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

Budget highlights at a glance

The Budget 2019-20 responds to growth in all areas of the municipality, allocating funds to complete a suite of major projects and progress the next wave of new and upgraded facilities.

It forecasts a recurrent operating surplus of $1.4 million, while supporting services to the community costing $314.4 million.

We have taken a strategic and community-led approach to the roll-out of community infrastructure, focusing on both fast-growing and established suburbs.

There is a strong commitment to renewing our existing assets, including key heritage assets, and continuing our investment in the modernisation of Central Geelong.

Our pursuit of business improvement has also seen allocations for the new Civic Precinct and the City’s Digital Transformation strategy.

The Budget has been developed in line with the 11 strategic priorities contained in the Council Plan 2018-2022.

The priorities reflect the views of the community, drawing from the 30-year clever and creative vision for Greater Geelong.

Highlights of the budget 2019-2020

  • a unified Community Investment Support Fund offering grants of more than $8.3 million – a rise of 30.1 per cent from 2018-2019
  • the introduction of a flexible parking trial from December, offering motorists free parking for 30 minutes in CBD on-street two-hour parking zones
  • the completion of major projects such as Drysdale Integrated Children’s Centre ($7.5 million) and Purnell Road Child and Family Centre in Corio ($6 million) and
  • the continuation of the hard waste service trial ($3 million), which offers residents one book-in residential collection in 2019-2020.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 2 July 2019