In the Proposed Budget 2019-20, we have made decisions that will provide for a significant investment in a number of projects that will provide services to our community and place you at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to improving our community's experience with Council and the optimisation of our services.
The Proposed Budget has been prepared in-line with our commitment to sustainable budgeting, responsible financial management and the State Government’s rate cap for 2019-20. This budget continues to implement the outcomes of the 10-year Boroondara Community Plan, adopted by Council in 2018 following a consultation program that heard from more than 11,800 Boroondara residents.
Food Organics and Green Waste Organic service
One important initiative aligned with community expectations and environmental challenges is the implementation of a Food Organics and Green Waste Organic service (FOGO). Previously planned to be introduced in 2022-23, we've decided to bring forward this environmental initiative to the forthcoming financial year. FOGO will provide the ability to process all forms of food waste into recycled products and, as a result, will reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
We will undertake significant major projects in 2019-20, which are to be completed over the next few years. Some of these include:
- Kew Recreation Centre redevelopment ($61.2 million over 2 years, completed in 2021-22)
- Canterbury Community Precinct ($11.7 million over 3 years, completed in 2020-21)
- Camberwell Community Centre ($8.1 million over 2 years, completed in 2020-21)
- Ashburton Seniors Centre ($7.7 million over 2 years, completed in 2019-20)
- Balwyn Community Centre ($8.7 million over 2 years, completed in 2019-20).
Our high level of service to residents will continue. Some exciting service initiatives include:
- $589,000 to design and implement a Digital early years hub which will make it easier for residents to find activities, services and information for their families
- $431,000 towards implementing the tree strategy action plan
- $275,000 on a Boroondara-wide heritage assessment (5 year project with a total expenditure of $1.30 million).
The availability of open space for passive and active recreation is a limited resource for the City and to that end, we set aside $800,000 each year for the open space acquisition fund, which is designed to acquire additional open space as the opportunity arises.
Over the next 10 years, we plan to spend $262 million on new capital projects and $481 million in asset renewal.
The Boroondara Customer First Program will be implemented over a 15 year period with anticipated benefits of $182 million from an investment of $129 million. This represents 3.2% of our total budgeted expenditure over the next 15 years.
We are delivering on the community’s vision for Boroondara - a vibrant and inclusive city, meeting the needs and aspirations of its community.
Your feedback is important
Have your say on the Proposed Budget 2019-20. Submissions are invited until 5pm, Wednesday 29 May 2019 and will be heard at the Council meeting on Tuesday 11 June.
For more information about the Proposed Budget 2019-20, visit www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/budget-2019-20.