Have your say on Council's Operational Plan and financial information

Have your say on Council's future plans, projects, operational plan and budgets, fees and charges, and revenue policy.


Please note: Council IS NOT increasing rates by 35% from 1 July this year.

If a Special Rate Variation (SRV) does get introduced, it would not commence until 1 July 2023.

More work is to be carried out before then, including refining the SRV scenarios, revisiting service mix options, more community consultations and Council discussion and decision points.

A key document is the Draft Delivery Program 2022-25 and Operational Plan 2022-23, which details what we do, how much it costs and how many staff provide each service.

Another key document is the Draft Resourcing Strategy 2022-25, which contains the Long Term Financial Plan and SRV scenarios (from p7).

Importantly, an SRV increase to general rates would not apply to water, sewer and waste charges.


The Bega Valley Community Strategic Plan 2042 and Council’s Delivery Program and Operational Plan provide the roadmap for our shire. They set the direction over the next year and beyond, and together, will lead us into the future. These key documents are supported by our Resourcing Strategy, and Fees and Charges.  

We are pleased to present these draft planning documents to the community for review and feedback. They outline how your rates and Council resources will be used, and we know there is a lot to consider. Copies of each document are available under the Documents on exhibition section on this webpage, and hard copies are available for review at our customer service reception in Bega and our libraries across the shire.  

We welcome your feedback and if you have any questions, please reach out through one of the channels listed below. 

We also have some handy FAQ’s below.

How to provide your feedback

There are many ways you can provide feedback on the draft planning documents, as well as find out what we will be working on in your community.

Meet us @ the Markets

Pop down to one of the markets below and have a chat with Councillors and senior Council staff about our plan and budget for next year and beyond. 

  • Bemboka: Hall Carpark 'Drive-In Bemboka Community Day
    Saturday 7 May 2022 - 10:00am to 11:30am
  • Cobargo: Valiant Coffee Nook, Main Street
    Wednesday 11 May 2022 - 9:00am to 10:30am
  • Bermagui: Growers and Makers Markets, Bermagui Country Club
    Thursday 12 May 2022 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Merimbula: Seaside Markets, Ford Park
    Sunday 15 May 2022 - 9:00am to 10:30am
  • Bega: SCPA Markets, Littleton Gardens
    Friday 20 May 2022 - 9:30am to 11:00am
  • Eden: Eden Community Market
    Saturday 21 May 2022 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Write to us

Submissions on any of the draft documents can be made to the Chief Executive Officer via:

  • Email: council@begavalley.nsw.gov.au
  • Post: Bega Valley Shire Council, PO Box 492, Bega NSW 2550
  • Online: scroll to the bottom of this page to leave a comment

If you have any questions please contact Kaliegh Smerdon on (02) 6499 2430 or ksmerdon@begavalley.nsw.gov.au

All submissions received during the exhibition period will be considered by Council before the documents are finalised.


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Project timeline

Please submit your submission by Wednesday 1 June 2022


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