Shire Passes 2022/23 Budget – Surf Coast Times
The Surf Coast Shire Council has considered some suggestions from the community in spending its final 2022/23 budget, which the council adopted last month.
24 community submissions were sent during the exhibition period.
“It’s always great to hear from passionate locals and hear about their priorities,” said County Mayor Libby Stapleton.
“The proposed budget has been developed taking into account the long-term financial challenge of balancing the budget and prioritizing funding for projects and services.
“This year, we have placed more emphasis on allocating resources to projects that have been fully defined and are ready for delivery.”
The Surf Coast Netball Association has been successful in its attempt to waive $5,000 in court rental fees for 2022-23 and receive administrative support in its first season of operation. This will help the association to move from being managed by the board to being managed by the community.
“With nearly half of the community’s submissions relating to roads, we are delighted that the organization’s submission has resulted in an increase of $1.55 million for road renewal and upgrades,” said Cr Stapleton .
“This allocation will support some of the community submissions focused on road works.”
“We thank everyone who took the time to submit a submission and hope that we can play a part in bringing some of the other ideas to fruition through our community project development program or the new-look grants program, which has additional funding of $35,000. available in 2022-23.
Cr Stapleton said the budget’s key projects and initiatives would pave the way for a connected community and help cement the Surf Coast as an environmental leader.
Of the $34.6 million capital works program, $13.6 million will be spent on new projects, including Indigenous language on signage to support First Nations reconciliation, a regional bike path on the Great Ocean Road between Jan Juc and Bellbrae, and Karaaf Wetland Stormwater Management.
It also includes $14.5 million for the renewal of existing assets – headlined by the $2.1 million renewal of the Winchelsea Pool – and $14.3 million for modernization, maintenance and renovation. road renewal.
The latter includes traffic improvements in Torquay North and a new two-lane bridge as part of Gnarwarre’s Pollocksford Road Bridge, which received a $2.8 million federal government grant in May, freeing up 1.55 million dollars in the budget to help fund other highway renewal and upgrade projects.
“We were delighted to receive the grant from the federal government, especially as it enabled the council to further reduce our asset renewal backlog, which remains a long-term financial challenge,” said Cr Stapleton.
Other significant infrastructure projects are the redevelopment of the Deans Marsh Community Hall, the resurfacing of the Winchelsea Eastern Reserve netball courts and an upgrade to the MAC in Torquay.
The 2022-23 budget includes a rate increase of 1.75%, in line with the rate cap set by the Victorian government, which the county says “is essential for the future viability of the Council and its ability to support the community and respond to their aspirations.
Urban garbage collection fees are expected to increase by 5% (to $455) and rural garbage collection fees by 8% (to $388), as part of a plan to align the two garbage collection over the next four years.