Infrastructure Levy

Consultation has concluded

Over the past 24 months Willoughby Council has undertaken community consultation on our assets and infrastructure. We began by seeking feedback on the community’s expectations on the standard of this infrastructure – do our footpaths and roads need more maintenance, do we have enough parks and playgrounds and are they in the right location? Council staff combined this research with detailed information on all of the assets across Willoughby, and their condition and maintenance requirements to develop an accurate picture of our asset renewal requirements over the next 15 years.

We then looked at a rate increase to provide an income source to maintain and improve our infrastructure to the community recommended level. Council undertook extensive community consultation on this option, with the results used to develop the four alternatives which can be viewed by downloading our brochure.

The proposed Infrastructure Levy follows on from the Special Rate Variation presented to the community in 2013.  We have taken the feedback the community provided on board and we have:

  • Undertaken a service review across the council and identified ways to make the council more efficient by streamlining processes and focusing staff resources where they are needed.
  • Identified the projects that require an infrastructure levy in order to be funded.
  • Identified other income sources to be reviewed by Council.  These include: car park revenue, advertising bollards, bus shelter leasing and parking in the Chatswood CBD.

This levy aims to set Willoughby up for a better future by allowing us to continue to offer the wide range of community services we now have.



Over the past 24 months Willoughby Council has undertaken community consultation on our assets and infrastructure. We began by seeking feedback on the community’s expectations on the standard of this infrastructure – do our footpaths and roads need more maintenance, do we have enough parks and playgrounds and are they in the right location? Council staff combined this research with detailed information on all of the assets across Willoughby, and their condition and maintenance requirements to develop an accurate picture of our asset renewal requirements over the next 15 years.

We then looked at a rate increase to provide an income source to maintain and improve our infrastructure to the community recommended level. Council undertook extensive community consultation on this option, with the results used to develop the four alternatives which can be viewed by downloading our brochure.

The proposed Infrastructure Levy follows on from the Special Rate Variation presented to the community in 2013.  We have taken the feedback the community provided on board and we have:

  • Undertaken a service review across the council and identified ways to make the council more efficient by streamlining processes and focusing staff resources where they are needed.
  • Identified the projects that require an infrastructure levy in order to be funded.
  • Identified other income sources to be reviewed by Council.  These include: car park revenue, advertising bollards, bus shelter leasing and parking in the Chatswood CBD.

This levy aims to set Willoughby up for a better future by allowing us to continue to offer the wide range of community services we now have.



Consultation has concluded
  • Application submitted to IPART

    almost 3 years ago

    Council has submitted its application for a special rate variation (Infrastructure Levy) to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART). The application can be viewed on the right hand side of this page in the 'Document Library'.

    The outcome of Council’s application will be determined by IPART by 19 May 2015 and ratepayers will be notified of the outcome.

    Council has submitted its application for a special rate variation (Infrastructure Levy) to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART). The application can be viewed on the right hand side of this page in the 'Document Library'.

    The outcome of Council’s application will be determined by IPART by 19 May 2015 and ratepayers will be notified of the outcome.

  • Infrastructure Levy Update

    almost 3 years ago

    As you are aware Council has been consulting with the community on the possibility of applying to IPART (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal) for an Infrastructure Levy. At its meeting on 10 November 2014 Council resolved to proceed with an application to IPART which will be submitted in February 2015.

    During the consultation process Council presented four scenarios to the community. Council’s application to IPART will seek to have Scenario 3 approved. Scenario 3 involves an increase by 4.5% plus normal rate peg in 2015/2016 followed by 2% plus normal rate peg in 2016/2017 followed by normal rate peg for 5 years. This scenario meets the asset renewal gap over the seven year period. The normal rate peg is set by IPART and for 2015/16 will be 2.4%.

    The outcome of Council’s application will be determined by IPART by 19 May 2015. Council will keep all ratepayers informed of the outcome. We thank you for your interest in this issue and will keep you up to date as it progresses. 


    As you are aware Council has been consulting with the community on the possibility of applying to IPART (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal) for an Infrastructure Levy. At its meeting on 10 November 2014 Council resolved to proceed with an application to IPART which will be submitted in February 2015.

    During the consultation process Council presented four scenarios to the community. Council’s application to IPART will seek to have Scenario 3 approved. Scenario 3 involves an increase by 4.5% plus normal rate peg in 2015/2016 followed by 2% plus normal rate peg in 2016/2017 followed by normal rate peg for 5 years. This scenario meets the asset renewal gap over the seven year period. The normal rate peg is set by IPART and for 2015/16 will be 2.4%.

    The outcome of Council’s application will be determined by IPART by 19 May 2015. Council will keep all ratepayers informed of the outcome. We thank you for your interest in this issue and will keep you up to date as it progresses.