We issued media statements responding to questions from the Geelong Advertiser about Council’s deferred borrowings.
Peter Anderson - Director Finance and Strategy
Issued 2 May 2018
The City’s Proposed 2018–19 Budget factors in an expected wage rise as a result of our new EBA agreement.
That agreement is still being negotiated, so we can’t yet disclose a final figure.
The proposed 2018–19 budget has no planned staff increases from 1 July 2018.
The 1,636 EFT positions listed in the proposed 2018–19 budget includes those people employed at various times during the 2017–18 financial year who will continue with the City into the new financial year.
These people are working in areas such as IT and digital support, governance, strategy and growth.
They are continuing the transformation work identified by the Commission of Inquiry, and progressing new services under the Council Plan – such as the hard waste collection scheduled to commence in 2019.
All currently unfilled positions are fully funded in the proposed budget. From time to time, we might use agency staff to fill some of these positions on a short-term basis.
The City is yet to determine its needs for casual employees, as this can vary depending on our service delivery commitments.
Whatever their employment status, all staff contribute to the delivery of a broad range of high-quality services for our community.
Our total expenditure in 2018–19 for the budgeted 1,636 EFT positions is $155,210,000 (as detailed on page 3.7 of the Proposed Budget).
Issued 1 May 2018
Council will soon apply for a loan of $12.1 million to help fund key community infrastructure projects, including:
- $3.8 million for the Leopold Community Hub
- $1.8 million for the Hendy Street Reserve development
- $3.285 million for the landfill cells at Drysdale and
- $3.226 million for the Drysdale Sporting Precinct.
The new cell at Drysdale will provide enough space for approximately eight years of waste disposal, based on current rates of disposal.
A summary of the City’s borrowings for 2017–18 and 2018–19 will be made available through the proposed budget 2018–19, which will be presented at tomorrow night's Council meeting.
Media will have the chance to view an advanced copy of the proposed budget 2018–19 tomorrow afternoon at a media briefing ahead of the Council meeting.