Draft 2018–2019 Annual Budget and Council and Community Plan

Published on 02 May 2017

Glen Eira City Council’s 2018–19 Draft Annual Budget and Council and Community Plan is now available for public comment. Residents have until Thursday 31 May to provide feedback. 

The key points are as follows:

The rate rise

  • The proposed budget is based on a rate increase of 2.25 per cent. This is in line with the Fair Go Rates System (FGRS) which has capped rates increases by Victorian councils to the forecast movement of 2.25 per cent based on the forecasted Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Wage Price index movements for the financial year 2018–19.
  • The average rates per assessment for 2018–19 is estimated at $1,388.

New capital expenditure

To support Council’s $2.07 billion of community assets, new capital expenditure is projected at $36.23 million for asset renewals, upgrades and expansions. Highlights of the capital works program include:

  • Renewal projects — this includes the renewal and upgrade of Council’s major infrastructure assets, such as: road reconstruction; drainage improvement; footpaths; local road resurfacing; and car parks. Other renewals include: plant and machinery; furniture and equipment; information technology and telecommunications; and library collections ($21.46 million).
  • Major projects — this includes design works for Carnegie Sports Precinct, pavilion forward design works and construction ($1.56 million).
  • Strategic projects — Activity Centre streetscape works, Structure Plan designs at Elsternwick, Bentleigh and Carnegie and Integrated Transport Strategy implementation design ($2.87 million).
  • Community facilities — comprises buildings and building improvements, upgrade and renewal of community facilities; Municipal offices; sports facilities; and pavilions ($2.72 million).
  • Community safety — this includes safety projects: cross intersection, pedestrian and safer speed limits; school safety; shopping centres; sustainable transport; disabled parking upgrades; and new footpaths ($965,000).
  • Recreation and open space — this includes open space initiatives; parks; playing surfaces; and playground equipment ($4.1 million).
  • Sustainability — street lighting upgrade, installation of LED lights; park lighting energy efficiency upgrade; and photovoltaic systems on Council assets to generate renewable energy ($2.56 million).

Waste and recycling

China’s recent ban on receiving certain types of recycling material will see Glen Eira residents facing larger than normal waste charge increases in 2018–19. This ban has severely disrupted recycling markets worldwide with significant impacts being felt in Victoria.

Waste and recycling charges are levied on the basis of cost recovery and the fees have increased accordingly. This amount may change over the next few weeks following further discussion with Council’s recycling contractor and any variation would be reflected in the final budget to be approved by Council on 26 June 2018.

Residential garbage charges for 2018–19 are set at:

  • Large 240L waste charge $416 (including an estimated $49 State Levy) ($366 in 2017–18)
  • Small 120L waste charge $207 (including an estimated $24 State Levy) ($177 in 2017–18)
  • Residential flat shared bins (240L) waste charge $207 per assessment (including an estimated $24 State Levy) ($177 in 2017–18)
  • 240L family bin $279 (including an estimated $49 State Levy) ($256 in 2017–18)
  • Medical 240L waste charge $207 (including an estimated $49 State Levy) ($177 in 2017–18)
  • Litter management charge $56 ($54 in 2017–18).

Public open space

Council provides open space for recreation, nature conservation and passive outdoor enjoyment. This includes parks, reserves, gardens, larger urban and civic spaces and forecourts as shown by completed projects within the Open Space Strategy.

Pensioner rebate

The combined State and Council pensioner rebate will be maintained at a total of $270, which is higher than in most Victorian municipalities.

Early Learning Centre fees

These fees are proposed as follows: for zero to three-year-olds, $133 per day ($130 in 2017–18), for three to five-year-olds, $125 per day ($122 in 2017–18). These fees are below mid-point of fees across Glen Eira. Actual costs will depend on the Commonwealth Government rebate in individual circumstances.

Fire Service Property Levy

From 1 July 2013, the State Government commenced using Local Governments’ rate systems as a collection agent for the Fire Services Property Levy. The Levy is listed on council rates notices, collected by councils and paid to the State Government.

Budget information session

An information session on the 2018–19 Budget will be held for the public on Monday 21 May from 6.30pm at Glen Eira Town Hall in the Caulfield Cup Room, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield.

Copies of the proposed Budget and Council and Community Plan (including the SRP) are available for inspection at the following locations: Glen Eira

Town Hall — Service Centre, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield from 8am to 5.30pm weekdays (until 7.15pm Tuesdays) and Glen Eira library branches during business hours. A copy of the Budget and Council and Community Plan (including the SRP) are also available on Council’s website below:

2018–19 Draft Annual Budget(PDF, 3MB)

Draft Council and Community Plan 2018–19 Commitments(PDF, 3MB)

Draft Strategic Resource Plan 2018–19 to 2027–28(PDF, 1MB)

Budget and Council and Community Plan process

The Budget and Council and Community Plan are open for written submissions until Thursday 31 May.

Submissions for the Budget should be marked Budget Submission and addressed to: Chief Financial Officer, Glen Eira City Council, PO Box 42 Caulfield South, 3162.

Submissions for the Council and Community Plan should be marked Council and Community Plan Submission and addressed to: Director Community Wellbeing at the above address.

Submissions may also be delivered to Glen Eira Town Hall — Service Centre, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield.

Submissions received to the proposed Budget and Council and Community Plan will be considered by Council at an Ordinary Council Meeting of Tuesday 12 June.

Subject to any amendments resulting from the submissions, the Budget and Council and Community Plan will be considered for adoption at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday 26 June at 7pm at Glen Eira Town Hall in the Council Chambers, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield.