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PUBLIC NOTICE: Draft Council Plan, Annual Budget and Long Term Financial Strategy

06 April 2017

This public notice appeared in the The Age on Thursday 4 April 2017

Yarra City Council – Draft Council Plan, Annual Budget and Long Term Financial Strategy

At its Ordinary Council Meeting of Tuesday 4 April 2017, Council resolved to invite public submissions on the following draft documents in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989.

  • Draft Council Plan 2017–21 incorporating the Health Plan
  • Draft Annual Budget 2017-18 - including Proposed Waste Service Charge
  • Draft Long Term Financial Strategy 2017-18 to 2026-27

About the Draft Council Plan 2017–21 incorporating the Health Plan

The proposed Council Plan 2017–21 incorporating the Health Plan establishes Yarra Council’s priorities and goals for the next four years.

It has been divided into seven strategic objectives, which are designed to deliver the following high-level outcomes:

City of Yarra, a place where:

  • Community health, safety and wellbeing are a focus in everything we do
  • Inclusion, diversity and uniqueness are welcomed, respected and celebrated
  • Council leads on sustainability and protects and enhances its natural environment
  • Development and growth are managed to maintain and enhance the character and heritage of the city
  • Local businesses prosper and creative and knowledge industries thrive
  • Connectivity and travel options are environmentally sustainable, integrated and well-designed
  • Transparency, performance and community participation drive the way we operate

The proposed Council Plan 2017–21 incorporating the Health Plan also includes a Strategic Resource Plan outlining how the strategies will be financed.

About the Draft Annual Budget 2017-18

Yarra Council’s proposed Annual Budget 2017-18 details the financial resources required to provide important services and infrastructure for Yarra’s growing and diverse community.

Council’s Draft Annual Budget relates to the financial year commencing on 1 July 2017 and ending on 30 June 2018, and:

  • discloses that, as at 30 June 2017, the total amount borrowed by Council will be $46m
  • discloses that there will be no further borrowings made by Council during the financial year
  • projects that, as at 30 June 2018, the total amount of Council borrowings will be $38.41m
  • projects that the cost of servicing Council borrowings during the financial year will be $2.14 million
  • proposes that the uniform rate in the dollar to be declared and levied (based on percentages or cents in the dollar of Net Annual Value) is 4.0911 cents in the dollar (rounded)
  • proposes that no municipal charge be declared
  • proposes that no minimum rate be fixed
  • proposes that a waste service charge be declared
  • proposes to provide a waiver of $178.50 of the general rates payable by eligible pensioners
  • proposes to provide a waiver of 50% of the proposed waste service charge for eligible pensioners and eligible health care card holders (for the first year, and to be reviewed annually)

Read the draft documents

Online:             www.yoursayyarra.com.au

In person:        Richmond Town Hall at 333 Bridge Road, Richmond
Collingwood Town Hall at 140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford
Connie Benn Centre at 160 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Collingwood Library at 11 Stanton Street, Abbotsford
Richmond Library at 415 Church Street, Richmond
Fitzroy Library at 128 Moor Street, Fitzroy
Carlton Library at 667 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library, 182 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

Learn more

Attend one of our drop-in information sessions to ask questions and hear from the experts.

  • Wednesday 19 April, 6–8pm at Edinburgh Gardens Community Room, Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy
  • Friday 21 April, 12–2pm at Studio One Community Hub, 15 Barnet Way, Richmond
  • Thursday 27 April, 6–8pm at Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier Street, Fitzroy
  • Saturday 29 April, 10am–12pm, at Collingwood Senior Citizens Centre, Eddy Court, Abbotsford

If you have questions about the documents or the process, and are unable to attend one of these sessions, please contact Council at info@yarracity.vic.gov.au or on 9205 5555 – an officer contact you.

Make a submission

Online:          www.yoursayyarra.com.au

Email:           info@yarracity.vic.gov.au

Post:             Yarra City Council
Attention: Your Say Yarra Consultation
PO Box 168
Richmond VIC 3121

Please note in your submission which of the documents you are responding to: Draft Council Plan 2017–21 incorporating the Health Plan; Draft Annual Budget 2017-18 - including Proposed Waste Service Charge; and/or Draft Long Term Financial Strategy 2017-18 to 2026-27.

If you state in your submission that you wish to speak to it (or have someone else speak on your behalf), you will have that opportunity at the Special Council Meeting on Wednesday 17 May (details below).

Submissions on the Proposed Waste Service Charge will also be treated as feedback on Council’s proposed Draft Annual Budget 2017-18.

All submissions must be received by 5pm on Thursday 4 May 2017.

Special Council Meeting to hear submissions

A Special Meeting of Council will take place at Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond, on Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 6.30pm, in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989.

The purpose of the meeting is to hear and consider submissions on:

  • Proposed Council Plan 2017–21 incorporating the Health Plan
  • Proposed Annual Budget 2017-18 - including Proposed Waste Service Charge
  • Draft Long Term Financial Strategy 2017-18 to 2026-27

If you lodged a submission before the deadline, and your submission included an intention to speak in support of it (or have someone else speak on your behalf) you will be given an opportunity to do so at this meeting. Council will advise you of this process after it has received your written submission.

Council Meeting for final adoption

Council is expected to adopt the Draft Council Plan 2017–21 incorporating the Health Plan; Draft Annual Budget 2017-18 - including Proposed Waste Service Charge; and Draft Long Term Financial Strategy 2017-18 to 2026-27 – with or without changes – at an Ordinary Council Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 6 June 2017 at Richmond Town Hall.


 

 


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