is supported by        work and it will be up to a new Council to take over
Council’s 2021/2022 Budget, which outlines the             the reins following the Local Government elections
capital works program and key infrastructure               in September 2021. Together, they will decide what
projects Council will carry out in the same financial      path our community will take for the next three
year.                                                      years. Our resilience as a community will continue
                                                           to be tested, however, as our nation rolls out the
Council has in place a number of mechanisms for            COVID-19 vaccine program and our economy and
measuring the success or effectiveness of each of          lifestyle can hopefully return to a new COVID-19
the activities. Progress on each of the commitments        ‘normal.’
is monitored regularly and reported back to Council
and the community in six monthly and annual                The health of our community continues to remain
reports. This will keep Council on track to deliver on     the number one priority and, to this end, Council
our community goals in our Regional CSP.                   has decided to again deliver the 2021/22
                                                           Operational Plan through our safe, interactive and
The focus on key infrastructure upgrades will              online format. Following from the success of last
continue in 2021/2022, including: the opening of           year’s online launch, which attracted a high level of
the Yass to Murrumbateman Pipeline; the                    public engagement, we will invite your feedback
preparation of documents required for the new              and suggestions on these important documents that
Civic Precinct project to proceed to the point where       are ultimately shaped by you. Your input is more
it is ‘shovel ready’; the acceleration of early works      important than ever as we hope to progress on
to improve water quality in Yass and the ongoing           some major local infrastructure projects that will
lobbying of Governments for the funding to build a         have long lasting impacts for future generations in
new Water Treatment Plant for the town. In                 the Yass Valley.
addition to this, we will continue to work hard to
upgrade our amenities, parks and sporting grounds          Rowena Abbey
and strengthen our renewed focus on the annual             Mayor, Yass

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What is an Operational Plan?
        The Operational plan supports the Delivery Program and sets out Yass Valley Council’s planned activities for
        2021/2022
        The operational plan identifies the individual projects and activities that will be undertaken within the next
        financial year to achieve the actions made in the Delivery Program.
        The Operational Plan allocates responsibilities for each activity and identifies how their effectiveness will be
        measured.
         The Operational Plan includes Council’s detailed annual budget, statement of revenue policy, including the
         proposed rates, fees and charges for the financial year.

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We are working towards our
    Community’s goals
     The community of Yass Valley outlined their goals                   We have set out this plan along the 5 strategic
     and aspirations during the development of our                       pillars so that the links to the CSP are easily
     Regional Community Strategic Plan (CSP).                            identified and we have developed measures to
     Yass Valley Council has considered these goals and                  demonstrate how we are progressing towards
     aspirations in developing the Delivery Program and                  these goals.
     Operational Plan to ensure that we are working
     towards the achievement of the community’s goals.

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Strategic Pillar 1 – Our Environment
We appreciate our range of rural landscapes and habitats, and act as custodians of the
natural environment for future generations.
      We will consider environmental protection when making planning and funding decisions, and investigate offset
       programs

      We will actively conserve and rehabilitate areas of natural beauty in our local government areas, encouraging
       the use of native flora where possible and appropriate.

      We will maintain our rural landscapes

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EN1 - Protect and enhance the existing natural environment, including flora and fauna, native to the region
 Delivery Program Action                             Operational Plan                              Responsible               Measure/Target
 2017-2021                                           Activity                                      Officer
 EN1.1                                               EN1.1.1                                       Director Planning and     Monitoring/commenced
 Protect our natural assets in line with             Commence monitoring of the former Yass        Environment
 community values.                                   gasworks site.
                                                     EN1.1.2                                       Director Planning and     Biodiversity assessment/commenced
                                                     Commence a biodiversity assessment on         Environment
                                                     Box Gum Woodland at the Mullion
                                                     Recreation Ground.
 EN1.2                                               EN1.2.1                                       Director Planning and     Application/lodged
 Work with Office of Environment and                 Lodge an application for Strategic            Environment
 Heritage to maintain a network of                   Biocertification on "Hawthorn" and
 connected native vegetation (including              adjacent identified land at
 reserves and council land).                         Murrumbateman.
                                                     EN1.2.2                                       Director Planning and     Accreditation/maintained
                                                     Maintain an Accredited Assessor under the     Environment
                                                     Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.
 EN1.3                                               EN1.3.1                                       Director Planning and     Spraying/completed
 Meet obligations for weed control in                Undertake roadside spraying in accordance     Environment
 the Yass Valley Local Government Area               with Council’s schedule.

 EN2 - Adopt environmental sustainability practices
 EN 2.1                                                                                            Director Planning and
 Implement Council’s Environmental                                                                 Environment
 Sustainability Policy across all Council                                                          Director infrastructure
 operations.                                                                                       and Assets

 EN2.2                                               EN2.2.1                                       Director Infrastructure   Fittings/installed
 Improve water efficiency of Council                 Newly installed water fixtures and fittings   and Assets
 operations.                                         to meet 4 star water efficiency rating in
                                                     accordance with AS/NZ6400.
 EN2.3                                               EN2.3.1                                       Director Planning and     Coordination/completed
 Conduct Engagement Programs that                    Co-ordinate Clean Up Australia Day            Environment
 encourage positive behaviour change in              activities.
 the community.

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EN2 - Adopt environmental sustainability practices
 Delivery Program Action                             Operational Plan                              Responsible             Measure/Target
 2017-2021                                           Activity                                      Officer
                                                     EN2.3.2                                       Director Planning and   Posts/published
                                                     Publish #SustainabilitySunday on Council’s    Environment
                                                     social media platform.
 EN2.4                                               EN2.4.1                                       Director Planning and   Workshops/completed
 Work with schools to increase                       Complete three in-school workshops on         Environment
 awareness of caring for the local                   waste reduction.
 environment
 EN2.5                                               EN2.5.1                                       Director Planning and   Standards/drafted
 Consider water sensitive urban design               Incorporate water sensitive design            Environment
 principles in development assessment.               standards into comprehensive
                                                     Development Control Plan.

 EN3 - Protect and rehabilitate waterways and catchments.
 EN3.1                                               EN3.1.1                                       Director Planning and   Data/submitted
 Engage with the community and                       Submit monthly data for two sites on the      Environment
 external agencies to deliver programs               Yass River measuring regional water quality
 which improve the health of the Yass                for the Waterwatch program.
 River and tributaries.
 EN3.2                                               EN3.2.1                                       Director Planning and   Posts/published
 Increase community awareness of the                 Publish #SustainabilitySunday on Council’s    Environment
 importance of stormwater health and                 social media platform focussing on
 quality                                             stormwater health and quality.
 EN3.3                                               EN3.3.1                                       Director Planning and   Community groups/supported
 Deliver Plan of Management for the                  Support community groups to deliver           Environment
 Yass Gorge.                                         actions from the Yass Gorge Plan of
                                                     Management

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EN4 - Maintain a balance between growth, development and environmental protection through sensible planning.

