Draft Budget 2021-22
The Golden Plains Shire Council Budget 2021-22 was on public exhibition from 30 April to 31 May. Thank you to all community members who had their say on next year's financial plan.
The Golden Plains Shire Council’s Draft Budget 2021-22 (Draft Budget) was endorsed by Council at its meeting on 27 April and is on public exhibition for community feedback from Saturday 1 May to Monday 31 May, 2021.
Key Features of Draft Budget 2020/21
- $44.1 million to deliver more than 70 services to the Golden Plains community
- $14.6 million investment in capital works
- $2.2 million for active ageing and inclusion services
- $1 million for resealing local roads
- $700,000 for gravel re-sheeting of local roads
- $700,000 for improvements to local roads
- $508,000 for library services
- $342,000 for youth services
- $350,000 for footpaths and trails
- $250,000 for kerb and channel projects
Road and Community Infrastructure Projects in Draft Budget 2020/21
Replacement of Paddys Gully Road Bridge in Rokewood Junction: A $650,000 project jointly funded by Council and the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Intersection Upgrade at Buninyong-Mt Mercer/Hardies Hill Road, Garibaldi: A $250,000 project funded by the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Intersection Upgrade at Derwent Jacks Road/Snow Gun Road/Reef Road/Chromes Road in Berringa: A $250,000 project funded by the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Replacement and installation of new guardrails on bridges across the Shire: A $200,000 project to improve the safety of bridges in Rokewood, Happy Valley, Werneth, Meredith, Haddon, Inverleigh and Linton. Funded by the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Enfield Playground Upgrade: A $250,000 project funded by the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Lethbridge Cricket Nets Upgrade: Funded by $145,000 from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
Bannockburn Skate Park Upgrade: A $449,000 project funded by $250,000 from the State Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program and $199,000 from Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
The following projects will be delivered by Council in 2021-22, if joint government funding is secured:
Ross Creek Play and Active Recreation Upgrade: A $550,000 project funded by $100,000 from Council and $450,000 from the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.
Leighdale Equestrian Centre Upgrade (Female Friendly Facilities): A $537,000 project funded by $169,000 from Council, $358,000 from State Government and $10,000 from Leighdale Equestrian Centre Committee of Management.
Bannockburn Victoria Park Safety Netting Project: A $50,000 project funded by $19,000 from Council, $25,000 from State Government and $6,000 from Bannockburn Football Netball Club.
Linton Oval Drainage Upgrade: A $321,000 project funded by $107,000 from Council and $214,000 from the State Government.
New Initiatives in Draft Budget 2020/21
- Future design work with $100,000 allocated to each of the following: roads, bridges, drainage and building; and $175,000 for sport and recreation works.
- $75,000 for a new bore at Cambrian Hill
- $80,000 for Common Road Swale Drain Upgrade in Inverleigh
- $200,000 to rezone and manage surplus land
- $130,000 for roadside slashing of gravel roads
- $25,000 to clear fire access tracks
- $75,000 for environmental initiatives
- $20,000 for outdoor areas at local kindergartens
What’s New in Draft Budget 2020/21
- 1.5% rates cap in 2021-22, down from 2% rates cap in 2020-21
- Municipal Charge: $310.60 per household, increase of $4.60 (1.5% from 2020-21)
The Waste Management Charge is $385 per household in 2021-22. This is a $50 increase from 2020-21, noting that from 2019 to 2021, the Waste Management Charge was steady with an increase of just $5 per household. The additional funds will be allocated as follows:
- $20 per household for the State Government Waste Levy Increase (deferred from 2020-21 due to COVID pandemic)
- $10 per household for increase in recycling costs
- $14 per household for landfill rehabilitation of the former Rokewood and former Teesdale landfill sites
- $6 per household for stockpile removal charge
How you can be involved
Read Council’s Draft Budget 2021/22:
Download the Draft Budget, Draft Revenue and Rating Plan 2021-22 to 2024-25, and the Draft Schedule of Fees and Charges 2021-22 at the links below or pick up copies at Council’s Customer Service Centres, 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn or The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale.
Note: The Local Government Act 2020 does not require the Draft Schedule of Fees and Charges 2021-2022 to be placed on public exhibition. At its April meeting, Council resolved to endorse the Draft Schedule of Fees and Charges 2021-2022 for adoption at the Council meeting to be held on Tuesday 22 June 2021.
Ask Your Budget Questions:
In May, Council’s Finance Team held two engagement sessions to answer budget questions from residents that will assist with preparation of a submission to Council.
The online consultation was on Tuesday 4 May, 4 to 6pm.
There was also a telephone engagement session on Tuesday 11 May, from 4 to 6pm.
Make a Budget Submission:
Written submissions were able to be lodged by 9am, Monday 31 May, 2021.
- Completing a digital submission
Present a Submission to Council:
Council will hold a meeting at the Golden Plains Civic Centre, 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn at 6pm, Tuesday 8 June, and everyone who lodged a submission was able to request to present it to Councillors. The final Budget 2021-22 will be considered for adoption by Council at its meeting in Bannockburn on Tuesday 22 June, 2021.
In-person Engagement Opportunities:
Golden Plains Shire Councillors were available to talk to residents about the Draft Council Budget 2021-2022 and the Draft Council Plan 2021-2025 at community engagement events in May:
Councillor Conversation Post
Saturday 1 May, 8.30am to 12.30pm, Golden Plains Farmers' Market, corner Milton and High Streets, Bannockburn
Coffee with your Councillors Day
Saturday 8 May, with Councillors visiting nine townships:
What Happens Next
Council will hold a meeting at the Golden Plains Civic Centre, 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn at 6pm, Tuesday 8 June, where submitters will be able to present their submissions to Councillors. The final Budget 2021-22 will be considered for adoption by Council at its meeting in Bannockburn on Tuesday 22 June, 2021.
Tuesday 27 April, 2021
Council endorses Draft Budget 2021-22 for public exhibition
Saturday 1 May, 2021
Public exhibition begins. Submissions open.
Councillor Conversation Post, Golden Plains Farmers' Market
Tuesday 4 May, 2021
Online Budget consulation, 4 to 6pm
Saturday 8 May, 2021
Coffee with your Councillors Day
Tuesday 11 May, 2021
Phone Budget consultation, 4 to 6pm
Monday 31 May, 2021
Tuesday 8 June, 2021
Meeting to hear budget submissions
Tuesday 22 June, 2021
Meeting to adopt the 2021-22 Budget
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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.
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