A record $14 million capital works program is a key feature of the Alpine Shire Council draft 2021/22 Budget.
14 April 2021
The document is now available for public feedback, and Council is calling on the community to share their views.
Chief Executive Officer Charlie Bird said the 2021/22 draft Budget includes projects and initiatives that will help our community and businesses transition to more prosperous times.
“We know our businesses and communities have had a particularly difficult year, recovering from bushfires and the ongoing economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
“This draft Budget balances long term financial sustainability and prioritised delivery against community needs.
“This balance allows us to focus on essential community services and initiatives and complete a strong capital works program.”
The budget proposes a rate increase of 1.5% for 2021/22, compared with last year’s increase of 2.0%, and in line with the Fair Go Rates System, which caps Victorian Council rate increases in line with inflation.
In 2021/22, Council is planning to undertake the largest capital works program in its history totalling $14m, supported by significant government grant funding of $8m.
“We have a number of key projects due for completion next financial year, including the Mount Beauty Airport Upgrade($3m), Dinner Plain Activation Phase 1 ($1.2m) and the Great Valley Trail ($1.7m),” Mr Bird said.
“The Dargo High Plains Road Renewal ($1.2m), Alpine View Children’s Centre Expansion ($1m) and Tawonga Caravan Park Upgrade ($1.75m) are also vital projects, delivering safety, tourism and community outcomes.”
The document is available for public feedback on Council’s website and in hard copy at Council’s Bright Office and Myrtleford and Mount Beauty libraries.
“We urge anyone with an interest in the future of the Alpine Shire to have their say on the draft Budget,” Mr Bird said.
“We look forward to supporting our community in its ability to thrive in the years ahead, and as always, welcome your suggestions as to how we can make our townships even better places to live and to visit.”