Have Your Say: Brimbank Annual Budget 2015-2016

The 2015/2016 draft budget is on public consultation until Thursday 28 May 2015.

Copies of the Draft Budget, Draft Long Term Financial Plan and Draft Rating Strategy are also available for inspection during office hours at Council’s Customer Service Centres and libraries.

Any person may make a written submission to Council on any proposal in the Draft Budget. The period for written submissions closes at 5pm on Thursday 28 May 2015.

Send written submissions to Council via

Hearing of Submissions Committee
Anyone making a submission has the right to be heard by a Hearing of Submissions Committee on 9 June 2015 at the Council Offices, Alexandra Ave, Sunshine.

Anyone wishing to be heard in support of their submission should state so in their written submission.

2015/2016 Draft Brimbank Annual Budget
Council’s 2015/2016 Draft Budget, endorsed at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday 28 April, delivers services that reflect community expectations while also keeping rates low.

The budget was financially responsible and includes a significant capital works program of $92 million taking into account some funds carried over from last year.

Council’s vision for Brimbank to be regarded as the Dynamic Centre of the West has been a constant driver in its approach to infrastructure and public realm improvements.

Capital Works Program
Through strong financial management, Council’s 2015/2016 capital works program will provide the community with better roads, better parks, better town centres and better community facilities.

This budget will deliver community assets that will be enjoyed for generations to come. Major initiatives include the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre comprising a new Sunshine Library, the Errington Community and Performing Arts Centre and the completion of the redevelopment of the Keilor Basketball and Netball Stadium.

These projects, together with open space upgrades and ongoing improvements to roads, drains and footpaths, are building a Brimbank by creating a safe and inviting city to live, work and play.

Council is very satisfied that it has been able to deliver a significant program of capital works and deliver much needed and wanted community services while also managing to keep the residential rate increase to 4.8 per cent.

Long Term Financial Plan
This rate increase is lower than forecasted in Council’s Long Term Financial Plan and follows a rigorous process of reviewing and refining our services to find efficiencies and cost savings.

As part of the draft budget Council has also updated the Long Term Financial Plan and Rating Strategy to ensure it remains in a sound financial position and budget responsibly.

All Council’s financial planning is considerate of the State Government’s election promise to introduce rate capping. Over the next 12 months Council will work with the Essential Services Commission who will be developing the rate capping model.