The proposed Council Plan 2017-21, Rating Strategy 2017-21 and Budget 2017-18 is open for public comment. Our focus continues on maintaining quality services, debt reduction, and ongoing investment in upgrading community facilities in Boroondara.

At the Council Meeting on Wednesday 26 April 2017, the City of Boroondara’s draft Council Plan 2017-21 (including the Strategic Resource Plan 2017-21), proposed Rating Strategy 2017-21 and Budget 2017-18 were presented.

Submissions are invited from 27 April to 25 May 2017 and will be heard at the Council meeting on Tuesday 13 June. After consideration of submissions, these strategic documents will be presented for adoption by Council on Monday 26 June 2017.

Cr Healey says Council has previously taken up all practical opportunities to refinance its borrowings with the aim of making significant interest payment savings, and is forecast to be debt free by 2026.

The 2017-18 Budget continues Council’s investment in the infrastructure of the City and maintaining Council’s commitment to building a better City now and for the future.

Significant construction projects in this year’s Budget include:

  • $10.9 million on construction of the North East Community Hub ($16.5 million total cost of project – to be completed in 2017-18)
  • $4.3 million on construction of the Balwyn Library redevelopment ($8.9 million total cost of project – to be completed in 2017-18)
  • Three other major projects will commence planning in 2017-18, the Balwyn Community Centre, Kew Recreation centre – Aquatics area and Kew Library redevelopment.

Some major initiatives include:

  • $10.5 million to improve Council’s online services and Digital Strategy implementation
  • $1.0 million for the ongoing program of improvements in small shopping centres
  • $1.65 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Council buildings (three year project with a total of $2.4 million)
  • $256,000 on a Boroondara-wide heritage assessment (five year project with a total expenditure of $1.3 million).

Council’s high level of service provision to residents will continue. These services include expenditure of:

  • $8.8 million to provide library services seven days a week
  • $13.4 million on aged, disability and health services – including immunisation, aged care and disability support for vulnerable members of our community
  • $4.9 million on families and youth services.
  • $11.1 million for parks and gardens, biodiversity and street trees
  • $2.9 million on arts and cultural services and events
  • $9.6 million for planning, development and building controls.

To deliver quality services, Council maintains infrastructure at an appropriate standard.

In 2017-18, Council will deliver:

  • $4.4 million for drainage renewal
  • $2.6 million on footpath and cycleway renewal and maintenance
  • $11.3 million on road renewal and maintenance
  • $14.9 million across 34 other community building renewal works.

A priority for this year is our continued focus on the Boroondara Customer First Program, which will transform the way we work to meet changing community expectations in an increasingly digital world. We invested in this transformation to help ensure your interactions with Council are increasingly seamless.

Prudent financial management has allowed Council to now significantly invest in the information technology and systems that will provide enhanced customer service in more efficient and effective ways in future.