Funding the flood levee upgrade

Consultation has concluded: The special rate variation came into effect from the 2016/17 rates notices. Read more information on Council's website.

Members of the community coming together to help fill sandbags.



To help protect Wagga Wagga from flooding of the Murrumbidgee River and to safeguard the City's future prosperity, Wagga Wagga Council is upgrading the Main City Levee to a 1 in 100 hundred year level of protection.

In addition to this, the full impact of potentially upgrading the North Wagga Levee will be considered in a review of the Floodplain Risk Management Study.

The Main City Levee Upgrade and a potential upgrade of the North Wagga Levee to a 1 in 20 year level of protection is expected to cost a total of $23.3M.

This cost estimate is based on design estimates by NSW Public Works.

Providing it can secure Federal and State Government funding Council is committed to funding one-third ($7.75M) of the cost of the project.

Council is proposing to fund its share via a Special Rate Variation (SRV).



The one off increase would be maintained for five years only, and this revenue would only be able to be used to fund the levee upgrade project.


Under the proposed increase, property owners in the Farmland rate category will pay an additional 3.7% in 2016/17 (1.8% rate page, 1.9% levee upgrade component).

All other properties will see an increase of 5.9% in 2016/17 (1.8% rate peg, 4.1% levee upgrade component).

The levee upgrade component of rates will be maintained, but will not compound, for a period of five years. Rates will only rise by the rate peg for the last four years of this period and the levee upgrade component of rates will drop of at the end of this period.

This website contains information about the proposed rate increase as well as tools to demonstrate how it would impact you.

Find the answers to some frequently asked questions and ask a question in the public Q&A forum below, or call Council on 1300 292 442.

You can also provide feedback or ask a question by sending an email.

The proposed increase for all rateable properties not in the Farmland category is as follows:










The proposed increase for Farmland properties is as follows:











To help protect Wagga Wagga from flooding of the Murrumbidgee River and to safeguard the City's future prosperity, Wagga Wagga Council is upgrading the Main City Levee to a 1 in 100 hundred year level of protection.

In addition to this, the full impact of potentially upgrading the North Wagga Levee will be considered in a review of the Floodplain Risk Management Study.

The Main City Levee Upgrade and a potential upgrade of the North Wagga Levee to a 1 in 20 year level of protection is expected to cost a total of $23.3M.

This cost estimate is based on design estimates by NSW Public Works.

Providing it can secure Federal and State Government funding Council is committed to funding one-third ($7.75M) of the cost of the project.

Council is proposing to fund its share via a Special Rate Variation (SRV).



The one off increase would be maintained for five years only, and this revenue would only be able to be used to fund the levee upgrade project.


Under the proposed increase, property owners in the Farmland rate category will pay an additional 3.7% in 2016/17 (1.8% rate page, 1.9% levee upgrade component).

All other properties will see an increase of 5.9% in 2016/17 (1.8% rate peg, 4.1% levee upgrade component).

The levee upgrade component of rates will be maintained, but will not compound, for a period of five years. Rates will only rise by the rate peg for the last four years of this period and the levee upgrade component of rates will drop of at the end of this period.

This website contains information about the proposed rate increase as well as tools to demonstrate how it would impact you.

Find the answers to some frequently asked questions and ask a question in the public Q&A forum below, or call Council on 1300 292 442.

You can also provide feedback or ask a question by sending an email.

The proposed increase for all rateable properties not in the Farmland category is as follows:










The proposed increase for Farmland properties is as follows:









Consultation has concluded: The special rate variation came into effect from the 2016/17 rates notices. Read more information on Council's website.
  • Flood levee upgrade one step closer after special rate variation approved

    about 3 years ago

    The City of Wagga Wagga has this week been approved for a temporary special rate variation of 5.63% to partly fund the $23.3M upgrade of the city’s flood levee system.

    The determination made by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) will allow Council to contribute its one-third share towards the levee upgrade project.

    In assessing Council’s application, IPART determined that it met the criteria and the “impact of the proposed rate rises on ratepayers is modest and reasonable given the purpose of the special variation”.

    Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Councillor Rod Kendall said this project, which...

    The City of Wagga Wagga has this week been approved for a temporary special rate variation of 5.63% to partly fund the $23.3M upgrade of the city’s flood levee system.

    The determination made by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) will allow Council to contribute its one-third share towards the levee upgrade project.

    In assessing Council’s application, IPART determined that it met the criteria and the “impact of the proposed rate rises on ratepayers is modest and reasonable given the purpose of the special variation”.

    Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Councillor Rod Kendall said this project, which will upgrade the Main City Levee to a 1 in 100 year level of protection and the North Wagga Levee to a 1 in 20 year level of protection, was vital for the city.

    “The only way to protect Wagga Wagga’s CBD, critical assets and thousands of homes against flooding is to strengthen the levee system,” Councillor Kendall said.

    “With a price tag of more than $23M, assistance is needed. This special rate variation will help Council raise it’s one-third, or $7.75M share, of the upgrade.

