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Council Plan, Budget and Rating Strategy

Darebin City Council is pleased to announce the adoption of the 2013–2017 Darebin City Council Plan (the Plan) and the 2013/2014 Budget and Rating Strategy.

2014/15 Proposed Budget

Darebin City Council has approved a Draft Budget that is now on public exhibition until 4 June 2014.

The Budget has a strong focus on addressing issues of community interest such as traffic management, trees and protection of neighbourhood character, while continuing to deliver essential services and remaining fiscally responsible. It will also provide a number of new services, all within a modest rate increase of 5%.

Written submissions in response to the Draft Budget are invited and must be received by 4 June 2014.
Submissions can be emailed to Carly.Duggan@darebin.vic.gov.au

or mailed to:

Ms Carly Duggan
Business Support Accountant
Darebin City Council
P.O. Box 91
Preston 3072

All submissions will be considered by the Hearing of Submissions Committee on 11 June 2014.

Hard copies of the proposed budget are available at Council Customer Service Centres.
Community members who are interested to find out more about the Draft Budget are invited to attend one of two Draft Budget Information Sessions, which will be held at Darebin Council Chamber – 350 High St Preston on:

• Tuesday 20 May 3.30pm

• Thursday 22 May 6.30pm

For more information, call 8470 8888.

Council Plan, Budget and Rating Strategy

The Council Plan 2013-2017 is the strategic plan that explains how Darebin City Council will implement its Vision, Mission and Goals by the end of the Council’s four-year term. It articulates the goals and outcomes against which the Council will be measured and explains, at a high level, how the Council will achieve them.

The Council Plan commitments respond to the feedback and contributions gathered through a broad consultative process and an analysis of relevant trends. Darebin Council officers had direct discussions with well over a thousand people during the preparation process, the results of which have strongly influenced the Plan’s Vision, Mission and its detailed strategies.

The Plan describes the shared future the Darebin Community aspire to and what we intend to do to progress this outcome between 2013 and 2017. It includes amongst many things a strong commitment to good governance and many measures and strategies designed to support fair and inclusive access to council services, employment and economic development for residents, the promotion of Darebin’s arts, culture and festivals, improvements in community health, greater environmental sustainability and long-term responsible financial planning.

The implementation of Council Plan 2013-2017 is supported by a Strategic Resource Plan (SRP) that outlines how Darebin Council will ensure that Darebin remains a vibrant, unique and diverse place that delivers on the Vision that this is ‘The Place to Live’.

Council Plan 2013-2017

The 2013-2017 Darebin City Council Plan (including the Strategic Resource Plan) is available below.

Council Plan 2013-2017 wins LGPro Award for Innovation and Excellence

On the 15 November 2013, the Darebin Council Plan 2013-2017 won the 2013 LGPro Special Award - Best Practice and Innovation in Council Plan Development

Annual Review of Key Policies, Action Plans and Strategies

The following lnk is to a report that asseses the implementation of 33 of Darebin Council's major policies, strategies and action plans in 2013.

2012/2013 Annual Report

The 2012/2013 Annual Report examines Darebin Council's financial performance, and assesses the implementation of the Council Plan 2009-2013, and, the delivery of Council's many services and programs in the 2012/2013 financial year.

Further Information:
Peter Mondy
Council Planning and Performance Strategist
Ph: 8470 8577
Email: peter.mondy@darebin.vic.gov.au

2013/2014 Budget and 2013/2014 Rating Strategy

Darebin City Council has also recently adopted its 2013/2014 Budget and 2013/2014 Rating Strategy after community consultation and consideration of submissions made by the public.

The 2013/2014 budget presents a financially sound budget that maintains all services from the previous year and proposes a number of new services or significant expansion of existing services. The budget includes a modest rate increase of 3.9%, plus an additional 2% for the creation of an infrastructure fund.

The infrastructure fund in 2013/14 will contribute $1.89 million to the development of Keon Park Community Hub in Reservoir. In future years, Council will consult with the community to determine how the infrastructure fund will be utilised.

The budgets also includes an increase in the pensioner rate rebate to $130, new funding to clean up graffiti, reduce dumped rubbish, upgrade streetscapes around retail centres, and improves cycling and the safety and connections of our footpaths, review current planning guidelines, plant over 1,500 trees and undertake additional festivals.

The 2013/2014 Adopted Budget and 2013/2014 Rating Strategy are available below:

Further Information:
Kerrie Jordan
Chief Financial Officer
Ph: 8470 8619
Email: kerrie.jordan@darebin.vic.gov.au

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