Mayor's message May 2021

Published on 28 April 2021

Council group

It is great to see all the capital works projects and community-building initiatives being rolled out across Banyule. Read on to discover how we are delivering an even brighter future for all.

Banyule 2041
We continue to receive responses from our recent Resident Survey which will be used to help develop the Community Vision for 2041. Thank you to the thousands of people who have shared their priorities and experiences, and told us their aspirations for the future. We are currently working with a Community Working Group to shape our future direction and make sure our services and programs meet our community’s needs.

Budget 2021-2025
Our proposed Budget invests in building and maintaining infrastructure to accommodate the service needs of the community, protecting Banyule’s natural environment and open spaces, and other important initiatives identified through our ‘Banyule 2041 Shaping our Future’ community engagement. 

I am very pleased to announce that Council will pay down $10.26 million in debt in 2021/22 bringing debt down to record low levels. 

Our community can have absolute confidence that Council is well positioned to meet the challenges today and those that will present in the future.

Also, Council can assist ratepayers who may be finding it difficult to pay their rates on time. Full details at

Local jobs creation

Through our substantial capital works program, we are stimulating the local economy. Combined with the ongoing success of our inclusive jobs program and social enterprises initiatives, we are creating more than 400 local jobs  in Banyule in the next financial year. 

Zero tolerance for  sexual harassment

On a final note, we want to make it clear that Council condemns sexual harassment and commits to zero tolerance of sexual harassment in our workplace. No one should experience sexual harassment no matter where they are.

See more highlights and upcoming events in the May edition of the Banyule Banner.

Banyule Mayor Cr Rick Garotti



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