    “We strongly hope today’s decision by IPART to allow Council to proceed with the special rate variation will be the catalyst for the State Government to commit funding in a timely manner to this vital project for the City of Wagga Wagga.”

    IPART have granted Council approval for a temporary, one-off, rate variation to start in the 2016/17 financial year, and be maintained for five years.

    Rates for all categories, except the Farmland category, will increase by 5.8%. The Farmland category will increase by 3.7%. The combined effect of these percentages equals the 5.63% overall increase.

    These figures include the 1.8% rate peg for the 2016/17 year available to all Councils.

    IPART Chairman Peter Boxsall said Council’s application was comprehensive and satisfactorily met the Government’s criteria for special rate variations.

    “The council demonstrated the need for the additional revenue, that the community was aware of the need for, and extent of, the rate rise, and that it is taking steps to improve productivity and contain costs,” Mr Boxsall said.

    “The increases are modest, and the council has reduced the impact on farmland ratepayers due to hardship being experienced by these ratepayers as a result of drought.”



  • Application for rate variation brings levee upgrade one step closer to reality

    over 3 years ago

    Wagga Wagga City Council has submitted an application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a temporary special rate variation (SRV) to begin in 2016/17.

    IPART is currently reviewing the application and is expected to make an announcement on whether or not it is successful in May 2016.

    If successful, the money raised will be used to fund Council’s one third, $7.75M share of a $23.3M upgrade to the main city and North Wagga flood levee system.

    Director of Corporate Services, Craig Richardson, says this is an important step towards upgrading the levee system.

    “A temporary special rate variation is the responsible way to fund this major project, which will be of great benefit to the wider Wagga Wagga Local Government Area,” he said.

    “To fund a project of this scale within Council’s existing budget would have a significant impact on the delivery of services.”

    Under the proposed rate increase property owners in the Farmland rate category will pay an additional 3.7% in 2016/17 (1.8% rate page, 1.9% levee upgrade component). All other properties will see an increase of 5.9% in 2016/17 (1.8% rate peg, 4.1% levee upgrade component).

    The levee upgrade component of rates will be maintained, but will not compound, for a period of five years. Rates will only rise by the rate peg for the last four years of this period and the levee upgrade component of rates will drop of at the end of this period.

    To ensure transparency, the levee upgrade component of rates would be shown separately on rates notices each year over the five year period.

    Residents are encouraged to learn more about how the increase will affect them by calling 1300 292 442 or by typing your property details into the rates calculator.

    You can make a submission to IPART on the website before 14 March 2016.

    Wagga Wagga City Council has submitted an application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a temporary special rate variation (SRV) to begin in 2016/17.

    IPART is currently reviewing the application and is expected to make an announcement on whether or not it is successful in May 2016.

    If successful, the money raised will be used to fund Council’s one third, $7.75M share of a $23.3M upgrade to the main city and North Wagga flood levee system.

    Director of Corporate Services, Craig Richardson, says this is an important step towards upgrading the levee system.

    “A temporary special rate variation is the responsible way to fund this major project, which will be of great benefit to the wider Wagga Wagga Local Government Area,” he said.

    “To fund a project of this scale within Council’s existing budget would have a significant impact on the delivery of services.”

    Under the proposed rate increase property owners in the Farmland rate category will pay an additional 3.7% in 2016/17 (1.8% rate page, 1.9% levee upgrade component). All other properties will see an increase of 5.9% in 2016/17 (1.8% rate peg, 4.1% levee upgrade component).

    The levee upgrade component of rates will be maintained, but will not compound, for a period of five years. Rates will only rise by the rate peg for the last four years of this period and the levee upgrade component of rates will drop of at the end of this period.

    To ensure transparency, the levee upgrade component of rates would be shown separately on rates notices each year over the five year period.

    Residents are encouraged to learn more about how the increase will affect them by calling 1300 292 442 or by typing your property details into the rates calculator.

    You can make a submission to IPART on the website before 14 March 2016.

  • Council to apply for rate increase

    over 3 years ago

    Wagga Wagga City Council will make an application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to introduce a Special Rate Variation (SRV) to fund the flood levee upgrade project, on the condition that the State Government commits its share of the money before the rate increase is applied.

    Council made the decision at last night's December Meeting after receiving a report on the outcomes of the campaign to explain the proposed rate rise to the community.

    You can read the full report here.

    The feedback received during the campaign is detailed in this attachment.

