City of Palmerston has committed to preparing a Rating Strategy for the next ten years in consultation with the community. 

The purpose of the City of Palmerston Rating Strategy is to:

  • Determine a fair method of raising revenue from rates.
  • Ensure that the money raised through rating property owners, in conjunction with other income sources, will guarantee the long-term financial sustainability of the Council; and
  • Ensure that Council has sufficient measures in place to support community groups, pensioners and those suffering from hardship.

To implement this strategy, Council has established a volunteer-based Community Reference Group (CRG) to provide ideas, concepts and feedback to form part of the development.

Members of the CRG will be given the opportunity to:

  • Attend and participate in CRG meetings and be briefed on the preparation process.
  • Articulate interest, ideas, concerns and perspectives that will help shape the Rating Strategy.
  • Work as team members and participate in collaborative discussions.
  • Convey feedback to Council staff from members of the community; and
  • Review the draft Rating Strategy.


Successful nominees are expected to attend four facilitated evening meetings at 6pm on:

  • Thursday 20 September
  • Thursday 27 September
  • Wednesday 17 October
  • Thursday 6 December

Meetings are facilitated by an external independent agency.

Key documentation

Summary of workshop one held on 20 September
Summary of workshop two held on 27 September
Summary of workshop three held on 17 October 
Summary of workshop four held on 17 October
Outcomes Report


August 2018:  Call for nominations for the Community Reference Group. Closing date for nominations is Wednesday 5 September 2018.
September/October 2018:  CRG members will meet to provide ideas, concepts and feedback to form part of the development of a draft Rating Strategy.
November 2018: Council staff will form the Rating Strategy based on feedback from the CRG meetings. 
Early December 2018: CRG members will be presented with draft Rating Strategy based on their feedback to be endorsed for consideration by Elected Members.
February 2019: The Rating Strategy will be released for broader public consultation.
March 2019: Council will review submissions from the public consultation, amend where appropriate and adopt the Rating Strategy.

Project Stages

  • Open This consultation is open for contributions.
  • Under Review Council is considering feedback.
  • Closed This consultation is closed for contributions.