Give us your feedback on our Draft Budget

Thursday, 26 April 2018

The 2018/19 Draft Budget has been endorsed by Council and will be on public consultation from today until Friday, 25 May 2018.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said residents and community groups should take this opportunity to provide us with their inputs and ideas.

“Developing the budget is a complex process, especially in a financially constrained environment, and the community plays an important role in determining how we direct our funding,” Cr Sipek said.

“We have spent months developing a draft budget that strikes a balance between delivering excellent community services, managing community facilities, and upgrading infrastructure.”

Cr Sipek said residents and ratepayers will see a range of improvements from the proposed budget with more than $45 million allocated to developing local assets such as sporting grounds, leisure facilities and playgrounds.

“I am pleased that our careful, long-term financial planning has put us in a strong position to deliver a host of capital works projects that will strengthen and support our growing community,” he said.

“We are proposing to refresh many of our ageing facilities as well as building new ones and we hope this will encourage and support people to join in community life.

“We are excited to be making a big investment in netball with $2.1 million to develop new multi-use courts at Riverside Golf and Tennis Centre as the first step in a proposed $6 million upgrade to the popular sports facility. Netball is one of the most popular sports in Moonee Valley for women and girls and we are committed to supporting our clubs and players.”

Some of the highlights of this year’s budget include:

  • $2.1 million for the development of new multi-use courts at Riverside Golf and Tennis Centre
  • $1.4 million to complete the Union Road Streetscape upgrade
  • Over $1.1 million to complete design and headworks for the state of the art East Keilor Leisure Centre redevelopment
  • $1.5 million for improvements to the Buckley Park Sports Pavilion
  • $1.7 million to complete the Boeing Reserve Baseball Pavilion
  • $1.6 million to complete the Ormond Park football and cricket pavilion
  • $1.2 million to increase the capacity of the Strathnaver Reserve car park
  • $650,000 for a new stormwater harvesting system at Woodlands Park
  • $300,000 to replace and renew playgrounds

Cr Sipek said that as well as improving and maintaining infrastructure, Council is responsible for over 200 community services and programs including maternal and child healthcare, affordable childcare, immunisation programs, services for older residents and those with disabilities, libraries, arts and cultural activities, planning, waste collection and recycling.

“To continue to provide all of these services and meet the growing needs of our community, a 2.25 per cent rate increase is required. This is in line with the State Government’s rate cap and will help meet the rising costs of service provision and a growing population.”

Copies of the draft budget are available online on our Budget page and in hard copy at our libraries, the Civic Centre (9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds) and at the Flemington Community Centre (25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington).

Submissions can be made in writing, addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, City of Moonee Valley, PO Box 126, Moonee Ponds 3039 or by emailing council@mvcc.vic.gov.au

You may request to be heard before Council in support of your written submission (or be represented by a person acting on your behalf). Submissions will be heard by a Committee of Whole of Council at 6pm on Tuesday, 5 June 2018 at 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds.

You must advise Council as part of your written submission if you wish to speak in support of your submission at this meeting.

Media enquiries:
Sarah Schwager, Strategic Media Advisor
Phone: 03 9243 8813; Email: media@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Friday, 20 July 2018, 6:30 AM