Each financial year Council adopts a budget to provide services and programs to our community.

Budget highlights at a glance

Community facilities

  • Planning for Child and Family Centres in Drysdale and Corio.
  • Redeveloping community hubs in Cloverdale and Rosewall.
  • Designing a new integrated aquatic and leisure centre to replace the old Waterworld facility, including a new Corio library and community hall, and as part of the Northern ARC project.
Sport and recreation facilities
  • Flinders Peak Reserve (Corio) – new pavilion for rugby union and gridiron
  • St Albans Football Netball Club – netball court upgrade
  • Waterworld (Norlane) outdoor area and activities upgrade
  • Leisuretime Centre (Norlane)  – new synthetic pitch
  • Planning work to replace the Goldsworthy Reserve (Corio) athletics track
  • Winter Reserve and McDonald Reserve (Belmont) change rooms upgrade
  • Anakie Recreation Reserve clubrooms upgrade
  • Grovedale Football and Netball Club scoreboard and storage facility upgrade
  • Kardinia Pool – lighting and pool maintenance audit
  • Kardinia and Lara Pool blankets replacement
  • Improve disability access at Lara Golf Club
  • Removal of 6ft high fencing at Ocean Grove Memorial Reserve
  • Queens Park irrigation upgrade (10-year plan) to maintain greens and fairways
  • Ocean Grove Memorial Reserve perimeter fencing replacement
  • Herne Hill Reserve Masterplan upgrades

Revitalising Central Geelong and our Waterfront
  • Progressing the Revitalising Central Geelong action plan projects, primarily the Johnstone Park tiered raingarden.
  • Eastern Beach swimming enclosure: replacement of the bars that protect swimmers from sharks and stingrays.
  • Geelong Waterfront bay walk rebuild (between sailing school and Eastern Beach Reserve).
  • Eastern Beach Mineral Spa and Wellness Centre: expression of interest.
  • Beach House, Eastern Beach: disability access and safety repairs.

Environment and waste
  • Drysdale: construction of a new landfill cell.
  • Beacon Point Reserve, Clifton Springs: beach access investigation.
  • Green organics processing facility in Anakie: set  up works.
  • Ramblers Road, Portarlington: foreshore protection works.
  • Griggs Creek, Clifton Springs: rehabilitation and revegetation.
  • Sparrovale Wetlands, Armstrong Creek: management plan.
  • The Dell, Clifton Springs: Artificial reef and underwater sculpture park.

Planning for the future
  • Land acquisitions for future community facilities.
  • Planning for northern and western growth areas.
  • Old Geelong Gaol and Hospital Precinct: master plan.
  • Pakington Street, Geelong West: beautification designs.
  • Drysdale Town Square: designs

Economic Development
  • Agribusiness Strategy
  • Business incubator/entrepreneurial support
  • Small Business Festival support

What your rates pays for

To deliver our 126 diverse community and business services, we collect rates and charges from all property owners in our region. Here’s a breakdown, showing how every $100 will be spent in the 2017–18 budget.

a pic chart of how $100 of rates contributions will be spent this on services

Community budget submissions

Each year community groups and organisations are invited to make submissions recommending priorities for capital works funding or support on Council assets. The community budget submissions are part of the planning for the annual budget.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 16 August 2017