   Delivery Program Action                           Operational Plan                             Responsible             Measure/Target
   2017-2021                                         Activity
                                                                                                  Officer
   EN4.1                                             EN4.1.1                                      Director Planning and   Plan/completed
   Ensure Council's statutory planning               Complete the comprehensive development       Environment
   instruments are up to date and                    control plan.
   reflective of community needs.
                                                     EN4.1.2                                      Director Planning and   Planning proposal/commenced
                                                     Commence a planning proposal to insert       Environment
                                                     planning controls from the Yass Floodplain
                                                     Risk Management Study and Plan into the
                                                     Yass Valley Local Environmental Plan 2013.
                                                     EN4.1.3                                      Director Planning and   Contributions plan/completed
                                                     Complete the Heavy Haulage Contributions     Environment
                                                     Plan.
                                                     EN 4.1.4                                     Director Planning and   Masterplan/commenced
                                                     Commence the North Murrumbateman             Environment
                                                     Masterplan.
                                                     EN4.1.5                                      Director Planning and   Strategy/completed
                                                     Complete the Housing Strategy.               Environment
   EN4.2                                             EN4.2.1                                      Director Planning and   Development applications determined within
   Ensure development application                    Determine applications for development       Environment             statutory timeframes=>70%
   assessment is thorough and efficient.             for local activities.                                                Complying development certificates determined
                                                                                                                          within statutory timeframes=>80%
                                                                                                                          Construction certificates determined within 30
                                                                                                                          days of registration=>80%
                                                                                                                          Local activity approvals determined within 14
                                                                                                                          days of registration=>80%
                                                     EN 4.2.2                                     Director Planning and   Manual/commenced
                                                     Commence preparation of an Engineering       Environment
                                                     Design Standards Manual.

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EN5- To investigate and implement approaches to reduce our carbon footprint.
   Delivery Program Action                           Operational Plan                              Responsible                  Measure/Target
   2017-2021                                         Activity
                                                                                                   Officer
   EN5.1                                             EN5.1.1                                      Director Infrastructure and   Strategy/commenced
   Reduce rubbish to landfill through                Commence the Waste Recycling Strategy.       Assets
   effective waste management and
   recycling.
                                                     EN5.1.2                                      Director Infrastructure and   Program/participation
                                                     Actively participate in the various          Assets
                                                     Canberra Region Joint Organisation waste
                                                     reduction programs.
   EN5.2                                             EN5.2.1                                      Director Infrastructure and   Recycling/promoted
   Work with local businesses to                     Actively promote recycling at the transfer   Assets
   encourage recycling.                              stations with customers.
   EN5.3                                             EN5.3.1                                      Director Planning and         Posts/published
   Promote initiatives in the community              Publish #SustainabilitySunday on             Environment
   such as Eat/Shop Local, Love your                 Council’s social media platform focussing
   Leftovers and being efficient with                on community initiatives.
   electricity.
                                                     EN5.3.2                                      Director Planning and         Program/completed
                                                     Run the Yass Valley Eco Champs program       Environment
                                                     showcasing the sustainability efforts of
                                                     local businesses.
   EN5.4                                             EN5.4.1                                      Director Infrastructure and   Solar technology/installed
   Investigate low carbon technologies               Install solar technology on the Water        Assets
   when Council assets are developed or              Treatment Plant and the Sewage
   due for replacement.                              Treatment Plant.
                                                     EN5.4.2                                      Director Infrastructure and   LED Technology/Installed
                                                     Main street lighting                         Assets
   EN5.5                                             EN5.5.1                                      Director Planning and         Posts/published
   Encourage efficient use of renewable              Publish #SustainabilitySunday on             Environment
   energy by Yass Valley households                  Council’s social media platform focussing
                                                     on renewable energy

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Strategic Pillar 2 – Our Economy
We have a strong regional economy experiencing sustainable growth, which provides for a
diverse range of employment opportunities.
 We will develop and foster partnerships with the ACT Government to ensure the region is
  adequately considered as part of Canberra’s growth and planning strategies.
 We will support and encourage the ongoing maintenance and improvement of road
  networks and rail links between the region and other centres such as Sydney, Canberra,
  and Melbourne.
 We will ensure adequate and appropriate land is zoned for business and industrial
  purposes.
 To promote the region as an ideal location for businesses and industry associated with
  Canberra airport

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EC1   - Capitalise on the region's close proximity to Canberra and its position as a convenient hub to South East Australia to
           attract industry and investment.
 Delivery Program Action                       Operational Plan                             Responsible              Measure/Target
 2017-2021                                     Activity                                     Officer
 EC1.1                                         EC1.1.1                                      Director Corporate and   Strategy/completed
 Facilitate business excellence,               Complete the Economic Development            Community
 innovation and collaboration in the           Strategy.
 Yass Valley LGA to build stronger
 business networks and support
 structures identified through the
 Economic Development Committee
 and relevant government agencies
 and community organisations.
                                               EC1.1.2                                      Director Corporate and   Action plan/commenced
                                               Commence small business action plan in       Community
                                               accordance with the Economic
                                               Development Strategy.
                                               EC1.1.3                                      Director Corporate and   Newsletter/distributed monthly
                                               Issue a monthly E-Newsletter to businesses   Community
                                               in our Council.
 EC1.2                                         EC1.2.1                                      Director Corporate and   Number of businesses/identified and
 Enhance and promote the Yass                  Work with the Department of Regional         Community                established
 Valley brand to drive positive                NSW to identify potential business for
 economic activity                             relocation or presence in the Yass Valley
                                               LGA.

 EC2 - Jointly develop appropriate tourism opportunities and promote the region as a destination.
 EC2.1                                         EC2.1.1                                      Director Corporate and   Planning/commenced
 Enhance and promote the Yass                  Commence planning for a flagship event.      Community
 Valley brand to drive positive
 tourism outcomes.
 EC2.2                                         EC2.2.1                                      Director Corporate and   Actions/implemented
 Collaborate with regional tourism             Implement the Destination Southern NSW       Community
 stakeholders.                                 (DSNSW) Destination Management Plan
                                               (DMP).
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EC2 - Jointly develop appropriate tourism opportunities and promote the region as a destination cont’d.
 Delivery Program Action                           Operational Plan                               Responsible                   Measure/Target
 2017-2021                                          Activity                                      Officer
                                                    EC2.2.2                                       Director Infrastructure and   Trail/completed
                                                    Complete the Murrumbateman Winery             Assets
                                                    Trail.

