Building Our Future

Consultation has concluded

In December 2015, the City of Casey held a community forum, Building our future, to gather feedback from community representatives on how Council should respond to the provision of future community infrastructure in response to the current rate capping requirements being set by the Victorian State Government.

Council will consider its response to rate capping in early 2016. The results of the focus group, combined with the online forum held concurrently, will be considered by Councillors as part of their decision making.

To find out more about the outcomes of the forum read the Building our future report.

What is the current situation?

Council is responding to a range of challenges including population growth and the commencement of rate capping in 2016/2017.

Casey is big and is growing fast with the city expected to be home to 490,000 residents by 2041.

It is forecast that over 10 years, the impact of rate capping on Casey will be $150 million.

Rate capping will put pressure on Council’s ability to deliver timely community infrastructure at the levels residents are accustomed to specifically the following four projects;

Council is testing the level of support for these four projects to be delayed or even cease, and if residents would support Council applying to the Essential Services Commission to seek a variation to the rate cap to allow them to continue.

What we are asking?

How can you have your say?

How we will use your feedback?

Following its close, the results of this online consultation and the focus group will be compiled and presented to Councillors. This will inform Council’s decision making in early 2016 as to whether it will seek a rate variation for 2016/2017.

In December 2015, the City of Casey held a community forum, Building our future, to gather feedback from community representatives on how Council should respond to the provision of future community infrastructure in response to the current rate capping requirements being set by the Victorian State Government.

Council will consider its response to rate capping in early 2016. The results of the focus group, combined with the online forum held concurrently, will be considered by Councillors as part of their decision making.

To find out more about the outcomes of the forum read the Building our future report.

What is the current situation?

Council is responding to a range of challenges including population growth and the commencement of rate capping in 2016/2017.

Casey is big and is growing fast with the city expected to be home to 490,000 residents by 2041.

It is forecast that over 10 years, the impact of rate capping on Casey will be $150 million.

Rate capping will put pressure on Council’s ability to deliver timely community infrastructure at the levels residents are accustomed to specifically the following four projects;

Council is testing the level of support for these four projects to be delayed or even cease, and if residents would support Council applying to the Essential Services Commission to seek a variation to the rate cap to allow them to continue.

What we are asking?

How can you have your say?

How we will use your feedback?

Following its close, the results of this online consultation and the focus group will be compiled and presented to Councillors. This will inform Council’s decision making in early 2016 as to whether it will seek a rate variation for 2016/2017.

Consultation has concluded
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    over 3 years ago
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    Why is Council undertaking this consultation?

    Council is responding to a range of unprecedented challenges including population growth and the commencement of rate capping in 2016/2017. Rate capping will put pressure on Council’s ability to deliver timely community infrastructure at the levels residents are accustomed to.

    Building new infrastructure is so important and not just new infrastructure for the new neighbourhoods. With these challenges facing Council, the City of Casey is undertaking consultation to understand how important access to new community infrastructure is.

    How fast is Casey growing?

    The City of Casey is projected to grow from its current population...

    Why is Council undertaking this consultation?

    Council is responding to a range of unprecedented challenges including population growth and the commencement of rate capping in 2016/2017. Rate capping will put pressure on Council’s ability to deliver timely community infrastructure at the levels residents are accustomed to.

    Building new infrastructure is so important and not just new infrastructure for the new neighbourhoods. With these challenges facing Council, the City of Casey is undertaking consultation to understand how important access to new community infrastructure is.

    How fast is Casey growing?

    The City of Casey is projected to grow from its current population of 295,000 to 490,000 residents by 2041. That is a 70 per cent increase in the next 26 years.

    This ongoing growth in both the established and growth areas of Casey will put pressure on Council’s ability to meet the community demand for services. New, upgraded and replacement facilities will be needed to run these services, activities and programs from.

    Won’t the increase in population generate more rates Income for Council?

    It does, and this income will ensure we can maintain service delivery for the growing community. These are costs such as collecting rubbish, maintaining roads, drains, buildings, parks and other assets, running the Council and running the services from the community and recreation facilities.

    This additional rates income does not provide for the upfront capital costs required to deliver all the new, upgraded and replacement facilities that will be needed to service such a population boom. These are pressures not faced by inner and middle suburbs who face comparatively minor population increases.

    Don’t the developers pay for new Infrastructure?

    There are levies on developers that help contribute to new community and recreation facilities in new estates. This is never enough to cover the costs of delivering the facilities required in Casey. These levies are also being capped by the State Government so choices will have to be made about what facilities are delivered with the levies and what will be need to be delivered through rates income.

    Facilities will be delayed as there is increasing pressure on the rates income to deliver infrastructure across the municipality. This competition will see facilities delayed and residents that move in early missing out or having to travel further to access the services that they need.

    What about increasing fees and charges to fund new infrastructure?

    Many Council services attract fees and charges for use. These charges represent a minimal contribution to the actual cost of delivering a service in most cases.

    What is rate capping?

    Rate capping is the percentage limit to be imposed by the State Government to which all Councils in Victoria may increase the total income they will receive from rates.

    The rate cap is being introduced in 2016/2017 and will be set annually in December each year by the Essential Services Commission (ESC).


    The forecast rate cap for 2016/2017 is 3.05 per cent but the actual cap will not be known until December 2015.

