Get the Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 8 August 2017
• Community First Budget and Council Plan
• New Initiatives
• Capital Works Spending
• Have Your Say - Meet Your Councillors
Community First Budget and Council Plan
Brimbank Council has adopted its its Annual Budget 2017-2018 and Council Plan 2017-2021 – a community blueprint for advocacy and investment.
The documents lay the foundation for service delivery and programs for the next four years to help create an inclusive, liveable, and prosperous city.
Council strives to be innovative and responsive – and put community first. The extensive engagement on these important documents shows Council is living by this promise.
The Budget provides resources to celebrate Brimbank’s highly diverse multicultural community and to promote tolerance, inclusion and respect.
Arts and culture, festivals and events, and sport and recreation all play a part in building an inclusive, resilient community, and the budget provides additional resources for this community building to continue.
Council has increased funding to neighbourhood houses and community grants for festivals and events and fast tracked work on a Sports Facilities Development Plan.
Council is developing a community infrastructure plan that will address pockets of disadvantage in our community.
Brimbank needs more community infrastructure and this Budget has a healthy $60.1 million Capital Works program planned for next year to improve Brimbank’s buildings, roads, parks, town centres and other operational assets.
This represents the first year in a ten year, $500 million program to help Brimbank thrive and transition into a stronger, smarter and more resilient city.
The Budget also allocates more funding to Council’s advocacy strategy. Council will continue lobbying State and Federal Government for more backing to help the city and community grow.
Despite the rate cap at 2 per cent, a limited income and external cost pressures, Council is deeply passionate about the business of improving this city and community.
The Council Plan and Budget have set expectations high, but Council wants to be bold and build on its strengths to tackle key issues to realise its vision for Brimbank.
Council’s next task is to implement the steps outlined in the Budget and Council Plan – and keeping the community informed will be a priority.
As well as telling the community about new initiatives and capital works in the Budget, Council will work with community groups to deliver community festivals and begin work on new initiatives, including consulting the community on a Sports Facilities Development Plan.
The Budget includes funding for a raft of new initiatives, such as:
- Prepare a Women’s Participation in Sport and Recreation in Melbourne’s West Action Plan
- Finalise the Brimbank Age Friendly City Plan
- Develop options for the future use of the former Keilor Library site
- Undertake an assessment of Glengala Community Centre to determine maintenance and upgrade requirements
- Prepare a Community Infrastructure Plan
- Provide a snake catcher service
- Increased Maternal and Child Health and lactation services
- Develop a masterplan for the Deer Park Primary School surrounds
- Support community based festivals including the Keilor Gift and Neighbour Day
- Develop a Public Arts Strategy and install five public art murals
- Implement recommendations from the Management Plan for the HV McKay Memorial Gardens
- Develop a Clean Green Brimbank Litter Management Strategy
- Develop and implement an Environmentally Sustainable Design Framework
- Implement the Education Development Centre at Visy Cares Hub
- Work with government to deliver an employment initiative to bring together unemployed jobseekers, employers, employment providers and industry bodies
- Promote Brimbank through the implementation of the Brimbank Tourism Strategy
- Develop a Brimbank Advocacy Framework
- Develop a Brimbank Resilience Plan based on the Resilient Melbourne Strategy
- Develop a Community Engagement Policy and Toolkit.
Capital Works Spending
The Budget includes a healthy capital works program of $60.12 million (including $3.2 million carried forward from last year) to maintain and enhance the city’s community buildings, roads, parks, playgrounds, sports facilities, town centres and other operational assets.
$23.2 million: Road improvements, new footpaths and kerb replacements
$6 million:Town centre improvements
$8.8 million: Sport facilities upgrades and enhancements, including:
- Bon Thomas Reserve Sports ground development $1.7m
- New sports pavilion at Arthur Beachley Reserve
$3.1 million: Playgrounds, parks and gardens including the much anticipated new Sunvale Park ($950,000), other projects include:
- HV McKay Gardens $290,000
- Jamieson Street Reserve, St Albans $450,000
- Five playground upgrades in Antwerp Reserve, Keilor Downs; Churchill Reserve, St Albans; Suffolk Road, Sunshine North; Gillespie/Main Road West Easement, Kings Park and Disraeli Street Reserve, St Albans $500,000
$1.8 million: Sustainability projects including greenhouse gas reduction programs and improving water efficiencies
$2.5 million: Traffic management
$2.6 million: Bike paths and shared paths to connect our city, including:
- Harvester Road Sunshine $1.15m
- Sydenham Rail Corridor $450,000
- Stradbroke Drive to Percy St, St Albans $300,000
$0.7 million: Drainage rehabilitation
$1.3 million: Improvements to community facilities including air conditioning, heating and playgrounds
Have Your Say - Community Consultations
For more information, other upcoming sessions, and to give feedback, please visit our Have Your Say page.
Meet Your Councillors
Sessions this month include:
Saturday 12 August, 11am–1pm
- Watergardens Town Centre (between City Chic and Therapy Zone), 399 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes
Saturday 26 August, 10am–12noon
- Isabella Williams Reserve, corner of Opie Road and (151) Neale Road, Deer Park
Further drop in sessions are planned in St Albans, Sunshine, Keilor and Derrimut in October and November. For more information visit Have Your Say.
Ordinary Council Meeting
Ordinary Council Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month (except December). Meetings are open to the public and meeting agenda and minutes can be found at Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes.
Brimbank City Council is offering more and more online services. By registering an account you will create your own personal dashboard for easy pre-populated access to a range of services.
Whether it’s lodging a service request, paying your rates, paying your pet registration, or submitting a planning application you’ll get what you want done easier and faster on the Brimbank website. To register, please visit brimbank.vic.gov.au.