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Council's Budget 2019-20

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Budget 2019/20

Fees & Charges


Budget 2019-20

Key Features of the Budget 2019/20 include:

  • $3 million investment into maintenance of Council’s assets
  • $1.15 million for resealing local roads – up from $850,000 in 2018/19
  • $1.1 million for improvements on local roads – up from $280,000 in 2018/19
  • Delivering more than $19 million in Capital Projects including more than $4.5 million in State and Federal Government funding including 13 new sport and recreation projects across the Shire.
  • $600,000 for gravel resheeting of local roads – up from $300,000 in 2018/19
  • $300,000 for footpaths and trails – up from $150,000 in 2018/19
  • Investment to continue delivering all Council’s current services under the rates cap.
  • Additional investment in IT infrastructure and software to strengthen business efficiency.
  • The Waste Management Charge has been locked in at the same rate as the 2018/19 Budget.

Investing in our people

We have a growing population in Golden Plains and that means a significant increase in services to meet the demands of our existing and new residents. Our Shire is a wonderful place to live and we are working to make sure the Golden Plains you fell in love with is the Golden Plains where you can enjoy living your whole life.

Council is committed to running its business as efficiently as possible, so we can deliver more of the projects and services you want. We don't make a profit - every single dollar is invested back into services for our communities including:

  • $1.8 million for Active Ageing and Disability Services
  • $1 million for five local kindergartens
  • $666,000 for community grants and planning initiatives
  • $464,000 for library services including the mobile library van
  • $425,000 for youth services

More than 60 Community Services

In the 2019/20 Budget, Council has continued its commitment to funding its many essential programs. Every day, Council Officers are working to deliver these valuable community services for the residents of Golden Plains Shire:

  • Animal Management
  • Arts and Culture
  • Asset Management
  • Bannockburn Children’s Services
  • Bannockburn Cultural Centre
  • Bicycle Paths
  • Bridges
  • Building Permits
  • Building Surveyor and Services
  • Business Investment Facilitation
  • Citizenship Ceremonies
  • Council’s Social media
  • Council’s Website:
  • Community Events
  • Community Grants
  • Community Planning and Engagement
  • Community Centres and Facilities
  • Community Transport
  • Customer Service
  • Deaf Access
  • Disability Services
  • Drains, Kerb and Channel
  • Economic Development
  • Emergency Management
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Environmental Health
  • Family and Children’s Services
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Family Day Care
  • Fire Prevention and Control
  • Golden Plains Gazette Magazine
  • Health and Wellbeing Promotion
  • Home and Community Care Services
  • Immunisation
  • Kindergartens
  • Libraries – Bannockburn Library and Mobile Library
  • Local Laws
  • Living at Home Assessments
  • Major Projects
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Meals on Wheels
  • New Residents Program
  • Occasional Child Care
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Pet Registrations
  • Planning Framework, Amendments, Approvals and Enforcement
  • Playgroups
  • Playgrounds
  • Public Toilets
  • Rates and Property Valuations
  • Roads and Footpaths
  • Senior Week Activities
  • Senior Citizens’ Support
  • School Crossings
  • Sport and Recreation Planning and Management
  • Statutory Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Street Cleaning, Furniture and Lighting
  • Street Trees
  • Traffic Management
  • Trail Management
  • Volunteers
  • Waste and Recycling Collection
  • The Well in Smythesdale
  • Youth Development
  • Youth Training and Employment

Investing in local communities

We’re building more new projects than ever in Golden Plains – and Council’s success attracting government funding grants means we’re able to redirect money and deliver more projects across the Shire. In 2019/20, Council will deliver projects valued at more than $19 million including $4.68 million in government grants and contributions.

Community and Recreation Projects

In the 2019/20 Budget, Council has continued its commitment to building and improving local community sport and recreation facilities with funding for these projects:

  • Bannockburn Oval Lighting ($75,000 from Council; $500,000 from Federal Government)
  • Inverleigh Netball Courts ($200,000 from Council; $250,000 from State Government)
  • Teesdale Turtle Bend Upgrade ($222,000 from Berrybank Wind Farm; $222,000 from Federal Government)
  • Lethbridge Lighting Installation ($100,000 project funded)
  • Bannockburn Bowls Upgrade ($614,400 including $274,400 from Council; $250,000 from State Government and $90,000 from Bannockburn Bowls Club)
  • Rokewood Oval Lighting ($115,000 from Council; $170,000 from State Government)
  • Irrigation Upgrade – Rokewood Rec Reserve ($90,000 from Council)
  • Teesdale Tennis Lighting Power Upgrade ($15,000 from Council)
  • Resurfacing of Tennis Courts across the Shire ($90,000 from Council)
  • World Game – Bannockburn Soccer Pitch ($186,000 from Council; $250,000 from State Government)
  • Hard Cricket Wicket Replacement Program ($75,000 from Council)
  • Major Recreation Facilities Renewal Program ($72,000 from Council)
  • Bannockburn Soccer Car Park ($75,000 from Council)

Right now, we are busy constructing these major projects:

  • The Golden Plains Community & Civic Centre in Bannockburn (funded by Council)
  • Stage One of the Bannockburn Heart (funded by Council, Federal and State Government)

And this year, we’ve also proudly cut the ribbon on these great community and recreation facilities:

  • Smythesdale Skate Park ($156,000 from Council; $100,000 from State Government)
  • Bannockburn Netball Courts ($475,000 from Council; $100,000 from State Government)
  • Linton Oval Lighting ($37,000 from Council; $225,000 from State Government)


Investing in local roads

It makes good financial sense to take care of infrastructure across the Shire, so this year Council is investing more than $3 million into the much-needed maintenance and renewal of assets including our extensive rural roads and bridge network.

