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Have Your Say on the draft Budget and Council Plan

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Wellington Shire Council has released the draft 2017/18 Budget and the draft 2017/21 Council Plan for public feedback.

Both documents are available for the public to review and provide feedback until 5pm on Wednesday 17 May 2017. Any member of the community can make a written submission.

This is the first Budget and Council Plan for the new Council, and they build upon our community's vision, Wellington 2030, which focuses on five key themes: Communities; Services and Infrastructure; Natural Environment; Lifelong Learning and Economy. The Council Plan also incorporates a sixth theme, Organisational, which guides Council’s emphasis on good governance, community engagement, responsiveness and innovation.

Wellington Shire Council Mayor Carolyn Crossley said that the 2017/18 Budget includes a general rate increase of 2.0% in accordance with the State Government’s 2017/18 Rate Cap. “For the average residential property valuation of $262,865 the overall increase of rates and charges equates to an annual increase of $39.13 or $0.75 per week.

“Council has carefully considered the most appropriate budget for maintaining existing service levels and providing a broad range of capital works under tight budget constraints,” continued the Mayor.

Council has allocated a capital budget of $45.25 million for 2017/18 to provide improved services and infrastructure throughout the Shire.

A further $11.35 million is allocated to deliver Council’s residential street schemes, footpaths and shared paths program, and open space projects including streetscapes, parks, reserves, sports grounds, playgrounds and skate parks.

Mayor Crossley says, “Council also provides a varied and wide range of services every year to benefit our community.

“During 2016, our environmental health team delivered over 4,800 immunisations to babies, toddlers, children, school students and flu vaccinations to adults. They inspected around 1,000 food premises to ensure the health and safety of patrons. Our local laws officers reunited over 700 domestic pets with their owners. Our library staff loaned around 270,000 items from our libraries to children and adults. Around 800 children learned to swim at Aqua Energy. Our contractors emptied 18,400 garbage and recycling bins every week. Our award-winning planning team assessed nearly 500 planning permit applications.

“It’s not all about roads, rates and rubbish and we will continue to provide over 140 services during the 2017/18 financial year.

“Councillors have been working together with Council officers to produce their draft Council Plan 2017-21. It communicates Council’s strategic direction and establishes the actions Council will take in partnership with our community over the next four years. The Plan aligns with our community’s aspirations and expectations, detailed in the renewed Wellington 2030 community vision.

“I encourage you to read the draft Budget and draft Council Plan and provide your feedback.  It is very important that members of our community take the opportunity to ensure that these two important documents reflect the community’s needs,” concludes the Mayor.

Submissions on the draft 2017/18 Budget or the draft 2017/21 Council Plan should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Wellington Shire Council, PO Box 506, Sale, Victoria, 3850. Please ensure that your submission:

  • Clearly identifies the document name
  • Sets out your views on the content of the document
  • Sets out the changes that you would like to see in the document, if any
  • Contains your contact details - including postal address (name and contact details of submitters are required for Council to consider the submissions and to notify people of the next steps in the process).

Council will consider submissions at their Council Meeting at 3pm on Tuesday 30 May 2017 in the Port of Sale Civic Centre, Foster Street, Sale.

The documents are available to view online or in person at our Customer Service Centres in Yarram and Sale, or at any Wellington Shire Council library.

For further information please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 1300 366 244.

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