Darebin 2018/19 Budget

This project has concluded.


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


This project has concluded.
  • Darebin 2018/19 Budget has been adopted

    over 1 year ago

    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. Check out the adopted budget!


    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. Check out the adopted budget!


  • Budget Submission Process now closed

    over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your submissions! The budget submission process is now closed. We have received 157 submissions this year! Stay tuned for the final budget.


    Thank you for your submissions! The budget submission process is now closed. We have received 157 submissions this year! Stay tuned for the final budget.


  • Have Your Say on the Darebin 2018/19 Budget!

    over 1 year ago

    Tell us your satisfaction with our services and ways to improve them and we will use this information to prioritise the 2018/19 budget.


    Tell us your satisfaction with our services and ways to improve them and we will use this information to prioritise the 2018/19 budget.