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East Gippsland Shire Council adopts Annual Budget 2021-22

Community engagement process, including five community sessions, to help develop the document.

By news@gippsland - 13th July 2021 - Back to News

East Gippsland Shire Councils Budget 2021-22 was adopted at an Unscheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 29. This budget was the first time council had undertaken a deliberative community engagement process, including five community sessions, to help develop the document.

The budget 2021-22 provides details of the financial resources that will be provided to support the achievement of the strategic objectives and aspirations of the Council Plan 2021-25

The budget 2021-22 provides details of the financial resources that will be provided to support the achievement of the strategic objectives and aspirations of the Council Plan 2021-25

Works, services and initiatives

Mayor Cr Mendy Urie said council has complied with the Fair Go Rates System, which caps the average rate increase to 1.5 per cent in 2021-22. "The annual budget ensures Council is appropriately resourced to deliver the works, services and initiatives set out in the Council Plan 2021-25, which was also adopted at the meeting."

"Because they are closely linked, we recommend reading the Council Plan and budget together to get a good understanding of the overall direction of Council. Total rates and municipal charges for 2021-22 will increase by 1.5 per cent on the average 2020-21 base rates and municipal charges, but individual rate assessments will vary based on valuations undertaken by the Valuer-General Victoria." Cr Urie said.

Providing additional financial assistance

Cr Urie said, "Council understands the challenging events our community has experienced in recent times. In recognition of the impacts of drought, the 2019-20 bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic, Council has provided additional financial assistance in 2019-20, 2020-21 and in this budget to help ratepayers, including rate waivers and rebates." The 2021-22 budget includes an $88.75 million capital works program which focusses on renewing infrastructure. Council expects to receive government funding of $44.2 million towards these capital works projects.

Budget and allocation

Some of the major projects in this years budget are:

Project Description
Roads ($13.775 million) Including road reseal program $2.59 million; gravel resheet program $1.2 million; Stage 1 Maroney Street, Bairnsdale- $1.7 million; Omeo Valley Road rehabilitation $983,000
Bridges ($4.217 million) Including Bullock Island Bridge $2 million; Genoa Pedestrian Bridge $817,000
Drainage ($185,000)
Footpaths and Cycleways ($6.586 million) Including Omeo mountain bike trails $2.926 million
Buildings and Building Improvements ($6.163 million) Including Eagle Point Foreshore Hub $2.32 million; Gymnastics Pavilion at Lucknow Recreation Reserve $1.22 million; safety works at councils Eagle Point and Mallacoota caravan parks, $480,000 and $400,000 respectively; shire-wide building renewal $700,000
Recreation and Community Facilities ($15.679 million Including Stage 1 WORLD Sporting Precinct, Bairnsdale $11.181 million
Parks, Open Space and Streetscapes ($20.678 million) Including Bullock Island foreshore, Lakes Entrance $5.025 million; various streetscape works $3.039 million
Plant and Equipment ($6.75 million Including renewal of vehicles, plant and machinery - $1.757 million; information and communication technology systems - $4.377 million; library books $209,000
Waste Management ($5.866 million) Including construction Cell 4, Bairnsdale - $2.8 million; Lakes Entrance Transfer Station upgrade - $1.15 million
Other Infrastructure ($8.86 million) Including Mallacoota seawalls $3.106 million

The Council Plan 2021-25, Annual Budget 2021-22 and other financial plans can be viewed at its customer service centres. "This budget provides financial resources to support Council achieving the strategic objectives of the Council plan 2021-25. Council thanks everyone who contributed to our consultation process for the budget and our strategic financial plans the 10-Year Financial Plan and our Four-year Revenue and Rating Plan. These documents were also adopted at the Council meeting," Cr Urie said.

Pictures from East GIppsland Shire Council Facebook page.


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