Draft Budget proposes $11m Capital Works Program

11 April 2018

ALPINE Shire Council is committing to an $11.2m capital works program as part of its proposed 2018/19 budget.

The program is the second-highest on record and includes the delivery of key capital projects such as the expansion of the Myrtleford Indoor Sports Stadium and renewal of the Myrtleford Library.

Chief Executive Officer Charlie Bird said Council is committed to keeping operational spend low and prioritise projects and services that directly benefit communities.

“This budget spends money where our residents will see the most benefit,” he said.

“We’re investing in community services and capital works projects that support and build safety and wellbeing, attract visitors and investment and boost the local economy.

“We support the economic vibrancy of our communities through marketing our tourism assets, and providing support for local events and economic development advice to our local businesses.

“Of course we will continue to support what makes the Alpine Shire such a great place to live - our programs for children and young people, senior citizens programs, libraries and swimming pools, as well as maintaining our local roads, footpaths and open spaces.”

The budget aligns with the objectives of the Council Plan, which details Council’s commitment to building healthy, resilient, sustainable and connected communities.

Mr Bird said the capital works program will help support community growth, wellbeing and economic development.
“We’re particularly proud to be able to fund the delivery of more than $11m in capital works,” he said.

“Building on a recent strong pipeline of investment in the Kiewa Valley and Upper Ovens, the 2018/19 budget sees a number of major initiatives funded for the Lower Ovens.

“This budget will also see the completion of the Alpine Events Park in Bright and the Mount Beauty Pool Upgrade.
“Plans for Dinner Plain include key toboggan and ski run safety improvements and tracks and trail signage.”

Key features of the draft budget include:

• A rate increase of 2.25%, in line with the Fair Go Rates System, which caps Victorian Council rate increases in line with inflation, minus an adjustment to ensure that we are delivering annual savings to our rate payers;
• An alignment of the Dinner Plain Special Rate to the differential rating strategy across the rest of the shire, so that it is only paid by Dinner Plain commercial and industrial ratepayers going forward. This will mean a significant saving on rates for Dinner Plain residential ratepayers, who have up until now also paid a declared Special Rate;
• A continued strong capital works program totalling $11.2m in FY18/19;
• A proposed trial for free green waste disposal on selected weekends; and
• A continuation of prudent cost management principles and smart sourcing strategies which secure the best supplier deals for ratepayers.

View the draft budget here or visit Council’s Bright Offices or Customer Service Centres at Myrtleford and Mount Beauty Libraries.

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