Budget invests in community facilities while meeting the challenge of rate capping
28 April 2016
Kingston Council has released its Draft Budget for 2016-17 which features a host of fantastic new community facilities and quality services while delivering a modest rate rise.
Highlights of the Budget include completion of the Westall Hub and Carrum Family & Children’s Centre projects, Ben Kavanagh Reserve redevelopment, progressing the long-awaited Bay Trail project and continuing our significant investment in sporting facilities and children’s services.
Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said the proposed draft budget would help make Kingston a stronger, fairer and more connected community.
“We’re investing $56million to ensure our community has access to well-maintained quality infrastructure, that our local sports clubs are supported and that our children have access to quality early years learning,” Cr Bearsley said.
“Council has again worked hard to deliver a financially responsible and balanced Budget. Due to our strong history of sound financial management, Kingston Council is well-placed to respond to the Victorian Government’s new rate capping policy which will see average rates rise by no more than 2.5%.”
“Council will continue to drive efficiency improvements to contain and reduce costs without negatively impacting on the high-quality services we provide to the community.”
Completion of the Westall Hub and Carrum Family and Children’s Centre projects with $6.93 million and $1.8million allocated in this year’s Budget respectively to fully fund the $8million and $4million key community infrastructure projects.
Major redevelopment of Mordialloc’s Ben Kavanagh Reserve with $1.4million allocated this year to commence work on a new double-storey pavilion and $360,000 for upgrades around the park.
Progressing the long-awaited Bay Trail project to provide a shared walk/bike path from Mentone to Mordialloc. Council will contribute $265,000 in this year’s Budget and has earmarked a total of $3.0million over the next five years to deliver this important project. A further $545,000 has also been allocated for other bike/walking trails across the municipality.
Providing high-quality services for children through a range of vital services and new infrastructure projects including:
- construction of the new relocated Chelsea Preschool ($1.9million towards $2million project)
- $570,000 contribution in 2017/18 towards expansion at Chelsea Heights Kindergarten
- playground upgrades totalling $630,000 including improvements at George Woods Playground, Keeley Park Playground and toddler play area at Peter Scullin Reserve
- continuing the Aspendale Gardens Youth Service following a successful 12-month trial.
Promoting an active and healthy community through major investments in local parks and sporting facilities to strengthen local sporting clubs and encourage greater participation. Projects include:
- Dales Park ($545k), Bonbeach Sports Reserve ($697k)
- $1million towards Moorabbin Reserve redevelopment (overall $4million Council contribution)
- $645,000 towards maintenance and upgrades at Waves and Don Tatnell Leisure Centres
- A $1.2million upgrade of the G R Bricker Reserve Athletics upgrade
- Increased funding for new sportsground lighting to $350,000 up from $220,000 annually.
Supporting the transition away from landfill use in Kingston’s Green Wedge through a $2.2million investment to remediate and landscape the former landfill site in Elder St Clarinda, a further $665,000 for remediation works at four sites (Spring Road, Heatherton Park, Argyle Avenue and Deals Road) plus $600,000 for other Green Wedge improvements.
Protecting and enhancing the foreshore with more than $2.6million invested in projects including $500,000 towards Mentone Coastal Precinct Plan, $1m to complete the new $4m Mordialloc Life Saving Club and Aboriginal Gathering Centre plus $150,000 for new carpark.
Maintaining vital community infrastructure including road and footpath repairs ($8.1m), drainage works ($3m) and streetlight replacements ($1.5million). These vital works are part of Council’s ongoing and significant investment in community asset renewal.
Have your say on the draft budget
The community is invited to a public information session on the Draft Budget at 6pm on Tuesday 10 May at Council’s Cheltenham offices at 1230 Nepean Highway.
The Draft Budget can also be viewed at Council’s Customer Service Centres, at your local library and online at kingston.vic.gov.au
Written submissions on the Draft Budget are invited by 5pm, Friday 27 May via:
A special Council meeting will be held on Monday 6 June to consider written submissions and residents are invited to speak to their submissions at this meeting. The Draft Budget will be considered for formal adoption at a Special Council meeting on Tuesday 14 June.