If you haven’t made it along to a Council meeting in a while, you might want to pop along to the March meeting at 6pm on Wednesday 25 March at the Council Chambers in Yea.
At that meeting, Council will consider recommendations from Council officers for the draft 2020/2021 Budget and consider releasing it for community comment before the draft budget comes back to Council for formal adoption in May.
Council CEO Craig Lloyd said the 2020/2021 budget marks the final financial year in which Council can deliver on commitments to our community set out in the 2017-2021 Council Plan – and it looks set to be a good one!
‘If adopted by Council, the draft budget is set to include some great new initiatives, while still maintaining some of the ideas which have proved to be winners in earlier budgets – such as free green waste drop off at our Resource Recovery Centres’, said Mr Lloyd.
Council will consider adopting a range of new budget initiatives in the draft budget, including an increased Capital Works Program delivering a range of important projects across the Shire
- $3.86 million on roads and paths including reseals, re-sheeting, footpath renewals and improvements to unsealed roads
- $175,000 to improve safety at the Kinglake West Primary School crossing and surrounds
- $479,000 on Marysville Swimming Pool renewal works
- $160,000 on Kinglake Public Toilet Renovation (Aitken Crescent)
- $350,000 on a new public toilet in Kinglake Memorial Reserve
- $45,000 on solar hot water showers for male and female amenity blocks at Eildon and Marysville swimming pools
- $40,000 to replace bi fold doors at Yea Recreation Reserve Clubrooms
- $189,000 to improve connectivity to Kellock Lodge (William Street to Johnston Street, with connection to Leckie Park)
- $45,000 for additional shade sails at the Yea Swimming Pool
- $100,000 for the extension of the footpath in Falls Road, Marysville (Stage 1 – Gallipoli Park to Goulds Terrace)
- $50,000 for bridge renewal at the entrance to the Yea Caravan Park
In addition, officers are recommending a range of initiatives including
- free public entry to our Swimming Pools in Alexandra, Eildon, Marysville and Yea.
- a one year trial of late-night pool openings on Fridays and Saturdays at our busiest Swimming Pools in Alexandra and Yea
- the addition of an arborist to our staff and a $100,000 increase to funding for tree works
- funding to implement the recently adopted Murrindindi Shire Tourism and Events Strategy