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Infrastructure, roads and footpaths prioritised in Baw Baw Shire draft budget 2021/22
Baw Baw Shire community members can look forward to a range of new projects and upgrades over the coming year.
A $38.9 million infrastructure spend is proposed in the 2021/22 draft annual budget, which is community feedback. The major infrastructure projects identified in the draft budget.
The Capital Works program's aim is to develop and enhance community infrastructure, and as a member of the community you are welcome to share your ideas and feedback on the council's web page
Warragul indoor stadium (Stage 1) - $6 million
Subject to State Government funding, this two-year project will deliver a two-court indoor stadium at the Warragul Leisure Centre, helping to meet the high demand for basketball facilities in the Shire. Detailed designs for the project were completed in consultation with local sporting club representatives over the past year.
Rokeby to Noojee Trail project - $2.25 million
Delivered over two years, this project will build an intertown trail between Rokeby and Noojee as part of the Baw Baw cycling feasibility study. The trail will extend from the Rokeby Rail Trail and along sections of the old Noojee to Warragul line. Council is currently seeking grant funding from a range of sources to deliver the project.
Drouin Bellbird Park multi-use Pavilion - $2 million
The Bellbird Park multi-use pavilion will cater for local sporting clubs and will be equipped to host community events with kitchen facilities, barbecues and a playground. Council has received a $2 million contribution through the Victorian Government's Growing Suburbs Fund.to construct the $4 million multi-use pavilion.
Trafalgar multi-use pavilion completion - $1.7 million
This funding will deliver the final stages of the project, which is currently under construction. When complete, the new pavilion will:
- Cater to the various user groups of the reserve
- Providing dedicated change rooms and amenities
- Umpires facilities
- Storage area
- First aid and canteen areas
- Viewing areas and much more
Accelerated footpath program - $1.53 million
This program will deliver new concrete footpaths in towns and localities across the Shire, in line with Council's Paths and Trails Strategy 2019. Certain projects identified in the budget will require additional funding from the State and Federal Government to proceed in 2021/22. A total of $15.7 million has been allocated to infrastructure renewal works on Council owned buildings, sporting facilities and footpath replacements.
A further $8.9 million will be invested in a range of other projects, including Black Spot Program upgrades on key roads, streetscape works in Drouin as part of the Township Plan and the final stage of the Warragul CBD project, focusing on Queen Street.
All community members are invited to make a submission on the draft Annual Budget and key documents. Submissions can be made in two ways; online via Council's website, or in writing submitted by email to email@example.com post.
Enhancing community infrastructure
Mayor Cr Danny Goss said, "Extensive planning has gone into the $38.92 million Capital Works program to develop and enhance community infrastructure at the right time, in the right places, and in a way that represents the best value for money and the sustainable use of resources. I encourage all residents to review the Draft Budget and share feedback about the kind of projects you'd like to see delivered in your community in the future."
Deputy Mayor Cr Michael Leaney said, "Projects will be delivered in towns and localities across Baw Baw Shire as part of the 2021/22 Draft Annual Budget. As Council, we're working hard to plan for infrastructure projects that will cater for our communities both now and in the years to come. I encourage community members to review the draft budget and let us know what kind of projects you'd like to see delivered."
Submissions close Thursday 13 May 2021. Full details are available at community feedback.
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