    The full resolution is as follows:

    a receive and note the report including details of the community engagement undertaken to date

    b make an application to the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) of 5.63% comprising a single increase of 3.83% in addition to the rate pegging increase of 1.80% as announced by IPART and maintain the single increase within Council’s rating base for five (5) years

    c note that the application referenced in (b) above will commence from 1/7/2016 and is subject to Council obtaining confirmation of external grant funding by 30/6/2016. In the event that Council does not receive this confirmation by 30/6/16, the SRV will commence from 1/7/2017 subject to positive confirmation of grant funding by 30/6/17

    d confirm that the proceeds from a successful SRV application will be applied to fund Council’s one-third share of the construction costs to upgrade the Main City Levee to a 1 in 100 year level of flood protection and to upgrade the North Wagga Levee to at least a 1 in 20 year level of flood protection

    e separately disclose the amount of the SRV on the rate notices

    f confirm that the SRV increase of 3.83% will be applied to the rating categories on the following basis:

    • Farmland category 1.9%
    • Other rating categories 4.1%

    g urgently make further representations to the NSW Minister for Environment & Heritage and local State and Commonwealth MP’s to facilitate additional funding for essential flood mitigation projects including the Wagga Wagga Levee upgrades

    Council anticipates that the application to IPART will be due in February 2016.

    Wagga Wagga City Council will make an application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to introduce a Special Rate Variation (SRV) to fund the flood levee upgrade project, on the condition that the State Government commits its share of the money before the rate increase is applied.

    Council made the decision at last night's December Meeting after receiving a report on the outcomes of the campaign to explain the proposed rate rise to the community.

    You can read the full report here.

    The feedback received during the campaign is detailed in this attachment.

    The full resolution is as follows:

    a receive and note the report including details of the community engagement undertaken to date

    b make an application to the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) of 5.63% comprising a single increase of 3.83% in addition to the rate pegging increase of 1.80% as announced by IPART and maintain the single increase within Council’s rating base for five (5) years

    c note that the application referenced in (b) above will commence from 1/7/2016 and is subject to Council obtaining confirmation of external grant funding by 30/6/2016. In the event that Council does not receive this confirmation by 30/6/16, the SRV will commence from 1/7/2017 subject to positive confirmation of grant funding by 30/6/17

    d confirm that the proceeds from a successful SRV application will be applied to fund Council’s one-third share of the construction costs to upgrade the Main City Levee to a 1 in 100 year level of flood protection and to upgrade the North Wagga Levee to at least a 1 in 20 year level of flood protection

    e separately disclose the amount of the SRV on the rate notices

    f confirm that the SRV increase of 3.83% will be applied to the rating categories on the following basis:

    • Farmland category 1.9%
    • Other rating categories 4.1%

    g urgently make further representations to the NSW Minister for Environment & Heritage and local State and Commonwealth MP’s to facilitate additional funding for essential flood mitigation projects including the Wagga Wagga Levee upgrades

    Council anticipates that the application to IPART will be due in February 2016.

  • Funding the levee upgrade hot topic on WaggaTV

    over 3 years ago

    The Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga today appeared on the WaggaTV program 'The Wagga Zone' to talk about the proposed special rate variation.

    You can watch the segment below.


    The Wagga Zone - Week 10 Wagga Wagga City Council from Clean Slate Media on Vimeo.

    The Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga today appeared on the WaggaTV program 'The Wagga Zone' to talk about the proposed special rate variation.

    You can watch the segment below.


    The Wagga Zone - Week 10 Wagga Wagga City Council from Clean Slate Media on Vimeo.

  • Conversation on funding the flood levee upgrade begins

    over 3 years ago

    At the October Supplementary Meeting Council resolved to begin a conversation with the wider community about how to fund an upgrade to Wagga Wagga flood levee system.

    Council is proposing to increase rates above the rate peg from next year to fund Council's one-third, $7.75M share to help fund the estimated $23.3M upgrade

    The one off increase would be maintained for five years only, and would only be able to be used to fund the levee upgrade project.

    Under the proposed increase, property owners in the Farmland rate category will pay an additional 1.91% above the rate peg. Assuming a rate peg of 3% the total increase for Farmland properties would be 4.91%.

    All other properties will see an increase of 4.1% above the rate peg. Assuming a rate peg of 3% the total increase for all rateable properties not in the Farmland category would be 7.1%.

    The cost of the project is based on estimated provided by NSW Public Works to upgrade the Main City Levee to a 1 in 100 year level of protection and a potential upgrade of the North Wagga Levee to a 1 in 20 year level of protection.

    At the October Supplementary Meeting Council resolved to begin a conversation with the wider community about how to fund an upgrade to Wagga Wagga flood levee system.

    Council is proposing to increase rates above the rate peg from next year to fund Council's one-third, $7.75M share to help fund the estimated $23.3M upgrade

    The one off increase would be maintained for five years only, and would only be able to be used to fund the levee upgrade project.

    Under the proposed increase, property owners in the Farmland rate category will pay an additional 1.91% above the rate peg. Assuming a rate peg of 3% the total increase for Farmland properties would be 4.91%.

    All other properties will see an increase of 4.1% above the rate peg. Assuming a rate peg of 3% the total increase for all rateable properties not in the Farmland category would be 7.1%.

    The cost of the project is based on estimated provided by NSW Public Works to upgrade the Main City Levee to a 1 in 100 year level of protection and a potential upgrade of the North Wagga Levee to a 1 in 20 year level of protection.