Council's annual Budget 2022/23(PDF, 3MB) will continue to support the community and local businesses with pandemic and storm recovery, and deliver on the Council Plan by continuing the progression of key capital works projects including the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct, the Shared Trails Project and the Woodend Golf Club clubrooms upgrade.
In total, Council’s Capital Works program will deliver $41.2 million in works across the shire over the next financial year, 37 per cent of Council’s total revenue.
Council rates align with the state-wide rate cap of 1.75 per cent in the Budget 2022/23. Last year’s rate increase was 1.5 per cent, and 2 per cent the year before.
Council’s total budgeted income for 2022/23 is $111.5 million, which is mainly comprised of rates, grants, service fees and charges.
- New initiatives included the Woodend Racecourse Reserve Master Plan and a shire-wide Equestrian Facilities Plan.
- Further work to progress the Gisborne Futures project and associated planning scheme amendment and the Romsey Structure Plan.
- Kyneton Tennis Club – lighting of playing courts 9 and 10.
- Hanging Rock Cricket Club – training net renewal and upgrades.
- Macedon Bowling Club – prepare working drawings for improvements to clubrooms.
- Kyneton Football Netball Club – detailed design planning to develop a female-friendly pavilion and upgraded netball courts.
- Pedestrian safety Woodend – installation of a new slow point prior to the existing crest in Brooke Street Woodend, and design and construction of a crossing solution at the intersection of Brooke and Templeton Streets, Woodend.
- Red Brick Hall, Kyneton – building renewal works and the inclusion of an On-Street Disability Discrimination Act compliant car park.
- Off Grid Relief and Recovery Centres – taking three grid-connected locations off-grid, or providing the equipment to be ‘self-sufficient’ in terms of electricity, water, and telecommunications in times of emergency.
Community input to help shape Council's 2023/24 Budget
During September 2022 Council put out a preliminary call to the community, looking for wide-ranging input, ideas and thoughts to help shape the planning of the 2023/24 Council Budget. Thank you to everyone who provided a submission.