Annual Budget and Reports

2022/23 Budget 

At its meeting on 28 June 2022, Council endorsed the 2022/23 Budget(PDF, 3MB).

The $59 million budget includes a comprehensive $10 million capital works program to deliver on, and carry forward projects and new initiatives across the Shire.

This includes new capital projects such as $1 million for an upgrade of the Heywood Swimming Pool and $1 million for an upgrade of the Portland Basketball Stadium Complex to contribute to potential government funding, $200,000 towards recreational and community facilities, including playground upgrades, and $100,000 for new footpaths and carparks. 

Existing projects also include lighting upgrades at Island Park and Heywood Recreation Reserve, development of a new multi-purpose facility at the Portland Foreshore and Merino and Heywood Transfer Station improvements. 

There are also changes to rating charges included in the Budget.

Following broad community consultation held in February on the Rate Differential Discussion paper, we heard from ratepayers and gathered insights to help inform the rate model and one that is considered best practice. 

As a result, Council has moved away from a rebate scheme and have transitioned to a differential rate structure. The new model will see a more equitable rate burden spread across all categories, from general property, primary production, commercial and industrial to cultural and recreational land. 

Annual Reports 2020-2021

The Annual Report contains a report on the operations of the Council and the audited financial statements and performance statement. Similar to other private and government sector organisations, it is emphasised that the Annual Report does not include information on every achievement, project or service provided by the Council. The annual report is focused on highlights and is primarily used by a range of government, community based and private sector organisations.