The City of Boroondara’s revised Council Plan 2017-21 and Budget 2018-19 were presented at the Council Meeting on Monday 23 April.

Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Jim Parke said Council is in a strong financial position and has the capability to continue to deliver the high-quality services and infrastructure improvements as well as larger capital and improvement projects for the benefit of our community. 

“We are delivering this budget in a financially responsible way thanks to sound fiscal management, which has allowed Council to continue investing in important community assets.

“A priority for this year is delivering on the Boroondara Community Plan 2017-27, which sets out the priorities and plans for the City for the next decade. 

“We are responding to surveys that yielded 11,845 responses and told us what was important to our community. This Council Plan and Budget shows our commitment to delivering on our community’s priorities.  

“We continue to focus on the digital transformation project, which will transform the way we work to meet changing customer expectations in an increasingly digital world,” said Cr Parke said.

For the Budget 2018-19 , Cr Parke said City of Boroondara would have total revenues of $241.7 million. Boroondara receives the minimum level of Federal Assistance Grant support and hence is heavily reliant on rates and charges which make up 75% of total revenue.  He said expenditure would be $217 million and a further; $73.6 million would be spent on asset renewal and new and upgraded community facilities.

Significant construction projects in this year’s Budget include:

  • $58 million to redevelop the Kew Recreational Centre, to be completed in 2021-22
  • $7.7 million to redevelop the Balwyn Community Centre, to be completed in 2018-19
  • $7.97 million to redevelop the Ashburton Seniors Centre, scheduled to be completed in 2019-20  
  • $7.01 million for a new community centre for Camberwell, to be completed 2019-20
  • $10.65 million for a new hub for Canterbury, which will bring together a range of services for children, families and people living with a disability to be completed in 2020/21 

Some major initiatives include:

  • $8.9 million to improve Council’s online services and digital strategy implementation over the next two years
  • $965,000 to upgrade the playgrounds at Canterbury Sportsground, Ferndale Park and Gordon Street Reserve to provide safe, high quality opportunities for children and families
  • $1.77 million for the ongoing program of improvements in smaller local shopping centres. This year works will be undertaken at Auburn Village, Greythorn and Surrey Hills shopping centres
  • $50,000 to commence investigation of a food organics collection service which could divert up to 19,000 tonnes of waste from landfill, maximise recycling and achieve sustainable environmental outcomes
  • $1.54 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Council buildings (second year of a three year project)
  • $262,250 on a Boroondara-wide heritage assessment (five year project with a total expenditure of $1.3 million).

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

  • $9.3 million to provide library services seven days a week
  • $13.3 million on aged, disability and health services including immunisation, aged care and disability support for vulnerable members of our community
  • $6.8 million on family, youth and recreation services
  • $13.8 million for parks and gardens, biodiversity and street trees maintenance
  • $3.1 million on arts and cultural services and events
  • $9.7 million for planning, development and building controls.

Council will continue to maintain infrastructure at an appropriate standard. In 2018-19, Council will deliver:

  • $5.0 million for drainage renewal
  • $3.7 million on footpath and cycleway renewal
  • $11.1 million on road renewal
  • $12.0 million for 25 other community building renewal works and minor works across many of the other properties under Council stewardship.

Submissions have closed and will be heard at the Council meeting on 12 June 2018. After consideration of submissions, these strategic documents will be presented for adoption by Council on 25 June 2018.

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