Proposed Budget 2021-22

Our budget planning for 2021-22 encompasses many significant projects from major building works to ongoing investment in vital services and community infrastructure, and fulfilling our environmental sustainability. In this issue we’ve shared an overview of some of the key investments for 2021-22.

The Revenue and Rating Plan establishes the framework for Boroondara to assist the implementation of the Council Plan and budget over a four-year period. It also informs other strategic documents such as the Long Term Financial Plan and Asset Management Plan, which support our vision in the Boroondara Community Plan.

Your input on our Proposed Budget 2021-22 and Revenue and Rating Plan 2021-25 is essential, and we encourage you to view the documents on our website and share your feedback in writing. Visit Council Budget.

Kew Recreation Centre redevelopment

Budget: $68m

Construction is now well underway on the new Kew Recreation Centre, with the project currently on track to be completed by mid-2023.

In 2021-22, this purpose-built facility will start to take shape as a modern fitness and aquatic facility catering for people of all ages and abilities.

This major infrastructure project will provide our community with the opportunity to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing, play team sports, connect with others, and meet specialised health needs.

To stay up to date with the construction progress, visit New Kew Recreation Centre.

Artist's impression of the new Kew Recreation Centre. View from above, looking across the roof of the building and at new accessible pathways to the entrance and native gardens.

Transforming Boroondara

Budget: $14m

Transforming Boroondara is leading the efforts to improve your experiences across Council, making it easier for you to get the information and services you need, in a way that’s convenient for you.

We are proud to have made significant progress towards a more customer-centric service model that includes self-service options such as online forms and digital hubs, as well as greater choice when it comes to making payments securely online.

We need your input as we continue to plan and deliver these initiatives. We will continue to invest in our new Community Engagement Tool, making it easier for you to provide your feedback.

You’ve told us that it is important for you to have access to Council services online 24/7, so we have prioritised the delivery of a new online booking tool and new digital chat functions.

As always, our friendly Customer Connect team are available for the times you would prefer to speak to someone in person.

For more information, visit Transforming Boroondara.

Two hands holding a mobile phone.

Canterbury Community Precinct

Budget: $11.3m

Restoration and development of the existing buildings in Canterbury Gardens is underway to preserve their heritage and better support our community, with construction scheduled for completion by mid- to late-2022.

This major expansion incorporates the former Canterbury Bowling Club pavilion and community gardens, enabling us to create one convenient precinct that meets the current and future health, wellbeing and education needs of the surrounding community.

For more information, visit New Community Precinct in Canterbury.

Environmental initiatives

We are committed to continuing to improve our City’s environmental footprint, as we work towards a healthier, more sustainable future.

In the 2021-22 budget, we’re planning to undertake a range of dedicated initiatives that will continue to help us minimise our environmental footprint.

We are also committed to the ongoing purchase of 100 per cent green renewable electricity for Council’s large buildings and street lighting.

Sustainable Council Building Policy $2.2m

We’ll deliver a minimum 5-star/Green Star equivalent standard for all new buildings and applicable retrofits through Our Sustainable Council Building Policy.

Park and street tree renewal program $660k

The ongoing park and street tree renewal program (Tree Strategy Action Plan) will include increased capacity for street tree planting.

Urban Biodiversity $266k

We’ll enhance our urban biodiversity zones across the municipality through initiatives including the Backyard Biodiversity project, Wildlife not Weeds program, interpretive signage, and by extending the areas of Boroondara which are actively managed for their significant biodiversity values.

Climate Action Plan $400k

We’ll finalise and consider our new Climate Action Plan, including planning for the implementation of substantial actions in future years.

We will also continue to:

  • upgrade and install efficient and reliable LED lighting
  • replace older inefficient heating and cooling systems to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions
  • add solar electricity systems to lower our energy use and meet our energy targets.

Boroondara Bicycle Strategy $275k

We’ll finalise and implement our Boroondara Bicycle Strategy to support sustainable transport options.

Other projects

$43k – We’ll deliver the Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival so the community can learn new skills and be inspired to live more
sustainably.

$30k – We’ll deliver sustainability education programs through our Living for Our Future program.

$57k – We’ll reduce water use and stormwater pollution at Council facilities through water efficiency, harvesting, and recovery projects.

Diversity, Inclusion and Participation Program (DIPP)

Canterbury Sportsground pavilion: $2m

Rathmines Reserve pavilion: $1.5m

We are upgrading our sporting pavilions to ensure they are accessible for everyone in our community.

The three-year program of works includes upgrading showers, toilets and change rooms to provide inclusive facilities. We are also installing additional lighting in and around sporting facilities in car park/s and reserve entry points to provide safer access in the evenings.

The Rathmines Road Reserve pavilion and the Canterbury Sportsground pavilion will undergo major upgrades as part of the program.

Strategic Cycling Corridor

Budget: $160k

The Victorian Government’s Department of Transport is developing a high-level study for the Box Hill to Hawthorn Strategic Cycling Corridor, to deliver a high-quality, dedicated cycling and pedestrian link catering for a broad demographic of commuter and recreational cyclists, and pedestrians. In support of this, and in alignment with our Boroondara Bicycle Strategy, we will undertake feasibility studies for two sections of the corridor:

  • Elgin Street to Glenferrie Road, including an underpass at Power Street
  • Burke Road to Stanhope Grove, including an underpass at Stanhope Grove.

This project will also examine covering sections of the railway cuttings, so we can create open space and/or civic space for the benefit of pedestrians and our wider community too.

Council (2021-2022) will invest:

  • $10.51m Roads
  • $61.86m Buildings
  • $990k Library resources
  • $6.11m Parks, open spaces and streetscapes
  • $2.61m Footpaths and cycle ways
  • $3.72m Recreational, leisure and community facilities
  • $3.65m Bridges, furniture, fixtures and fittings
  • $1.34m Plant and equipment
  • $1.38m Computers and telecommunications
  • $4.54m Drainage
  • $2.51m Car parks

Open for Public Comment

The Proposed Budget 2021-22 (including Mayoral and Councillor allowances) and Revenue and Rating Plan 2021-25 will be available at Council offices, libraries, and on our website.

All written submissions will be presented and considered by Council at a council meeting at 6:30pm on Monday 7 June.

For more information and to comment on the proposed budget or revenue and rating plan, visit Council Budget or call 9278 4444.