EC3 - Support and foster conditions that enable local and small/home- based businesses to grow.
 EC3.1                                               EC3.1.1                                                                    Space/uptake
                                                                                                  Director Corporate and
 Identify and participate in initiatives             Develop a Value In Kind (VIK) retail space   Community
 that assist small business                          for small start- up businesses in Yass.
                                                     EC3.1.2                                      Director Corporate and        Workshop/delivered
                                                     Deliver a small business focussed            Community
                                                     workshop.

EC4 - Foster and develop a diverse, adaptive and innovative agricultural industry.
 EC4.1                                                                                            Director Planning and
 Protect rural lands for agricultural                                                             Environment
 purposes.                                                                                        Director infrastructure and
                                                                                                  Assets

 EC4.2                                                                                            Director Planning and
 Identify opportunities and barriers for                                                          Environment
 the agricultural industry in Yass Valley.                                                        Director infrastructure and
                                                                                                  Assets

 EC5 - Encourage collaboration between businesses, government and training providers to develop employment and training
       opportunities for young people in the region.
 EC5.1                                              EC5.1.1                                       Director Corporate and        Program/co-ordinated
 Facilitate networking and collaboration            Co-ordinate the annual RDNSW Bush             Community
 amongst stakeholders                               Bursary placement program.

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Pillar 3 –Our Community
We are a network of vibrant, inclusive and diverse communities that value our rural lifestyle.
      We will encourage and lobby relevant state and federal government agencies for the requisite infrastructure for
       the region.
      We will support existing networks and services that operate at a community level through grants, programs, and
       capacity building, and recognise their contributions to the community.
      Murrumbateman has identified a community-wide need for a local school to support the community and its
       families.
       Accessibility must be considered, for mobility impaired and people with a disability and their carers, for all
       community infrastructure.
      Transport access must be more equitable across smaller communities.

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CO1- -Facilitate and encourage equitable access to community infrastructure and services such as health care, education and transport.
     Delivery Program Action                        Operational Plan                             Responsible                   Measure/Target
     2017-2021                                      Activity                                     Officer
     CO1.1                                          CO1.1.1                                      Director Corporate and        Programs/delivered
     Provide an accessible library service          Implement programs at the library for all    Community
     to all of the community.                       of our community.

     CO1.2                                          CO1.2.1                                      General Manager               Advocacy/completed
     Advocate to the State Government               Advocate to ensure equitable access to
     and relevant agencies to ensure that           community, health and education
     transport, health and educational              services and funding to support
     services are delivered equitably to all        infrastructure growth.
     residents.
     CO1.3                                          CO1.3.1                                      Director Corporate and        Plan/completed
     Ensure plans are in place for                  Develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan   Community
     accessible community facilities and            (DIAP) for 2021-24.
     services in consultation with the
     Access Committee.
                                                    CO1.3.2                                      Director Infrastructure and   Review/commenced
                                                    Commence review of the Pedestrian            Assets
                                                    Access Mobility Plan (PAMP) and priority
                                                    identified projects

     CO2. - Encourage and facilitate active and creative participation in community life.
     CO2.1                                          CO2.1.1                                      General Manager               Review/commenced
     Deliver robust and diverse                     Undertake a review of the Social Media
     community engagement                           Policy.
     opportunities.

     CO2.2                                          CO2.2.1                                      General Manager               Plans/delivered
     Ensure the community is well                   Deliver Communication Engagement
     informed about its projects, policies          Plans.
     and programs.

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CO2. - Encourage and facilitate active and creative participation in community life cont’d.
     Delivery Program Action                        Operational Plan                            Responsible              Measure/Target
     2017-2021                                      Activity                                    Officer
     CO2.3                                                                                      Director Planning and
     Develop and implement a Public Art                                                         Environment
     Strategy that includes specific
     actions for the development of
     creative pursuits.

     CO2.4.                                         CO2.4.1                                     Director Corporate and   Program/implemented
     Provide a library service that                 Facilitate the Friday Club program at the   Community
     facilitates creative participation in          Library.
     community life.

     CO2.5                                          CO2.5.1                                     Director Corporate and   Program/completed
     Support the growth of a diverse                Administer the community grants             Community
     range of community events                      program.

     CO3 - Foster and encourage positive social behaviours to maintain our safe, healthy and connected community.
     CO3.1                                          CO3.1.1                                     Director Corporate and   Meetings/attended
     Encourage and support existing and             Attend interagency group meetings as        Community
     new interagency groups.                        required.

     CO3.2                                          CO3.2.1                                     General Manager          Committee framework/implemented
     Connecting the community to Yass               Implementation of the Committees
     Valley Council through a range of              framework as detailed in the review
     Advisory Committees.

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CO3 - Foster and encourage positive social behaviours to maintain our safe, healthy and connected community cont’d.
     Delivery Program Action                        Operational Plan                               Responsible                   Measure/Target
     2017-2021                                      Activity                                       Officer
     CO3.3                                          CO3.3.1                                        Director Corporate and        The number of new participants on
     Support the growth and                         Encourage participation on Council             Community                     committees and working groups
     development of volunteering.                   committees and working groups

     CO3.4                                                                                         General Manager
     Develop a Crime Prevention Plan.
     CO3.5                                          CO3.5.1                                        Director Infrastructure and   Program/implemented
     Foster Road Safety Awareness.                  Implement the Transport for NSW Road           Assets
                                                    Safety Program.
     CO4 - Recognise and celebrate our diverse cultural identities and protect and maintain our community's natural and built
           environment.
     CO4.1                                          CO4.1.1                                        Director Planning and         Heritage controls/drafted
     Ensure appropriate controls are in             Draft heritage controls for inclusion in the   Environment
     place to conserve the heritage value           comprehensive Development Control
     of our built environment                       Plan.
     CO4.2                                          CO4.2.1                                        Director Planning and         Heritage advisory service/provided
     Continue the Heritage Advisory                 Provide heritage advisory service to the       Environment
     Service.                                       community.
     CO4.3                                          CO4.3.1                                        Director Planning and         Local heritage projects funded=budgeted
     Continue the local Heritage Grants             Provide funding for heritage projects          Environment                   amount
     Program.                                       through the Local heritage Fund.
     CO4 - Recognise and celebrate our diverse cultural identities and protect and maintain our community's natural and built
           Environment cont’d
     CO4.4                                          CO4.4.1                                        Director Corporate and        Actions/completed
     Implement the Yass Valley Aboriginal           Completion of the actions identified in        Community
     Reconciliation Action Plan in                  the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
     conjunction with the Aboriginal
     Advisory Consultative Committee.
                                                    CO4.4.2                                        Director Planning and         Aboriginal land claims/responded
                                                    Respond to notification of Aboriginal          Environment
                                                    Land Claims.

