Hepburn Shire Council has adopted its 2020/21 Budget at the Council meeting held virtually last week.
Mayor, Cr Licia Kokocinski, said that the 2020/21 Budget provides 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.” said Cr Kokocinski.
The Capital Works Program for 2020/21 will be $12.99 million, which equates to 71% of general rates. $3.102 million of funding from new borrowings will be used to complete the Hepburn Hub at The Rex.
“The $12.99 million Capital Works Program for 2020/21 will be used to improve, renew and create new infrastructure, with large and small projects to be delivered across the Shire,” said Cr Kokocinski.
Other projects and initiatives 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 $5.0M will be invested in the renewal of our communities’ buildings including several projects relating to early childhood facilities;|
|· $1.71M 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
· 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 develop 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.
Resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, State Government have initiated a Working for Victoria Scheme which Hepburn Shire was successful in securing $1.583M of funding for the employment of 33 positions on six-month contracts.
In addition, Council was awarded a grant of $100,000 for ICT infrastructure support program and a grant of $58,000 to address Community and Social Isolation, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are looking forward to working with the community on the development and implementation of these works over the coming year. I would like to thank community members who provided feedback on the draft Budget,” said Cr Kokocinski.