Community feedback invited on Draft Budget 2017/18 and Draft Council Plan 2017/2021

News | 18 April 2017

Draft Budget and Plan Media Release

The City of Stonnington’s Draft Council Plan 2017 ­– 2021 and Draft Budget 2017/18 have been prepared and are now on public exhibition for community comment until 12 May 2017.

The coming year’s Draft Budget seeks to balance the demand for high quality services and infrastructure with the community’s capacity to pay.

The Budget proposes a 2.0 per cent increase to the average general rate to determine the maximum amount of revenue that can be levied from general rates. This is in line with the State Government’s ‘Fair Go Rates System’ which has capped rate increases for 2017/18 to forecast inflation.

The Budget proposes a 0.8 per cent increase to the garbage waste service minimum charge, together with a modest increase to user fees and charges to manage a significant capital works program and cost pressures from increasing State Government Landfill and Fire Services Property Levies, utilities and depreciation expenses.

The total capital works program of $85.3 million is fully funded and includes: 

  • Cato Street redevelopment $34.5M
  • Road, footpath and drainage works (excl Chapel Street Masterplan) $9.2M
  • Open space acquisition $5.0M
  • Gardiner Park redevelopment $4.5M
  • Dunlop Pavilion redevelopment $4.4M
  • Prahran Town Hall Masterplan $2.3M
  • Bicycle paths and strategy works $2.3M
  • Chapel Street Streetscape Masterplan implementation $2.0M
  • Library air-conditioning replacement $1.1M
  • Malvern Valley Golf Course Hub redevelopment $1.0M
  • Yarra River Bio-Diversity Project $1.0M

The City of Stonnington’s Draft Council Plan 2017–2021 articulates Council’s vision, goals and strategic actions that guide decision-making over a four-year term. The Council Plan is a collaborative effort involving Councillors, the organisation and our community.

It is Council’s vision that the City of Stonnington will be an inclusive, healthy, creative, sustainable and smart community. 

Council’s vision will be implemented through four key pillars:

  • Community
  • Liveability
  • Environment
  • Economy

 Submissions on the Draft Budget 2017/18 and Draft Council Plan 2017 – 2021 are invited from the public until 5pm, Friday 12 May 2017, and will be heard at a meeting on Monday 29 May 2017.

These documents can be viewed on Council’s website and at Council’s Services Centres and Libraries.

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Draft Budget and Plan Media Release