Community members can now have their say about Port Phillip Council’s 2021-31 draft Council Plan and 2021/22 draft Budget.
The community consultation is open from today until 23 May. Feedback can be provided through written submissions (emailed or posted) or a survey via Council’s Have Your Say engagement website and at a series of pop-up neighbourhood engagement program sessions across Port Phillip.
Mayor Louise Crawford said Council had delivered a draft Budget which responds to a raft of challenges, such as waste management costs rising faster than the rates cap, while providing targeted support to those who need it most.
“Engaging with our community helped inform both the Budget and the Council Plan, which will act as our roadmap for the next four years and beyond. We are eager to hear everyone’s views before we consider the final reports on 23 June,” Cr Crawford said.
“This proposed Budget is about investing in our community and the things they hold dear about our City. We have had to make some difficult decisions but believe we have provided a solid foundation to continue delivering key services and programs, including keeping our City clean and green, while ensuring we have the resilience and capacity to respond to often complex challenges.”
The draft 2021/22 Budget includes:
- Efficiency savings of $2.3 million, on top of the $12.6 million of savings delivered in the previous Council’s four-year term, and project investment worth $55.5 million to maintain, grow and improve services and assets
- Almost $16 million for services supporting the health, wellbeing and development of children in Port Phillip and over $6 million to promote learning, social engagement and community connectedness through library services
- More than $26 million to provide high quality and unique parks, open spaces and foreshore areas and over $20 million to protect Council assets and property to ensure they can be enjoyed today – and tomorrow.
The draft Budget includes a 1.5 per cent rate increase, in line with the rate cap set by the Victorian Government. Council’s rates assistance rebate for pensioners will rise to $178. A general rise in fees and charges of 1.75 per cent is proposed, unless it makes sense to vary, with targeted support available.
The Council Plan incorporates the draft Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan as supporting community health and wellbeing is at the heart of every decision. It also features a new Community Vision and five strategic directions aimed at delivering an inclusive, liveable, sustainable, vibrant and well-governed City.
To read the draft Council Plan and Budget and learn more about the consultation phase, visit the Have Your Say website.