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Wednesday, 20 May, 2020 - 17:30

Council’s 2020/21 Draft Budget is out for community consultation, after Council moved a motion at tonight’s Special Meeting to seek community input before considering adopting the 2020/21 Budget in July.

Mayor Cr David Edwards said this Budget was created and considered under difficult circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic and he believed Council had struck the right balance of keeping the rate rise low and committing funds for new and upgraded facilities and services across the Shire.

“The three main components for me that come out of this Budget are:

  1. Targeted relief for those who need it during this time of global pandemic
  2. Providing jobs in challenging times
  3. Delivering infrastructure now and into the future.

“I think this Draft Budget ticks the boxes for the above three criteria, and we as Councillors are keen to hear what the community think,” Cr Edwards said.

Highlights of the Draft Budget include a proposed Capital Improvement Program for 2020/21 of $27.609 million (including $3.579 million in works carried forward from 2019/20). Of this, $9.448 million relates to new works, $10.090 million relates to the renewal of assets, and $8.071 million is for the upgrade of assets. Some of the key projects proposed as part of the 2020/21 Capital Program include:

  • Ballan Recreation Reserve Pavilion - ($3.250 million)
  • Bacchus Marsh Indoor Recreation Facility - ($2.600 million)
  • Ballan Depot - Construction Stage 1 - ($1.750 million)
  • Yendon-Lal Lal Road, Lal Lal - Rehabilitation - ($0.897 million)
  • West Maddingley Early Years Facility - ($0.848 million)
  • Yendon-Egerton Road, Mount Egerton - Rehabilitation - ($0.693 million)
  • Dunnstown Recreation Reserve - Female Friendly Facilities Grant - ($0.599 million)
  • Mill Park, Ballan - Community Facilities Grant - ($0.506 million)
  • Bacchus Marsh Racecourse & Recreation Reserve - Design of Stage 2 - ($0.550 million)
  • Franklin and Labilliere Streets, Maddingley - Upgrade - ($0.485 million)
  • Bald Hill - 1,000+ steps - Design & Construction - ($0.375 million)

New initiatives proposed include:

  • Increase of Sealed Roads Maintenance Program - ($0.050 million net cost)
  • Increase of Unsealed Roads Maintenance Program - ($0.048 million net cost)
  • Increase of Playground Maintenance Program - ($0.040 million net cost)
  • Increase of Footpath Maintenance Program - ($0.040 million net cost)
  • Review of the Moorabool Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy - ($0.040 million net cost)
  • Efficiency Improvements in Customer Service - ($0.176 million net cost)
  • Council Hosted Major Business Events - ($0.074 million net cost)
  • Gateway Strategy - ($0.060 million net cost)
  • Economic Development Strategy Update - ($0.050 million net cost)


For the 2020/21 annual budget, rate increases have been capped at 2.00% in line with the Victorian Government’s Fair Go Rates System, and Moorabool Shire is committed to allocating an amount at least equivalent to the revenue generated from a 2.00% rate increase to help those in the community most impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s very pleasing to see the Draft Budget has made provision for those who most need help during this time, as should be the case,” Cr Edwards said.

Council has already put several steps in place to cater for those who need assistance:

  • Extension of rate payments to 30 September 2020 with no interest
  • The implementation of a specific COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy to provide financial relief to residents and businesses who need it the most
  • Waived rent/ground hire fees until 30 September 2020 for all occupiers of Council buildings and facilities that have been required to close
  • Waived rent until 30 September 2020 for businesses occupying Council buildings and facilities that have been required to close
  • Payment of local suppliers weekly to improve business cash flow
  • Developed a buy local campaign supporting hospitality businesses
  • 12-month extension of expiry dates for septic and planning permits at no cost until 30 September 2020 due to financial hardship.

To view the Draft Budget and to make a submission, go to Written submissions will be received up to 5.00pm on Tuesday 23 June 2020. Council will consider submissions received at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 1 July 2020.

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Wednesday, 20 May, 2020 - 17:32