Proposed Annual Budget 2022/23 available for community comment
Published on 13 April 2022
Council is proposing to spend $207 million dollars to support the delivery of services and infrastructure that supports the things our community values – from libraries and maternal child health services to public assets like sports pavilions, parks and gardens.
The Proposed Annual Budget 2022/23 considers the ongoing impacts of the pandemic while also planning for growth to support Council’s vision for a flourishing, progressive City with a sustainable future.
It is focused on continuing to support our community now, as we navigate the journey to recovery, while also delivering what is needed to support a growing population in the future.
Delivering on the services our community have told us in the Annual Community Satisfaction Survey are important, remain a priority with $123.5 million proposed to support things like: maintenance of the road network and bicycle and pedestrian paths, management of Council-owned facilities including libraries and community centres, maternal child health and immunisation services for children and families, arts and cultural events, and festivals and activations of community spaces.
The proposed allocation of funds is designed to ensure services not only continue, but the opportunity for new and additional services is also supported.
Funding of $83.38 million is also proposed to support the provision of infrastructure the community needs, to ensure our City remains a place people want to live, work and play in. This includes:
- $19.588 million to improve Council-owned roads and laneways across the City
- $9.214 million for parks, open spaces, reserves and streetscapes in capital improvements
- $1.601 million for new footpaths
- $4.548 million for new bike infrastructure
- $2 million for subsurface drainage improvements
- $2.172 million for recreational, leisure and community facilities
- $425k for waste management
Major projects identified for funding to complete works already underway include; the new Splash Park at Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre and the redevelopment of the community pavilion at Henry Turner South Reserve in Footscray.
There is also a proposed increase in grants funding from $170k in 2021/22 to $255k in 2022/23 to support the community in their creative endeavours, which add to the culture and vibrancy of our City.
A 1.75% increase in total rates revenue is recommended in line with the rates cap set by the State Government.
The Proposed Annual Budget 2022/23 leverages off the four-year Budget and The Financial Plan, adopted in October 2021, which outlines both the planned income and service deliverables Council will provide for its community over the next four to ten years.
Provide feedback on the Proposed Budget 2022/23
The community can provide feedback and/or make a submission on the Proposed Budget 2022/23 until 5pm, Wednesday 11 May 2022 via:
- View or download the Proposed Budget 2022/23 from Council’s community engagement platform, Your City Your Voice, where you will also find a Companion Document summarising the key points.
- Budget Breakdown: This is a three-part information share on the Your City Your Voice engagement platform which takes a deeper dive into the core proposed spending areas.
Want more information?
If you have questions we invite you to ask them via:
- A live streamed Question and Answer (Q&A) session: This will be via a moderated Zoom webinar session on Wednesday 27 April, 6-7pm, where you can pose questions directly to the Mayor, Cr Anthony Tran and Chief Executive Officer, Celia Haddock. Register here.
- Asking Council’s Executive Team: Between 13 April and 11 May, Council’s CEO and Directors will respond to questions from the community that are posted on Your City Your Voice, where responses will also be published.
For more information about the Annual Budget 2022/23 and to share your thoughts, visit www.yourcityyourvoice.com.au/budget-2022-23
Message from the Mayor, Cr Anthony Tran
The $207 million dollars we are proposing to spend to support the ongoing delivery of services and infrastructure to our growing community over the coming financial year ensures we are continuing to meet the needs of our community while also planning for its future.
In particular, this Proposed Budget recognises the challenges of maintaining ageing infrastructure, while also investing in new infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing population. This is specifically reflected in the $83.380 million proposed to support the provision of infrastructure and facilities, which is a key indicator of Council’s support for our ever-growing community.
This Proposed Budget balances the needs of our community for more and better services with calls to also be prudent with ratepayer’s money. I encourage you to head to Your City Your Voice to read the Proposed Budget and to share your thoughts today.
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