Council has approved the Budget 2021/2022 ( PDF 4.91MB) at its Council meeting on Monday 28 June 2021.
The Budget 2021/2022 is the culmination of an extensive process by councillors and officers. Council is optimistic about a return to normal operations in 2021/22 following the upheaval in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a responsible budget. It contains initiatives to ensure Council’s long term financial sustainability. It addresses our environmental sustainability, partly by progressing our Waste Management Strategy 2018-2028.
This budget enables the ongoing delivery of high quality services and the renewal and improvement of community facilities and infrastructure for the Whitehorse community.
The Budget 2021/2022 is an ambitious budget with a large capital works program and Council’s new transformation program. It takes account of some significant uncontrollable cost increases including a large State Government landfill levy increase, insurance premiums, and an increase in the superannuation guarantee rate. It also includes a significant investment in strategic initiatives to launch Council’s new transformation program and help Council improve its performance from good to great. This has all been balanced with ongoing, and COVID-19 pandemic initiated, disciplined cost management to ensure Council is set up to meet the challenges of the future.
The $219 million budget outlines the services, initiatives and the significant capital works program that Council plans to deliver in 2021/22 and the funding and resources required. Key aspects for 2021/22 include:
- $171 million for the continued delivery of a wide range of services to the community including sustainability, waste and recycling, home and community services, recreation and leisure, health and family services, arts and cultural services, libraries and maintenance of sports fields, parks and gardens, footpaths, drains and roads.
- $78 million Capital Works Program including $18.01 million to continue the Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre redevelopment, $6.54 million for the Morack Golf Course Pavilion, Driving Range and Mini Golf Facility, $6.23 million for the refurbishment of Heatherdale Reserve Pavilion and $1.80 million for the replacement of the Main Street bridge in Blackburn.
- $6 million for new operational initiatives including $3.57 million to commence implementation of Council’s IT strategy and a new Enterprise Resource Planning System, $2.10 million for the Waste Service Charge initiative and $0.15 million to commence preparations for the food organics and garden organics (FOGO) service which is planned commence in 2022/23.
- 1.5 per cent average rate increase in compliance with the Victorian Government rate cap. This equals a $24 annual increase in the average rates per assessment. With an average rate increase of 1.5% Whitehorse will continue to have one of the lowest levels of rates in metropolitan Melbourne.