10 May, 2024

Input sought on draft Budget and plan

WARRNAMBOOL City Council has released its 2024-25 Draft Budget and revised Council Plan for community comment.

By Staff Writer

“These are key documents and will determine council actions and activity over the next financial year,” mayor Cr Ben Blain said.

“The Draft Budget describes how council will maintain its current services and covers our recent commitment to expand and diversify our home support services.

“Our rate increase is in line with the Victorian Government’s rate cap and is 0.2 per cent less than last year’s increase.”

This equates to an average of 88 cents per week increase for property owners with homes valued between $500,000 and $1 million.

For residents with homes valued under $500,000 the increase will be less than 50 cents a week.

“And we’ve still got a substantial $27.9 million capital works program,” Cr Blain said.

Among the ‘big winners’ in the proposed capital works are the Matron Swinton Childcare Centre, Walter Oval and the Val Bertrand netball stadium.

The proposed works include $9 million to council’s asset renewal program (for ongoing renewal of council’s roads, bridges, footpaths, and buildings).

A $2.1 million upgrade of the Matron Swinton Childcare Centre would increase capacity for the provision of up to 33 additional childcare spaces, and a new community hub multipurpose room suitable for Maternal Child Health consultations.

This week’s draft also included $1.5 million towards the redevelopment of recreation facilities at Walter Oval, $700,000 to upgrade flooring at the Val Bertrand Netball Stadium and $60,000 on council’s CBD footpaths and car parks program.

Other projects mentioned included $350,000 on upgrading irrigation at Friendly Society’s Park, a detailed business case for the future proposed aquatic facility redevelopment and year three of the joint “Coastal Connect” information technology shared services partnership with Corangamite and Moyne shires.

The waste management charge that covers the four-bin kerbside collection service has been cut from $427 to $417.

“We’re proposing to no longer issue the FOGO caddy liners. They’re not essential but if people are still keen to use them we’ll have them for sale at the Civic Centre,” Cr Blain said.

Following advice to all councils from the Victorian Auditor General’s Office and ahead of the move to council wards at the October elections, council has proposed dismantling the Small Infrastructure Fund.

“From a governance perspective the Small Infrastructure Fund as it currently exists will not suit a subdivided municipality,” Cr Blain said.

“The removal of the fund doesn’t mean that council can’t continue to support community groups it just means that we’ll be following a different process.”

To have your say on the Draft Budget and proposed Council Plan actions go to


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