Budget

2019/20 Draft Budget

On 15 May 2018, West Wimmera Shire Council formally considered its Proposed Budget for 2019/2020. The following information is provided in respect of this Public Notice:

Council will meet to adopt its Budget at the Kaniva Council Chamber, 25 Baker Street, Kaniva at 2.00pm on 20 June 2019.

Copies of the Proposed Budget 2019/2020 are available for inspection until 5pm 14 June 2019 at Council's Customer Service Centres at Baker Street, Kaniva and Elizabeth Street, Edenhope, or at Council's website below.

Submissions

Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 (the Act) provides that any person may make a submission on any proposal contained in the Proposed Budget or the declaration of rates and charges. Any person proposing to make a submission must do so in writing no later than 5.00pm Friday 14 June 2019.

Written submissions must be addressed to Mr David Leahy, Chief Executive Officer, PO Box 201, Edenhope, VIC, 3318, or emailed to davidleahy@westwimmera.vic.gov.au All written submissions lodged with Council will become public documents available for inspection by the public in accordance with the Act.

Any person who wishes to be heard in support of their written submission must request this in their submission. Such persons will be entitled to appear in person or by a person acting on his or her behalf before the Council meeting where submissions will be heard. This will be at a Special Council Meeting on Thursday 20 June 2018 at 9.30am in the Kaniva Council Chambers, 25 Baker Street, Kaniva.

More information about the proposed budget is available from Mr. Ashley Roberts, Director Corporate and Community Services on (03) 5392 7700.


CEO Message on 2019/20 Draft Budget

On behalf of the staff of West Wimmera Shire Council, it is my pleasure to present the 2019/20 financial year budget.

The document reflects the revenue that can be derived from the rate cap variation received by Council from the Minister for Local Government in 2017 to apply a rate slightly higher than the State Government set cap of 2.25%. It also reflects that this slight increase above the cap will be applied to the renewal of assets to assist in addressing long term sustainability challenges faced by small rural shires. The rate increase included in the 2019/20 budget is 3.5%.

With a clear emphasis placed on the renewal of large asset categories such as, roads, drainage and shire owned buildings, the budget will make a positive impact on addressing the backlog with respect to asset maintenance and renewal.

The 2019/20 budget calls for $6.59 million capital expenditure on Council's road network, with $6.14 million of this being renewal of Council's existing network and $0.45 million set aside for upgrades. The budget also includes a further $2.63 million in ongoing maintenance for roads on top of the capital spend.

Total capital expenditure will be $9.20 million, with $7.62 of this being renewal works on Council's existing community assets and a further $0.84 million being allocated to upgrading assets.

Other major community projects included in the budget include $0.60 million for the construction of a new Library facility at Edenhope, located in the new Edenhope Community Centre. This facility is being provided with assistance from the Victorian Government's Living Libraries fund.

Council intends to take out new borrowings of $0.20 million during 2019/20 to fund stage 2 of the Edenhope & District Community Centre redevelopment. It is projected that these borrowings be repaid over a 5 year period.

Council continues to support development of our families with $0.88 million allocated to Children's and family services.

The budget makes a commitment to maintaining support for our older residents, with $0.67 million allocated to Aged and disability care. Council is committed to providing care services to our community and acknowledges the extension of block funding until 2022. Council continues to monitor developments in this area with interest.

The budget also allows for environmentally sustainable upgrades to Council buildings, aiding Council to reduce its greenhouse footprint.

The budget also contains a number of capital projects with funds to be rolled forward from the 2018/19 budget, into the 2019/20 financial year.

As most small rural shires are, West Wimmera is extremely dependant on external funding via grants. Whether that be annual recurrent grants or competitive funding rounds, the shire will rely heavily on the assistance provided by these varied funding streams.

West Wimmera Shire welcomes community comment and discussion on the budget and looks forward to implementing the various activities contained within it.


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