Following a four-week consultation period, the Budget 2019-20 was adopted by Council at this week’s Council meeting.
During the consultation period on the Proposed Budget, we received 24 written submissions, 5 of which were heard at the Council meeting on 11 June. All submissions were carefully considered by Councillors and Council officers.
The Budget continues to implement the commitments contained in our 10-year Boroondara Community Plan, which was developed based upon the feedback we received from over 11,800 residents and was adopted by Council in 2018.
We will implement a Food Organics and Garden Organics service which will make a large impact on the amount of waste collected across the City.
From May 2020, the service will allow residents to put food and garden waste into the same bin. The waste will be processed into soil conditioning products, thereby increasing resource recovery and reducing landfill waste by up to 19,000 tonnes per year.
Through the Boroondara Customer First Program, we will begin the transformation of the way in which we interact with our community, to ensure more convenience and ease when dealing with us.
Over the next couple of years, we will work towards providing customers with the platforms to interact with us in their preferred way; anytime, anywhere, using any device.
We will renew and construct a number of community centres in the coming year to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our changing and growing community. Some of these include:
a new Kew Recreation Centre ($61.2 million over four years)
- a new Canterbury Community Precinct ($11.7 million over three years)
- a redeveloped Camberwell Community Centre ($8.1 million over two years)
- a new Ashburton Seniors Centre ($7.7 million over two years)
- an upgraded Balwyn Community Centre ($8.7 million over two years).
Infrastructure and services
We have allocated funds towards the maintenance of our infrastructure at an appropriate standard, including buildings, drainage, footpaths, roads and shopping centres.
Our high level of service provision will also continue with funds allocated towards a range of services including family, youth, recreation, health, library and aged care support services.
We have also invested in several sustainability initiatives, including:
- $250,000 in efficiency upgrades and solar PV (photovoltaics)
- $41,000 for the Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival
- $206,000 towards biodiversity programs
- $365,000 for a waste minimisation and recycling strategy program.
Through this Budget, we will ensure that Boroondara continues to be a great place to live; that Boroondara is a vibrant and inclusive City, meeting the needs and aspirations of its community.
For more information or to view the Budget document, see Council Budget.