Our Budget 2016/2017 and City Plan 2013-2017 (Year 4) were adopted at the Banyule City Council Meeting on 14 June 2016.
Mayor Cr Craig Langdon said the Budget, which was shaped by extensive community consultation, focused on responsibly managing Council’s finances while improving public amenities, delivering highly valued quality services, and keeping the rate increase to 2.5% in line with the State Government’s Rate Cap.
“To help safeguard Banyule’s future, Council is continuing to significantly invest in renewing ageing infrastructure, with asset renewal representing 74% of our total capital expenditure for 2016/2017,” Cr Langdon said.
$47.95 million has been allocated to capital projects and $6.08 million on major initiatives, with Council focused on upgrading community assets such as roads, footpaths, buildings, parks, playgrounds, and sports facilities, and providing quality services like libraries, leisure centres, waste and recycling, home and community care, and delivered meals.
“There will be no cuts to our highly-valued community services and a deliberate focus on debt reduction and service efficiency. Council has worked hard to identify savings that did not impact on services and to provide increased value for ratepayers.”
Highlights of the Capital Works program for 2016/2017 include:
- $3.9m for parks, gardens, playgrounds and shared paths, including a new regional play space at Anthony Beale Reserve.
- Upgrading sporting grounds, facilities and pavilions, including Ivanhoe Park pavilion.
- Starting the redevelopment of the Ivanhoe Civic Precinct, which will include a community learning hub and state of the art library.
- Investing $8.6m in maintaining and upgrading roads, footpaths, bridges and drainage.
- Completing construction of One Flintoff, Council’s new staff accommodation and community facilities above WaterMarc in Greensborough.
Council would continue to focus on identifying sustainable cost savings that would enable it to deliver high-quality, responsive and accessible services to the community.
Details of the budgets associated with previous financial years follow: