Moonee Valley City Council has adopted its 2021-2022 Annual Budget, featuring a $47.12 million dollar Capital Works program and the introduction of three key funding reserves for climate change action, pavilion development planning and sporting grounds infrastructure. It was adopted unanimously alongside the Revenue and Rating Plan at a Council Meeting on Thursday 24 June.
Mayor of Moonee Valley, Councillor Cam Nation said this was a culmination of many months of hard work by Council together with the community.
“Preparing this budget has been challenging as our city emerges from a tough 2020, which impacted our Council and our community in many ways. It reflects the increased demand for Council’s services, and provides the funding required to complete current capital works projects and deliver further projects within this council term.”
“This budget allows us to deliver vital services and programs to benefit our community. It ensures we maintain, upgrade, and replace ageing infrastructure such as sporting precincts, early years facilities, playgrounds, footpaths, and roads. It acknowledges Council’s important role within our community to take the lead in addressing climate change. And it supports our community as we continue to recover from the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.
“We are committed to providing quality services and delivering important projects for our community in the most efficient and financially responsible way possible.
“The community plays a crucial role in determining how we direct our funding, and we are grateful to everyone who submitted their feedback on the draft budget.
“After careful review of 51 formal public submissions, the new councillor group worked hard to ensure we reflected community concerns in our changes. We are proud to deliver an Annual Budget that strikes a fair balance between the competing needs and priorities of our diverse community,” Mayor Cam Nation said.
Key projects delivered in the Annual Budget for 2021/22 include:
- Construction of the Cross Keys playground, car park and recreation area ($1.98 million)
- Aberfeldie Athletics Track Lighting Upgrade ($650,000)
- Construction of the Chris Lane Memorial Baseball Field ($364,000)
- Montgomery Park upgrades ($250,000)
- Starting construction of the Flemington Hub ($11.25 million)
- Pitch resurfacing at the Essendon Hockey Centre, Travancore (up to $600,000)
- Moonee Ponds Activity Centre streetscape improvements ($180,000)
- Moonee Ponds Creek shared path upgrades ($90,000)
Rose Hill Ward
- Completion of Keilor East Leisure Centre ($1.05 million)
- A new pathway connecting Rosehill Park and Steele Creek ($460,000)
- Keilor Road (Niddrie) Precinct Upgrade ($455,000)
- Design of a regional playground at Rosehill Park ($150,000)
We are also investing in a range of improvements across the city, including:
- Upgrading local roads ($4.8 million)
- Creation of new open spaces ($1.5 million)
- Improving stormwater drainage ($1.21 million)
- Creation of a Pavilion Development Planning Reserve ($1 million)
- Planting more trees ($900,000)
- Investment in our libraries ($780,000) and purchasing new library books ($450,000)
- BMX & MTB Facilities ($300,000)
- Creation of a Sporting Grounds Infrastructure Reserve ($300,000)
- Creation of a Community Climate Emissions Reduction Reserve ($250,000)
- Continuing the Better Moves Around Schools program ($180,000)
- Additional public park amenities, including drinking taps, seating, and signage ($50,000)
- Supporting future outdoor dining and parklet programs ($50,000
- Residential and business energy audits and advice ($48,500)
Rate rises are capped at a low 1.5 per cent in line with State Government legislation. The 2021/2022 rates notices will be mailed to residents in late August, with the first instalment due at the end of September.
Council is working to help our ratepayers who are experiencing difficulties due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have introduced a number of different rate payment options and changes to our hardship policy to support our community during this time.
We invite any residents experiencing difficulties to complete an online hardship application at: https://mvcc.vic.gov.au/covid-19-hardship-application/ or call Council on 9243 8888 to discuss how we can help you find the right support options.
Maryanne Karlovic, Senior Coordinator Communications
Mobile: 0437 641 392