Kingston Budget on track to deliver high-quality community services & facilities
27 April 2017
Kingston Council has released its Draft Budget for 2016-17 which allows Council to continue providing a broad range of high-quality services, maintain our infrastructure and deliver exciting new projects that will help to strengthen our community.
Mayor David Eden said the proposed draft budget would continue to build Kingston as a strong, connected community.
“We’re investing $58million 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 Eden said.
Cr Eden said Kingston Council, due to its strong history of sound financial management, is well-prepared to meet the Victorian Government’s rate capping legislation that limits average rate rises to 2 per cent.
“While some councils have requested an exemption to rate capping Kingston will not and has undertaken careful planning to ensure our financial future,” Cr Eden said. “We are also continuing to offer pensioners a rates rebate of $100, which is in addition to the Victorian Government rebate.”
The Draft Budget’s $58.4 million capital works program features a wide range of projects and initiatives to support our community. These include:
Major redevelopment of Mordialloc’s Ben Kavanagh Reserve with $3 million allocated this year to continue work on a new double-storey pavilion and upgrades around the park.
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:
- G.R. Bricker athletics track upgrade ($1.3 million)
- Edithvale Life Saving Club redevelopment ($1.6 million)
- Cliff Sambell pavilion development at the Gerry Green Reserve ($1.4 million)
- Dales Park Masterplan implementation ($1.6 million)
Supporting the transition away from landfill use in Kingston’s Green Wedge through a $2 million investment to remediate and landscape former landfill sites.
Maintaining vital community infrastructure including road and footpath repairs ($6.7 million), drainage works ($3.3 million) and streetlight replacements ($2.9 million). These vital works are part of Council’s ongoing and significant investment in community asset renewal.
Continuing with the Bay Trail project to provide a shared walking/bike path from Mentone to Mordialloc, with Council’s contribution of $1.6 million in this year’s budget.
Providing connected communities learning and development through the $1 million book stock purchases for our libraries.
Being well-governed and planning for the future through a $3 million new depot development.
Have your say on the draft budget
The community is invited to a public information session on the Draft Budget at 6pm on Wednesday 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, Monday 29 May via:
A Special Council Meeting will be held on Monday 5 June 2017 at 7pm 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 13 June 2017 at 7pm.