Whitehorse City Council

Budget 2016/17

The $183 million pdf icon Adopted Budget 2016-17 (2.60MB) is the result of a number of months’ work by Councillors and Council officers and includes the Annual Plan, Operating Budget, Capital Works Program and Strategic Resource Plan.

This budget provides for a $33 million Capital Works Program including:

  • Increased capital works asset renewal funding to a total of $27.86 million which is to be invested in maintaining and renewing existing community assets such as roads, footpaths, drains and buildings. $2.00 million is to fund planning and design works associated with the development of the Nunawading Community Hub. Council is also engaging with the community on the future of the Whitehorse Centre.
  • This overall level of funding ensures that the community’s assets can be maintained in a sustainable manner. Council’s asset management plans highlight the need for Council to ensure that its asset renewal funding levels adequately renew community assets as they require replacement, on a recurrent basis. 
  • $4.76 million to be invested in new community assets for the ongoing benefit of the Whitehorse community.

A $110 million budget for Council to continue to plan, deliver and improve high quality, cost effective, accessible and responsive services including home and community care, sustainability, waste and recycling, leisure facilities and the recycling and waste centre.

Key features include $14.79 million for home and community care, $14.34 million for sustainability programs, waste and recycling, $12.06 million for leisure facilities, $11.64 million for health and family services, $10.33 million to maintain sports fields, parks and gardens and $5.04 million for libraries.

The Adopted Budget 2016/17 includes an average rate increase of 2.5% in line with the rate cap set by the Minister for Local Government under the new Fair Go Rates System. The cap of 2.5% is in line with the forecast movement in the Consumer Price.

The Adopted Budget document has been carefully prepared following community consultation throughout the year and is guided by priorities outlined in key strategic documents including the Council Vision 2013-2023, the current four year Council Plan, Strategic Resource Plan and other major plans and strategies.

A number of Council consultations on key Council strategies and plans were held throughout the year influencing the development of the budget including two community budget information sessions in April 2016 to discuss the development of Whitehorse’s Adopted Budget 2016/17.

Councillors also held a number of meetings to develop this fiscally responsible Adopted Budget and longer term Strategic Resource Plan in a time of significant external and internal pressures and challenges.

Sustainability programs include sustainable water and energy saving installations in Council buildings, promoting Fair Trade products, various workshops to save energy and water in the home, home composting incentive program and Sustainable Living Week.

In addition to being available on this web page, hard copies of the Adopted Budget can be viewed at:

  • Council’s Customer Service Centres at Nunawading, Box Hill and Forest Hill
  • Libraries at Nunawading, Box Hill, Blackburn and Vermont South.

Enquiries should be directed to Finance and Corporate Performance Manager, Jon Gorst on 9262 6313.