Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 28 June 2016
• Council adopts budget at 2.5 % rate cap
• NAIDOC Week celebrations
• Brimbank Votes
• Infuse Artist Network
• Draft Cycling and Walking Strategy Update
Council Adopts Budget at 2.5 % Rate Cap
Brimbank City Council’s 2016-2017 Annual Budget meets the State Government’s legislated cap of 2.5 per cent rates rise and is focussed on delivering value to the community.
Council has worked to minimise the impact of the constraint on revenue raising while continuing to deliver quality projects and services for the Brimbank community.
The Budget in its draft form was open for consultation and the Council received six written submissions. We valued the feedback received which was mainly to do with our ongoing parks and open space programs and referred the requests accordingly.
This is a financially responsible budget that has a total expenditure (recurrent and capital works) of $243.2 million. Council maintains a healthy capital works program of $57.3 million - including $4.8 million carried over from 2015/2016.
Key Budget highlights
- $5.57 million for the continuing upgrade of town centres, which includes improvements to pavements, landscaping, street furniture and pedestrian links
- $20.58 million on roads, footpaths, drainage upgrades , pedestrian facilities and links
- $5.1 million on community facilities and early learning facilities and $2.2 million earmarked for the Keilor Community Hub
- $2.73 million for parks, playgrounds and open space; which includes more than $1.2 million in park and playground upgrades and renewal with significant works scheduled at Delahey Reserve (stage 2 upgrade) and Delbridge Reserve in Sydenham
- $2.12 million on sports facilities including the $1.2 million Ardeer soccer pavilion
- $1.07 million on walking and cycling paths which includes the Taylors Creek recreational trail
- $740,000 investment in sustainability initiatives to reduce future costs; and
- $800,000 for library books.
The additional pensioner discount of $25 off the rates bill is an ongoing commitment and remains in place.
Council had to find further efficiencies of $6.5 million to meet the State Government imposed 2.5 per cent rate cap. Council will continue to seek further efficiencies while continuing to deliver services our community depends on and contribute to making Brimbank a great place to live, work and visit.
Read the Annual Budget 2016-2017.
NAIDOC Week Celebrations - Tuesday 5 July, 10-11.30am
Brimbank City Council, together with the Department of Health and Human Services invites you to celebrate the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country by a Wurundjeri Elder
- Raising of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags
- Entertainment by singer songwriter Brett Lee
- Children’s activities
- Morning tea (no charge)
The Brimbank Council elections will be held by postal vote later this year. All postal votes must be received by 6pm on Friday 21 October.
It will be your responsibility to elect Councillors after seven years of administration.
Eleven elected Councillors will form the Council, which will be responsible for making decisions in the best interests of the Brimbank community, considering both the immediate and long term impacts.
The election will be conducted by postal vote.
If you will be 18 years or over on election day, are an Australian citizen and you live or are a ratepayer in Brimbank, then you will be eligible to vote.
Interested in Standing for Council?
If you’re interested in becoming a Councillor you need to be:
- 18 years or over on election day;
- an Australian citizen; and
- enrolled as a resident or ratepayer of the City of Brimbank.
Key responsibilities of the Council are in the areas of:
- strategic planning for the whole municipality and a sustainable future
- advocacy on a broad range of issues
- coordination with other spheres of government, the private sector, non-government and community sectors
- facilitation of community participation
- employment of the Chief Executive Officer.
A key responsibility of individual Councillors is to represent all citizens of the city and to participate in decision-making by the Council.
For more information about the elections and standing for Council, visit Brimbank Votes.
Infuse Artist Network
Wathaurung artist and photographer Bindi Cole Chocka to speak at the next INfuse Artist’s Networking event.
Join our creative community and come along to the latest INfuse artists’ network event with Wathaurung artist and photographer Bindi Cole Chocka.
These INfuse sessions are designed to inspire and connect artists living and working in Brimbank and Melbourne’s West.
INfuse aims to provide a platform for artists to share ideas and seek advice, access professional development opportunities and network with others.
When: Thursday 30 June, 6-8pm
Where: Hunt Club Community Arts Centre
775 Ballarat Road, Deer Park
Bookings: please RSVP to email@example.com or contact us on 9249 4600.
Draft Cycling and Walking Strategy Update
Since the adoption of the Brimbank Cycling and Walking Strategy in 2008, Council has constructed about 20km of off-road trails, 21km of on-road cycle routes, and other cycle related improvements at a cost of around $11m.
The draft Strategy Update outlines 32 strategic network improvements to provide Council with a clear plan for implementation, and an updated framework to guide investment over the next five to seven years.
Submissions close Wednesday 20 July 2016. Contact Council's Landscape Architect via
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- mail: to P.O. Box 70, Sunshine 3020
- phone: 9249 4939