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Proposed Budget open for feedback

Proposed Budget open for feedback

Friday, April 9, 2021

The City of Whittlesea’s Proposed Budget 2021/22 paves the way for our community to recover, restore and revive after a year of COVID-19 uncertainty.

The Proposed Budget, which includes a $229.5M investment in services, activities and programs and $76.4M allocated for new and the renewal and upgrade of existing property, plant and infrastructure, is now open for community feedback.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the Proposed Budget re-sets Council’s priorities after a challenging year for the community in which COVID-19 had significant impacts on financial, social and mental health.

“We understand it’s been a difficult year for many in our community. This Budget is responsible, allowing Council to manage costs while ensuring we can continue to invest in our local community,” Ms Wilson said.

“We are also finalising a proposal for how Council will allocate the $2M COVID Community Recovery Fund that was included in the 2020/21 Annual Budget. This fund will be rolled-out in 2021/22 for local projects and activities.

“Council will also increase its investment in economic development to help businesses get back on their feet and thrive while creating new local employment opportunities for our residents.”

In 2020/21 Council made a commitment to engage more effectively, more often and in more ways. It is also investing in a flagship project to improve its customer service to ensure an enhanced experience for people living and working in the City of Whittlesea when they interact with Council.

Ms Wilson said Council would continue to deliver more than 100 services while also upgrading existing facilities and assets, along with maintaining and protecting our natural environment and open spaces.

The Proposed Budget ensures Council maintains a strong financial position while still providing community support and allowing for the needs of a rapidly growing community.

For the second consecutive year, Council will absorb most of the rising costs associated with waste collection. The Victorian Government will increase landfill levy costs to Council by more than 60 percent in 2021/22, however, Council proposes to increase its waste charge by only 1.5 percent and will absorb the remaining $2.4M cost to Council.

A rate increase of 1.5% is also proposed. This increase is in line with the Victorian Government’s rate cap under the Fair Go Rating System and will ensure we can deliver good quality services, programs and activities while fund community projects such as:

  • $1.89 million pavilion upgrade at HR Uren Reserve
  • $2 million to transform Quarry Hills Regional Park into a major open space facility
  • $3.43 million for the construction of the Wollert East Community Activity Centre
  • $2.79 million upgrade of McLeans Road Kindergarten
  • $0.9 million upgrade of Whittlesea Skate Park
  • $2.11 million for the construction of a Mernda Villages Community Activity Centre
  • $0.9 million for sports ground and turf renewal at Laurimar Reserve West oval

The 2021-22 Proposed Budget will be open for community feedback until 5pm Wednesday 5 May 2021.

Read the budget and find out more about how you can have your say on Council’s website: https://engage.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/proposed-annual-budget-2021-22

You can make a submission the following ways: