Shire adopts Annual Budget 2019/20
19 June 2019
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said on behalf of my Councillor colleagues, I am pleased to present the 2019/20 Adopted Budget.
“Thank you to the many community members who provided their input in a variety of ways to help form our Budget.
“Each year, Council devises a budget to deliver the best outcomes for the needs and aspirations of our community.
“The 19/20 budget is fair, financially responsible and is delivered with some of the lowest rates of any Council in Victoria.
“I’m pleased to see elements of the budget focus on community capacity building, backing our volunteer sector and supporting the overall health of our residents.
“The Budget supports our vision to value, protect and improve the unique characteristics and way of life on our Peninsula, while being financially responsible and delivering efficiencies and high-quality services.
“Thank you to my fellow Councillors for their input, and to the council officers involved for their expertise and diligence,” concluded Councillor Gill.
This Council is delivering programs, services and projects for our community with a capital works budget is $70.4 million for 2019/20. Highlights include:
- $8.3M to provide for township beautification.
- $2.7M for maintenance of stormwater infrastructure.
- $5.1M providing for roadside vegetation and arboriculture.
- $1.4M towards climate change mitigation and adaption.
- $5.4M in capital works for parks, open space and streetscapes.
- $3.9M towards Bushland and Foreshore Reserve Management.
- $35.4M in waste services.
- $12.5M towards roads, pathway, traffic and transport management.
- $1.7M contributing to school crossings in high risk locations.
- Over $1.6M across economic development and tourism programs designed to promote the region, industry development and visitor servicing.
- $25M towards the next phase of the Rosebud Aquatic Centre
- $3.1M in capital works towards recreational leisure and community facilities.
- $4.9M towards child and family health and youth services.
- $1.9M providing for arts and culture.
The Priority Projects Program of $3.9M includes:
- Community facilities Fit for Purpose township assessments
- Integrated transport planning
- Major Activity Centres car park overlay
- Tootgarook Wetland and Green Wedge management
- Township planning
- Tyabb-Somerville Recycled Water Scheme
- Weed management
The state government sets out the maximum amount Councils may increase rates in a year. For 2019/20 the rate cap has been set at 2.5%.
The Annual Budget includes changes to some elements of the Rating Strategy, including a focus on Green Wedge protection and an increase to the Waste Service Charge.
A full copy of the 2019/20 Adopted Budget can be downloaded from the Shire website at mornpen.vic.gov.au/budget.