27 Jun 2017
Whitehorse City Council adopted the $193 million Annual Budget 2017/2018 at its Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday 26 June 2017.
Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Denise Massoud said the Budget 2017/2018 will fund the delivery of services and a Capital Works Program that meets the needs of the diverse Whitehorse community.
“The new financial year budget will ensure Council continues to provide high quality services to the community, and that Council assets and facilities are maintained and in good shape for the long-term,” Cr Massoud said.
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 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.
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.
“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,” Cr Massoud said.
“The new budget 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 four-year Council Plan, Strategic Resource Plan and other major plans and strategies.”
“We acknowledge and thank Council officers for their work throughout the year for identifying cost savings that have allowed us to preserve community services at current levels and continue responsible investment in community infrastructure. Feedback from community members has also been paramount in understanding what services and facilities are important to the community and to determine the focus of future priorities,” Cr Massoud said.
In addition to being available on Council’s website, www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Budget.html, hard copies of the Annual 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.
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