Special Rate Variation Public Meetings


At an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, 2 February Federation Council voted unanimously to submit the Corowa Aquatic Centre Special Rate Variation Application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for determination.

Based on the extensive feedback, Council Officers recommended that the 2021/22 rate peg of 2% be applied based on the value of land, and the Special Variation of 6% be applied evenly to each property in the Federation Council area. This results in an increase to average residential rates of $1.26 per week to go towards the operation costs of the new aquatic facility. Following the proposed change, average residential rates in Federation will remain in the lowest 20% in the state.

Council is set to host two drop in sessions, and two community meetings in late February to provide residents with the opportunity to engage with Council and better understand how a Special Rate Variation works and why Council is pursuing this as an option to help fund the operational costs and ongoing asset life cost of the Corowa Aquatic Centre.

See public meeting details below:

  • Drop in session Urana - Urana Council Office – Wednesday, 24 February 9.30am - 11.30am.
  • Drop in session Morundah - Paradise Palladium Theatre – Wednesday, 24 February 1pm - 3pm
  • Community Meeting - Corowa - Odd Fellows Hall – Wednesday, 24 February 6pm.
  • Community Meeting – Mulwala – Mulwala Civic Centre – Thursday, 25 February 6pm. 

View the Corowa Aquatic Centre Special Rate Variation Application below.

View the submitted supporting documentation from the IPART website.

Residents can choose to make a formal submission on the application directly to IPART. Submissions close Sunday, 7 March 2021. Make a submission.

The above sessions are registered as Covid safe. Council would like to remind everyone to scan the QR codes provided, remain socially distanced while in attendance and use the hand sanitisers provided. If you are unable to remain socially distanced, please wear a mask. 

It is important if you feel unwell to please stay home and get tested and isolate until a negative result is obtained.