Record investment delivers on community priorities

29 April 2015

A record investment in Bayside’s future underpins Council’s draft 2015-16 Budget, with plans to spend more than $32 million enhancing and building new infrastructure for the community.

A modest rate increase of 3.8 per cent – one of the lowest in the last 18 years – is proposed. 

Mayor Felicity Federico said the proposed $32.4 million capital works program was a 5% increase on last financial year after accounting for projects carried forward, and would bring the total infrastructure investment to more than $76 million in the past three years. 

“This draft Budget is an investment in making Bayside a more liveable and sustainable community,’ Cr Federico said. 

“I am particularly pleased that we have been able to focus new spending on areas of priority for our community, and to allocate more than $20 million to enhance and protect Bayside’s open space, recreational assets, and community buildings.”

In further evidence of Council’s sound economic management, more than $564,000 in productivity savings have been identified. This comes on top of more than $2 million savings last year and $1.6 million the year before– a total of more than $3.6 million savings in three years. Its accelerated debt reduction strategy should see Council’s current debts repaid by 2023. 

“Bayside’s ratepayers are seeing the benefits of well-considered and responsible budgeting by this Council,” Cr Federico said. 

“Based on current forecasts, by the end of this Council’s term next year we will have invested $322 million in programs and services for residents and businesses, including $110.6 million in infrastructure.

“Equally pleasing is that by improving the efficiency and productivity of the organisation, the net cost of services has been kept below the rate of inflation for two years running. 

“Through sound economic management, Council is able to plan not only for Bayside’s future, and the challenges that brings, but more importantly deliver quality community infrastructure and services – all with the second lowest rate rise of the past 18 years,” Cr Frederico said.

Highlights of the draft 2015-16 budget to meet the needs of residents, workers and visitors now and into the future include:

  • More than $7 million to upgrade sporting infrastructure including $2.6 million to redevelop Banksia Reserve Pavilion, $1.7 million to construct a new pavilion at Hurlingham Park in Brighton East and more than $1 million to redevelop the sportsground at Shipston Reserve;
  • More than $2.4 million in sustainability initiatives, including almost $800,000 on the revitalisation of the Bayside Community Nursery and $520,000 to complete the Energy Efficient Streetlight Program;
  • Around $2 million to enhance Bayside’s iconic foreshore, including $1.6 million to begin redevelopment of the Dendy Street Beach Pavilion, $203,000 to upgrade the Dendy Street Beach access path, and the construction and sale of two bathing boxes;
  • $523,000 to redevelop playgrounds across the municipality;
  • Almost $1.25 million in flood mitigation measures through drainage renewal;
  • $240,000 to install traffic lights at the accident black spot of Weatherall and Reserve Roads, Cheltenham, to improve road safety and traffic flow;
  • $150,000 to underground power lines to save the Norfolk Pines on Beach Road between New St and South Road

Draft budget documents are available on Council’s website. A public briefing will be held on 21 May at the council offices in Sandringham from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Submissions are invited before 5pm on 29 May 2015.  

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