2021/22 Budget Approved by Council
Published on 29 June 2021
Moyne Shire will continue its focus on economic development and road improvements under the 2021/22 budget, adopted at its Special Council Meeting this week.
The 2021/22 budget features $15.5 million of capital works improvement projects across the Shire, with $9.3 million dedicated to local roads.
Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade said while the pandemic had brought economic challenges to the Council, sound economic management has enabled the Council to maintain its strong financial position.
“Throughout the past 12 months we have focused on key areas impacted by COVID, particularly supporting local businesses as they try to recover,” Cr Meade said.
“We will continue our focus on economic development, with another round of the business façade improvement program, support for increased housing availability and developments, and implementation of an economic migration project.
“The 2021/22 budget sees us continue to provide our essential services, while also focusing on new long-term goals, with implementation of the My Moyne, My Future 2040 Community Vision and Council’s new four-year plan.
“The budget ensures we have the necessary resources to implement these important strategies as well as improve Council and community infrastructure.
“Council remains in a strong financial position, with low debt levels and an operating surplus of $1 million, all while delivering a substantial capital works program of $15.5 million.
“A range of works will be funded under our capital works budget, from local roads and bridges, to recreation reserves, playgrounds and building renewals.”
The 2021-22 draft budget incorporates a 1.5 per cent increase in rates and charges. This is in line with the state governments Fair Go Rates System (FGRS).
In addition to the capital works projects committed in the 2020/21 budget, Council are also identifying a range of community projects eligible for funding under the third round of the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Infrastructure (LRCI) Program.
“Moyne Shire Council is fortunate to be the recipient of $5.4 million under this latest round of LRCI funding, allowing Council to further build on our already strong capital works program,” Cr Meade said.
Key initiatives of Council’s 2021/22 budget include:
- Road works, including rehabilitation, resealing and resheeting $9.3 million
- New playground and tennis courts at Macarthur $480,000
- Upgrades to the Port Fairy Railway Goods Shed $400,000
- Southcombe Park irrigation $200,000
- Energy projects resourcing $200,000
- Nirranda Recreation Reserve carpark $150,000
- Business Façade Improvement Program $50,000
- Economic Migration Project $50,000