Southern Mallee council works towards brighter future

No rate rise proposed for Mallee landholders

Landholders in the Southern Mallee region will not have a rate rise this financial year if the council's current draft annual business plan is adopted after community consultation.

Highlights of the plan include numerous projects which are designed to bring community vitality and better infrastructure to the fore.

The Southern Mallee District Council is also proposing no increase in rates with the view to help the community recover economically from the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help counter balance the decision not to increase rates the council has received over $2.76 million in grant funding from the Federal Government as well as other operational efficiencies.

Mayor Andrew Grieger said the business plan showed responsible financial management with a positive investment in the wellbeing and vibrancy of the communities.

"In developing the plan, we have taken into account various influences, including the significant hardship our community faces as it comes back from several years of drought, increasing State Government fees and levies and now the Coronavirus pandemic," Mr Grieger said.

"We've also been incredibly fortunate to have attracted significant grant funding from the Australian Government, which allows us to continue with vital urban development projects and key road upgrades.

"The Pinnaroo Village Green and Lameroo Town Centre projects are now ready to begin and will help breathe life back in to our communities and economies for years to come.

While significant investment into our roads and footpaths ensures vital infrastructure maintenance and development.

"There will also be upgrades to our local swimming pools, halls and cemeteries - all vital services for our rural and remote residents."

The draft annual business plan includes:

  • $1.975m urban design (including the Pinnaroo and Lameroo town centre projects)
  • $1.82m transport infrastructure program (including $502,000 on the Kulkami and Billiatt Road upgrade)
  • $1.7m to upgrade the ageing Pinnaroo CWMS network
  • $473,000 building program (including upgrades to swimming pools)

People can have their say on the Draft Annual Business Plan 2020-21 and the Draft Long Term Financial Plan by viewing documents on the council website,, or viewing copies at one of the council offices from now until Thursday, July 16.

The community can make deputations on the business plan at 5pm on July 15, prior to the next council meeting, but they must put the request in writing prior to the day. The council will meet to adopt the plan on July 29.