Darebin Annual Budget 2020-21

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Thank you for your budget submissions. After the Hearing of budget submissions on 25 June, Council will consider all submissions received and consider the adoption of the final budget.

The proposed Budget was endorsed at a Special Council Meeting on 13 May, and aligns with the vision set out in the Darebin Council Plan 2017-2021, while also responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a meaningful, practical, and tangible way.

The draft Budget has been prepared with the community front of mind. In particular, the draft Budget provides funds for Council’s $11.3 million COVID-19 Community and Business Resilience and Recovery Package. This support package includes numerous initiatives to help the most vulnerable members of our community, while also assisting businesses adapt to the changed economic conditions. This includes emergency meal provision, business recovery grants, suspended and refunded fees, and support for arts organisations and creative industries.

However Council has also been hit hard by COVID-19 effects, and has forecast a $18 million revenue reduction during the next financial year. In order to continue providing the more than 100 different community services and programs, Council will be asking for, on average, an additional $1 per week from ratepayers in the coming financial year.

Ratepayers who are in financial difficulty are urged to contact Council to take advantage of Darebin’s COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy, which will allow them to defer rate payments to June next year with no interest. Council is aware of only two other local councils in Victoria giving ratepayers this option.

The draft 2020-21 budget

This is the final budget for the currently elected Councillors, and it maps progress in the delivery of the Council Plan which we committed to in 2017.

This year, more than ever, Council needs to operate in a constrained environment and make tough choices about its priorities.

Nevertheless, Council is committed to supporting the most vulnerable members of the community, addressing the climate emergency, and providing the vital infrastructure that we all rely on. After the COVID-19 crisis is over, the measures that we have put into place will act as both an economic stimulus in supporting COVID-19 recovery, and show the way in averting the worst impacts of the climate emergency.


Some key projects that Council is looking forward to are:

Multi-sports stadium: This project will deliver 4 indoor courts, 4 outdoor courts, landscaping and an intersection upgrade at John Cain Memorial Park.

Northcote Aquatic Recreation Centre and Reservoir Leisure Centre: The schematic design for NARC will be completed and the detailed design stage will commence. Projects at RLC will include a plant room upgrade, the replacement of pool hall columns, improving air handling in pool hall and preparations for main hall roof replacement.

Maternal and Child Health Centres: Three sites will be refurbished and redesigned to ensure the spaces are welcoming for our diverse community.

Open Space: Improvements to parks and open space across Darebin including play spaces, park master plan implementation, pocket park upgrades and expansion of the tree planting program to deliver 6000 street trees over 3 financial years.

Age Friendly Darebin: A gardening service trial will commence in the current year and continue until November 2020. The Flexible Meals Model trial will run in 2021 to inform possible a future tender.

Future Preston: This continuing project encompasses the planning scheme amendment process for the Preston Market Structure Plan, community engagement on the draft Urban Design Framework and preparation of the Central Preston Structure Plan.

Transitioning to 100% renewable energy: Darebin is the lead Council on the Local Government Power Purchase Agreement for renewable energy. Council leads the project on behalf of 44 Victorian Councils who are contributing funds towards it.


What's happening now

The Hearing of budget submissions will be held on 25 June. Council will then consider all the submissions received, and on 15 July will consider the adoption of the final budget.

You can still view the 2020-21 draft budget.

(click on the image below to view the 2020/21 draft budget)

Street art of woman shopping at market. Behind the woman there is a little girl holding her teddy bear


Thank you for your budget submissions. After the Hearing of budget submissions on 25 June, Council will consider all submissions received and consider the adoption of the final budget.

The proposed Budget was endorsed at a Special Council Meeting on 13 May, and aligns with the vision set out in the Darebin Council Plan 2017-2021, while also responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a meaningful, practical, and tangible way.

The draft Budget has been prepared with the community front of mind. In particular, the draft Budget provides funds for Council’s $11.3 million COVID-19 Community and Business Resilience and Recovery Package. This support package includes numerous initiatives to help the most vulnerable members of our community, while also assisting businesses adapt to the changed economic conditions. This includes emergency meal provision, business recovery grants, suspended and refunded fees, and support for arts organisations and creative industries.

However Council has also been hit hard by COVID-19 effects, and has forecast a $18 million revenue reduction during the next financial year. In order to continue providing the more than 100 different community services and programs, Council will be asking for, on average, an additional $1 per week from ratepayers in the coming financial year.

Ratepayers who are in financial difficulty are urged to contact Council to take advantage of Darebin’s COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy, which will allow them to defer rate payments to June next year with no interest. Council is aware of only two other local councils in Victoria giving ratepayers this option.

The draft 2020-21 budget

This is the final budget for the currently elected Councillors, and it maps progress in the delivery of the Council Plan which we committed to in 2017.

This year, more than ever, Council needs to operate in a constrained environment and make tough choices about its priorities.

Nevertheless, Council is committed to supporting the most vulnerable members of the community, addressing the climate emergency, and providing the vital infrastructure that we all rely on. After the COVID-19 crisis is over, the measures that we have put into place will act as both an economic stimulus in supporting COVID-19 recovery, and show the way in averting the worst impacts of the climate emergency.


Some key projects that Council is looking forward to are:

Multi-sports stadium: This project will deliver 4 indoor courts, 4 outdoor courts, landscaping and an intersection upgrade at John Cain Memorial Park.

Northcote Aquatic Recreation Centre and Reservoir Leisure Centre: The schematic design for NARC will be completed and the detailed design stage will commence. Projects at RLC will include a plant room upgrade, the replacement of pool hall columns, improving air handling in pool hall and preparations for main hall roof replacement.

Maternal and Child Health Centres: Three sites will be refurbished and redesigned to ensure the spaces are welcoming for our diverse community.

Open Space: Improvements to parks and open space across Darebin including play spaces, park master plan implementation, pocket park upgrades and expansion of the tree planting program to deliver 6000 street trees over 3 financial years.

Age Friendly Darebin: A gardening service trial will commence in the current year and continue until November 2020. The Flexible Meals Model trial will run in 2021 to inform possible a future tender.

Future Preston: This continuing project encompasses the planning scheme amendment process for the Preston Market Structure Plan, community engagement on the draft Urban Design Framework and preparation of the Central Preston Structure Plan.

Transitioning to 100% renewable energy: Darebin is the lead Council on the Local Government Power Purchase Agreement for renewable energy. Council leads the project on behalf of 44 Victorian Councils who are contributing funds towards it.


What's happening now

The Hearing of budget submissions will be held on 25 June. Council will then consider all the submissions received, and on 15 July will consider the adoption of the final budget.

You can still view the 2020-21 draft budget.

(click on the image below to view the 2020/21 draft budget)

Street art of woman shopping at market. Behind the woman there is a little girl holding her teddy bear