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Drop in to share feedback on Moira's Council Plan and 2017/18 Budget

Publish Date: 02/05/2017

Moira Shire Council is seeking community, business and stakeholder feedback on its priorities for the next four years following the release of its draft 2017-21 Council Plan and 2017/18 Budget.

Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said, "Since the October elections we have worked together to develop a set of shared priorities for what we want to achieve for Moira."

"We believe the new vision, goals as well as the tone of the Council Plan reflects our Council, the needs of our Shire and the priorities our community expects from us," said Mayor Cleveland.

"We are now asking the community to tell us if they agree," said Mayor Cleveland.

"We want our Shire to be a great place to live, with a thriving local economy, a clean, green environment and a well-run Council. Our success will be measured by whether our community and stakeholders agree," said Mayor Cleveland.

Mayor Cleveland said the Council Plan was a key document for the community to consider because it will guide the development of Council’s annual budgets beginning with the draft 2017/18 Budget that has also been released for public feedback.

"Our Council Plan sets the priorities for the next four years - our annual budgets put the priorities into action. With the right priorities from the start, we can all be confident that we are building and delivering the right programs and services in the right locations across our Shire," said Mayor Cleveland.

Draft 2017/18 Budget

The first annual budget developed by the new Council Budget proposes an average rates increase of 2% in line with the Victorian Government’s Rate cap. Council’s fees and charges, that include services such as kerbside waste collection and hire of Council facilities, will increase by an average of 3%.

Council is proposing a $9.7 million capital works program with half directed to the renewal and upgrade of Council’s 4,000km local road network and bridges.

"The road network makes our Shire a great place to live but is also vital to our local economy and tourism," said Mayor Cleveland.

"More than $545,000 will be invested in our urban drainage works. Our drainage networks literally underpin the ongoing growth and development of our towns – for residents and business," said Mayor Cleveland.

"We will also deliver almost $1 million of works on assets that make our towns and communities great places to live and include upgrades and improvements to many of our parks, gardens community facilities, footpaths and cycle ways.

Project highlights also include

  • Development of change rooms and other facilities at Apex Reserve Cobram ($450,000)
  • Detailed investigation and design of new Yarrawonga Library ($200,000)
  • Detailed design of levee banks around Numurkah to follow completion of the Flood Study ($250,000)
  • Murray Valley Highway road works – Blake St Nathalia and Strathmerton
  • Stage 1 Reconstruction of Naring Road, Numurkah ($300,000)
  • Construction of a new public entrance into JC Lowe Oval, Yarrawonga ($200,000) and multi-purpose court at Bundalong Recreation Reserve
  • Council contribution to a Town Clock in Nathalia ($20,000)

More than 77% of the capital works program is directed to renewal which involves bringing existing infrastructure back to its original service standard, 10% is directed to upgrading or expanding existing infrastructure and 13% has been identified for new assets.

"This break down of the capital budget emphasises the ongoing tug-of-war between maintaining existing services and funding new and emerging needs," said Mayor Cleveland.

"Whether it’s the community’s capacity to pay or rate capping – there is only so much we can fund and we need the community’s feedback on whether we are getting the balance right.".

Drop in and have your say in feedback sessions

To encourage feedback from all ages and interests, Moira Shire’s Councillors will host drop-in sessions in Yarrawonga, Cobram, Nathalia and Numurkah beginning Tuesday 16 May 2017.

"We invite you to consider the draft Council Plan and draft 2017/18 Budget and then come in and chat with us about the priorities – as individuals and in small groups.

"The sessions are not formal meetings – they are your chance to discuss the Council Plan and 2017/18 Budget with Councillors and focus on your ideas," said Mayor Cleveland.

"We want to listen and learn more about what matters to members of our community before we finalise the Council Plan and the first year budget."

Full session details including venues are available here or phone 5871 9222.

 Date  Venue  Session Times
 Tuesday 16 May  Yarrawonga  1 pm - 2 pm
   Cobram  6 pm - 7 pm
 Thursday 18 May  Numurkah  1 pm - 2 pm
   Nathalia   6 pm - 7 pm
 Tuesday 23 May  Nathalia  1 pm - 2pm
   Numurkah  6 pm - 7 pm
 Thursday 25 May  Cobram   1 pm - 2 pm
   Yarrawonga  6 pm - 7 pm

"You can also provide feedback online, by mail, email and at our service centres in Cobram and Yarrawonga. All submissions must be received by 5pm 1 June 2017.

"If you provide a written submission, please indicate if you or your nominee, want to speak to your submission at a Special Meeting of Council to be held Monday 5 June 2017. Following consideration of any submissions, the Council Plan and Budget will be presented to Council for possible adoption at a Special Meeting of Council on Wednesday 14 June 2017.

The draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and draft 2017/18 Budget are available online and on display at Council’s service centres.

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