Adoption of 2019/20 Budget and Strategic Resource Plan

Published on 13 June 2019

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Moira Shire Council adopted its 2019/20 Budget along with the 2019-23 Strategic Resource Plan
(SRP) at a Special Council Meeting last night.
Mayor Libro Mustica thanked the 33 submitters who participated in the community consultation process as well as the people who came along to the community information sessions to talk about the budget.
“Council considered all feedback received and in many cases this feedback has been met within the current budget with some projects proposed for later years to enable further investigation and confirmation of the project scope,” Cr Mustica said.

Fees, rates and charges
“The 2019/20 Budget is balanced within a constrained rate capping environment of 2.5%,” Cr Mustica said.
“Council fees and charges will increase by an average of 2.5% with no new borrowings for the financial year.
“Council operated buildings in Yarrawonga, Cobram, Numurkah and Nathalia have a new community/not for profit rate which has seen fees decrease by up to 15%.”
Major initiatives
Cr Mustica said in 2019/20, council proposed the delivery of new assets and the expansion, upgrade and renewal of existing assets.
“These include $6.6 million for the construction of the Yarrawonga Multisports Stadium, $900,000 for the redevelopment of the Tungamah Recreation Reserve changerooms, $400,000 for the redevelopment of the Wunghnu Recreation Reserve community building and $100,000 for works at the Nathalia Sports and Community building,” he said.

“More than $8 million has been set aside for roads, drainage and kerb and channel works across the shire including Gilmore Street Yarrawonga and Station Street Numurkah as well as accessible car parking in Yarrawonga and Numurkah.

“Council has allocated more than $1 million to deliver the Barmah Boat Ramp master plan, netball court works in Katamatite and improvements to Tweddle Park Numurkah.”
Cr Mustica said several of the proposed projects would only proceed if grant applications were successful or after further community consultation.
“The 2019/20 Budget commits council to delivering a capital works program totalling $22.3 million with the majority ($11.5 million) funded from council resources and the balance from a combination of state and federal grants, rates, user contributions and $2.9 million drawn from council’s reserves,” he said.

Strategic Resource Plan (SRP)
The SRP proposes council to deliver $78.8 million of works over the four year period to 2023 and identifies priority investment areas including almost $28.4 million of new and upgraded infrastructure and a sustained program of investment in drainage and flood mitigation works.

The 2019/20 Budget and Strategic Resource Plan can be viewed on our website:
www.moira.vic.gov.au