Brimbank Councillors voted unanimously to endorse the draft Annual Budget 2018-2019 for public consultation with Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice saying the budget reflected community input and Council’s vision for Brimbank.
“Council’s vision is to create a vibrant, harmonious and welcoming Brimbank, which is a great place to live, work and grow – the 2018-2019 Draft Budget supports this vision.
“In the past decade, Council has spent more than $500 million improving our city and this budget builds on this investment with $57.763 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.
“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,” Cr Giudice said.
The community is invited to provide feedback on the Draft Budget until Friday 18 May 2018. To make a submission, visit Have Your Say.
The Draft Budget supports the priorities raised by the community, including: Infrastructure and Asset Management; Parks, Leisure and Recreation; Libraries and Learning; Engagement, Advocacy and Communication; Aged and Disability Services; Waste and Recycling; and Family, Youth and Children’s Services.
“Through this Draft Budget, we are proud to support a once in a generation project to redevelop the St Albans Leisure Centre site in Taylors Road Keilor Downs – by allocating $1.8 million for design of a brand new custom-built leisure and aquatic facility for our community to enjoy.
“The redevelopment of this ageing centre is an opportunity to improve the lives of future community members, while creating a centre that our community can be proud of.
“Pride in our community and in our home is very important to Council. This year we’re dedicating ourselves to helping promote our people, places and opportunities through our new ‘Welcome, We Are Brimbank’ campaign.
“Throughout 2018, we’ll be working hard to spread the word about our people, their businesses, community work and the new and emerging opportunities for growth and investment in the area.
“We're committed to supporting Brimbank’s growth and development. We’re keen to share with others all the opportunities available. Whether it’s buying property, investing in business or just spending time with us, we're telling the world that Brimbank is open and everyone’s welcome.
“As a Council, it’s our top priority to make Brimbank a place where people can enjoy living, working and having fun in and this is just the beginning.
“As a Council, we’re also committed to continuing to advocate making sure Brimbank gets its fair share and a fair go. Brimbank is a vibrant, developing multicultural community in the heart of Melbourne’s west but it still faces long term health and social challenges and a disadvantage gap that must be bridged.
“We need critical infrastructure and services to meet our community’s needs now and into the future, and we need state and federal governments to help deliver this for us. This Council is committed to advocating for this to happen, so that Brimbank can continue to rise,” Cr Giudice said.