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Council Budget and Strategic Resource Plan

The 2016/17 Adopted Budget and Strategic Resource Plan is available below or from Council Offices, community centres and libraries.

Council has considered community views in preparing this 2016/17 Adopted Budget to ensure we are meeting the needs of our residents.

In December 2015, Minister for Local Government announced that Victorian council rate rises would be capped to the rate of inflation, 2.5%, for 2016/17. While Councils could elect to apply for an exemption to this amount, Council has agreed to uphold this rate.

There are also costs that Council has no control over, including unfunded superannuation liabilities and the State Government Landfill and Fire Services levies. We are required to collect these levies even though they are not Council charges.

Council Budget 2016/17 Highlights

  • A $4.6 million investment in cycle ways and footpaths across our City will make wandering the local neighbourhoods by foot or pedal even more enjoyable
  • $8 million to improve Council-owned roads across the City, making them safer and easier to drive on
  • $970,000 for the renewal of nine reserves and open spaces, with two popular parks made even more appealing on sunny days, with Skinner Reserve receiving shade tree planning and a shade sail for McNish Reserve
  • Renewal works at the Kingsville Kinder and Brenbeal, Angliss, Kingsville and Saltwater Children’s Centres, to give our young residents the best care they can get in the crucial first years of life.
  • $100k for Crossing Renewals will also make it safer for children and families to get to and from care centres and schools
  • $250,000 for cleansing and an exciting Laneway Activation Project in Footscray, as we continue support and promote the vibrancy and tourism appeal of this cultural hub
  • Support for community-driven events such as the Seddon and Yarraville Festivals, along with supporting the New Little Music Festival and Australia Day favourite, the Stony Creek Music Festival
  • Upgrades to many local sporting clubs to pavilions and club rooms, and new public exercise equipment for North Braybrook – as we remain dedicated to an active and healthy community
  • $500,000 will provide further planting of trees in streets, boulevards, and parks, as we continue to green our City.

These are just highlights of a $138 million budget that funds vital community services and infrastructure.

Council provides over 80 community services that are funded in the annual budget that increase the wellbeing of our community and make the City of Maribyrnong a better place to live.

Consultation

The budget is a public document presented for community consultation and review. Comments via written submission were accepted until 5pm on Friday 27 May 2016.

Council also held an online Facebook Q&A session on 18 May where more than 40 questions and comments on 17 different issues were heard and answered the CEO, Director Corporate Services, Director Planning Services and Manager Finance.

The final budget was considered for adoption at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 14 June 2016.

For more information:
Finance Manager
9688 0200
email@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

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