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2019-20 Budget

Our 2019-20 Budget is $272.2 million which includes an operating budget of $199.6 million and a capital works program of $72.7 million for new facilities and infrastructure.

As part of our city’s vision, a place for all, Council’s budget focuses on creating a connected community. We are introducing a navigation and connection program to support older residents to access activities and support services.

Our festival and events season will include lots of fun-filled events to connect with friends and neighbours, including an amazing Community Festival in March.

We are also focusing on how we make it easier for our community to interact with Council digitally with online applications, registrations, bookings and payments.

What's in the Budget for your neighbourhood?

North

  • Stage 2 of the refurbishment to the Whittlesea Swim Centre which includes a new changing places changeroom, outdoor play area, shade structure and grassed areas.
  • In partnership with the Whittlesea Secondary College, we will be upgrading the stadium at the College. Works will include replacing the existing court bench seating and storage, refurbishing the toilets and resurfacing court one.
  • The work at TH Hurry Reserve, home to the Yan Yean Tennis Club will also be finished this year – works include a modern new pavilion, barbecue and picnic area and the new tennis courts.

Central

  • Creating a traffic light intersection at Findon Road and Ferres Boulevard in South Morang
  • Extending Findon Road between Williamsons Road and Danaher Drive, to enable the connection to Plenty Road in South Morang
  • Feasibility studies and planning for an aquatic centre in Mernda
  • Start construction of a Community Activity Centre at Edgars Creek, Epping North – a partnership with Lend Lease
  • A multipurpose pavilion and two soccer pitches at Painted Hills Recreation Reserve in Doreen
  • Construction of a Community Activity Centre, west of Epping Road in Wollert.

South

  • Continue the transformation of Mill Park Leisure into a state of the art facility.
  • Construct an all abilities play space at Mill Park Recreation Reserve
  • Start the construction of the Thomastown Primary School kindergarten
  • Construct a new sports pavilion at Main Street Reserve, Thomastown
  • Streetscape improvements at the retail precinct along High Street in Thomastown
  • Upgrade the play space and picnic area at Norris Bank Reserve in Bundoora
  • Construct of two soccer pitches and a multipurpose pavilion at Lalor West Reserve
  • Planning and design of the playground, public toilets and shelters at Whittlesea Public Gardens in Lalor.

Budget highlights

Arts & Culture - $2.9m

Libraries - $4.9m

Public Health and Safety - $5.76m

Animal Management & School Crossings - $7.07m

Supporting Local Business & Communities - $10.32m

Leisure, Recreation & Community facilities - $18.71m

Roads and Footpaths - $16.41m

Family, Children, Youth & Seniors - $23.37m

Waste, Recycling & Environment - $27.56m

Neighbourhoods, Parks & Openspace - $27.52m

Capital Works - $72.66m

Strategic Resource Plan

Our Council Plan is supported by a Strategic Resource Plan, which ensures that we have adequate resources available to maintain services at the level established by the Council, and to implement the Council Plan priorities.

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