Council adopts 2018/19 budget

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Moonee Valley City Council last night adopted its 2018/19 Annual Budget.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said this was a culmination of many months of hard work by Council together with the community.

“The community plays an important role in determining how we direct our funding, and we are grateful to everyone who submitted their feedback on the draft budget,” Cr Sipek said.

“Developing a budget is a complex process. We need to allocate funds to support more than 200 community services and programs as well as to manage, upgrade and replace infrastructure, such as aquatic and sporting facilities, childcare centres, playgrounds, roads and footpaths.

“People often don’t realise the immense range of services we offer 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, recycling and more.

“We do all this in a financially constrained environment – meeting the challenges of an ageing and growing population, rising costs and less funding from external sources.

“However, I’m pleased that our careful financial management means that we can not only continue to provide the services that the community needs, but invest in some important capital works projects as well.”

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

  • $2.1 million to Riverside Golf and Tennis Centre for the development of new multi-use netball courts
  • $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
  • $600,000 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

In order to fund these important services, programs and infrastructure improvements, the general rate rise for 2018/19 will be 2.25 per cent in line with the State Government’s rate cap.

The 2018/19 rates notices will be mailed to residents in August, with the first instalment due in September.

Any residents who may experience difficulties making their rate payments should call Council on 9243 8888 to discuss support options.

Media enquiries:
Sarah Schwager, Strategic Media Advisor
Phone: 03 9243 8813; Mobile 0447 517 177; Email: media@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 11:57 AM