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CO5 - Maintain our rural lifestyle

     Delivery Program Action                        Operational Plan                        Responsible             Measure/Target
     2017-2021                                      Activity                                Officer
     CO5.1                                          CO5.1.1                                 Director Planning and   Masterplan/commenced
     Ensure the community is attractive             Commence the Yass CBD Masterplan.       Environment
     and vibrant while maintaining our
     village atmosphere.

                                                    CO5.1.2                                 Director Planning and   Masterplan/commenced
                                                    Commence a masterplan for Wee Jasper.   Environment
                                                    CO5.1.3                                 Director Planning and   Masterplan/commenced
                                                    Commence a masterplan for Bookham.      Environment

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Pillar 4 –Our Infrastructure
Our community is well serviced and connected to built, social and communications infrastructure.

      We will collaboratively advocate and lobby for the development of high-speed rail with State and Federal
       governments and other investors, ensuring service to the region is provided.
      We will undertake long term planning for all the impacts a service like this might have on the character and
       community demographics of our region, and plan for complementary and supporting infrastructure and
       services to be developed alongside this strategy to maximise benefits for the whole community.
      We will consider potential impacts and opportunities high-speed rail would have on our local town and
       villages.

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IN1 - Develop high speed rail links between the region,Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.
     Delivery Program Action                  Operational Plan                           Responsible
                                                                                                                   Measure/Target
     2017-2021                                Activity                                   Officer
     IN1.1                                    IN1.1.1                                    General Manager           High speed rail proposals/reviewed
     Assess the advantages and                support any Federal/State
     disadvantages for Yass Valley            Government or Private studies into
     of any high speed rail                   Fast Rail Options in Yass Valley
     proposal.

     IN 2- Improve public transport links to connect towns within the region and increase access to major centres.
     IN2.1                                     IN2.1.1                                   General Manager           Advocacy/completed
     Lobby the Federal and State               Continue advocacy to fund further
     Governments to upgrade the                duplication of the Barton Highway.
     Barton Highway

     IN2.2
     Advocate for public transport
     links or improved services
     where there is a
     demonstrated community
     need.
     IN2.3                                     IN2.3.1                                   Director Infrastructure   Grant applications/submitted
     Seek funding opportunities to             Apply for grants under the Regional       and Assets
     deliver upgrade works on                  Roads Repair Program.
     regional roads.

     IN3 - Maintain and improve road infrastructure and connectivity.
     IN3.1                                     IN3.1.1                                   Director Infrastructure   Programs/delivered
     Deliver transport asset                   Deliver annual program for urban, rural   and Assets
     infrastructure, maintenance,              and regional road renewal and
     renewal and enhancement                   construction, including bridges and
     programs for urban, rural and             stormwater
     regional roads to maintain or
     improve overall condition.
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IN3 - Maintain and improve road infrastructure and connectivity cont’d.
     Delivery Program Action                  Operational Plan                            Responsible
                                                                                                                    Measure/Target
     2017-2021                                Activity                                    Officer
                                              IN3.1.2                                     Director Infrastructure   Programs/delivered
                                              Deliver annual maintenance program for      and Assets
                                              urban, rural and regional roads based on
                                              priority and in accordance with allocated
                                              budgets.
                                              IN3.1.3                                     Director Infrastructure   Asset plans/reviewed
                                              Review asset management plans.              and Assets
     IN3.2                                    IN3.2.1                                     Director Infrastructure   Programs/delivered
     Deliver Transport for NSW                Deliver Transport for NSW state road        and Assets
     state road maintenance and               maintenance and renewal programs in
     renewal programs in                      accordance with the Road Maintenance
     accordance with the Road                 Council Contract (RMCC)
     Maintenance Council Contract
     IN4 - Maintain and update existing community facilities and support the development of new community infrastructure as
           needed.
     IN4.1                                     N4.1.1                                     Director Infrastructure   Consultation and user group feedback.
     Develop and maintain new                  Maintenance of sporting fields and         and Assets
     and existing recreational and             playgrounds in accordance with user
     community assets to address               group needs.
     our communities needs in a
     sustainable manner.

                                               IN4.1.2                                    Director Planning and     Plans/completed.
                                               Complete Crown Lands Plans of              Environment
                                               Management.
                                               IN4.1.3                                    Director Planning and     Strategy/commenced.
                                               Commence a Yass Valley Open Space          Environment
                                               Strategy.

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IN4 - Maintain and update existing community facilities and support the development of new community infrastructure as
           needed cont’d.
     Delivery Program Action              Operational Plan                             Responsible
                                                                                                                 Measure/Target
     2017-2021                            Activity                                     Officer
                                          IN4.1.4                                      Director Planning and     Masterplan/completed
                                          Complete the Victoria Park Masterplan.       Environment
                                          IN4.1.5                                      Director Infrastructure   Masterplan/commenced
                                          Contract in place or management of caravan   and Assets
                                          park. Yass and Binalong swimming pools are
                                          open to the public for 6 months from end
                                          October to end March. Maintenance
                                          programs for assets are developed to align
                                          with community expectations, safety,
                                          compliance and sustainability of assets.
                                          IN4.1.6                                      Director Infrastructure   Plans/commenced
                                          Commence asset management plans for          and Assets
                                          cemeteries at Yass, Murrumbateman,
                                          Gundaroo and Binalong
                                          IN4.1.7                                      Director Planning and     Design/commenced
                                          Commence designs for a new companion         Environment
                                          animals facility
     IN4.2
     Ensure sufficient land is
     appropriately located for
     future Council facilities and
     emergency services.

