2018/2019 Budget adopted by Council

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Council has adopted the 2018/2019 Budget after considering submissions from the community.

Council received 18 submissions to the proposed 2018/2019 Budget.

Changes to the Budget during the advertising process include allocating funding for dam works at Harcourt Park (off leash dog park) in Strathdale and providing funding to match a State Government grant for the Kangaroo Flat Memorial Wall project, which was recently announced.

The budget includes $40.7M investment in new capital projects and maintaining existing infrastructure, and $183M in operating budget for important community services.

The Budget makes a significant contribution to the Garden Gully Hockey Pavilion ($2.3M) and the QEO female change rooms ($685,000).

Other projects funded include construction of the Ironbark Gully Trail from Nolan St to Arnold St ($500,000) a new pedestrian bridge over McIvor Creek adjacent to Chauncey Street in Heathcote ($280,000) and oval lighting for the Elmore recreation reserve ($207,500).

The 2018/2019 Budget will see $10.8M invested in renewing and upgrading sealed roads, more than $5M for grading and resheeting of unsealed roads and $1.9M to renew drainage across the municipality. Council will also spend $1.77M to build new and upgrade existing footpaths and shared paths.

The Budget includes a rate increase of 2.25 per cent, which is in line with the Victorian Government’s rate cap.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the community consultation process had been extremely positive.

“Councillors have considered submissions carefully and thank all submitters for their input into the process,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“We are pleased with the Budget we have produced and we are looking forward to implementing these projects over the next 12 months.”

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