In our large rural Shire, Council maintains more than 1,744km of local roads across Golden Plains, as well as lobbying for government investment in much-needed transport infrastructure to safely serve the needs of our residents and travellers. In this year’s Budget, Council has increased its commitment to improving, resealing and resheeting local roads; and new infrastructure including bridge replacements, kerb and channeling, and widening existing roads.

Road Maintenance and Infrastructure

  • $1.15 million for resealing local roads – up from $850,000 in 2018/19
  • $1.1 million for improvements on local roads – up from $280,000 in 2018/19
  • $600,000 for gravel resheeting of local roads – up from $300,000 in 2018/19
  • $425,000 for kerb and channeling
  • $300,000 for footpaths and trails – up from $150,000 in 2018/19
  • $100,000 for the Rural Road Renewal Trial
  • $60,000 for footpath maintenance
  • $8,000 for a Fire Access Track within the Shire

This investment will fund several key road projects across the Shire including the widening of Maude She Oaks Road.

Council has lobbied hard for grants from the State Government’s Fixing Country Roads and Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery programs for a total of $2.6 million to fully fund vital widening works on Linton-Mannibadar Road and Pitfield-Cressy Road.

This year, Council will also deliver these major road projects:

  • Widening, replacement and sealing of Tall Tree Road in Lethbridge – a $1.4 million project funded by $472,000 from Council and $943,000 from State Government
  • Reconstruct and widen Teesdale-Lethbridge Road – a $403,000 project fully funded by State Government.

Building Bridges

In its Budget 2019/20, Council has allocated $1.1 million for a new Coopers Bridge on Meredith-Steiglitz Road, with another $500,000 rolled over from this year’s budget to fund the project.

The existing single-lane, load-limited bridge will be replaced by a new structure with two travel lanes, better alignment and gradients, and improved road safety.

At a total cost of $1.6 million, it’s an expensive project and Council attempted to source the funds from the Federal Government’s Bridge Renewal Program but changes to the criteria made Cooper’s Bridge ineligible for a grant. However, Council was recently successful in securing two matching grants under this program to replace the century-old Wall Bridge in Teesdale (total project cost: $607,000) and Golden Lake Road Bridge in Piggoreet (total project cost: $600,000).

In the Budget 2019/20, Council has also set aside $400,000 to widen and replace the bridge deck of Barwon Park Road in Inverleigh.


Municipal Charge

The Budget 2019/20 includes a change to the Municipal Charge to make rates distribution more equitable across the Shire, locking in a $300 base rate in 2019/20.

What is the Municipal Charge? The Municipal Charge is the same base rate paid by every household in the Shire, prior to the addition of the variable rates payment calculate on the value of each property. In the Budget 2019/20, the Municipal Change is set at $300 per household, up from $225 last year. This means that more of the rates payment will be fixed and equal for everyone, and less of every household’s payment will be subject to the variations of the independent annual house valuation.

Will Council make more money from the increase? No, the total rates revenue from properties in Golden Plains Shire cannot rise above the rates cap of 2.5 percent in 2019/20. Council will not receive any more money by increasing the Municipal Charge – the change will just redistribute the total rates revenue more equitably among the residents of Golden Plains.

The rates payment for each household is made up of different charges:

  • The Municipal Charge – set at $300 in the Budget 2019/20
  • Variable rates payment based on the independent valuation of your property
  • Waste Management Charge –  been locked in at the same rate as last year's Budget
  • The Fire Services Levy - a fee determined by the State Government that Council collects and hands over to the State Government to fund services provided by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and Country Fire Authority (CFA). For more information on the Fire Services Levy, visit

Every year, some households in the Shire pay more rates and some pay less. As the Municipal Charge is just part of the rates equation, the change alone won’t determine your rates payment but it will make rates more equitable for residents in the Shire, who all benefit from Council’s programs and services.

Why is Council increasing the Municipal Charge? The State Government’s rates collection system is unfair and the house valuation system makes is more unequal in our Shire. This new initiative of increasing the proportion of rates raised by the Municipal Charge will better manage the growing disparity between the ever-increasing property values in a number of our towns and those towns where property values may even be declining, helping to share the costs more evenly throughout the Shire.

Golden Plains Shire and many councils across Victoria have lobbied the State Government for an overhaul of the ratings system to make it fairer for all ratepayers. The State Government recently announced that it will conduct a full system review and Council looks forward to significant changes in the future.


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Council has committed to reviewing the Rating Strategy 2017-2021 in late 2019.


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Friday, 28 June 2019 - 1:37pm


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.