IPART has partially approved Ballina Shire Council’s application to increase general income above the rate peg from 1 July 2017. Instead of a permanent cumulative increase of 17.64% over three years, IPART has granted Ballina Shire Council a temporary 1-year increase in general income of 4.9%, including the 1.5% rate peg. The increase above the rate peg is to be removed at the end of 2017-18.