Manningham Council is on track to build a better future with the adoption of the 2022/23 Budget and the 10-year Financial Plan at the June Council meeting.
We’re delivering for our community with an operating budget of $138 million to deliver a large range of valuable services. We are aware of the cost-of-living pressures on our community and are keeping average rate movements below inflation and in line with the State Government’s rate cap of 1.75%.
“Our budget is financially responsible while we deliver the services, programs, activities and infrastructure our community has asked for,” said Mayor Cr Michelle Kleinert.
“We are building a better Manningham by taking action on issues important to our community and planning for the future.”
Extensive community engagement informed the development of both the Budget and 10 Year Financial Plan. This included a Public Submissions hearing on 14 June where members of the public were invited to present to Councillors on their submission.
We listened to our community and made changes to the final 2022/23 Budget and 10-year Financial Plan including:
- $25,000 allocated for cricket nets at Colman Park, South Warrandyte
- $300,000 brought forward to 2023/24 for sports field lighting at Ted Ajani
- An ongoing operational budget allocation of $154,000 per annum for increased library operating hours at Doncaster library and Sunday opening at The Pines library
We are building a better Manningham with a $65.2 million capital works program to maintain and enhance Council’s $2 billion of community assets.
We are taking action with a number of new key operating initiatives in priority areas such as delivering on our Climate Emergency Action Plan, implementing waste management initiatives, supporting community-led initiatives through our extensive community grants program, supporting local business and employment opportunities including business hubs and co-working spaces, improving transport, and advocacy for youth mental health services.
We are planning for our future by allocating $50 million over the next 10 years for major community facilities, better understanding the increasing flood and stormwater risks, and delivering our Liveable City Strategy.
Here’s some of the works this budget will deliver:
Jumping Creek Road Upgrade
We have allocated $1.8 million towards our continued work to upgrade Jumping Creek Road.
We completed the first section of the upgrade in 2020 and now have detailed designs for the final stage.
This work is part of our commitment to build a better Manningham and will improve the safe connection between Warrandyte, Wonga Park and surrounding areas.
Macedon Square Upgrade
We have allocated $1.2 million as part of a $3.5m upgrade Macedon Square in Templestowe Lower as part of our commitment to build a better Manningham.
While consultation on the final design continues with the community, the upgrade will deliver safety improvements and maintain the look and feel of the shopping precinct.
The upgrade will support our thriving local economy and improve the liveability of Manningham’s places and spaces.
Flood and Stormwater Management
We have allocated $270,000 towards our Flood and Stormwater Management planning.
This work is part of our commitment to plan for the future and will help us better understand the increasing flooding and stormwater management challenges related to climate change, development pressure and population growth.
We are establishing a Community Reference Panel to help us deliver expert advice and consultation on the impact of flood and stormwater management to contribute to the long-term sustainability, resilience and liveability of Manningham.
Climate Emergency Action Plan
We have allocated $1.5 million towards delivering actions in our Climate Emergency Action Plan as part of our commitment to address the growing risks and impacts of climate change on our community.
The funding will go towards:
- rooftop solar installations at seven Council buildings
- flood mapping
- a review of areas of biological significance
- development of a public electric vehicle charging trial
- an expanded residential solar program.
Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO)
We have allocated $2.5 million towards our aggregated waste initiatives including Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) as part of our commitment to take action on climate change and achieve our climate targets.
FOGO will mean changes to household waste collection services starting in July 2023, when green lid garden bins will be collected weekly and include both food waste and garden waste. Red lid garbage bins will be collected fortnightly.
Learn more about the major initiatives that we will be investing in for the coming year and read the full 2022/23 Budget:
Learn more about the Council Meeting 26 June 2022.