Smart technology driving budget decisions

7 February 2018


Mayor Tom Tate has today used an electric rubbish-collection buggy to highlight the importance of community feedback in shaping the City’s $1.4 billion annual budget.

“It’s not always the big projects that people focus on. Ratepayers want to ensure they get value-for-money out of every Council service and this clever electric buggy is part of that story,’’ he said.

“The buggy has allowed our valued City cleaning staff to empty multiple bins without having to return to the main garbage disposal truck. That way, the crew can get more work done in quicker time. This sort of efficiency equates to savings for the ratepayer day after day and by being electric, the buggy is environmentally clean and super quiet in the busy tourism precinct.’’

Mayor Tate today launched the 2018-19 budget community consultation.

“For the past six years, we’ve kept rate increases to record lows. Your feedback is about ensuring the right decisions are made in delivering a balanced budget,” he said.

“We can’t have a post Games economic hangover so the next budget is critical to capitalise on the growth, infrastructure and legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

“I am working with Councillors now to finalise their ideas on what we can achieve, in a post Games economy. That information, and feedback from residents, will shape the 2018-19 budget.’’

To have your say on the budget, visit

Consultation closes 29 March 2018 with the budget delivered mid-June, 2018.

In 2017-18, 1841 residents had their say on the budget.


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