Council adopts Community Vision 2030, Council Plan 21-25, Budget 21/22

Published on 01 July 2021


Media Release - 1 July 2021

Council seeks to create an inspiring place for everyone to live, work and play 

Decisions made by Moorabool Shire Council this week will help to shape the Shire for many years to come.

Council formally adopted the Community Vision 2030, Council Plan 2021-25, and Budget 2021-22 on Wednesday.

Mayor Cr Tom Sullivan said the Shire is undergoing significant change with Moorabool’s population forecast to double in just 20 years.

“By having the right strategies, plans and funding in place now, we will be ready for the future - so together we can enjoy healthy, inclusive and connected neighbourhoods and liveable and thriving environments.

“Council’s Budget includes a record $63 million in capital works to build and maintain the infrastructure needed for our fast-growing community.”

The capital works program and Council services are funded from a combination of rate revenue, government grants, and funding from State and Federal Government agencies.

In 2021-2022, the increase in rates collected by Council will be 1.5% in line with the rate capping policy of the State Government.

Cr Sullivan said Council is always mindful of the need to keep rates affordable, while ensuring that Council has the funds needed to build and maintain infrastructure and provide the services that the community needs.

He thanked the community for their input into the Budget, Council Plan and Community Vision.

“Over 450 people contributed via the engagement sessions we ran for the Community Vision, and the result is a Vision that truly reflects where we want to be in 2030,” Cr Sullivan said.

The Community Vision 2030 (

Earlier this year, Moorabool Shire Council asked residents, local businesses, farmers, and community groups what they like best about their Shire, and their hopes for the future.

Their stories were used to create a new Community Vision for Moorabool Shire:

“We embrace our natural environment and lifestyle options to create an inspiring place for everyone to live, work and play.”

Council Plan 2021-2025 (

The Council Plan 2021-25 includes the actions that Council will undertake over the next four years in support of the Community Vision.

The Council Plan is based around three important strategic goals:

  1. Healthy, inclusive, and connected neighbourhoods.
  2. Liveable and thriving environments.
  3. A Council that listens and adapts to the needs of our evolving communities.

Budget 2021-22 (

The Council Budget includes funding needed to implement the actions in the Council Plan.

Key projects funded from the record $63 million capital works program include:

  • Bacchus Marsh Indoor Recreation Centre.
  • Ballan Library Facility (Design Works).
  • Bacchus Marsh Racecourse and Recreation Reserve.
  • Wallace and Bungaree Structure Plans.
  • West Maddingley Early Years Hub.
  • Bald Hill 1000+ Steps Project. 
  • Parwan Employment Precinct Gas Connection.
  • Jonathan Drive, Darley - Playground Renewal.
  • Old Geelong Road, Ballan - Rehabilitation Works.
  • Old Melbourne Road, Gordon - Rehabilitation Works.
  • Old Melbourne Road, Millbrook - Widening and Rehabilitation Works.
  • Long Hills Road, Glen Park - Rehabilitation Works.

The operating expenditure budget for 2021-22 is $58.478 million. 



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