The community is encouraged to provide feedback on Council’s proposed budget 2016/17 by Friday 6 May 2016.
As with previous years, Council’s aim has been to deliver a responsible budget that not only invests in new and existing community infrastructure, but also continues to provide the hundreds of vital services that are fundamental to our community health and wellbeing, and sustains the general amenity of Yarra.
During 2016/17 Council will complete the highly anticipated North Fitzroy Library and Community Hub, including new library collection materials. The proposed budget also provides for upgrades to playgrounds in Abbotsford, Clifton Hill and North Fitzroy, renovations to facilities at the much-loved Fitzroy Swimming Pool and Richmond Recreation Centre and installation of new sports lights at Kevin Bartlett Reserve in Richmond.
Council is proposing a general rate increase of 2.5% (in line with the State Government’s Fair Go Rates System cap on rate increases), along with a modest increase in most fees and charges. To help reduce the impact on pensioners, Council has also increased its pensioner rebate by 2.9% (from $170 to $175), which they receive in addition to the Victorian Government rebate.
View the proposed budget 2016/17:
Proposed Budget 2016/17 (1.69 MB)
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Budget at a glance
Factors impacting the budget
Have Your Say
Community Information Sessions
Budget at a glance
- $171 million total operating expenditure budget
- $2 million for new capital projects and other new initiatives
- $2 million for community grants
- 2.5% increase in general rates, in line with the State Government’s rate cap for all Victorian Councils.
- 2.9% increase in the rate rebate for pensioners (from $170 to $175 per annum).
$41.6 million for capital works expenditure, including:
- $9.96 million for upgrades to roads, footpaths, lanes, shared paths, drains and gutters
- $7.9 million for parks and open spaces across Yarra, including:
- $958, 000 in upgrades to local sporting grounds, including Kevin Bartlett Reserve, Richmond; Mayors Park, Clifton Hill; and W.T Peterson Community Oval, North Fitzroy.
- $819, 000 for playground equipment upgrades in parks including Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy; Darling Gardens, Clifton Hill; and Studley Street Reserve, Abbotsford.
- $5 million to complete the North Fitzroy Library and Community Hub building, which is expected to open to the public in early 2017.
- $1.15 million for Richmond Recreation Centre renovation works, including upgrades to the wet change rooms.
- $936,000 for upgrades at Fitzroy Swimming Pool, including change room renovations.
- $750,000 for parking sensor technology to make on-street parking more accessible to the public and to encourage efficient turnover/sharing of on-road parking spaces.
- $234,000 to implement local area traffic management improvements in parts of Collingwood and Fitzroy.
- $220,000 to progress the proposed Wellington Street Copenhagen Bicycle Lane (Gipps Street to Johnston Street) in Collingwood.
Other initiatives include:
- $325,000 in funding for the Yarra Energy Foundation, which supports the delivery of environmental initiatives in the community.
- $180,000 in new collection materials for the North Fitzroy Library and Community Hub
- $142,000 for the Communities that Care – a capacity building program that contributes to the healthy development of children and young people.
- $120,000 for a Yarra Activity Centre Built Form Analysis and Review, to help inform changes to the Yarra Planning Scheme.
- $60,000 for renovations to Richmond Library, including modern shelving, furniture and new computers.
- $40,000 for the Yarra Public Art Program.
- $40,000 for the continued provision of free wi-fi in Yarra’s five library branches
- $25,000 in Live Music Venue Grants to support local live music venues deal with noise and amenity related issues.
Factors impacting the budget
Council has chosen not to apply for an exemption from the cap on rate increases. Instead we have reprioritised the capital works program and identified a range of operational opportunities to ensure that we can continue to provide the high level of service that our community expects. We are also actively exploring ways to collaborate with other agencies and tiers of government.
It is important to note that there are a number of external factors impacting on the Proposed Budget. These include: the 2.5 per cent rate cap imposed by the State Government; the requirement to collect some State Government charges such as the Fire Services Property Levy; and increased waste management costs including a further rise in the State Government’s Landfill Levy.
With these external factors, and the increasing demands on Council services and infrastructure, this a challenging period for Council, but we also see it as a period to maximise opportunity and innovation.
Community Information sessions
Council will also hold two information sessions where community members can find out more about the proposed budget and ask questions.
Where: Richmond Town Hall
When: Thursday 21 April 2016
Times: Lunchtime session from 1pm–2pm / Evening session from 6pm–7pm.
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HAVE YOUR SAY
View the proposed budget and provide your feedback by Friday 6 May 2016.
Hard copies of the proposed budget are available for viewing at Richmond Town Hall (333 Bridge Road, Richmond), Collingwood Town Hall (140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford) and all Yarra Libraries branches.
Written submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday 6 May 2016, via any of the following methods:
Online – fill in the online submission form.
Post - Write to the Chief Financial Officer, Yarra City Council, PO Box 168, Richmond VIC 3121
Email – to Grace.Wong@yarracity.vic.gov.au
Council will hear and consider submissions at a Special Council Meeting to be held at 7pm on Monday 23 May 2016 at Richmond Town Hall.
Council is then expected to adopt the Proposed Budget – with or without changes – at the Ordinary Council Meeting to be held at 7pm on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at Richmond Town Hall.
2016/17 Budget Timeline
- November 2015 - Stage 1 community input on budget priorities for 2016-17.
- December 2015 - March 2016 - Council produces a Proposed Budget for 2016/17. Feedback from Stage 1, as well as a range of other information and data collected, will be considered as Council develops the Proposed Budget.
- 5 April 2016 - Council Meeting to approve the Proposed Budget for community consultation.
- 6 April - 6 May 2016 - Stage 2 community input - Council releases its Proposed 2016/17 Budget for community feedback.
- Monday 23 May 2016 - Special Council Meeting for Council to hear verbal submissions on the Proposed Budget. Community members are welcome to attend this meeting to make a submission to Council in person.
- Tuesday 7 June 2016 - Council to adopt the Proposed Budget – with or without changes – at the Ordinary Council Meeting to be held at 7pm on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at Richmond Town Hall.
For more information, call Council on 9205 5555 or email email@example.com
Previous Council Budgets
Download budgets from previous years:
Adopted Budget 2015/16 (2.44 MB)
Adopted Budget 2014/15 (3.09 MB)
Revised Budget 2013-14 (139.03 KB)
Adopted Budget 2013/14 (1.17 MB)
Council Budget 2012/2013.docx (1.06 MB)
Council Budget 2011/2012 (2.84MB)
Council Budget 2010/2011 (1.63MB)
Council Budget 2009/2010 (700.22kB)
Council Budget 2008/2009 (2.59MB)
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