Draft budget on exhibition

Community members are invited to provide feedback on Alpine Shire Council's draft 2023/24 Budget after it was adopted at last week's Ordinary Council Meeting. 

03 May 2023

Mayor John Forsyth said highlights in this year’s draft budget include Council's Capital Works Program, which continues to be strong with over $12m allocated for new assets, as well as asset renewal and upgrades, supported by successful grant applications totalling over $6m.  

"Major projects include $2m for our annual road renewal program, completing the Dinner Plain Activation project, Dinner Plain Snowmaking, Nimmo Pedestrian Bridge, Ablett Pavilion Upgrade, Myrtleford Splashpark, Myrtleford Savoy Soccer Club Upgrade, Tronoh Dredge Hole Precinct and Tawonga Memorial Hall Upgrade," Cr Forsyth said. 

"Further supporting Council’s commitment to climate change mitigation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, key projects will be delivered to improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts of Council infrastructure." 

The energy efficient projects include vehicle renewal including ongoing EV upgrades, Mount Beauty Landfill Rehabilitation Design, and the roll out of the kerbside collection service for Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO).  

The upcoming financial year will see the continuation of a number of key initiatives by Council to provide long term solutions to the current housing challenges, including adoption of the Land Development Strategy, progress on the Bright Valley subdivision, and investigation of a Short Stay Rental Accommodation Local Law. 

For the first time, the community was encouraged to help shape the budget in its development stage, with community members, clubs, sporting groups and organisations invited to submit proposals for possible inclusion. 

Cr Forsyth said over 40 submissions were made, each having the opportunity to present to Council.  

"Four projects – the Pebble Beach public toilet in Mount Beauty, Bright Skate Park upgrade concept designs, Cobden Street upgrade in Bright, and Big Hill Trail Head Power Upgrade in Mount Beauty - are proposed to be funded in the draft budget," he said. 

"Another 14 projects have been included for proposed activity in the draft budget without the allocation of specific budget amount." 

Both Cr Forsyth and Mr Jeremy invited residents and ratepayers to read the draft budget and provide feedback during the 28 day exhibition period.  

"We look forward to your views on this important document," Cr Forsyth said. 

The draft budget is available to view online here, or in hard copy at Council's office, located at 2 Churchill Avenue, Bright, and libraries in Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford.  

Feedback on the draft budget can be made online here, by emailing submissions@alpineshire.vic.gov.au or via post to: Submissions Alpine Shire Council PO Box 139 BRIGHT VIC 3741. 

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