Section 94 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 (as amended), enables Council to levy a contribution from any development that will or is likely to require an increase in the provision of public services and facilities. That contribution may be either in cash or in-kind and may be allocated to the cost of facilities and services already constructed in anticipation of demand.
The Crucial Role of Section 94
Progressively increasing community demands are being made for improved public services and facilities, but Council has only limited financial resources to respond effectively to these needs. Rate pegging legislation and curbs on borrowing will maintain budgetary constraints on Council. The application of Section 94 has, therefore, a crucial role for Tumut Shire Council in meeting its responsibilities for the provision of services and facilities, and sound financial management.