Opportunity for community to provide feedback on Council 18/19 Budget

Published on 15 May 2018

At a special Northern Grampians Shire Council meeting on Monday afternoon, council approved the 2018/19 budget(PDF, 3MB) in principle. The budget is now available for public comment. 

‘The budget process began in January where we held a series of community meetings in Stawell, St. Arnaud, Great Western and Halls Gap asking for community input on the budget,’ Cr Tony Driscoll, Mayor of Northern Grampians Shire Council said.

‘With this input in mind, the budget has been developed and once again our community are being called upon for their comments, Cr Driscoll said.

There are several ways for residents to submit their feedback and comments on the budget including use of a form on Council’s webpage; email comments to the Council; write your comments and drop them in to one of the Customer Service offices or post them to Council.

‘We can see by some of the projects that have been included in the budget, how important community input is.’ Some of the St  Arnaud projects include the renewal of the Town Hall kitchen, development of St Arnaud Market Square and stage two works on the Queen Mary Gardens.

Projects in Stawell include revitalisation of Stawell CBD in Main Street; significant works at North Park Precinct including upgrade of club rooms and netball court renewal.

Netball court renewals will also take place in Great Western and Halls Gap will see the implementation of their Master Plan.

‘The budget process requires significant planning and builds on the vision for our future outlined in the 2017-21 Council Plan. However, with the best planning in the world, Council is has limited rate increases at the  capped rate of 2.25% as determined by the State Government,’ Cr Driscoll explained.

‘Council will continue to provide the services that residents of our shire know and love, however, valuation of our assets shows that there is a large increase in the value of farming land which will result in rate increases to farmers.

Council advocates for the people who live and work in our region and we are already working on this issue. If you are a farmer or producer, we want your ideas, we are talking to the Victorian Farmers Federation and have sought meetings with the State Government and Minister for Local Government, Cr Tony Driscoll said.