Proposed Budget 2019/2020
We are very pleased to introduce the Greater Bendigo City Council’s 2019/2020 proposed Budget. The Budget is presented with the Annual Plan, as it represents Council’s plan for our community for this financial year. Both documents work together in delivering on the Community Plan.
Our vision is to create the world’s most liveable community and this year’s Budget reflects feedback from our residents concerning smaller but important projects that will benefit the community in their daily lives.
The proposed Budget includes a $42.8M investment in new and renewal projects that maintain and develop our infrastructure. The Budget also includes $190M in operating expenditure, continuing to fund important services for our community.
The Budget supports the six key goals outlined in the Greater Bendigo Community Plan 2017-2021:
- Lead and govern for all
- Wellbeing and fairness
- Strengthening the economy
- Presentation and managing growth
- Environmental sustainability
- Embracing our culture and heritage
The City provides critical services to the community. This year’s $190M operating Budget will continue to fund early years services, waste collection, street cleaning, maintenance of our fantastic parks, gardens and recreation facilities, environmental health, statutory planning, road maintenance, tourism and visitor services, Bendigo Art Gallery, The Capital and Ulumbarra theatres and much more.
Highlights in our $42.8M capital works program for this year include a new dog park in Heathcote (location yet to be decided), expansion of the Huntly Early Learning Centre to include a new early years hub in response to a growing population along Greater Bendigo’s northern corridor, and construction of a new footpath along the Calder Highway at Maiden Gully.
Other items include the construction of a new skate park in Epsom, detailed design for the Greater Bendigo Food Hub; a new cycling lane between the city centre and La Trobe University, completion of drainage work in west Marong and continued construction of the Garden Gully Hockey Pavilion.
In funding these projects, Council is responding to issues that residents have told us are important and will make our community more liveable.
Maintaining essential infrastructure is another key responsibility and the 2019/2020 proposed Budget will allocate an additional $12.6M for sealed roads, $3M for unsealed roads and $3.8M in drainage works across the municipality. Overall, $32.8M will be invested in renewing the City’s assets. Council will also invest $3.1M in footpaths and shared paths, with $580,000 allocated for bridge renewals.
Submissions to the 2019/2020 proposed Budget are best submitted by completing the online form by close of business on Friday May 17, 2019. Residents may also elect to have their submission heard by a Committee of the Council at a public meeting to be held on Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 5.30pm at the main office, 195 Lyttleton Terrace, Bendigo.
Make a submission to the proposed Budget 2019/2020
Submissions to the proposed Budget 2019/2020 have now closed.
The City of Greater Bendigo’s 2018/2019 Budget has been adopted.
This year we have combined the Budget and Annual Plan which represent Council’s plan for our community for the financial year and demonstrate how both documents work together, delivering on the Community Plan
The Budget includes a $40.7M investment in new projects and maintaining and renewing existing infrastructure. The Budget also invests $183M in continuing to fund important services for our community through the operating Budget.