Wyndham City Unveils Proposed 2012/13 Budget

Wyndham City is encouraging residents to have their say on plans for the municipality over the next 12 months, with plans unveiled for $83 million in capital works, along with a modest 5.5 per cent average rates rise as part of the proposed 2012/2013.

From improvement works at the Wyndham Leisure and Events Centre to interactive kiosks at some of Wyndham’s libraries, the proposed budget has a wide range of Capital Works and new initiatives.

The proposed budget, which was endorsed by Wyndham City at a special meeting on Monday, includes an increase in the municipal charge from $37.30 to $39.25 and the garbage charge from $224 to $254.25. The increased garbage charge is significantly impacted by the increase in the State Government EPA levy from $44 per tonne to $48.40 per tonne as well as the introduction of the Carbon Tax.

Key projects that are part of the proposed $83.83 million Capital Works budget include:

  • Tarneit Garden’s Community and Ageing Well Centre – $9.4 million
  • Redevelopment of Wyndham Leisure and Events Centre at 80 Derrimut Rd– $9.36 million
  • Hacketts Rd Reconstruction (Sneydes Rd to Urban Growth Boundary) – $3.28 million
  • Wootten Road Reserve – $2.97 million
  • Alamanda Kindergarten and Children’s Centre – $2.28 million
  • Heathdale Glen Orden Pavilion refurbishment – $2.26 million
  • Tarneit North Kindergarten and Children’s Centre – $2.18 million
  • Hogans Road Oval 2 Reconstruction – $1.85 million
  • Princes Highway Service Rd (Frederick Court to No. 309) – $1.45 million
  • Galvin Park Soccer Pitch Construction (four pitches) – $874,000
  • Neighbourhood park upgrade and renewal (city-wide) – $769,000
  • Hogans Road change rooms, car park and part cost of Pavilion – $627,000
  • Design of Williams Landing Oval – $431,000 (funded through developer contributions)
  • North Gateway Drive (Greens Rd to Feathertop Drive), Wyndham Vale – $405,000
  • Design of Tarneit Library – $338,000
  • Major Gateway Landscape program – $308,000
  • Diggers Road Guard Rails – $205,000

Wyndham City has also proposed $1.11 million for new initiatives in key service delivery areas including:

  • Development of Signage for Historical Tourism Sites in Wyndham
  • Interactive Children’s Kiosks at three of Wyndham’s Libraries
  • Staging of increased events to further develop relationships with the business community
  • Increased tree planting in parks
  • Expansion of the City’s Senior’s Festival
  • Development of a site structure plan for 1160 Sayers Road
  • Environmental Risk Assessment, adaption Research and Modelling.

Wyndham Mayor Cr Kim McAliney said the 2012/2013 proposed budget provided a balance between delivering vital services and capital works for the fastest growing City in the State while demonstrating financial responsibility.

“While this draft budget has been months in the making, it’s not complete until we have heard from the community,” Cr McAliney said.

“The first stage of community consultation allowed residents and community groups to have their say on what they would like to see in the budget. Items included in the proposed 2012/2013 budget based on previous community consultation include signage for historic sites in Wyndham and the creation of a fenced dog off lead park in Point Cook. We’re now asking residents to review the draft budget and submit their feedback before it is formally adopted next month.”

“The proposed average rates increase of 5.5 per cent demonstrates Wyndham City’s commitment to reducing the burden on ratepayers, while allowing enough of an increase to fund vital projects and maintain financial sustainability. The residential rates increase is set at 4.54 per cent, however being a revaluation year – the rates increase or decrease could vary for each property depending on the valuation.”

“Wyndham City’s proposed capital works program of $83.83 million provides vital capital works for the growing City, while demonstrating the necessary restraint to ensure long term financial sustainability in light of the broader economic climate. In 2012/13 Wyndham City is proposing to spend $45.74 on new assets and the remaining $38.09 million on asset upgrades, balancing the need to provide new infrastructure in growth areas with the need for renewal in more established suburbs.”

“As part of the $83.83 capital works program, $37.08 million will be spent on buildings, $11.18 million on open space and associated developments and $29.13 million on roads and pavements.”

“The proposed 2012/13 budget Council features over $4 million for services for young families. This includes $1.2 million on 93 kindergarten groups in 21 centres for approximately 2,050 children, almost $2.4 million for enhanced maternal and child health services for children from birth to 4 to support over 3,500 births anticipated this financial year and $346,472 for facilitated playgroup support for community run playgroups.”

“Wyndham’s parks, gardens and reserves will also get a boost this budget, with 5 new sporting ovals to be constructed in 2012/2013 and $250,000 to be spent on planting trees in parks across the municipality, in addition to the $500,000 being spent on street trees.

“Ultimately, the works and services provided by the proposed 2012/2013 budget are funded by ratepayers, so I encourage residents to take time to read through the document and have their say. In previous years, Wyndham City has been able to accommodate a number of different suggestions from funding for community groups to capital works at local sporting grounds.”

A public meeting to discuss the proposed budget will be held on Thursday, 24th May 2012. Residents and stakeholders then have until 5pm, on Monday, 11th June 2012 to provide feedback on what is proposed. 

PCAG has the opportunity to provide feedback to Wyndham City on this proposed budget. What sort of things would you like us to put forward in relation to this budget on your behalf?  Tell us in the comments below.

Comments

  1. Paul Harder says

    Where is the Public Meeting to be held?

    • Paul, this info was not included in the Press Release. We have requested this info from Council and will let you know when provided.

    • Its at the civic centre Paul.

  2. Miriam Spiess says

    I just saw they have in the Leader newspaper “The city will hold a public meeting on the draft 7pm Thursday at Wyndham Leisure and Events Centre. “

    • Councillor Goodfellow said it was at the Civic Centre. Time to chase this up and find out where it is!