Provide your comments and submissions to the proposed Budget 2021/2022
Submissions can be made online at letstalkgreaterbendigo.com.au.
Submissions will close at 6pm on Tuesday May 18, 2021.
The Greater Bendigo City Council’s 2021/2022 to 2024/2025 proposed Budget is available for comment on Let's Talk Greater Bendigo.
The proposed Budget is presented with an Annual Plan highlighting key Council actions for our community for this financial year. The City of Greater Bendigo is in the process of developing Imagine Greater Bendigo, a long-term planning project where residents are asked to imagine Greater Bendigo in 30 years’ time. This is a requirement of the new Local Government Act and will help Council prepare a Council Plan to guide Council’s work for the next four years.
The 2021/2022 Budget is a sustainable budget that seeks to build on existing initiatives to support Greater Bendigo’s recovery from COVID-19 and to prioritise significant long-term infrastructure projects that will enhance the liveability of our community.
Funding has been allocated to initiatives which continue Greater Bendigo’s COVID-19 recovery. Consistent with last year, Councillors have been guided by the principles of supporting those experiencing hardship, as well as providing social and economic support, long term community sustainability, operational efficiency and the delivery of capital projects.
The Budget includes a $56M capital works program that invests in projects that maintain and develop our infrastructure, and $200M in operating expenditure to continue funding important services for our community.
Highlights of the capital works program include continuing construction of the new pavilion at Kennington Recreation Reserve (Harry Trott Oval), further work on the Bendigo Botanic Gardens central hub and funding for a key initiative of the Rosalind Park Masterplan – the redevelopment of the municipal baths area. Other significant capital works projects include the construction of a median with trees in Brougham Street, and $1M allocated for new footpaths.
Renewing existing civil infrastructure is another key Council responsibility and the proposed Budget 2021/2022 will see $15M spent on roads; $1.2M on bridges and $2.9M for drainage works across the municipality. Council will also invest $2M in existing footpaths and shared paths.
This year’s operating budget will continue to fund maintenance of our fantastic parks, gardens and recreation facilities, environmental health, statutory planning, maintenance of buildings and infrastructure, tourism and visitor services, Bendigo Art Gallery, The Capital and Ulumbarra theatres, early years services, waste collection, street cleaning and much more.
The Local Government Act 2020 requires each council to prepare a Revenue and Rating Plan to cover a minimum period of four years following each Council election. The purpose of the Revenue and Rating Plan is to determine the most appropriate and affordable revenue and rating approach for the City of Greater Bendigo. We invite you to provide feedback on the proposed Revenue and Rating Plan for the next 4 years for the City of Greater Bendigo at Let's Talk Greater Bendigo.
- View the proposed Budget 2021/2022
- View the Draft Revenue and Rating Plan 2021 - 2025
- Read media releases relating to the proposed Budget 2021/2022
- View a map of the capital works program from the proposed Budget 2021/2022