     IN5 - Ensure high quality water supply options for the towns in the region.
     IN5.1                                 IN5.1.1                                     Director Infrastructure      NSW Health measures that ensure safety of
     Council to supply quality             Operations and Maintenance                  and Assets                    drinking water supply are not breached.
     water, cater for growth               Operate and maintain water supply assets                                 Dam SafetyNSW requirements are met.
     and quality enhancements              and monitor their performance as required                                NSWEPA Licence requirements are met.
     that addresses the                    by DPIE Water, NSW Health, NSW EPA and                                   DPIE Water indicators relating to reliability and
     community needs.                      Dam Safety NSW                                                            quality are stable or improving
                                                                                                                    Annual operational and maintenance programs
                                                                                                                     associated with the water supply assets are
                                                                                                                     completed.
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IN5 - Ensure high quality water supply options for the towns in the region cont’d
     Delivery Program Action              Operational Plan                                Responsible
                                                                                                                    Measure/Target
     2017-2021                            Activity                                        Officer
                                          IN5.1.2                                         Director Infrastructure   Installation of plume aeration in Yass Dam is completed
                                          Install plume aeration in Yass Dam (stage 1)    and Assets

                                           IN5.1.3                                        Director Infrastructure   Upgrade of RWPS is completed.
                                           Upgrade Raw Water Pump Station (RWPS)          and Assets
                                           to enable operation at lower flow rates
                                           (stage 1)
                                           IN5.1.4                                        Director Infrastructure   "Urgent" upgrades at WTP are completed
                                           Carry-out 'urgent' works at Yass Water         and Assets
                                           Treatment Plant (WTP) to reduce the risks to
                                           water quality and supply (Stage 1)

                                           IN5.1.5                                        Director Infrastructure   Yass WTP Upgrade Design and Business Case is
                                           Prepare design and business case for Yass      and Assets                prepared.
                                           Water Treatment Plant upgrade (stages 2
                                           and 3)

                                          IN5.1.6                                         Director Infrastructure   Water source strategy is prepared
                                          Prepare long-term water source strategy for     and Assets
                                          Yass and Murrumbateman through
                                          participation in Regional water strategy
                                          development

     IN6 - Implement safe, accessible and efficient waste management and recycling options for general and green waste and
     sewage.
     IN6.1                                IN6.1.1                                         Director Infrastructure      NSWEPA Licence requirements are met.
     Provide and operate a                Operate and maintain sewerage assets and        and Assets                   DPIE Water indicators relating to reliability and
     quality sewer network.               monitor their performance as required by                                      quality are stable or improving.
     Cater for growth and                 DPIE Water and NSW EPA.                                                      Annual operational and maintenance programs
     quality enhancements that                                                                                          associated with the sewerage assets are
     address the community                                                                                              completed.
     needs.

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IN6 - Implement safe, accessible and efficient waste management and recycling options for general and green waste and
     sewage cont’d.
     Delivery Program Action              Operational Plan                             Responsible
                                                                                                                 Measure/Target
     2017-2021                            Activity                                     Officer
                                          IN6.1.2                                      Director Infrastructure   Construction of Wellington Road WWPS, rising main
                                          Complete construction of the Wellington      and Assets                and gravity main are completed.
                                          Road wastewater pump station (WWPS),
                                          rising main and gravity main

                                          IN6.1.3                                      Director Infrastructure   Ford Street WWPS upgrades are completed.
                                          Complete installation of generator and       and Assets
                                          upgrades to switchboard and telemetry at
                                          Ford Street wastewater pump station

     IN6.2                                 IN6.2.1                                     Director Infrastructure      Waste collection program/completed
     Provide an efficient and              Operation of domestic and commercial        and Assets                   Efficient maintenance of Waste Transfer
     sustainable waste service             waste collection                                                          Stations/commenced

                                           IN6.2.2                                     Director Infrastructure   Rehabilitation/commenced
                                           Commence rehabilitation of                  and Assets
                                           Murrumbateman Landfill in accordance with
                                           Landfill Closure Plan and relevant EPA
                                           guidelines

     IN7 - Secure improvements for and future proof telecommunications infrastructure.
     IN7.1                                 IN7.1.1                                     General Manager           Meetings attended
     Advocate for servicing of             Advocate for the servicing of mobile
     mobile telephone                      telephone blackspot areas.
     blackspot areas.
     IN7.2                                 IN7.1.2                                     General Manager           Meeting/attended
     Advocate for a more stable            Advocate for a more stable communication.
     communication network.

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IN8 - Improve accessibility to and support the development of health and medical facilities in the region.
     Delivery Program Action                  Operational Plan                              Responsible
                                                                                                                    Measure/Target
     2017-2021                                Activity                                      Officer
     IN8.1                                    IN8.1.1                                       General Manager         Meetings/attended
     Continue to advocate on                  Advocate for health and medical facilities
     behalf of the community for              in the region
     health and medical facilities in
     the region.

     IN9 - Improve accessibility to and support the development of education and training facilities in the region.
     IN9.1                                    IN9.1.1                                       Director Planning and   Meetings/attended
     Continue to advocate on                  Provide input to the Department of            Environment
     behalf of the community for              Education on the planning and design of
     education and training                   the Murrumbateman Primary School.
     activities to serve our
     residents.

                                               Negotiate with the Department of             General Manager         Meetings/attended
                                               Education for potential joint use of local
                                               school facilities.

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Pillar 5–Our Civic Leadership
Our leaders operate ethically and implement good governance. We empower our residents with
the tools to participate actively in the development of our communities

•      We will engage in regular consultation with community groups, businesses, and individuals regarding
       Council matters.
•      We will create a receptive Council culture that responds to community feedback
•      Council will use public funds effectively, efficiently and sustainably

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CL1 - Effect resourceful and respectful leadership and attentive representation of the community.
   Delivery Program Action                    Operational Plan                             Responsible
   2017-2021                                  Activity                                     Officer                   Measure/Target

   CL1.1                                      CL.1.1.1                                     Director Planning and     Inspections completed
   Ensure activities carried out in           Undertake 100 annual inspections of          Environment
   Yass Valley are in a safe manner           medium and high risk food premises
   and meet legislative
   requirements.
                                              CL1.1.2                                      Director Planning and     Inspections completed
                                              Complete 20 inspections of regulated         Environment
                                              premises (eg mortuary, skin penetration,
                                              public swimming pools, caravan parks
                                              etc)
                                              CL1.1.3                                      Director Planning and     Inspections completed
                                              Complete 100 inspections of high and         Environment
                                              medium risk on-site sewage
                                              management systems
                                              CL.1.1.4                                     Director Infrastructure   Plant Maintenance programs/reviewed
                                              Provide a fleet of adequately maintained     and Assets                Plant utilisation hours/reviewed
                                              vehicle and plant, updated in accordance
                                              with renewal schedules
                                              CL.1.1.5                                     Director Infrastructure   Review and update the Emergency Management
                                              Provide an effective and efficient role in   and Assets                Plan (EMPLAN)
                                              emergency management and the
                                              development of associated plans
                                              CL1.1.6                                      Director Corporate and    Framework/implemented
                                              Implement the WHS Framework                  Community
                                              CL1.1.7                                      Director Planning and     Solutions/implemented
                                              Develop solutions for unauthorised filling   Environment
                                              through the Cross Border Illegal Waste
                                              Dumping Committee
                                              CL1.1.8                                      Director Planning and     Reporting/Monthly
                                              Undertake monthly reporting on               Environment
                                              compliance activities
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CL1 - Effect resourceful and respectful leadership and attentive representation of the community cont’d.
   Delivery Program Action                    Operational Plan                           Responsible
   2017-2021                                  Activity                                   Officer                   Measure/Target

