The Greater Bendigo City Council’s 2021/2022 proposed Budget was adopted by Council on Thursday June 24, 2021.
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 $55M capital works program that invests in projects that maintain and develop our infrastructure. And $202M in overall 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 a contribution toward recreational facilities at Catherine McAuley College, Junortoun for shared use between the school and the community, as well as significant renewal works at Faith Leech and Brennan Park outdoor pools.
Renewing existing civil infrastructure is another key Council responsibility and the proposed Budget 2021/2022 will see $13.6M spent on roads; $1.2M on bridges and $3.2M for drainage works across the municipality. Council will also invest $3M 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.