Feedback sought on 'back to basics' Budget and Council Plan

Draft 2013-2014 Budget

2 May 2013

Monash residents and businesses are encouraged to provide feedback on Council's Draft 2013-2014 Budget and Draft Council Plan 2013-2017.

The Draft Budget aims to deliver benefits for the local community while also keeping rates affordable. It proposes a rate increase of 6% (about $70 extra per year for the average Monash ratepayer). Importantly, Monash would continue to have the lowest average rates across Melbourne.

Mayor Micaela Drieberg said efforts had been made to limit the rate increase but a small increase was needed to ensure Council can meet its financial obligations, now and into the future.

"I think we've struck a good balance between keeping our rates low and investing enough in the basic, everyday services that make Monash such a good place to live," Cr Drieberg said.

"Even after a 6% rate increase, we'll still have the lowest average rates in Melbourne," she said.

She said the Draft Budget had a "back to basics" theme, with a focus on improving the appearance of the municipality. It features a $24.4 million capital works program.

Highlights of the Draft Budget include:
  • $7.2 million for improvements to local roads, footpaths and bike paths, a $202,000 increase compared with last year
  • $1.09 million for Home and Community Care Services, which support older and frail members of the Monash community to continue living at home as they age
  • Increased funding for Council's street cleansing service so strip shopping centres and local streets are neat and attractive
  • Support for physical activity by allocating $439,000 for upgrades to local playgrounds. Local sport would be supported through pavilion upgrades, new sports lighting at four reserves, and the commencement of planning for the construction of a synthetic surface

Council has also decided to propose continuing with a differential rate for venues that have electronic gaming machines. The differential rate means that these venues pay double the usual rate amount, with the extra proceeds used to reduce the impact of problem gambling in Monash. Council is proposing to continue the differential rate after giving consideration to recent guidelines introduced by the Minister for Local Government which state that it is not appropriate to have such a differential rate.

"We think it's only fair to charge venues with electronic gaming machines higher rates so that we can use the extra money to fund programs to reduce problem gambling," Cr Drieberg said.

Meanwhile, Council is also seeking feedback on a Draft Council Plan for the next four years. Council is proposing that its four key directions be: ensuring Monash has inviting places and spaces, achieving a healthy and active Monash, fostering confident, connected communities, and taking action for our future.

People can have their say on the Draft Budget and the Draft Council Plan up until Tuesday 4 June 2013.
Community members can:

View the Draft Budget 2013-14 and Draft Council Plan 2013-17 at: Make submissions:
  • Via email to: mail@monash.vic.gov.au or
  • Via mail to: PO Box 1, Glen Waverley 3150 or
  • Hand deliver to: Monash Civic Centre (293 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley)
Attend a public meeting:
  • Monash Seminar and Training Centre (1a Atherton Rd, Oakleigh), Thursday 23 May, 2pm
  • Monash Civic Centre, Thursday 23 May, 6.30pm
Make enquiries to:

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Last updated: 2 May 2013

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