   CL1.2                                      CL1.2.1                                    Director Corporate and    Update/completed
   Address the community’s needs              Update financial ratios in quarterly       Community
   in a sustainable manner.                   budget reviews to Council

                                              CL1.2.2                                    Director Corporate and    Projections/completed
                                              Utilise the long terms financial plan to   Community
                                              project the operating performance ratio
                                              CL1.2.3                                    Director Infrastructure   Strategy/completed
                                              Completed the Integrated Water Cycle       and Assets
                                              Management Strategy

                                              CL1.2.4                                    Director Infrastructure   Grant application/submitted
                                              Submit grant applications for the          and Assets
                                              construction of a Gundaroo detention
                                              basin and implementation of an
                                              emergency flood warning system for the
                                              local government area.
   CL1.3                                      CL1.3.1                                    General Manager            Completing planned internal audit reviews per
   Meet its objectives through                Council will conduct an annual internal                                 Internal Audit Plan FY21-FY24
   improving the effectiveness of             audit plan                                                            Presenting all internal audit findings,
   risk management, controls and                                                                                      recommendations and management responses
   governance processes.                                                                                              to the Audit Risk and Improvement Committee,
                                                                                                                    Implementing internal audit recommendations
                                                                                                                      as endorsed by the Audit Risk and
                                                                                                                      Improvement Committee,
                                                                                                                    Presenting Annual Financial report to Audit,
                                                                                                                      Risk and Improvement Committee and Council.
                                              CL1.3.2                                    Director Planning and     Automation/completed
                                              Complete automation of 10.7 certificate    Environment
                                              process
                                              CL1.3.3                                    Director Planning and     Assessment/completed
                                              Finalise the Climate and Natural Risk      Environment
                                              hazard Risk Assessment
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CL1 - Effect resourceful and respectful leadership and attentive representation of the community cont’d.

   Delivery Program Action                        Operational Plan                          Responsible
   2017-2021                                      Activity                                  Officer                  Measure/Target
                                                  CL1.3.4                                   Director Corporate and   Time lost/State average
                                                  Maintain lost time injuries at or below   Community
                                                  the State average
                                                  CL1.3.5                                   Director Corporate and   Audit results/acceptable
                                                  Achieve acceptable insurer audit          Community
                                                  results
                                                  CL1.3.6                                   Director Planning and    Review/completed
                                                  Undertake a review of Council’s           Environment
                                                  Compliance and Enforcement Policy
   CL1.4                                          CL1.4.1                                   Director Corporate and   Audit of business unit Compliance Plans.
   Be compliant, more efficient and               Implement business unit Compliance        Community
   effective.                                     Plans as part of business unit plans.
                                                  CL1.4.2                                   Director Corporate and   Digitisation/commenced
                                                  Commence digitisation of paper based      Community
                                                  records
                                                  CL1.4.3                                   Director Corporate and   Strategy/completed
                                                  Complete the ICT strategy                 Community
                                                  CL1.4.4                                   Director Corporate and   Transition/completed
                                                  Transition enterprise environment to      Community
                                                  a cloud environment
                                                  CL1.4.5                                   Director Corporate and   Road map/completed
                                                  Develop a mobile hardware                 Community
                                                  implementation road map
                                                  CL1.4.6                                   Director Corporate and   Elections/completed
                                                  Conduct the Local Government              Community
                                                  elections in accordance with the
                                                  relevant legislation

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CL1 - Effect resourceful and respectful leadership and attentive representation of the community cont’d.

   Delivery Program Action                        Operational Plan                         Responsible
   2017-2021                                      Activity                                 Officer                  Measure/Target
                                                  CL1.4.7                                  Director Corporate and   Program/completed
                                                  Complete the Councillor induction        Community
                                                  program
                                                  CL1.4.8                                  Director Corporate and   Briefing sessions/completed
                                                  Conduct candidate briefing sessions in   Community
                                                  preparation for the local government
                                                  elections
                                                  CL1.4.9                                  Director Corporate and   Framework/reviewed
                                                  Review the procurement framework         Community
                                                  CL1.4.10                                 Director Corporate and   Framework/reviewed
                                                  Review the project management            Community
                                                  framework
                                                  CL1.4.11                                 Director Corporate and   Plan and Program/completed
                                                  Complete the 2021-2024 Community         Community
                                                  Strategic Plan and Delivery Program
                                                  CL1.4.12                                 Director Corporate and   Report/completed
                                                  Complete the End of Term report for      Community
                                                  the outgoing Council
                                                  CL1.4.13                                 Director Corporate and   Implementation/completed
                                                  Implement a fully integrated Human       Community
                                                  Resources Management System
                                                  CL1.4.14                                 Director Corporate and   Integration/completed
                                                  Integrate Council’s values into          Community
                                                  corporate processes
   CL1.5                                          CL1.5.1                                  Director Corporate and   Report/completed
   Improve Council’s operating                    Report the Operating Performance         Community
   performance (operating                         Ratio to Council in the quarterly
   performance ratio).                            budget reviews
   CL1.6                                          CL1.6.1                                  Director Corporate and   Review/completed
   Maximise Council’s ability to                  Review fees and charges based on         Community
   generate income.                               cost as part of the budget process

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CL1 - Effect resourceful and respectful leadership and attentive representation of the community cont’d.