    It is forecast that over 10 years, the impact of rate capping on Casey will be $150 million.





    For further information visit the Environment Land, Water and Planning website Fair Go Rates section and the Essential Services Commission website Local Government Rates Capping & Variation Framework Review section.

    Why doesn’t Council reduce services?

    Council held the Casey: Let’s Chat focus group in October 2015 where the overwhelming message from those residents who participated is for Council to deliver more or the same level of access to services and facilities for our community.

    Council has already initiated a program of efficiency and effectiveness which is identifying opportunities to ensure Council services are operating as lean as possible.

    What infrastructure projects will Council delay or cease?

    Council has identified four projects:

    These four projects represent $23.5 million of new infrastructure that will not be able to be accommodated in a rate capped budget for the next four years.

    These new infrastructure projects are not near me. Why would I want to pay more rates for them?

    The Autumn Place Family and Community Centre and the Hunt Club Football and Cricket Recreation Facility are local facilities that will mostly be used by people that live near them. At some point the impact of rate capping will touch every suburb in Casey.

    All areas in Casey are growing and have forecasted increase in demand for Council services. Our planned infrastructure program benefits all areas of Casey and will be reduced at some point due to rate capping.

    The cost of all services and new infrastructure is spread across the entire municipality on a fair and equitable basis with an aim to providing safe, convenient and local access to what each of Casey’s 295,000 residents need.

    How will Council use the feedback collected?

    At the conclusion of the consultation, feedback will be considered by Councillors and will inform Council’s decision as to whether it will seek a rate variation for 2016/2017.


  • Understanding the options

    over 3 years ago

    OPTION 1: These four projects are critical to meet the needs of Casey’s growing community. I am willing to pay for a 1% rate variation on top of the cap every year to maintain current infrastructure levels.

    • Enables Council to build the facilities to run the services, programs and activities that are required to meet the needs of existing and future residents.
    • Aligns with Council’s plans, policies, budgets and capital works plans that have been developed to balance between delivering what the community needs and the communities’ ability to pay for it.
    • Enables Council to continue the...

    OPTION 1: These four projects are critical to meet the needs of Casey’s growing community. I am willing to pay for a 1% rate variation on top of the cap every year to maintain current infrastructure levels.

    • Enables Council to build the facilities to run the services, programs and activities that are required to meet the needs of existing and future residents.
    • Aligns with Council’s plans, policies, budgets and capital works plans that have been developed to balance between delivering what the community needs and the communities’ ability to pay for it.
    • Enables Council to continue the same level of infrastructure that the community has been used to seeing delivered in Casey.
    • Would cost $6.25 above the rate cap for each Casey resident in 2016/2017. Every year this would be indexed and added to the rate cap and would generate about $23.5 million of funding for infrastructure in four years and $150 million over ten years towards new infrastructure in the City of Casey that will benefit all suburbs and residents.

    OPTION 2: I believe only half of these projects have merit. I am prepared to pay a 1% rate variation on top of the cap for 2016/2017 as a one off variation to ensure some projects can commence straight away.

    • Enables Council to deliver the Autumn Place Family and Community Centre in Doveton and Hunt Club Football and Cricket Recreation Facility in Cranbourne East in 2016/2017.
    • Glenelg Football and Cricket Recreation Facility in Clyde North will be delayed a few years and there is still no funding available to deliver the Casey Fields Soccer Facility in Cranbourne East.
    • Allows local facilities to be provided for communities who are currently travelling to other facilities, and having to join groups and sports programs that may or will be over capacity in time.
    • Ensures that the local communities that benefit from the new infrastructure can access local facilities, create a sense of place by having more hubs in their neighbourhood and reduce travel time and also access a new facility that meets current standards and requirements.
    • This translates to a rate rise for 2016/2017 of about 4% (assuming the part of the rate rise that will be subject to the State Government Cap remains around 3% or under).
    • Enables Council to deliver local level need facilities.
    • Would cost about $6.25 per Casey resident above the rate cap. The rates in subsequent years go back to the State Government Cap unless Council resolves to investigate a subsequent rate variation in the future. This would generate about $8 million of additional funds over the next four years towards local level infrastructure that would benefit all suburbs and residents of the City of Casey eventually over time.
    • In this scenario, about $15.5 million of planned infrastructure will not be able to be delivered in the next four years.

    OPTION 3: I do not think these four projects are needed. Residents can use other facilities even if they’re substandard, have longer waiting lists or they have to travel further. I do not support a variation to the rates in 2016/2017.

    • Enables Council to deliver a budget in line with the State Government Rate Cap in 2016/2017 resulting in the reduction of Council's planned new infrastructure rollout by about $23.5 million over four years and $150 million forecast over the next 10 years.
    • Remaining funding allocated for new infrastructure will be prioritised so only the most important and needed facilities will be able to be delivered.
    • There will be significant time delays to providing new infrastructure to the communities that will benefit from the services, activities and programs that will be run from these facilities.
    • Other facilities will need to accommodate increases in patronage and residents will travel further to access facilities that have vacancies.
    • Under this scenario, even local level facilities will struggle to be funded which will cause tension as the population grows. Expectations by the community for timely and convenient access to facilities will not be able to be met.