Parents with young children, volunteers, sports groups, walkers and cyclists are set to be the big winners out of Macedon Ranges council’s 2017-18 budget.
Investment in community infrastructure, footpaths, solar panels and other sustainable initiatives are also prominent in the council’s 2017-18 draft budget, which is out for public feedback.
More than $80 million has been earmarked for services and projects to local communities in the budget, which will be brought in based on the state-imposed rate rise cap of two per cent.
The draft budget proposes more spending to support parents initiatives, volunteers, walking and cycling paths, community facilities and strategic planning.
Funding has also been allocated to arts and culture, youth and biodiversity, and the establishment of a re-use shop at the Kyneton Transfer Station that will divert salvageable items from landfill.
Macedon Ranges chief executive Peter Johnston said 70 per cent of the new capital works budget would be used to improve connections between natural and built environments, with $1.1 million allocated for paths and trails.
He said the draft budget focused on projects and initiatives that would help council to deliver quality services.
“We’ve listened to our communities and this draft budget reflects what our residents called for – greater investment in community infrastructure that supports residents to lead healthy and active lifestyles,” Mr Johnston said.
“Substantial funding will also be allocated to the renewal of council buildings and sports facilities, including a pavilion upgrade at Kyneton Showgrounds, furthering the pavilion upgrade at Gilbert Gordon Oval in Woodend and upgrades to changeroom facilities at JD Clifford Reserve in Macedon.”
The Council Plan 2017–2027, which includes the Health and Wellbeing Plan, and the Strategic Resource plan 2017-18, are also out for public comment until the end of this month.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said that these important documents identified key priorities across three themes – liveability, sustainability and efficiency.
“We want to demonstrate real community outcomes in everything we do,” she said.
For information on the draft budget and all plans, go to www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/yoursay or view copies in person at council service centres in Gisborne, Kyneton, Romsey and Woodend.
Written submissions can be sent to PO Box 151, Kyneton VIC 3444, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org until May 30.