   Delivery Program Action                        Operational Plan                         Responsible
   2017-2021                                      Activity                                 Officer                   Measure/Target
                                                  CL1.6.2                                  Director Corporate and    Review/completed
                                                  Review returns on commercial             Community
                                                  activities and investment instruments
                                                  CL1.6.3                                  Director Corporate and    Review/completed
                                                  Commence review of the Investment        Community
                                                  Policy
   CL1.7                                          CL1.7.1                                  Director Infrastructure   Adoption of Asset Management Plans for Water
   Ensure that Council assets are                 Finalise asset management plans for      and Assets                and Sewer, Parks and Recreation, Waste Services,
   being renewed faster than they are             all asset classes.                                                 and Buildings
   deteriorating.
                                                  CL1.7.2                                  Director Infrastructure   Audit of asset information across Council.
                                                  Ensure asset information across          and Assets
                                                  Council is aligned for decision making
   CL2       Encourage and facilitate open and respectful communication between the community, the private sector, Council and other
             government agencies.
   CL2.1                                          CL2.1.1                                  Director Corporate and    Review completed
   Make doing business with Council               Undertake a review of Council’s          Community
   easier.                                        Customer Service Charter
                                                  CL2.1.2                                  General Manager           Review/completed
                                                  Complete a review of Council’s brand
   CL2.2                                          CL2.2.1                                  Director Planning and     Meetings/attended.
   Inform and engage with the                     Undertake 6 community meetings           Environment
   community on all actions of                    annually on control and management
   Council.                                       of priority weeds
                                                  CL2.2.2                                  Director Planning and     Posts/completed.
                                                  Make 30 posts on weed awareness on       Environment
                                                  social media and Council's website
                                                  CL2.2.3                                  Director Planning and     Meetings/convened.
                                                  Meet with the Weeds Focus Group          Environment
                                                  quarterly
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CL2       Encourage and facilitate open and respectful communication between the community, the private sector, Council and other
             government agencies cont’d.
   Delivery Program Action                        Operational Plan                           Responsible
   2017-2021                                      Activity                                   Officer                  Measure/Target

                                                  CL2.2.4                                    Director Planning and    Program/completed
                                                  Undertake community awareness and          Environment
                                                  outreach program for food premises
                                                  as needed
                                                  CL2.2.5                                    Director Planning and    Program/completed.
                                                  Conduct a working dog microchipping        Environment
                                                  and registration program
                                                  CL2.2.6                                    Director Planning and    Program/completed.
                                                  Undertake a desexing program for           Environment
                                                  companion animals
   CL2.3                                          CL2.3.1                                    General Manager          Review/commenced
   Undertake community engagement                 Undertake a review of the Community
   to ensure the community is                     Engagement Strategy
   involved in Council’s decision
   making process.
   CL3       Collaborate and cooperate as a group of councils to achieve efficiencies and a greater voice in regional decision-making and
             encourage similar cooperation across other sectors and community groups.
   CL3.1                                          CL3.1.1                                    General Manager          Meetings/attended
   Actively participate in the Canberra           Actively participate in the Regional                                Initiatives/adopted
   Region Joint Organisation.                     Joint Organisation of Councils.

   CL4       Actively investigate and communicate funding sources and collaboration opportunities that can strengthen the region

   CL4.1                                          CL4.1.1                                    Director Corporate and   Grant information/distributed
   Monitor and distribute information             Distribute grant opportunities to          Community
   from government agencies relating              community groups
   to funding opportunities
   CL4.2                                          CL4.2.1                                    General Manager          Meetings/attended
   Facilitate networking in the region            Participate in working parties for cross
   to share ideas.                                bordering servicing issues

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Statement of
    Revenue Policy
       Charging Philosophy
                                                                Ordinary Rates
       In accordance with S.404 (1) of the Local
                                                                Ordinary rates are applied to properties based on
       Government Act 1993, Council provides the
                                                                independent valuations supplied to the Council on all
       following details of its revenue policy that also
                                                                rateable properties within the LGA boundaries by the
       incorporates the basis upon which the rates and
                                                                Valuer-General. The valuations used in the 2021/22
       charges will be made.
                                                                rating period have a base date of 1 July 2019.
       Rates and charges represent the process whereby          For 2021/22 Council has adopted the 2.0% rate peg set
       Council recovers the cost of providing    its            by IPART.
       services for within the boundaries of the local
       government area. In general, Council follows a
       user-pays philosophy towards the provision of
       services. In the case of water, sewer and garbage
       services, price increases reflect the cost of
       providing these services. With ordinary land rates,
       the rate increases must not be above the limits set
       by the Minister for Local Government, unless the
       Minister approves a special variation to general
       income.
       The rates and charges levied by the Council are a
       debt that is applied to the land and this debt
       becomes the responsibility of the current owner
       of the land. Any arrears that may not have been
       discharged by previous owners become the
       responsibility of the current owner.
       The rates and charges set out in this revenue
       policy are designed to provide the net source of
       funds after allowing for loans, contributions and
       government grants for the programs and
       initiatives identified in the operational plan. The
       detailed outline of the income and expenditure of
       the Council is set out in the 2021/2022 budget
       which is contained in this plan.
       Goods and Services Tax (GST)
       Ordinary rates, special rates, water charges,
       sewerage charges, stormwater charges and
       domestic management charges are exempt from
       GST because of a determination by the federal
       treasurer. The majority of Council fees as
       advertised in the schedule of fees accompanying
       the operational plan are subject to GST and
       accordingly the charges reflect a 10% GST
       component.
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Statement of Revenue Policy – cont’d
      The total estimated income yield in 2021/21 from ordinary rates is $11,612,955 as detailed in the following
      table

                                                                 MINIMUM
        CATEGORY            SUB CATEGORY            AD VALOREM                    BASE CHARGE      YIELD
                                                                 CHARGE
        Farmland                                    0.0018441                     $700.50          $4,404,424
        Residential         Non Urban               0.0018154                     $457.00          $3,667,043
        Residential         Yass                    0.0038409    $694.50                           $1,996,673
        Residential         Binalong                0.0033556    $694.50                           $141,840
        Residential         Bowning                 0.0033556    $694.50                           $78,920
        Residential         Wee Jasper              0.0033556    $694.50                           $30,558
        Residential         Bookham                 0.0033556    $694.50                           $11,112
        Residential         Murrumbateman           0.0025376    $694.50                           $185,221
        Residential         Gundaroo                0.0025376    $694.50                           $177,753
        Residential         Sutton                  0.0025376    $694.50                           $73,811
        Business            Sutton & Gundaroo       0.0018154                     $457.00          $17,998
        Business            Yass & Other Villages   0.0090412    $694.50                           $827,603
                                                                                  ESTIMATED        $11,612,955
                                                                                  YIELD

