Final call for comment on Council's draft Budget 2022/2023

Published on 29 April 2022

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Murrindindi Shire Council’s draft Budget for 2022/2023 details the resources we plan to allocate to particular services, projects and programs to help us move toward achieving our long-term goals and vision for our communities.

Council’s Mayor Sue Carpenter encouraged community members, who haven’t yet read, or provided feedback on, the draft Budget, to take some time to see what it’s all about.

‘Council’s annual budget directly relates to the goals outlined in our Council Plan 2021-2025 and affects each and every one of us in different ways.

‘For example, the draft Budget includes a series of proposed initiatives and developments in areas the community told us were important. The environment, capital works, tourism and business support, recreation and community development, and indigenous reconciliation are just some of the areas where we’ll be focusing our efforts and resources.

‘Council’s Climate Action Plan is an important piece of work that will help us work toward our goal of net-zero emissions by 2035 across the Shire. As part of this Plan, we’re developing a pathway of priority actions to encourage and involve the entire community in meeting this target and we want to allocate $50,000 to implementing initiatives from the Plan.

‘Our proposed $18.8 million capital works program includes a range of important road and infrastructure upgrades and projects, distributed equitably across the Shire.

‘There is continued support for local business and industry to assist in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, boost local investment and employment opportunities and increase visitation.

‘One of the projects we are very excited about at Council is the proposed development of a Masterplan for the area around Lake Eildon Pondage so that we can enhance its recreational and environmental values for our community’, Cr Carpenter added.

‘At its Scheduled Meeting on 25 May, Council will be considering all the submissions that have come from the public about the draft Budget. This feedback will help us in our decision-making about where we focus our resources.

‘So, if you have a few minutes spare, jump online or visit one of our Libraries or Customer Service Centres and check out the draft Budget. We need your feedback by Friday 13 May’, Cr Carpenter said.

For more information and to view the draft Budget, click here or call Council on (03) 5772 0333

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