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2022-23 Budget

Our Annual Budget 2022-23 represents a financially responsible and sustainable investment in the delivery of core services and infrastructure investment that is critical in supporting our growing local community

Budget highlights

Key highlights from Council's Budget 2022-23 include:

  • Operating revenue of $256.98 million (excluding developer contributions, non-monetary assets and non-recurrent capital grants)
  • Operating expenditure of $245.39 million
  • Local roads restoration and resurfacing works of $11.96 million
  • Upgrade parks and open spaces including Whittlesea Public Gardens, Kelynack Reserve and Redleap Reserve
  • Deliver actions from the Investment Attraction Plan and Strong Local Economy Strategy Action
  • Increase in Kindergarten spaces to meet the needs of our growing population
  • Design of Aboriginal Gathering Place
  • Continue to make it easier for residents to interact with Council through the delivery of our Customer First project
  • Draft and consult with community on a new Green Wedge Management Plan
  • Implement Rethinking Waste Plan including the provision of glass bin recycling service
  • Increasing our tree canopy cover as part of the Greening Whittlesea Strategy.

Capital works program highlights

Our Budget 2022-23 delivers a focused $51.67 million capital program that reflects the ongoing challenges to the supply and availability of labour and materials as a result of the pandemic and invests in planning for shovel-ready projects to maximise our opportunities for grant funding in future years.

Highlights include:

  • Completion of Mill Park Basketball Stadium Redevelopment
  • Completion of the Mernda Social Support Centre
  • Continue improvements to Whittlesea Public Gardens which will include a skate park, rock climbing wall, basketball courts, barbecue and shelter area and a car park
  • Construct a basketball court, shelter and social gathering spaces and upgrade paths at the western end of Norris Bank Reserve
  • Norris Bank Tennis Courts Redevelopment (design)
  • Commence designing the Patterson Drive Community Centre/Kindergarten in Donnybrook
  • Commence foundational infrastructure for development of the Quarry Hills precinct including drainage and trails
  • Commence construction of a new playground, shelters and a multipurpose court at Kelynack Reserve
  • Minor planned renewal works
  • Street light bulb replacement program
  • Ongoing programs to upgrade playgrounds and general landscape
  • Implementation of Greening Whittlesea including tree planting programs.

The Budget 2022-23 has been prepared in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards. The Budget aims to continue Council's commitment to invest in services and infrastructure in a financially responsible way by balancing the needs of our community while achieving long term financial sustainability.