Council's key strategic documents 2019 to 2029



At its meeting on Tuesday 14 May 2019 Council endorsed the public exhibition of the Draft Operational Plan and Budget FY2019/20, Draft Fees and Charges FY2019/20, the updated Long Term Financial Plan 2019 to 29 and revised Delivery Program 2018 to 22.

View the Council Report


About these documents

The draft documents outline Council’s planned services, key project and budgets, including fees and charges for the next financial year and beyond.

The documents also show how these actions work towards the community vision in Our Inner West 2036 – the Inner West Community Strategic Plan.


View the Draft Operational


At its meeting on Tuesday 14 May 2019 Council endorsed the public exhibition of the Draft Operational Plan and Budget FY2019/20, Draft Fees and Charges FY2019/20, the updated Long Term Financial Plan 2019 to 29 and revised Delivery Program 2018 to 22.

View the Council Report


About these documents

The draft documents outline Council’s planned services, key project and budgets, including fees and charges for the next financial year and beyond.

The documents also show how these actions work towards the community vision in Our Inner West 2036 – the Inner West Community Strategic Plan.


View the Draft Operational Plan and Budget 2019/20 pdf

View the Draft Fees and Charges 2019/20 pdf

View the Draft Updated Long Term Financial Plan 2019 to 29 pdf

View the Draft Revised Delivery Program 2018 to 22 pdf

Read the Summary of amendments to the Delivery Program 2018 to 22 pdf


What else is included in the public exhibition?

The draft Fees and Charges FY2019/20 include proposals for the harmonisation of fees and charges for some services. This is to align and simplify fees across the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville areas. These proposals include changes to fees for:

  • Sporting grounds hire
  • Domestic waste charges and
  • Introduction of a Compliance and Enforcement Levy for development applications. This is to offset the cost of ensuring that Council officers are available to take effective action against unlawful activities and enforce legal compliance.


Have your say

You are invited to provide feedback on the draft strategic documents by completing the Inner West Council Key Strategic documents 2019 to 2029 submission.

Hard copies of the documents can be viewed at Council’s three customer service centres between 8:30am and 5pm throughout the exhibition period:

  • Ashfield - 260 Liverpool Road
  • Leichhardt - 7 to 15 Wetherill Street
  • Petersham - 2 to 14 Fisher Street


Last day to provide feedback is Tuesday, 11 June 2019


More Information

Read the background about the proposed harmonisation of fees and charges and the Compliance and Enforcement Levy

Read the Council Report on the Proposed Compliance and Enforcement Levy

View Council minutes Tuesday 27 November 2018


What happens next?

All feedback on the documents will be considered before finalising the drafts. Council will consider the final drafts at its meeting on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 and decide whether to adopt them.


  • Council adopts budget

    6 months ago

    At its meeting on June 25 2019 the elected Council considered community feedback and adopted the Budget and all related strategic documents. Council decided to:

    1. Adopt the Operational Plan and Budget 2019/20, Fees and Charges 2019/20, Long-Term Financial Plan 2019-29 and amended Delivery Program 2018-22;

    2. Make and levy the Rates and Charges for 2019/20 as contained in the Operational Plan in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993;

    3. Adopt the Business – Airport rate as the basis for determining equivalent rate payments; and

    4. Adopt the rate of 7.5% as the interest rate to apply on outstanding...

    At its meeting on June 25 2019 the elected Council considered community feedback and adopted the Budget and all related strategic documents. Council decided to:

    1. Adopt the Operational Plan and Budget 2019/20, Fees and Charges 2019/20, Long-Term Financial Plan 2019-29 and amended Delivery Program 2018-22;

    2. Make and levy the Rates and Charges for 2019/20 as contained in the Operational Plan in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993;

    3. Adopt the Business – Airport rate as the basis for determining equivalent rate payments; and

    4. Adopt the rate of 7.5% as the interest rate to apply on outstanding rates, in accordance with section 566(3) of the Local Government Act 1993.

    5. Incorporate a $10 million savings target into the Budget.

    6. Defer the new fees and charges for sporting grounds pending consultation with the relevant peak sporting associations and that those associations be requested to formally submit a position to officers on how fees can best be harmonised, with the matter to be reported back to an August Council meeting. The existing fees system with standard CPI increase remain in place in the interim.

    7. Adopt the position of no creation of new positions.

    8. Adopt the position of no replacement of positions or appointment of new contractors unless essential as determined by the CEO.

    9. Approve all Councillor conferences and workshops.

    10. Note the existing requirement for real time reporting on Ashfield Pool costs.

    11. Note the imminent reporting of reviews into events and grant programs and give in principle support to a net reduction in expenditure on both.

    12. Defer the adoption of proposed new fees and charges listed on pp. 59-67 of the Draft Fees and Charges schedule, pending a review of the eligibility criteria for subsidies and exemptions from charges for indoor venues, rooms and community centres, and other facilities.

    13. Include in the 2019/20 Operational Plan for Child and Family Services a ‘Key Action’ of reaching an agreed plan with the State Government for Council’s continued and long-term operation of Globe Wilkins Preschool on the Wilkins Primary School site.

    14. Note that the high deficit $18.8 in the 2019/20 budget and the ongoing projections of ongoing deficits in the Long term Financial Plan are unacceptable and must be addressed


    For more information view the Council report and view the meeting minutes.

  • Engagement Outcomes Report

    6 months ago

    Did you provide feedback about the draft Strategic documents 2019-29? Read the Engagement outcomes report. The Council will consider the report at its meeting on 25 June 2019.

    Did you provide feedback about the draft Strategic documents 2019-29? Read the Engagement outcomes report. The Council will consider the report at its meeting on 25 June 2019.