Darebin 2018/19 Budget

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Council has adopted the Annual Budget 2018/19 after an extensive community engagement process with community members from every part of Darebin, and consideration of 157 submissions made by the public.

This budget is community focused and continues to achieve the goals and objectives of the Council Plan. It is a responsible budget that maintains all services and infrastructure from the previous year as well as delivering projects and services that are valued by our community. We have also achieved this budget without the need to apply for an exemption to the rate cap.

Check out the 2018/19 adopted budget (click on the image)


You can also view the Strategic Resource Plan 2018-2022 on the right (under related documents)


Further Information

Manager Finance
Phone number: 8470 8619
Email: Allan.Cochrane@darebin.vic.gov.au


Background information

The proposed budget outlined the financial resources we need to deliver the 100 services that we provide to the community. It also outlined proposed funding allocations for our capital works program and operating projects.

The proposed budget included a rate increase of 2.25 per cent. This was in line with the Victorian Government’s new Fair Go Rates System which has capped rates increases by Victorian councils to the forecast movement of 2.25 per cent in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).


The following proposed budget 2018/19 highlights were adopted in the final budget.

Proposed Budget 2018/19 Highlights

Key highlights of the draft 2018/19 Budget include:

  • Continued progress to achieve the goals and objectives of the Council Plan
  • Delivery of a large capital program
  • Delivery of high quality services and programs for the community
  • Maintenance of our long term financial sustainability
  • No borrowings

Sustainability initiatives

  • Doubling solar power in Darebin
  • Supporting the foundation of the Darebin Energy Foundation and the Darebin Nature Trust
  • Dramatically improving walking and cycling infrastructure
  • Continued implementation of the Climate Emergency Plan
  • Investment in range of energy efficient initiatives

Community initiatives

  • Ongoing provision of over 100 services to residents, businesses and community groups from the early years - maternal and child health and family services - through to retirement and seniors activities. Services also include waste collection, youth services, libraries, arts programs, festivals and more
  • Preparation of a Community Engagement Strategy to support Councils deep commitment to increasing community participation in all of our decision making processes
  • Ongoing support and advocacy to strengthen our diverse and multicultural community
  • Ongoing review of our services to respond to changing community needs, significant population growth, financial challenges

Public infrastructure initiatives

  • Commencement of a new multi-purpose stadium (WMSS) at John Cain Reserve to provide more sports opportunities for women and girls
  • Planning for future improvements to the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre and the Resevoir Leisure Centre
  • A wide program of improvements and new works in our parks, open spaces, playgrounds and sporting facilities across the municipality
  • Ongoing investment to ensure our critical assets and infrastructure are maintained including roads, footpaths and drains
  • The ongoing provision of an outstanding performing arts and cultural programme
  • Works to reinvigorate the Darebin Arts Centre

Strategy and planning initiatives

  • A significant program of strategic initiatives aimed at setting out a long term, integrated plan for the future of the City and guiding land use, development, housing affordability, future community and physical infrastructure and transport requirements and opportunities for economic growth
  • Finalisation of a new Open Space Strategy and the preparation of controls to ensure ongoing funding for open space to support our growing community.
  • A new developer contributions levy for infrastructure to serve our growing community
  • Commencement of the Preston Urban Design Framework including updating the structure plan to ensure we have a clear plan to address growth and change in and around Preston



Council has adopted the Annual Budget 2018/19 after an extensive community engagement process with community members from every part of Darebin, and consideration of 157 submissions made by the public.

This budget is community focused and continues to achieve the goals and objectives of the Council Plan. It is a responsible budget that maintains all services and infrastructure from the previous year as well as delivering projects and services that are valued by our community. We have also achieved this budget without the need to apply for an exemption to the rate cap.

Check out the 2018/19 adopted budget (click on the image)


You can also view the Strategic Resource Plan 2018-2022 on the right (under related documents)


Further Information

Manager Finance
Phone number: 8470 8619
Email: Allan.Cochrane@darebin.vic.gov.au


Background information

The proposed budget outlined the financial resources we need to deliver the 100 services that we provide to the community. It also outlined proposed funding allocations for our capital works program and operating projects.

The proposed budget included a rate increase of 2.25 per cent. This was in line with the Victorian Government’s new Fair Go Rates System which has capped rates increases by Victorian councils to the forecast movement of 2.25 per cent in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).


The following proposed budget 2018/19 highlights were adopted in the final budget.

