Council adopted the Proposed Budget 2020/21 for public exhibition at the virtual meeting held last night.
Mayor Cr Licia Kokocinski said that the Proposed Budget 2020/21 balances the needs of the community with Council’s responsibility to provide important services to the community, particularly during this difficult time of COVID-19.
“This budget provides for the delivery of more than 100 services, from home care for the elderly, to road construction, urban planning, environmental initiatives, leisure facilities and so much more. It also details the funding that is required to deliver these services and maintain community infrastructure.”
“We are still facing many financial unknowns, so this is very much a baseline budget and may be subject to change before it is adopted in July. If significant changes are required to our budget, including financial assistance and how we respond to COVID-19, we will consider that as part of the next stage of our budget adoption process and communicate these changes to our community. We have already confirmed a package of financial relief options for residents and businesses to support the Hepburn Shire community in response to COVID-19,” said Cr Licia Kokocinski.
The Proposed Budget 2020/21 will deliver $12.12 million of capital works – improving, renewing and creating new infrastructure. This is a significant allocation of funding – 67% of general rates.
Other projects to be delivered across the Shire include:
- Over $1.60M on road improvements, upgrades and rehabilitation;
- Over $1.28M on gravel and road reseals;
- Over $4.6M will be invested in the renewal of our communities’ buildings, including several projects relating to early childhood facilities;
- $1.19M for recreation facilities, including detailed design work for Trentham and Glenlyon Recreation Reserve Community pavilions, in order to seek Government funding, and continuing investment into play and outdoor fitness spaces;
- $549,000 on new and upgrades to footpaths and cycleways; and
- $207,000 on parks and open spaces works.
Council is also committed to delivering high-quality services, and this budget includes many important initiatives. These include:
- Over $270,000 of strategic planning activities, including Stage 3 of the Hepburn Planning Scheme Review;
- Development of a Shire wide Aquatic Strategy ($80,000);
- Funding for the Council Elections ($210,000, October 2020), and development of a new Council Plan including community consultation;
- Increased resources for Parks and Gardens, Early Years, Health and Wellbeing, Planning; and
- continued funding for programs such as Libraries, Biodiversity, Aged and Disability, Tourism, Reconciliation and Sustainability.
“I encourage the community to get involved in the budget process by providing input and feedback on priorities outlined in the proposed budget,” said Cr Licia Kokocinski.
The community can access the proposed budget online at www.hepburn.vic.gov.au. Submissions can also be made online.
Submissions can made by letter or email with the subject “2020/2021 Budget Submission” to:
Chief Executive Officer
Hepburn Shire Council
PO Box 21
Daylesford VIC 3460
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community members can speak to their submissions at a Special Meeting of Council scheduled for Tuesday 7 July 2020. Submissions close 5.00pm, Thursday 25 June 2020.