Snapshot of key issues in the the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 (long-term plan) consultation

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What we need to balance

We need to balance rising investment demand with reduced investment capacity.

Investment demands

  • Rapid growth.
  • Changing community needs.
  • Transport demand.
  • Ageing assets.
  • Need to respond to climate change.
  • Need to support recovery.

Reduced investment capacity

  • COVID-19 revenue impacts.
  • Existing commitments.
  • Need to keep borrowing at responsible levels, and leave enough headroom to deal with future shocks.
  • Considering the overall impact of our proposals on the well-being of our community.

How we're going to respond

Spending and investment

Illustration of a dollar sign and an upward arrow.


$31 billion package of spending and investment that will enable continued delivery of key services and strong investment in new and renewed assets, supported by:

  • $90 million of ongoing savings
  • $70 million asset recycling target for the next 3 years
  • increased council borrowing in the short term
  • a one-off 5 per cent increase in average general rates.

See Key issue 1: Proposed investment package for more detailed information on spending and investment in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

Climate action

Illustration of a greenhouse gas cloud and downward arrow that indicates action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

New climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impact of climate change.

See Key issue 2: Responding to climate change for more detailed information on how we propose to respond to climate change in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

Infrastructure to support growth

Illustration of a crane and building sites, depicting our investment in infrastructure.

More focused approach to providing infrastructure to support growth.

See Key issue 3: Responding to housing and growth for more detailed information on how we propose to support growth in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

Community services

Illustration of a group of people depicting our diverse communities.

Explore how community services can be provided differently to better meet the needs of our diverse and changing communities.

See Key issue 4: Investment in our community for more detailed information on how we propose to deliver community services and facilities in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

Protecting our environment

Illustration of fish and a palm tree, symbolising our actions to protect the environment.

Extend and increase the existing Water Quality Targeted Rate and Natural Environment Targeted Rate from 2028 to 2031 to continue making progress with protecting and enhancing our environment.

See Key issue 5: Protecting and enhancing our environment for more detailed information on how we propose to protect the environment in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

You should know

This is a highlight of the key topics in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031. See pages 9-15 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document for complete information and financial details.

What we need to balance

We need to balance rising investment demand with reduced investment capacity.

Investment demands

  • Rapid growth.
  • Changing community needs.
  • Transport demand.
  • Ageing assets.
  • Need to respond to climate change.
  • Need to support recovery.

Reduced investment capacity

  • COVID-19 revenue impacts.
  • Existing commitments.
  • Need to keep borrowing at responsible levels, and leave enough headroom to deal with future shocks.
  • Considering the overall impact of our proposals on the well-being of our community.

How we're going to respond

Spending and investment

Illustration of a dollar sign and an upward arrow.


$31 billion package of spending and investment that will enable continued delivery of key services and strong investment in new and renewed assets, supported by:

  • $90 million of ongoing savings
  • $70 million asset recycling target for the next 3 years
  • increased council borrowing in the short term
  • a one-off 5 per cent increase in average general rates.

See Key issue 1: Proposed investment package for more detailed information on spending and investment in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

Climate action

Illustration of a greenhouse gas cloud and downward arrow that indicates action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

New climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impact of climate change.

See Key issue 2: Responding to climate change for more detailed information on how we propose to respond to climate change in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

Infrastructure to support growth

Illustration of a crane and building sites, depicting our investment in infrastructure.

More focused approach to providing infrastructure to support growth.

See Key issue 3: Responding to housing and growth for more detailed information on how we propose to support growth in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

Community services

Illustration of a group of people depicting our diverse communities.

Explore how community services can be provided differently to better meet the needs of our diverse and changing communities.

See Key issue 4: Investment in our community for more detailed information on how we propose to deliver community services and facilities in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

Protecting our environment

Illustration of fish and a palm tree, symbolising our actions to protect the environment.

Extend and increase the existing Water Quality Targeted Rate and Natural Environment Targeted Rate from 2028 to 2031 to continue making progress with protecting and enhancing our environment.

See Key issue 5: Protecting and enhancing our environment for more detailed information on how we propose to protect the environment in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

You should know

This is a highlight of the key topics in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031. See pages 9-15 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document for complete information and financial details.