2021/22 Proposed Budget

Community feedback for our 2021/22 Proposed Budget is now closed with the 2021/22 Budget being adopted at the June Council Meeting.

During our community feedback phase, we asked you what you liked about the Proposed Budget, what you would change and any outstanding questions you had.

The 2021/22 Budget is available under the Document Library at the right of screen or below if you are on a mobile device.

What you said

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the Proposed Budget, attend community information sessions and provide input.

Feedback included:

  • Residents welcomed the opportunity to better understand the budget process.
  • There was recognition rate capping provided a challenge to deliver the 40+ services Council provides.
  • There was interest in contributing to the design of projects like the Maryborough Outdoor Swimming Pool upgrade.
  • There was interest in the trees planted across the Shire including locations and types.
  • Footpath projects – both new and renewals - continue to be an area of interest.
  • The community is keen for the Council to advocate for ratepayers across a number of issues including road safety.

Our Councillors will now give consideration to the feedback before the final Budget goes to the Tuesday 22 June Council Meeting for adoption

Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor said the 2021/22 Proposed Budget was focused on implementing the key objectives of the 2017-2021 Council Plan as well as Council’s commitment to deliver more than 40 services for the community.

“With consideration of the impact of COVID and continuing uncertainty around its lasting consequences, this Budget will not only see Council deliver on a number of key projects that will have long-term benefit to the community but will also help stimulate the local economy.

“We’ve been successful in attracting in excess of $10 million in grant funding, and so together with Council funding, our Capital Works program will exceed $18 million.

“A rate rise of 1.5% in line with the Victorian Government determined rate cap is also proposed as well as a 3% increase for waste charges to meet the increasing costs of managing waste.

“Preparing our Annual Budget is one of Council’s most important strategic responsibilities and so it’s important we get it right. For the first time this year, we’ll host a series of information sessions on the Budget in each of our townships.

“I encourage community members to come along and have a chat to Councillors and Council staff about the Budget and provide feedback that they’d like to see Council consider before final adoption of the Budget at the June Council Meeting.”

Capital Works Program:

  • Upgrades to the Maryborough Outdoor Pool - $2 million
  • Energy Breakthrough infrastructure upgrades - $500,000 ($1.5 million over three years)
  • Central Goldfields Art Gallery redevelopment - $1,863,000
  • Construction of the Skate and Scooter Park in Maryborough - $645,000
  • Upgrades to Carisbrook Recreation Reserve - $4.7 million
  • Lake Victoria Lighting - $150,000
  • Road renewal and reseals projects -$3.9 million
  • New and upgraded footpaths across the Shire - $400,000
  • Footpath renewals of - $100,000

Other key projects:

  • New Council Plan development
  • Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan
  • Review of heritage controls in Maryborough
  • Planning and design for a splash park
  • Completion of a Cultural Management Plan for the Princes Park Grandstand
  • Continuing the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Next stage in the activation of the Maryborough Railway Station
  • Development of a climate adaptation plan
  • Planning and design for new toilets in Rene Fox Gardens Dunolly
  • Growing Victoria works at Philips Gardens
  • Development of a domestic waste water management plan for Talbot

Grant funded projects:

  • Go Goldfields
  • TAC driving program
  • Engage Youth program
  • Freeza program
  • L2P program

Over the past month we invited the community to provide feedback on the 2020-2021 Proposed Council Budget.

Three people provided us with written submissions and 17 people attended community information sessions in Maryborough, Carisbrook, Dunolly and Talbot.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the Proposed Budget, attend community information sessions and provide input.

Feedback included:

  • Residents welcomed the opportunity to better understand the budget process.
  • There was recognition rate capping provided a challenge to deliver the 40+ services Council provides.
  • There was interest in contributing to the design of projects like the Maryborough Outdoor Pool upgrade.
  • There was interest in the trees planted across the Shire including locations and types.
  • Footpath projects – both new and renewals - continue to be an area of interest.
  • The community is keen for the Council to advocate for ratepayers across a number of issues including road safety.

Our Councillors will now give consideration to the feedback before the final Budget goes to the Tuesday 22 June Council Meeting for adoption.