Council expenditure

In 2019/20, we will spend over $95 million on delivering our services. The following shows how each $100 will be spent.

Planning and building services—$9

Includes statutory planning, strategic planning and building services.

Recreation and sports facilities—$12

Supports 15 Committees of Management of Council reserves and facilities, and over 400 recreation organisations. Facilitates the provision and maintenance of reserves, sports grounds, halls and other community facilities throughout the shire. 

Includes the operation of recreation and leisure centres in Woodend, Macedon, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Gisborne; indoor aquatic centres in Gisborne and Kyneton; and outdoor pools in Lancefield and Woodend. 

Parks, environment and open spaces—$12

Includes parks and gardens maintenance, and the maintenance and operation of public toilet blocks, street bins and barbecues across the shire. Includes weed control on public land, a tree planting program, community education programs in coordination with local landcare organisations, and the protection and development of significant landscapes.

Roads, drains, buildings and paths—$18

Includes maintenance and construction of local roads, bridges, and drains.

Libraries, arts, culture and youth services—$8

Funds the operation of libraries in Romsey, Woodend, Gisborne and Kyneton. Provides a variety of programs to over 2,000 young people; delivery of projects in partnerships with community groups that improve community wellbeing; and performance programs including visual arts, cultural and heritage events, which are attended by about 45,000 residents and visitors.

Kindergartens and maternal and child health—$10

Provides services to children and families, including maternal and child health, preschools and occasional childcare, and provides support to community-managed children’s services.

Garbage, recycling and garden waste collection—$16

A garbage, recycling and garden waste collection is provided to approximately 17,000 properties. 

Emergencies, local laws and public health—$6

  • Application of local laws
  • Encouraging responsible pet and animal ownership
  • Food safety
  • Immunisation
  • Septic tank and wastewater treatment installations
  • Emergency management
  • Coordination of supervised school crossings
  • Fire prevention

Economic development and tourism—$3

Includes enhancing the operations of industrial estates, supporting and attracting businesses to provide local employment and strengthen the local economy, and the operation of two accredited Visitor Information Centres.

Aged and disability support services—$6

Provides services to support people with disabilities, the frail-aged and carers supporting these clients. Services include home care, delivered meals, personal care, property maintenance and respite.