Your Neighbourhood Budget 2021

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$40,000 is available to spend on projects in your neighbourhood. Tell us how you would spend it to benefit the Burnside community.

Have you ever thought of great and creative ideas that would improve your experience at your local park? Can you suggest improvements to community spaces or buildings in Burnside?

Your Neighbourhood Budget is a participatory budgeting process. Council is seeking nominations from the community for projects and events to be completed or run on community land such as parks, reserves, road verges and community centres in the City of Burnside. These projects will be installed and maintained or run by Council.

Every year the community contributes to the creation of Council’s business plan and budget via the Annual Community Survey (in November) and the Annual Business Plan and Budget engagement process (in May).

Your Neighbourhood Budget is another opportunity for the community to have a say in how some of their rates are spent.

In 2021/22 $40,000 has been allocated towards the implementation of small projects and events on Council land. Council will construct all successful projects and run all events, in line with the community’s submission.

Any capital works project or event is eligible. However, design work and research is not. Creative ideas or suggestions that will improve the community experience of a public place are eligible. See below for the assessment criteria.

Some possible ideas include edible pocket gardens, little libraries, water fountains, benches, rubbish bins, picnic benches, bike racks, possum boxes, native bee hotels, barbecues, markets or workshops.

Be creative – all suggestions are welcome.

To have the best chance of receiving a grant, you should try to make sure your idea meets as many of the following criteria as possible:

Infrastructure or Event

Your submission must be either for infrastructure (e.g. a bench, fence, little library) or for an event which is open to all members of the community (e.g. workshop). Submissions for design work, consultation or research are not eligible. Events or workshops may be nominated. Council will run these events based on your idea, and will involve you where possible.


Each individual submission must not exceed $20,000. The cost must include the price of materials and installation. Talk to Council for more guidance on how much projects and materials cost.

Safety and risk

Your proposal must take into account the safety, or risks to safety, of the community – in particular who will use or pass by the project.

Location – The effect on future Council works/plans

Any public location within the City of Burnside (not on State/Federal Government land or private properties) such as parks, reserves, road verges and community centres, could be an eligible location for a project.

Talk to Council to investigate the future plans for your chosen location. Some areas of Council are due for upgrades in coming years, so may not be suitable for some projects. If your suggestion is at a location which is due for future Council works, we will try to negotiate a different location with you.

Multiple submissions for one location: it is possible that a number of unique submissions are made for one location within the City of Burnside. All will be assessed separately against the assessment criteria, and progressed to voting if eligible. However, a maximum of two submissions for a location will be constructed/run, regardless of voting outcomes, to ensure a spread of budget and infrastructure/events throughout Council.

Links to Council’s strategic priorities

Council’s ‘Burnside 2030 Strategic Community Plan’ sets out a vision for our City for the next 10 years and gives directions to guide Council and the community towards achieving it. Your Neighbourhood Budget projects that help deliver on these priorities will be assessed favourably.

Council has a number of other strategies that guide Council and the community. These strategies are available on our website ( We will check that suggestions align with the relevant strategies and will work with you to alter your suggestion if required.

Submissions must be consistent with the Climate Change Emergency, and must not increase Council’s waste and water costs frivolously.

Time frames

Projects must be able to be implemented within a 12 month time frame from 1 July 2021.


Council staff will be required to maintain the project for its life span, so cost and ease of maintenance must be considered. Talk to Council to investigate what these costs may be for your project.

What types of things are ineligible?

Everyone should be able to enjoy what you create. This means your idea shouldn’t be exclusive to members of a particular club or group, or in a space that isn’t publicly accessible the majority of the time.

Other activities that are not eligible for funding include:

  • Major infrastructure or building repairs or upgrades.
  • Items in Council buildings which are covered under Council’s ongoing building maintenance program.
  • Non-complying forms of development or land uses.
  • Projects, venues, or facilities already currently funded, supported or subsidised by the City of Burnside.
  • Maintenance works, such as pruning vegetation
  • Design or research projects.

Council staff will review your application against the assessment criteria. Council will also need to take into account any impacts on the local area and community. If submissions do not meet the criteria, Council staff will work with you to improve your submission. Submissions must pass these criteria to progress to the community voting stage.

Each resident/ratepayer will be able to select their two favourite ideas that they want installed or run. The most popular projects that fit within the $40,000 budget will be delivered by Council.

Applications open on 1 March 2021 and closes 9 April 2021. Voting will be online via

Council will be available to provide guidance and advice to help you with your submission. It is important that you consult with Council’s Strategic Projects Officer, Kelly Burns, for information about the location you select for your project, and the costs of materials, by phone on 8366 4200 or [email protected].

Please encourage your neighbours to vote from 24 May – 25 June 2021 online at

Everyone is encouraged to submit a suggestion. All that is required is a clever idea that meets the criteria. Individuals, community groups, schools and businesses are all eligible to apply.

Voting is only open to City of Burnside residents and ratepayers.

  1. Discuss your idea with Council’s Strategic Projects Officer, Kelly Burns on 8366 4200 or [email protected].
  2. Once you have all the background information, complete an online suggestion form at
  3. Encourage your neighbours to vote for their favourite submission/s.

Key dates to remember:

  • Applications open 1 March 2021
  • Applications close 9 April 2021
  • Voting opens 24 May 2021
  • Voting closes 18 June 2021

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