Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Council will invest a record $52 million next year to deliver on its promise to build a better Bayside through an accelerated program of infrastructure upgrades.
Releasing the draft 2018/19 budget, Bayside Mayor Cr Laurence Evans said this budget will deliver new sporting facilities, significant upgrades to community facilities and major capital improvements to our city’s streets, roads and drains.
“2018/19 represents a watershed moment with Council moving forward free of historic debt for the first time since its formation in 1996,” Cr Evans.
“At the core of our commitment to making Bayside a better place is making it easier to get around, equipped with high quality sporting infrastructure, home to vibrant shopping villages, a great place for children to play and grow, and home to parks and a foreshore that cater to a broad range of needs and activities.
“Our strong financial position has enabled Council to focus on the things that are important to the community and improve the lives of our residents.
“The largest single item in the 2018/19 budget is $9 million to purchase land for the establishment of a new library and community facility in Highett on the former CSIRO site.
“Although the realisation of this facility is some years off, this significant investment represents the first major step towards a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build community facilities that will serve generations to come,” said Cr Evans.
Service levels will be maintained and rates will increase by 2.25% in line with the Victorian Government’s rate cap.
A key challenge for Council is the cost impact of the global recycling crisis on the delivery of waste and recycling services in Bayside. Over 2017/18 and 2018/19 this will result in a $3 million impact on the Council budget through lost revenue and increased service costs.
These impacts will result in an increase of $92.75 in the Bayside waste service charge in 2018/19. Council will implement a range of programs to support residents to reduce their household waste and take the pressure off the cost of waste charges in the lead up to rates notices being issued in July.
Budget highlights for 2018/19 include:
- $8.4 million to create seven accessible, female friendly sporting pavilions at Cheltenham Park, Castlefield Reserve, Chisholm Reserve, William Street Reserve, Destructor Reserve, AW Oliver Pavilion and Elsternwick Park Oval 2
- $1.3 million to progress design and redevelopment planning for upgrades to the Tulip Street basketball stadium that will deliver more basketball courts ($1,032,000)
- Planning for new netball facilities in Sandringham to meet the current and future needs of Bayside’s netballers ($413,000)
- Upgrades to the Recycling and Waste Transfer Station in Talinga Road to improve operational efficiency and improve amenity for surrounding residents ($1,446,000).
- $8.5 million in road, footpaths and cyclist/pedestrian path upgrades to make it safer and easier to get around Bayside
- Improvements to Sandringham Village ($1,446,000) and Beaumaris Concourse ($686,000) to make these shopping villages a nicer place to shop, meet and visit.
- Purchase of CSIRO land in Highett ($9,000,000), to create a new library and community facilities in the eastern part of the municipality.