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Your rates at work

Friday, July 17, 2020

Your rates help to make Bayside the place we love.

They build local roads, footpaths and bike trails. They maintain sports facilities, parks and 17km of beautiful foreshore.

Rates support the places where our community comes together - libraries, community centres, shopping villages and men’s sheds.

They fund the collection and processing of household rubbish and recycling, and make sure lost pets make it home.

Rates help support the older, vulnerable members of our community; babies and new parents; children and young people.

Your rates are at work every day in Bayside.

Delivering value

Council’s strong financial position enables us to provide nearly 100 important services while investing in facilities for our community to enjoy now and into the future.

We will do this while remaining debt free, one of the very few governments at any level to achieve this.

Your Council uses rates in a prudent and cautious manner. Rate revenue is vitally important to our municipality’s long term financial stability and ongoing support for the Bayside community.

Our response to COVID-19

COVID-19 has reinforced the important role your Council plays in supporting our community.

During the pandemic, your Council redirected our people and resources to assisting vulnerable residents with in-home care, delivered meals and social outreach, as well as providing financial and professional support for local businesses facing economic distress.

In 2020/21 we will continue to support our community through COVID-19.

Bayside’s COVID-19 recovery plan will help to reinvigorate our shopping villages and local employment hubs and re-establish social connections across our community as we emerge from the pandemic.

2020/21 budget highlights

Your rates help to fund Council's budget including $37.8 million in upgrades to community infrastructure:

  • $12.9 million on parks, open space and streetscapes
  • $12.4 million on buildings
  • $3.7 million for roads
  • $2.2 million for foreshores and conservation
  • $1.8 million for footpaths and bicycle ways
  • $1.6 million on drainage.

Find out more about Council's 2020/21 Budget.

How $1,000 of your rates are spent

How every $1000 of rates is spent

  • $275 on new community facilities
  • $137 on roads and drainage
  • $129 on planning and local laws
  • $113 on parks and foreshores
  • $101 on environment and waste
  • $99 on maintaining property and facilities
  • $73 on aged services
  • $44 on libraries, arts and culture
  • $29 on family services

Building for the future

Your rates will deliver new facilities for residents of all ages and interests including:

  • $4.9 million to upgrade six sporting pavilions including at Donald McDonald Reserve and AW Oliver Reserve
  • $2.9 million new, inclusive Thomas Street Reserve Playground for children of all abilities
  • $2.6 million reconstruction of Sandringham Athletics Track
  • $1.5 million heritage refurbishment of Sandringham Masonic Hall to provide valuable community facilities
  • Commence Phase 1 of the new Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve to create a wonderful biodiversity refuge and natural oasis in our urban environment
  • $0.58 million to construct new public toilets at Thomas Street Reserve and Green Point.

We will also continue design and planning for the Dendy Street Beach pavilion, Bayside Netball Centre and Beaumaris Arts Centre redevelopment.


Your Council is committed to acting on the climate emergency. We will continue to work towards carbon neutrality, adopting further energy efficiency initiatives across our facilities and operations including switching to renewable energy.

All Bayside beaches including Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary will become smoke free.

Your Council will continue to advocate to the Victorian Government for recycling and waste reform and progress the joint establishment of an alternative waste processing facility as a long term investment in a cleaner future.

About rates in 2020/21

Bayside has complied with the Victorian Government’s 2 per cent rate cap for 2020/21.

The rate cap applies to the average annual increase in rates and the municipal charge. Your rates may increase by more or less than 2 per cent depending on movements in your property value compared with other properties in Bayside.

In 2020/21 rate revenue will help your Council provide services and infrastructure to serve our community as well as support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more on how rates are set and spent