        Structure of the Ordinary Rate
                                                                      Ordinary Minimum Rate
        The rating provisions of the Local Government Act
        1993 allow Councils to base their ordinary rates              The minimum rate is applied to residential and
        either on a system of minimum rates and base                  business properties, to ensure there is an
        rates.                                                        equitable contribution for services where
        Yass Valley Council has chosen to employ the                  properties have a relatively low land valuation.
        system of both the base rates and minimum rates               Ad Valorem Rate
        as a means of levying rates on all properties
                                                                      Council has adopted a system of ad valorem rates
        throughout the LGA. The scenarios outlined above
                                                                      that will apply to each property valuation to
        use these provisions. In accordance with Section
                                                                      develop a variable charge on each rate notice. The
        497 of the Local Government Act 1993 the
                                                                      ad valorem charge is multiplied by the land
        structure of the Ordinary Rate must comprise:
                                                                      valuation supplied by the Valuer-General to
        • a base amount (i.e. fixed charge required by                determine the ad valorem charge. The ad valorem
          statute to be no more than 50% of the total                 amount of the rate is to be levied on the
          amount of the rate)                                         unimproved land value of all rateable land within
        • a minimum amount (i.e. the maximum of the                   each rating category on the rates notice
          minimum rate is fixed by statute annually)
        • an ad valorem component (i.e. a rate levied on
          the unimproved land value).
        Ordinary Base Rate                                            .
        Council has chosen to apply a system of base
        amounts in an attempt to overcome community
        concerns over the inequity of the rate burden of a
        rate levied solely on land values. The uniform base
        charge reflects that some of the benefits
        derived by ratepayers from the provision of
        Council works and services are shared equally by
        community, regardless of property valuation. The
        philosophy behind the base charges is that the
        base amount should apply to all properties and the
        total income from the charge should approximate
        the general administration costs of the Council
        together with the cost of common services
        available to each property within the Council area.
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Statement of Revenue Policy cont’d
                                                                  Pension Rebates
          Rateable Land Categories
                                                                  In accordance with Section 575(3)(a) of the Local
          Categorisation of all rateable land in the council
                                                                  Government Act 1993 Council provides a rate
          area has been undertaken in accordance with the
                                                                  reduction of 50% of the amount of the rate levy,
          requirements of chapter15 of the Local
                                                                  provided the maximum rebate for combined general
          Government Act 1993. Council has used the
                                                                  rate and domestic waste management charges does
          following categories of rateable land:
                                                                  not exceed $250 to eligible pensioners. Of this rate
          Farmland - this is land used genuinely for primary      reduction, the NSW Government reimburses 55%.
          production. The dominant use of the land must be        The estimated pension rebate in 2021/22 is $56,000
          for the business or industry of grazing, and the        for land rates and $28,000 for Domestic Waste
          growing of crops etc. The activities must have a        Management.
          significant and commercial purpose or character
          and be engaged in for the purpose of profit on a        Interest on Overdue Rates and Charges
          continuous or repetitive basis. Rural residential       In accordance with Section 566 of the Local
          land will not be categorised as farmland.               Government Act 1993 Council charges interest on all
          Residential - the Local Government Act 1993             rates and charges that remain unpaid after they
          identifies this land as property used for residential   become due and payable. Rates and charges become
          accommodation, or in the case of vacant land,           payable one month after the date of service of the
          property zoned for residential use under an             rates notice unless a person elects to pay the rates
          environmental planning instrument (hotels,              and charges by instalments.
          motels, guesthouses, boarding houses or nursing         Where a person elects to pay by instalments, rates
          homes) are specifically excluded from this              and charges become payable on the due date of the
          category. This category also includes rural             instalment. Interest will be calculated on a daily basis
          residential land.                                       using the simple interest method. The rate of
                                                                  interest must not exceed the maximum rate
          Business - the Local Government Act 1993
                                                                  specified by the Minister for Local Government for
          identifies property within this category as land,
                                                                  overdue General Rates, which is currently 7% but
          which cannot be categorised in any of the other
                                                                  may change in accordance with advice from the
          categories of farmland or residential.
                                                                  Minister for Local Government. Council will adopt
        Valuations                                                the maximum rate.
        Council will be using valuations with a base date of 1
        July 2019 for rating purposes in 2021/22. The
        valuations are based upon the unimproved land
        value only of the property and do not include any
        structures or other improvements.

        Any appeal against the property valuation should be
        lodged with Valuation Services – Property NSW, PO
        Box 745 Bathurst NSW 2795 or by phone on 1800
        110 038 to request a review kit to be posted or
        emailed to you. Online objection lodgement is also
        available at
        www.valuergeneral.nsw.gov.au/land_values/reque
        st_a_review/how_to_lodge_an_objection

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       Exemptions                                                      Aboriginal people.
       The Local Government Act 1993 – Sections 555 to 558        8.   Public places (general rates only) - Land that is
       state that the following exemptions from all land rates         a public place.
       and where indicated water and sewer access charges         9.   Public Reserve or Common (general rates only)
       must be applied:                                                – Land used for a public reserve or common and
       1. Crown Land (general rates, water and sewer access            vested in the Crown, a public body or trustees.
          charges) - Crown Land that is not being land held       10. Public cemetery (general rates only) - Land
          under a lease for private purposes.                         used for a public cemetery and vested in the
       2. National Parks (general rates, water and sewer              Crown, a public body or trustees.
          access charges) - Land within a national park,          11. Public library (general rates only) - Land used
          historic site, nature reserve state game reserve or         solely for a free public library and vested in the
          conservation reserve whether or not the land Is             Crown, a public body or trustees.
          affected by a lease, licence, occupancy or use.
                                                                  12. Public hospital (general rates only) - Land that
       3. Conservation Agreements (general rates only) –              belongs to a public hospital.
          Land that is a subject of a conservation agreement,
          any rate levies on that whole parcel of land is to be   13. Area Health Service (general rates only) - Land
          reduced by the percentage of the land in which the          that is vested in an area health service.
          conservation agreement covers.                          14. Benevolent or Public Charity (general rates
       4. Churches or places of public worship (general rates         only) – Land that belongs to a public benevolent
          only) - Land that belongs to a religious body and is        institution or public charity and is used or
          occupied and used as a church, a minister of                occupied by the institution or charity for the
          religions residence, a place for religious teaching         purposes of the institution or charity.
          or training or the residence of the official head or
          assistant head of any religious body in the State or
          any diocese within the State.
       5. Schools (general rates only) - Land that belongs to
          and is occupied and used in connection with a
          school, school playground or residence occupied
          by a teacher, employee or caretaker of the school,
          as defined by the Education Reform Act 1990
       6. Government Departments, Council or Emergency
          Service (general rates only) - Land that belongs to
          and is occupied and used in connection with an
          emergency service or Government department,
          Council or an emergency service or Government
          department or Council office or residence
          provided that it is not commercially leased. This
          includes Police Stations and residences,
          Ambulances Stations and residences, Fire Stations
          and Government offices.
       7. Aboriginal Land (general rates only) – Land that is
          vested in an NSW Aboriginal Land Council or a
          Local Aboriginal Land Council under Division 5 of
          Part 2 of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983
          exempts Local Aboriginal Land Councils from the
          payment of rates and charges to Local Government
          Authorities on certain types of lands. This includes
          land included in Schedule 1 of the Aboriginal Land
          Rights Regulation 2002, vacant land and declared
          land that is of spiritual or cultural significance to
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