Council adopts responsible budget

Council has adopted a 2020/21 budget with a focus on community building, key capital projects and financial responsibility.

29 June 2020

Council adopted the budget at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, 16 June.

Mayor Peter Roper said that the budget strikes a balance between financial responsibility and ensuring communities are supported in recovery from bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic impacts.

“There is no doubt that the first half of 2020 has been a difficult time for our communities,” he said.

“It’s essential that this budget allows us to maintain our flexibility to adapt and respond to the social and economic needs of the community over the course of the next financial year.

“This budget puts us in a good financial position, so we can focus on the critical services and initiatives to support our community’s resilience and vibrancy as conditions evolve.”

Council is set to spend over $1 million on Bushfire Recovery in 2020/21, through a series of initiatives to boost local businesses and communities.

“In particular, we will be boosting our community grants program from $80,000 to over $500,000, and our events grants program will increase from $200,000 to $300,000, made possible through bushfire recovery funding,” Cr Roper said.

“We are also developing an Economic Development Strategy to ensure we have a strong foundation for the Shire’s economy both in the near term and over the coming years.”

The budget includes a rate increase of 2.0% for 2020/21, compared with last year’s increase of 2.5%, and in line with the Fair Go Rates System, which caps Victorian council rate increases in line with inflation.

All registration fees payable under the Food Act 1994, Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and permit application fees made under the Community Local Law 2019 will be waived.

The general waste charge will reduce from $89.20 to $80 per premise.

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