Have you provided input on Shire’s Proposed Budget 2020/21?

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s Proposed Budget 2020/21 is on public exhibition until 5pm Thursday 23 April 2020.

We’ve worked with our community to develop the Proposed Budget 2020/21 – and now encourage your comment on the draft document.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Sam Hearn said we acknowledge the uncertain times facing all aspects of the community due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“As such, we recognise Council’s proposed financial direction for 2020/2021 may require changes.

“If changes are required, we’ll explore any potential impact while the Proposed Budget is on public exhibition and make any necessary changes (in accordance the Local Government Act 1989) when the Budget is brought before Council for adoption on 9 June 2020.

“As a local council, we are proactively addressing challenges locally and will continue to invest in our community to reduce the impact on essential services,” concluded Cr Hearn.

The state government sets out the maximum amount Councils may increase rates in a year. For 2020/21 the rate cap has been set at 2.0%.

The Proposed Budget includes changes to some elements of the Rating Strategy, recognition of properties under Trust For Nature, reduction in rates for Rural Living Rate properties and increase to the Waste Service Charge.

The Proposed 2020/21 Capital Works Budget is $52.5M. Some big-ticket items include:

  • $11.2M – Our Aquatic Centre (including traffic signal installation)
  • $1.5M – Tyabb Preschool upgrade
  • $1.3M – Tennis Strategy implementation
  • $1.5M – Somerville Active Recreation Hub
  • $1.9M – Merricks Station Grounds Master Plan
  • $1.2M – Rye Township Plan
  • $4.0M – Road Resealing and Rehabilitation Works
  • $1.8M – Footpath Renewal Program
  • $1.0M – Emergency Drainage Works
  • $650k – Merricks / Stanleys Rd Intersection – Roundabout Construction
  • $1.0M – Balnarring Recreation Reserve – Oval Rehabilitation
  • $900k – Narambi Reserve, Mornington – Junior Oval Construction
  • $530k – Marna Reserve, Dromana – Netball Courts Renewal

Projects in the Proposed $4.3M Priority Projects Program include:

  • $100k – Hinterland Environmental Water Scheme: Feasibility Study
  • $100k – Social Housing Projects Facilitation
  • $400k – Climate Emergency Program to support strategic objectives
  • $360k – Biolinks Weed Management
  • $100k – Heritage Review – Stage 4
  • $75k – Dromana Community Hub Business Case
  • $40k – Strategic Plan for Libraries

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