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In 2016/17 we will spend $251 million to deliver more than 100 community services and invest in essential new infrastructure.

This includes $43 million for our new works program, which includes more than 115 projects to build and upgrade community centres, sporting fields and tennis courts, playgrounds, roads, bikepaths and footpaths across our new and established areas.

Highlights of our $43 million program

$16.8 million for roads, footpaths, bike paths and road related projects including:

  • $700,000 for footpaths and streetscape improvements
  • $3.8 million to complete the construction and signalisation of the Bridge Inn Road and Painted Hills Road Intersection
  • Additional $880,000 to complete the urbanisation of McKimmies Road between Darebin Creek and Garden Grove Drive
  • $1.885 million for bicycle facilities and shared pathways

Upgrading or building new community facilities:

  • $2.8 million to complete the new Animal Welfare Precinct in Epping. The new facility will deliver a high quality animal management service for lost pets and impounded livestock
  • $600,000 to complete the construction of a new early learning centre in Hawkstowe Parade, Mernda
  • $1.3 million to complete the upgrade and extension to the pavilion at RGC Cook Reserve in Thomastown
  • $500,000 to complete the Barry Road Community Activity Centre refurbishment and car parking extension
  • $1.5 million to construct the Ashley Park Community Activity Centre

Parks and playgrounds

  • $1.285 million to complete the Mill Park Lakes Reserve synthetic surface installation
  • $1.5 million to commence the upgrade to the tennis courts and pavilion at TH Hurrey Reserve in Yan Yean
  • $1 million to renew the athletic track at Meadowglen Athletics Reserve
  • $1.36 million to upgrade playgrounds across the municipality

As well as rolling out these much needed new works, we will deliver the high quality community services our residents need and expect, including:

  • libraries
  • leisure and aquatic centres
  • maternal and child health services
  • aged and disability services
  • parks and reserves
  • waste and recycling services

This year sees the introduction of rate capping by the State Government. The proposed rate rise of 2.5 per cent has been endorsed by the Council, and we will not be seeking a variation of this amount for the 2016/17 budget.