Special Rate Variation

In February 2018 Council invited all members of the Dungog Shire community to attend a series of meetings developed to inform ratepayers of Council’s current financial position and the need for Council to consider applying for a Special Rate Variation.

At these public meetings, members of the community were given the opportunity to participate on a Special Rate Variation Reference Panel. The applicants were provided with further, more in depth information and were given the opportunity to ask questions and provide input into the process of Council’s consideration of the application to IPART for a Special Rate Variation.

As a result of these Reference Panel meetings and the input received from the Panel members, the Councillors and staff, Council will now present to the community the proposed way forward.

Council needs to explore ways to expand our revenue sources to ensure we are able to provide essential services and facilities to the community in the long term. While we understand that a rate rise is never welcome, we believe it is an important conversation we need to have with our community.

You are invited to attend any of the venues listed below where you will be given the opportunity to ask questions and have discussions regarding the proposed Special Rate Variation with Councillors, SRV Reference Panel members and Council staff.

Tuesday  3 July 6pm Doug Walters Pavilion, Dungog
Thursday 5 July 6pm Paterson School of Arts
Tuesday 10 July 6pm Clarence Town School of Arts
Thursday 12 July 6pm Gresford School of Arts
Saturday 14 July 2pm Doug Walters Pavilion, Dungog
Thursday 19 July 6pm Vacy School of Arts


If you are intending to come along please RSVP to Lyn Brighton, Council’s Strategic Projects Officer on lynb@dungog.nsw.gov.au and she can send you out an information package prior to the meeting.  Lyn can also be contacted on 4995 7777.

We look forward to your participation in these important discussions. Further information can be found in the Mayoral Matters column or below. Light refreshments will be provided.


Special Rate Variation - Calculator

SRV Presentation - Introduction - General Manager

SRV Presentation - Securing Our Future - Corporate Services

SRV Presentation - Managing Our Assets - Infrastrucure & Assets

SRV Information Package

Rates Frequently Asked Questions

Dungog Shire Council Finances - Fast Facts

Dungog Shire Council Hardship Policy

SRV Survey