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In early 2018 Council applied to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal to increase its rates above the standard rate-pegged limit set by the NSW Government and in May 2018 the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) granted that application.
Council maintains a network of more than 2,000 kilometres of sealed and unsealed roads.
An important part of maintaining the road network is to ensure roads have quality drainage.
Council maintains a network of levees, drains and floodgates to help minimise the effect of flooding in the Clarence Valley.
It approved rate rises of 8% a year for the 2018/19 to 2020/21 financial years, with the increases to be retained permanently in Council’s rate base. Council has made a commitment to spend all the funds raised above the rate-pegged limit to improve the condition of roads, road-related assets, flood mitigation and sporting facilities. Most will go to roads.