Monash Council will spend more than $42 million on improving community infrastructure in 2016/17 - its largest ever capital works allocation - while still continuing to have the lowest average rates in Victoria.
Council adopted its 2016/17 budget at its monthly meeting last night. With the boost in capital works funding, Council will construct a multi-level car park in Oakleigh and undertake more upgrades to core community infrastructure such as footpaths, sports pavilions, and cycling/walking paths.
In keeping with the State Government’s cap on rate increases, rate revenue will be increased by 2.5% which works out to be an extra $33 over the year for the average residential ratepayer.
However, as this is a property revaluation year, there will be a number of Monash ratepayers who will experience rate increases above the 2.5% average, due to the value of their property increasing more than the average. Other property owners will receive rate increases below 2.5% or even experience decreases in their rates.
A $50 rate discount for Monash’s 13,000 pensioners will be provided again this year, in addition to the State Government pensioner rebate of $218.
Monash mayor Geoff Lake said Council’s strong financial management over many years - including keeping a lid on staff numbers - had made it possible to deliver an increased capital works budget while keeping rates low.
He said the substantial capital works budget - which had increased from $31 million last year - responded to community feedback about the need for Council to continue improving and expanding core community infrastructure.
“We’ve listened to our community and devised a budget that keeps rates low but also provides for significant improvements in areas that are important to the Monash community,” Cr Lake said.
“This budget is about ensuring Monash remains one of the most liveable municipalities in the most liveable city in the world,” he said.
“Good infrastructure can add so much to people’s enjoyment of their neighbourhoods, whether it is being able to go for a morning walk on safe, well-connected footpaths or seeing the kids enjoy their sport with the benefit of a modern sports pavilion or being able to find a car park when you visit a busy shopping precinct.”
Highlights of the budget include:
- Construction of a 195-place multi-level car park in Atkinson Street, Oakleigh
- An extra $1 million for footpath repairs and extensions, compared with last year’s funding
- Extra funding for sports pavilions, with works to happen at Argyle Reserve (Hughesdale), Scammell Reserve (Oakleigh) and Central Reserve South (Glen Waverley). There is also funding for design work for a future pavilion upgrade at Columbia Park (Wheelers Hill)
- More than $1 million for upgrades to shared cycling/walking paths, including sections of the Scotchmans Creek Trail (Mount Waverley) and the Dandenong Creek Trail (Mulgrave). An off-road bike path along Blackburn Road near Monash University will be extended.
- Upgrades to children’s playgrounds in Burlington Square (Oakleigh), Davies Reserve (Oakleigh South), Dirigio Reserve (Wheelers Hill), Mayfield Reserve (Mount Waverley), Napier Reserve (Glen Waverley) and Portland Street South Reserve (Mulgrave).Design work for new public open space in Samada Street (Notting Hill) will also be undertaken following consultation with the local community.
Media Contact: Jo Robertson 0418 391 979 or email JoanneR@monash.vic.gov.au