Proposed Budget 2016/17
The proposed 2016/17 budget outlines the financial resources Council needs to deliver more than 100 services it provides to the community. It also outlines proposed funding allocations for our capital works program and operating projects. As a whole, the budget strives to maintain a critical balance between costs, quality, and value to our ratepayers.
The proposed budget proposes a rate increase of 2.5 per cent, which is in line with the Victorian Government’s new Fair Go Rates System that has capped rates increases by Victorian councils to the forecast movement of 2.5 per cent in the Consumer Price Index. The 2016/17 Proposed Budget is on public exhibition until Friday 3 June 2016.
In this first year of rate capping, we are proud to present a budget that maintains our current service levels without the need to apply for an exemption to the rate cap. We have achieved this by working together to approach the budget with balance, fairness and operational efficiency in mind.
You can download a copy of the proposed budget or view a hard copy at;
- Preston Customer Service Centre, 274 Gower Street, Preston
- Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
- Northcote Customer Service Centre, 32-38 Separation Street, Northcote
- Northland Customer Service Centre, Murray Rd, Preston
Proposed Budget 2016/17 Highlights
Community, sport and recreational facilities
Darebin continues to expand the community facilities and services available to meet local needs.
- Council’s new North Eastern Community Centre in Bundoora will become fully operational in 2016/17 and a new neighbourhood centre in East Preston will be commissioned in 2016/17 at a total cost of $0.87 million.
- Construction will start on pavilions at Mott Reserve and Robinson Reserve with a combined value of around $2.00 million over two years.
- We will commence a new major project to redevelop the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre. We have allocated $0.50 million to the preparation of construction documentation and $0.86 million for urgent maintenance works to keep the facility open until work commences on the new aquatic and leisure facility in 2018.
- Darebin will continue preparations for a new $13.10 million sporting facility that will provide three indoor and four outdoor netball courts, increasing access to sport for women and girls. Council will be seeking funding assistance from the Federal and State Governments with the facility to be built by 2018.
- Bundoora Park is a regional recreation and leisure facility that is wholly funded by Darebin City Council at an annual cost of around $1.30 million. Council will advocate to State Government for funding to manage this park, similar to other parks of regional significance in Melbourne. Regional parks are funded through a levy paid by the local community via their water bills. While Darebin residents contribute to this State Government levy through their water bills, Bundoora Park is currently completely funded through rates paid to Council. Council will advocate for a fairer funding arrangement for local residents.
Railway crossing removals and precinct planning
- Darebin has been successful in lobbying the State Government to commit to removing railway crossings in Reservoir, Preston and Alphington between 2018 and 2022. Council is committing $0.08 million to undertake structure planning in these three locations to improve amenity and usage of the enormous public space that will be opened up by these works.
- We will continue implementing the Reservoir Streetscape Masterplan within the Edwardes Street and Broadway shopping centres with an allocation of $0.85 million.
Aged care, disability and children’s services
- Council’s largest service is Aged Care and Disability Services; in fact Darebin is the largest local government provider of these services in Victoria. In 2016/17 we will be allocating $8.14 million to the delivery of these services, a 4.3% increase on the previous year.
- The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will become fully operational in Darebin during 2016/17. As part of this change, we will see many of our clients with a disability who currently receive services from Council move onto the scheme. In 2016/17 Council will be allocating $0.20 million to help our eligible service recipients transfer to the NDIS service.
- Council will spend $5.06 million (an increase of 2.2%) towards family and children‟s services.
Traffic and transport
The community has identified traffic management as the number one issue for Council in regular surveys.
- In 2016/17 Council has allocated $2.84 million to improve traffic management and parking in Darebin.
- Council is allocating $0.60 million for bicycle path improvements on St George‟s Road in conjunction with Melbourne Water.
City beautification and infrastructure
- Council is allocating $0.88 million to plant 11,000 trees in the city towards our streetscape and urban forest strategy.
- We will commence construction of a $1.30 million flood detention and water storage facility at John Cain Memorial Park that is being 50% funded by the State Government.
- Council continues to support development within the city through the provision of free Wi-Fi along key shopping strips in Reservoir, Preston and Northcote.
- We will also support growth in the digital economy in 2016/17.
- In 2016/17, Council will further investigate the creation of new affordable housing above Council car parks at three locations within the City in conjunction with the State Government and not-for-profit organisations.
These are just some of the highlights in a well-rounded budget that covers the full spectrum of our service to the community.
Have your say
Submission can be emailed to Annual.Budget@darebin.vic.gov.au or posted to;
Chief Financial Officer
City of Darebin
PO Box 91
Preston VIC 3072
Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 3 June 2016.
Council will consider any written submissions on the proposed budget at a Special Committee Meeting on Thursday 9 June 2016 in the Council Chamber commencing at 7pm.
Two information sessions about the proposed budget will be held;
- Tuesday 17 May 2016 1pm | Darebin Civic Centre 350 High Street, Preston
- Thursday 19 May 2016 6.30pm | Darebin Civic Centre 350 High Street, Preston
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