Community infrastructure boosted in 2017/18 budget

 03 July 2017

Reg Harris Reserve playground

Monash Council will boost community infrastructure by spending $45.3 million on updating playgrounds, sporting facilities, linking up bike trails and improving Monash’s green open spaces while still maintaining the lowest average rates of any Victorian Council.

Council’s 2017/18 budget was adopted at its 27 June monthly meeting.

In keeping with the State Government’s cap on rate increases, rate revenue will be increased by 2%, the smallest rate increase in Monash for nearly 20 years.

On average, Monash ratepayers will pay about $400 less in rates per year than the state-wide average. The average Monash home owner (whose property is worth $899,859) will pay an additional $27 over the year.

A $50 rate discount for Monash’s 13,000 pensioners will be provided again this year, in addition to the State Government’s pensioner rebate of $223.80.

This is not a property valuation year so the previous year’s property valuation still applies and Monash ratepayers will not experience the large fluctuations for individual rates notices that were experienced last year.

Council continues to raise with the State Government the need for special measures to better protect long term Monash residents from large rates spikes in property revaluation years.

Monash Mayor Rebecca Paterson said Council’s disciplined financial management over many years had made it possible to invest in infrastructure improvements while still keeping rates low.

Cr Paterson said the significant capital works budget demonstrated Council had heard and acted on community feedback about continuing to expand and improve core community infrastructure.

“We know it’s important to many of our ratepayers that we keep rates as low as possible,” Cr Paterson said.

“Equally, there is a strong desire for improvements to sporting facilities, playspaces, bike paths and community centres that are important to our community and provide spaces for us to engage with each other.

“Monash is a fantastic place to live and work and this budget ensures it continues to be.”

Highlights of the budget include:

  • Construction to start on a $20 million redevelopment of the Oakleigh Recreation Centre including the renewal and expansion of the 40 year old indoor sports stadium and the creation of a new home for Waverley Gymnastics
  • Increased funding ($5.5 million) for sports pavilions, with pavilions being renewed or upgraded in Scammell Reserve (Oakleigh South), Central Reserve South (Glen Waverley) and Columbia Park (Wheelers Hill
  • $2.6 million for a renewal of the Mount Waverley Community Centre and Youth Centre, which will bring these 1970s buildings into the modern era. The refurbishments will also see the relocation to this precinct of the Monash-Waverley Community Information and Support Services and The Highway Gallery
  • $1 million for playspaces including the creation of new playspaces at Samada Reserve (Notting Hill) and Montpellier Gardens Estate (Burwood) and the renewal of existing playgrounds (that have reached the end of their safe, useful lives) at Fiander Avenue Reserve (Glen Waverley), Murumba Drive (Oakleigh South), Netherby Avenue (Wheelers Hill) and Pascall Street (Mount Waverley); and
  • $948,000 for upgrades to local bike paths, in keeping with Council’s commitment to the community to continue funding bike path upgrades at a higher level than we had in the past. An upgrade is planned for a section of the Melbourne Water Pipe Track and Hanover Street paths, while missing links will be filled in along Scotchmans Creek Trail and Waverley Rail Trail.

 

 

Media Contact: Jo Robertson 0418 391 979 or email Joanne.Robertson@monash.vic.gov.au

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