Proposed Budget 2018/19 Highlights

Key highlights of the draft 2018/19 Budget include:

  • Continued progress to achieve the goals and objectives of the Council Plan
  • Delivery of a large capital program
  • Delivery of high quality services and programs for the community
  • Maintenance of our long term financial sustainability
  • No borrowings

Sustainability initiatives

  • Doubling solar power in Darebin
  • Supporting the foundation of the Darebin Energy Foundation and the Darebin Nature Trust
  • Dramatically improving walking and cycling infrastructure
  • Continued implementation of the Climate Emergency Plan
  • Investment in range of energy efficient initiatives

Community initiatives

  • Ongoing provision of over 100 services to residents, businesses and community groups from the early years - maternal and child health and family services - through to retirement and seniors activities. Services also include waste collection, youth services, libraries, arts programs, festivals and more
  • Preparation of a Community Engagement Strategy to support Councils deep commitment to increasing community participation in all of our decision making processes
  • Ongoing support and advocacy to strengthen our diverse and multicultural community
  • Ongoing review of our services to respond to changing community needs, significant population growth, financial challenges

Public infrastructure initiatives

  • Commencement of a new multi-purpose stadium (WMSS) at John Cain Reserve to provide more sports opportunities for women and girls
  • Planning for future improvements to the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre and the Resevoir Leisure Centre
  • A wide program of improvements and new works in our parks, open spaces, playgrounds and sporting facilities across the municipality
  • Ongoing investment to ensure our critical assets and infrastructure are maintained including roads, footpaths and drains
  • The ongoing provision of an outstanding performing arts and cultural programme
  • Works to reinvigorate the Darebin Arts Centre

Strategy and planning initiatives

  • A significant program of strategic initiatives aimed at setting out a long term, integrated plan for the future of the City and guiding land use, development, housing affordability, future community and physical infrastructure and transport requirements and opportunities for economic growth
  • Finalisation of a new Open Space Strategy and the preparation of controls to ensure ongoing funding for open space to support our growing community.
  • A new developer contributions levy for infrastructure to serve our growing community
  • Commencement of the Preston Urban Design Framework including updating the structure plan to ensure we have a clear plan to address growth and change in and around Preston


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • My question is in relation to your proposed upgrade to the pavilion at G.E.Robinson Reserve (Regent Tennis Club). I believe this upgrade is of importance as the club has many junior members and the clubrooms are now quite inadequate for the membership of the club. It needs an urgent upgrade to facilitate the growing amount of the membership of this club. As this area is growing in regards of families with children and the reserve is quite large, I believe an upgrade to these clubrooms to bring it up to 2018 standards is urgently required. My actual question is will these upgrades finally take place and is there an option to also add an extra tennis court in the future?

    Jason Sanford asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Jason,

    Thank you for your question in regards to G.E. Robinson Reserve – Regent Tennis Club.  Council has been working very closely with the Club to redevelop the tired looking heritage listed club house.  We have recently completed the detailed designs for the clubhouse, an allocation has been made in the Draft 18/19 budget which will be considered by Council for adoption on the 12th June 2018. If successful that construction for these works can then commence in the next financial year (18/19). 

    The scope of the project will significantly improve the provision of female friendly change spaces and amenities whilst providing a facility that is DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) compliant.  This will certainly bring the pavilion up to a standard the club and community will enjoy as there is significant growth in female and junior sport in Darebin, and with the demand for quality sports facilities, it is important that assets such as the clubhouse are renewed.

    Upgrading the facility will assist the Club to further develop their junior and female participation and promote the club to continue to grow. 

    The scope does not include additional courts, as the balance between sporting infrastructure and open space is important to Darebin.  GE Robinson Reserve is restricted in terms of adding another court without compromising the play space where children can play and families can gather to enjoy outings and recreational activities. 

    We hope the above information has provided you with some insight in regards to the future upgrade to GE Robinson (Regent Tennis Club).

    Kind Regards,

    The Finance Team

  • As a long time resident and rate payer in the City of Darebin I have always enjoyed the creek trails in this area. Having recently moved to Reservoir I've noticed that a large section of Edgars Creek has been neglected for quite some time. Downstream the Friends of Edgars Creek and Moreland Council have done thorough environmental restoration, but the Darebin end has been left wanting. There is a large open space at the end of Kia Ora Road and Henty Street that used to be a gasometer. I beleive this area could be environmentally restored including signage that acknowledges its past. Currently this space is used for council to store mulch which is exuding carbon. The street light doesn't work and hooligans have been doing circle work and leaving rubbish. In lieu of the Gilbert Road tram extension, which should go under the new rail bridge at Cheddar rd and extend to Plenty rd, the citizen of this fair town would appreciate a bike path from Edwards Lake to join the Merri Creek trail. I hope these improvements can be included in you Open Spaces plan.

    gasometer park asked over 1 year ago

    Hi,

    Thank you for your question regarding the need for a dog off lead park in Darebin. Council is currently reviewing its Open Space Strategy and as a part of this process, will review the need for dog off lead parks.

    The area at the end of Kia Ora Rd has been used as a storage site for mulch but this practice will stop and the mulch will be used on Council plantings around Darebin.
    The street light has been disconnected and at this stage won’t be replaced.
    The future plans for the site include improved fencing to limit vehicle access and revegetation works.

    Your suggestion regarding the connection of the Merri Creek Trail and Edwardes Lake Park has been passed on the relevant Officer.

    In the recent state budget there was no funding allocation for the extension of the Gilbert Road tram line but Council will continue to advocate for the project.

    Kind Regards,

    The Finance Team

  • can you tell me where I can find out what a emolument a councillor is receiving. Amount and description.

    Tony Trapani asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Tony,

    Darebin Councillors receive the maximum allowances allowed.

    This information can be found at https://knowyourcouncil.vic.gov.au/guide-to-councils/how-councils-work/the-system-of-government.

    Kind Regards,

    The Finance Team