Draft Merri-bek Council Budget 2020-2021
Friday 15 May 2020
At the latest council meeting, Wednesday 13 May 2020, Councillors endorsed the Draft Budget 2020-2021.
Last year we heard from many in our community about what we should spend our money on. We created a budget simulator tool and hosted community-based pop-ups throughout November and December to gather your feedback.
We listened and incorporated that it into the Draft Budget 2020-2021.
Now the Draft Budget 2020-2021 has been endorsed by Council the Merri-bek community are now welcomed to have their say via our engagement platform, Conversations Merri-bek.
Submissions on the Draft Budget are open until Thursday 11 June 2020.
We will also have scheduled Phone-in Sessions for you to ask us questions or let us know what you think about the draft Budget.
Tuesday 2 June 2020: 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
Thursday 4 June 2020: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic
We’ve had to take into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant impact it has had on our revenue and the community.
To help our community during this time, we’ve adopted a Financial Hardship Policy, which includes deferral of rates without interest, provided fee relief for businesses and sports clubs, and turned off parking meters for the duration of the State of Emergency. Despite these financial constraints, we are committed to responding to the pandemic, and equally committed to continuing delivery of critical council services.
Some highlights of our draft budget include:
- $1.2 million recovery and rebuild package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
- $24.4 million for infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, bike paths, drains and open space.
- $16 million for construction of the Wheatsheaf Community Hub in Glenroy
- $3.2 million for the creation of new parks in Merri-bek in dense urban areas
- $2.2 million for renovation of the Coburg City Oval grandstand and pavilion
- $1.3 million for 2 hard waste collections per year