Council sought community views and ideas to help us develop a Council budget for the 2017/18 year and a Council Plan for the 2017-2021 period.
The submissions closed on Friday 25 November 2016.
- What do you see as the major challenges and opportunities facing Monash over the next 4-5 years?
- What areas do you think Council needs to focus more, or less on, over the next 4-5 years?
- Are there services or infrastructure Council provides that you think should be improved in the next year with more funding? What improvement do you think could be made and what is the benefit you see from this?
- Are you satisfied with Council’s financial management and its focus on keeping rates low?
- Council is developing a waste strategy and is planning to introduce a waste charge. There will be substantial community consultation about this in February next year. Do you have any feedback on waste services? What are your thoughts on the waste charge?
To provide some context:
- Council is in a solid financial situation, having been debt-free for the past 18 months. Our good financial position has enabled us to put more money into improving community infrastructure.
This year, Council has funded its largest ever capital works budget at $44 million (at least $10 million more than the previous year). The aim has been to lift the standard of infrastructure that is used regularly by our community, such as footpaths, sporting pavilions, cycling/walking paths and children’s playgrounds. In our strategic resource plan, we have projected a $40 million allocation for capital works in next year’s budget, which will be the fourth highest amount ever allocated
- Monash has the lowest average rates of all 79 councils in Victoria. Next year, for the second year in a row, the State Government will be capping rate increases at the level of inflation. This means councils are restricted in how much they can increase rates, unless they apply for and receive a variation to the ‘rate cap’
- The Council Plan will set out Council's strategic directions and the activities that Council will deliver over the next four years. It is the blueprint that articulates Council’s vision and how it will be achieved. The current Council Plan has four key directions including: ensuring our City has inviting places and spaces; achieving a healthy and active Monash; fostering confident, connected communities; and taking action for our future. What should be the key directions for the next four years?
- At its August meeting, Council resolved in-principle to introduce a Waste Charge, subject to community consultation over coming months. This charge wouldn't be introduced on top of existing Council rates - instead Council rates would be reduced to take into account the new charge. There will be extensive community consultation about a waste charge next February as part of a wider consultation about a draft Waste Management Strategy. However, people can give us their initial views on the waste charge now, as part of community discussions about the Budget and Council Plan.
For more information, see our Annual Budget 2016/17 (pdf, 6MB) and Council Plan 2013-2017 (pdf, 5MB).