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Moorabool Shire

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Expenses per head of municipal population

Expenses divided by the population of the municipality

Moorabool Shire (2018-2019)

$1,439.25

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$2,214.24

All Councils (2018-2019)

$2,021.92

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Moorabool Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $1,410.85 $2,037.46 $1,833.78
2016-2017 $1,400.93 $2,060.15 $1,888.36
2017-2018 $1,423.25 $2,059.29 $1,934.89
2018-2019 $1,439.25 $2,214.24 $2,021.92

Moorabool Shire Council Says...

Expenses per head of municipal population has only marginally increased over the last 3 financial years. In comparative terms, Moorabool Shire spends significantly less than both the state average and that of similar Councils. This reflects a high degree of resource efficiency and responsible financial stewardship over Council resources, but also reflects the ongoing challenge that Moorabool Shire faces in receiving its fair share of recurrent funding from state and federal governments. It is currently noted that Moorabool Shire receives significantly less in recurrent grants than the state average which in turn, reduces the level of investment and expenditure that Council can put back in the community. On top of this, average residential rates in Moorabool Shire are low compared to the state average (and are also subject to the rate cap) and Moorabool Shire has limited sources of other revenue streams. As a result, Moorabool Shire is compelled to manage resources efficiently in the face of these strategic challenges.

Infrastructure per head of municipal population

Value of property, plant and equipment excluding land at the end of the year divided by the population of the municipality

Moorabool Shire (2018-2019)

$15,065.11

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$17,409.55

All Councils (2018-2019)

$14,674.40

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Moorabool Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $14,704.57 $16,315.41 $13,345.86
2016-2017 $13,417.99 $16,306.46 $13,619.21
2017-2018 $13,226.44 $17,056.97 $14,192.44
2018-2019 $15,065.11 $17,409.55 $14,674.40

Moorabool Shire Council Says...

The value of Infrastructure has increased due to the revaluation of Roads, Drains and Footpaths in 2018/19. In addition to this, population growth is fuelling community demand for infrastructure investment. As a result, this ratio is projected to steadily increase over time.

Population density per length of road

Population of the municipality divided by the total kilometres of roads under the control of council

Moorabool Shire (2018-2019)

23.28

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

16.53

All Councils (2018-2019)

110.56

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Moorabool Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 21.97 15.41 102.14
2016-2017 22.48 15.86 104.34
2017-2018 23.34 16.32 108.55
2018-2019 23.28 16.53 110.56

Moorabool Shire Council Says...

State planning policy identifies Bacchus Marsh as a peri-urban regional centre with potential for significant growth. Bacchus Marsh's population is predicted to double by 2041. As a result, this ratio is predicted to steadily increase over time. Notwithstanding this, the population density per length of road is significantly lower than the state average and to a large degree reflects the significant challenge faced by many rural Councils in managing a large infrastructure base over a large geographical area with the costs borne by a comparatively smaller population base.

Own-source revenue per head of municipal population

Total revenue excluding government grants, contributions for capital works and the value of assets received from developers divided by the population of the municipality

Moorabool Shire (2018-2019)

$1,230.74

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$1,639.87

All Councils (2018-2019)

$1,493.08

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Moorabool Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $1,089.31 $1,494.76 $1,392.91
2016-2017 $1,042.59 $1,511.51 $1,423.45
2017-2018 $1,178.67 $1,569.73 $1,458.66
2018-2019 $1,230.74 $1,639.87 $1,493.08

Moorabool Shire Council Says...

Own source revenue per head of municipal population has increased by 13.0% over the last 3 reporting years. Notwithstanding this, Moorabool Shire generates significantly lower levels of own source revenue per head of municipal population than the Victorian average and similar sized Councils. Own source revenue can come in a variety of forms and can include Council rates, user fees, statutory fees, fees from significant Council businesses (caravan parks, holiday parks, recreation facilities), parking fees and other activities. It is noted that due to a number factors (for e.g. such as geographic factors and low population density) Moorabool Shire does not currently have the same capacity to generate significant revenue from non rate revenue sources compared to other Victorian Councils. As a result, it has a low level of own source revenue per head of municipal population as compared to the Victorian average and similar sized Councils. In other instances, where Moorabool Shire has the potential to broaden its revenue base it has been significantly restricted by other legislation from doing so. The most significant example of this has come about with the construction of 3 new windfarms in Moorabool Shire. In each instance, the revenue payable to Moorabool Shire by the windfarms will be governed by the Electricity Act 2000 which has the impact of significantly reducing the revenue that would otherwise be payable to Council. For Moorabool Shire, the annual revenue loss from windfarms due to the Electricity Act is estimated to exceed $3.0m per annum.

Recurrent grants per head of municipal population

Government grants expected to be received on an ongoing basis for the year divided by the population of the municipality

Moorabool Shire (2018-2019)

$301.76

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

$479.99

All Councils (2018-2019)

$440.62

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Moorabool Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 $268.03 $400.13 $351.06
2016-2017 $445.23 $642.36 $569.18
2017-2018 $329.96 $507.61 $449.59
2018-2019 $301.76 $479.99 $440.62

Moorabool Shire Council Says...

Moorabool Shire receives significantly less grants per head of municipal population than similar Councils and the Victorian average. To overcome this structural disadvantage, Moorabool Shire has a higher reliance on other sources of funding such as loan borrowings as compared to other Victorian Councils. According to the audited results of the 2017/18 Local Government performance reporting, Moorabool Shire receives on average $3.99m less on an annual basis compared to other Victorian Councils, and $5.94m less annually than similar size Councils.

Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage of the municipality

Score out of ten measuring the relative socio-economic disadvantage of the area in which the municipality is located as reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Moorabool Shire (2018-2019)

7.00

Similar Councils (2018-2019)

5.05

All Councils (2018-2019)

5.53

Performance Trend

Reporting Period Moorabool Shire Similar Councils All Councils
2015-2016 7.00 5.16 5.47
2016-2017 7.00 5.16 5.47
2017-2018 7.00 5.11 5.56
2018-2019 7.00 5.05 5.53

Moorabool Shire Council Says...