The $193 million Annual Budget 2017/2018 was adopted at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday 26 June 2017.
The Budget 2017/2018 will fund the delivery of services and a Capital Works Program that meets the needs of the diverse Whitehorse community.
As part of the budget, $140 million is allocated to fund the more than 100 services that Council provides, such as continued delivery of community services including home and community care, sustainability, waste and recycling, health and family services, leisure facilities, parks and libraries –to name a few.
Council will have an operational surplus and maintain a strong liquidity position, while providing funding for legislated requirements and maintaining all services at a level expected by the community.
Please find a copy here of the Adopted Budget 2017/2018 (1.77MB).
Hard copies of the Budget 2017/2018 can be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centres at Nunawading, Box Hill and Forest Hill, and libraries at Nunawading, Box Hill, Blackburn and Vermont South.
The average rate rise is two per cent, in line with the rate cap set by the Minister for Local Government under the new Fair Go Rates System. With this modest rate cap, Whitehorse will continue to have one of the lowest levels of rates in metropolitan Melbourne.
Council continues to prioritise significant funds for the renewal, upgrade and maintenance of community facilities, buildings and community assets. Some of the highlights of this year's $43.1 million Capital Works Budget include $5.7 million for the redevelopment of the Harrow Street, Box Hill car park, $4.7 million for new and upgraded community sports pavilions, $0.5 million for the refurbishment of Box Hill Library and $0.2 million to continue development of the new Nunawading Community Hub. The budget also includes $1.0 million to commence the $78 million major redevelopment of the Whitehorse Centre.
The new budget was 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 four-year Council Plan, Strategic Resource Plan and other major plans and strategies. Consultations that have informed the development of this Budget include the significant Your Say Whitehorse community engagement program to develop the Council Plan 2017-2021, the 2016 Community Satisfaction Survey, consideration of prior year public budget submissions, and consultation on various Council strategies and plans.
Councillors and officers also held a number of meetings to develop this fiscally responsible budget and longer term strategic resource plan in a time of significant external and internal pressures and challenges.
The following budget principles were established to guide the 2017/2018 budget process:
In preparing this Budget, Council considered a number of external and internal influences. These include:
Council’s long-term planning strategy is aimed at creating a sustainable fiscal environment to enable Council to continue to provide the community with high quality services and infrastructure into the medium and long term. The financial plan is a continuation of Council’s responsible financial program. It is a financial plan aimed at:
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