The Golden Plains Shire Council Draft Budget 2022/23 (Draft Budget) is a responsible financial plan, focused on delivering more than 70 services of Council to the Golden Plains Shire community. In the second year of the Council term, the Draft Budget 2022/23 continues to progress the 21 strategic objectives and deliver the 83 key actions of the Council Plan 2021-2025. The Draft Budget has also been developed in line with the Golden Plains Shire Community Vision 2040 and Council’s Long-Term Financial Plan 2021/22-2030/31.
In February 2022, Council launched a new engagement initiative seeking input on community priorities for the Council Budget 2022/23. Thank you to the residents who completed the community survey and spoke with Councillors at the online engagement sessions – this feedback has been incorporated into the Draft Budget 2022/23.
Key Features of Draft Budget 2022/23
- $45.7 million to deliver more than 70 services to the Golden Plains community
- $18.8 million investment in capital works, which is Council’s largest ever annual program
- $1 million for resealing local roads
- $800,000 for improvements to local roads
- $700,000 for gravel re-sheeting of local roads
- $400,000 for stormwater drainage improvements and 250,000 for kerb and channel projects
- $1.1 million for community safety
- $838,000 for community development
- $513,000 on youth development
Road and Community Infrastructure Projects in Draft Budget 2022/23
Road Rehabilitation Project in Meredith, Haddon, Dereel and Maude: $1.5 million from the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program to rehabilitate the following roads: Thompson Road in Maude, Slate Quarry Road in Meredith, Kopkes Road in Haddon, and Mt Mercer-Dereel Road in Dereel.
Replacement of bridges in Rokewood and Werneth: $600,000 towards the project to replace the Two Bridges Road bridge in Rokewood, the Wilgul-Werneth Road and Howells Road bridge in Werneth, and the Wurrook Road bridge in Rokewood.
Northern Streetscapes Project in Linton, Scarsdale and Smythesdale: A $1.3 million project to deliver the first stage of the Northern Streetscapes plan, funded by $650,00 from Council and $650,000 from Berrybank Windfarm, with the financial commitment made over two financial years: 2022/23 and 2023/24.
Meredith Skate/BMX/Play Project: A $740,000 project, funded by $320,000 from Council and $420,000 from the Victorian Government.
Rokewood Community Hub: A $3.96 million project, funded by $442,00 from Council, $18,000 from the Rokewood Recreation Reserve Committee of Management and $3.5 million from the Victorian Government.
Linton Recreation Reserve Oval Replacement: A $880,000 project, funded by $680,000 from Council and $200,000 from Victorian Government.
The following projects will be delivered by Council in 2022/23, if joint government funding is secured:
Replacement of bridge in Russells Bridge: A $2.1 million for the replacement of the bridge on Russells Bridge Road in Russells Bridge. The project is to be funded by $315,000 from Council and $1,785,000 from Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.
Rokewood Recreation Reserve Netball/Tennis Upgrade: A $650,000 project, to be funded by $216,000 from Council and $434,000 from Victorian Government.
Golden Plains Tracks and Trails Strategy: A $60,000 project, to be funded by $30,000 from Council and $30,000 from the Victorian Government.
New Initiatives in Draft Budget 2022/23
- $800,000 for landfill rehabilitation works in Teesdale
- $500,000 for drainage and car park works in Inverleigh township
- $100,000 for cypress tree replacement program
What’s New in Draft Budget 2022/23
- Rate Cap: 1.75% rate cap in 2022/23. The cap in 2021/22 was 1.5%.
- Municipal Charge: $250 per household, down from $310.60 in 2021/22.
- Waste Management Charge: $389 per household in 2022/23. This is a $10 increase from 2021/22, following the negotiation of a new kerbside collection contract and a $20 per tonne increase in the Victorian Government’s Landfill Levy.
Following a review and community engagement in 2021, Council adopted its Rating Strategy 2022-2026 at its February 2022 meeting. Under the new strategy, the following changes are effective from 1 July 2022:
- Increase to the vacant land differential from 200% to 205%
- Increase to the farm broadacre differential from 85% to 87.5%
- Increase to the farm intensive differential from 90% to 95%
- Increase to the Bannockburn business property differential rate from 120% to 130%
- Reduction of the Municipal Charge from $310.60 to $250
How You Can Be Involved
Read Council’s Draft Budget 2022/23
Visit goldenplains.vic.gov.au/consultations or pick up a copy at Council’s Customer Service Centres, 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn or The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale.
Make a Budget Submission
Written submissions may be lodged by 9am, Monday 30 May, 2022. Post a submission addressed to Director Corporate Services, Golden Plains Shire Council, PO Box 111, Bannockburn, VIC 3331; email [email protected]; or visit goldenplains.vic.gov.au/consultations
Ask Your Budget Questions
In May, Council’s Finance Team will hold two engagement sessions to answer budget questions from residents that will assist with preparation of a submission to Council. The online consultation is on Wednesday 18 May, 4 to 6pm, with the link to be posted on Council’s website the day prior to the engagement; visit goldenplains.vic.gov.au. There is also a telephone engagement session on Wednesday 25 May, from 4 to 6pm; call in on (03) 5220 7129 or (03) 5220 7128.
Talk to Your Councillors
A Councillor Conversation Post will be held at the Golden Plains Farmers’ Market in Bannockburn, corner Milton and High Streets, 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 7 May. Stop by to speak with your Golden Plains Shire Councillors or complete a Budget submission.
Present a Submission to Council
Council will hold a meeting at Golden Plains Civic Centre, 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn at 6pm, Tuesday 7 June, and everyone who lodges a written submission may request to present it to Councillors. The final Budget 2022/23 will be considered for adoption by Council at its meeting in Bannockburn on Tuesday 28 June, 2022.