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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.
Council will use some of the funds raised through the Special Rates Variation to improve sporting facilities and amenities 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.