Whitehorse City Council

Adopted Budget 2018/2019

Council’s Annual Budget 2018/2019 was adopted at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday 25 June 2018: pdf icon Adopted Budget 2018/19 (2.82MB) This year’s budget has been an extremely detailed process including many months of review, prioritisation of decisions and discussion regarding our community’s needs and asking our residents to give us their input and opinions.

Services

The Budget allocates $143 million to fund the more than 100 services that Council provides the community, including meals on wheels, maternal and child health nurses, maintenance of parks, playgrounds and sports ovals, youth workers and managing planning and building applications.

The Budget plans for a financially sustainable operating surplus and continued strong financial position, and complies with the 2.25 per cent average rate cap set by the Minister for Local Government.

Capital Works Program

This Budget provides for a $64.35 million Capital Works Program in 2018/19 for the renewal and improvement of community facilities and infrastructure for the benefit of the Whitehorse community. This includes $15.62 million to complete the redevelopment of the Harrow Street Box Hill car park, $13.00 million towards the Nunawading Community Hub redevelopment, and $3m for the redevelopment of the Whitehorse Centre.

The 2018/19 Capital Works Program comprises:

  • $40.90 million for land, buildings and building improvements
  • $5.86 million for roads, bridges and off street car parks
  • $5.67 million for plant and equipment
  • $4.46 million for parks, open space and streetscapes
  • $3.15 million for footpaths and cycleways
  • $2.38 million for recreational, leisure and community facilities; and
  • $1.93 million for drainage improvements and waste management.

Rates

The Budget includes an average rate increase of 2.25 per cent in line with the rate cap set by the Minister for Local Government under the Fair Go Rates System. This cap is based on the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance’s forecast movement in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 2018/19 financial year.

With an average rate increase of 2.25 per cent, Whitehorse will continue to have one of the lowest levels of rates in metropolitan Victoria while maintaining high quality services, improving community infrastructure and facilities and ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of Council into the future.

Consultation

The Budget has been carefully prepared, guided by the priorities outlined in key strategic documents including the Council Vision 2013-2023, the current four year Council Plan, and other major plans and strategies. It also takes into account community feedback received through various consultations undertaken by Council. Community consultation is an essential component of the budget process and feedback from community members helps inform the key decisions made by Council.

In late 2016, Council held an extensive Your Say, Whitehorse community consultation campaign to inform the development of the current Council Plan 2017-2021, which drives the focus of activities planned for the 2018/19 year. Other consultations influencing the Budget include consultations held as part of the development and review of key Council strategies and plans, and a Mayoral Budget Consultation event held in February 2018.

Long-Term Financial Plan

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: 

  • Balancing the community’s needs and ensuring that Council continues to be financially sustainable in the long term
  • Increasing Council’s commitment to sustainable asset renewal and maintenance of the community’s assets
  • The maintenance of a strong cash position for financial sustainability
  • To achieve efficiencies through targeted savings and an ongoing commitment to contain costs
  • Rate and fee increases that are both manageable and sustainable; and
  • Providing a framework to deliver balanced budgets including sustainable annual underlying surpluses.