Brimbank Council has adopted its Annual Budget 2018-2019. This Budget includes $12.18 million for sport facilities upgrades and enhancements – an unprecedented investment in the health and wellbeing of our community.
Through this Budget, Council is allocating $1.8 million for the design of a world-class, multi-generational health and wellbeing hub to replace the old and tired – but still very much loved and used - St Albans Leisure Centre.
The health and wellbeing hub will include a new aquatic and leisure centre as well as other services that will provide social and health outcomes for the community.
The Budget invests in sporting facilities across Brimbank, including:
As a community-first Council, we place a high value on listening and responding to community priorities.
During our budget planning, we asked you, the community, what your priorities were for this budget – you told us, and we have listened.
This Budget continues funding for new initiatives introduced in last year’s Budget in response to community demand – such as the snake catcher service, and $250,000 to support community-based festivals and events.
Key changes in response to community feedback on the draft Annual Budget 2018-2019 include:
• $200,000 to upgrade the future use space in the change room building at Keilor Recreation Reserve into female friendly change rooms
• an extra $35,000 across five community-managed Neighbourhood Houses.
In the past decade, Council has spent more than $500 million improving our city, this budget builds on this investment with $59.61 million in capital works.
This strong capital investment is taking place in an environment where we have a rate cap imposed by the State Government, cost shifting, a reduction in grants and increased demand for services and facilities.
2018 is a revaluation year and will affect rates for 2018-2019. Rates will rise in line with valuation shifts for each property.
Council has made every effort to keep Brimbank property rates, user fees and services charges, and the Municipal Charge as low as possible.
$30 decrease in fee for 80 litre garbage bin
4.93% increase in fees for larger 140 litre and 240 litre garbage bins.