Thursday, July 6, 2017
Bayside City Council has laid the ground work for a better Bayside with the adoption of the Council Plan 2017-2021.
Built on community aspirations expressed through the Bayside Community Plan 2025, the Council Plan 2017-2021 aims to ensure that Bayside continues to enjoy its status as one of the most liveable places in the world’s most liveable city.
Mayor Cr Alex del Porto said the Council Plan will deliver outstanding results for the community as Council works to quite literally build a better Bayside.
“Through the Community Plan our residents and ratepayers told us their key priorities: our foreshore, parks and gardens, our vibrant shopping centres, recreation opportunities, the natural environment, getting around Bayside easily and safely and having infrastructure that is in good working order and is visually appealing,” Cr del Porto said.
“Over the next four years Council will be working to enhance and improve our city by investing in public places and facilities, enhancing the natural environment, protecting our neighbourhood character and supporting our local economy to thrive.
A key element of the Plan is that it will see Council embark on a record $162 million investment in new community infrastructure free of debt.
“As of January 2018, Council’s strong and effective financial management over the past few years will see Council operating debt free,” Cr Alex del Porto said.
“This debt-free position will be maintained even as Council works to manage the impacts of Rate Capping and embarks on its most significant program of works to transform our sports pavilions, libraries and other community infrastructure.”
Key projects over the coming four years include;
- 11 of Bayside’s 27 sports pavilions will be replaced or upgraded.
- 37 of 61 playgrounds will be replaced to meet contemporary standards for play experience and safety.
- The new Dendy Street Beach Pavilion and masterplan will be completed.
- Better basketball and netball facilities
- An upgrade to the Sandringham Library
- 10 of Council’s 41 free standing public toilets will be upgraded
- Pursue opportunities for improved library services in the Highett area.
Alongside its focus on construction Council will also continue to ensure that our community is well positioned to weather the impacts of Melbourne’s growing population.
For further information on the Council Plan 2017-2021