Draft Council Budget 2021 to 2022

Yarra City Council has worked hard to develop a draft Budget that continues to invest in the local community and deliver key essential services, while also responding to the climate emergency.

Summary of the draft budget

Yarra’s pools, gyms, and Council facilities will transition away from gas and towards being powered entirely by renewable electricity.

The draft Budget 2021-2022 also provides funding to plant 1300 new trees, install new bike hoops and new bike lanes across Yarra, as well as planning for a food and organic bin collection.

Despite the significant financial impact of the pandemic, Yarra Council has prepared a draft Budget that continues to build a fairer and more equal Yarra, that creates opportunities and tackles the climate emergency.

It remains committed to delivering key essential services to our community, optimising service delivery and customer experience and maximising use of existing assets.

Key Highlights

  • New bike hoops and bike lanes as part of a new Transport Action Plan
  • Planning for a food and organics (FOGO) kerbside collection service
  • The first step of a new Community Hub at the Collingwood Town Hall Precinct, delivering essential services including a maternal and child health service
  • New toilets at Edinburgh Gardens
  • New and improved parks including two park extensions in Cremorne
  • 1300 new trees across the city
  • Continued support for businesses and vulnerable communities in the climate emergency
  • New pedestrian infrastructure across Yarra making getting to school safer and more accessible.
  • Transitioning our swimming pools off gas to 100% renewable electricity and improving the energy efficiency of our leisure centres
  • Fitness equipment and upgraded outdoor table tennis in Atherton Reserve
  • Capacity to continue delivering on important Council actions, such as integrated water management, urban agriculture strategy, nature strategy and our heritage aspects of Yarra, including Indigenous heritage.
  • The draft Budget includes a rate increase of 1.5 per cent, which is in line with the 2021-22 rate cap outlined under the Fair Go Rating System and will be accompanied by a 1.5% increase in our additional rate rebate for pensioners.

Community consultation

This year’s draft Budget was developed following broad community consultation held between November 2020 and January 2021. During this time, we heard from more than 1300 people about their aspirations and priorities for the future.

These insights will help inform Yarra’s 15-year Community Vision and the draft Budget 2021/22.

Yarra’s financial position has been impacted significantly by COVID-19 and that had been an important consideration in the delivery of this year’s draft Budget.

Share your feedback

The draft Budget will be available on our Your Say Yarra site for your feedback from Friday, 23 April.

Share your feedback in person

You can also attend one of our draft Budget information sessions listed below:

Wednesday 5 May 

Bargoonga Nganjin meeting rooms 1 and 2

5pm – 6:30pm

Thursday 13 May

Richmond Town Hall meetings room 1 and 2

5pm – 6:30pm

Share your feedback at the Council meeting

You can also share your feedback directly with Councillors at the special council meeting to be held on Monday 7 June.

Find out how to register to speak at the Council Meeting.  

When does community feedback finish?

The draft Budget 2021-22 will be out for community feedback until Friday, 21 May.

Find out more

Download and read Yarra's Draft Budget 2021 to 2022 highlights (PDF, 914KB).