27 Jun 2019
Whitehorse City Council adopted the $205 million budget at its Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday 24 June 2019.
Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Bill Bennett said the Budget 2019/2020 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 Bennett said.
“The development of this year’s budget has been an extremely detailed process including many months of review, prioritisation of decisions and discussions regarding our community’s needs and asking our residents to provide input and opinions.
”The Budget plans for a financially sustainable operating surplus and continued strong financial position, and complies with the 2.5 per cent average rate cap set by the Minister for Local Government.”
The Budget allocates $154 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.
Council continues to prioritise significant funds for the renewal, upgrade and maintenance of community facilities, buildings and community assets. This year’s budget provides for a $72 million capital works program. Some of the highlights include $19.19 million to complete the redevelopment of the Nunawading Community Hub, $11.47 million for the redevelopment of sporting pavilions at Elgar Park, Morton Park, Walker Park and Terrara Park and to commence the new Sparks Reserve West Pavilion.
“Feedback from community members has been paramount in understanding what services and facilities are important to the community and to determine the focus of future priorities. We also acknowledge and thank Council officers for their contribution towards this financially responsible budget, which allows us to preserve community services at current levels and continue responsible investment in community infrastructure,” Cr Bennett said.
In addition to being available on Council’s website, www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Budget.html, hard copies of the Annual Budget 2019/2020 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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