Draft Council Plan 2018-22 and Proposed Budget 2018-19 - Formal submissions

This engagement is complete

Date: Wednesday, 2 May 2018 to Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Background

Our proposed Council Plan 2018-22 and Budget 2018-19 are now open for the formal submissions process.

The Council Plan 2018-22 - Putting Our Community First outlines 11 key strategic areas for focus as we strive to reach the community’s long-term vision for a clever and creative future.

It will guide the City of Greater Geelong's resources to deliver infrastructure, services and programs in a sustainable way over the next four years. 

The plan will be achieved through a combination of direct funding and advocacy with some of the key priorities funded in year one of the Council Plan as part of the proposed Budget 2018-19.

The proposed Budget 2018-19 has been informed by the key strategic priorities outlined in the Council Plan and in response to several challenges including unprecedented population growth, ageing infrastructure, the financial constraints of the State Government rate cap, and the impact of the worldwide recycling crisis.

Have Your Say

A copy of the proposed Council Plan 2018-22 and Budget 2018-19 can be found below. Copies are also available for inspection at our customer service centres.

If you lodge a valid written submission, you will be invited to speak in support of this at Council's Submission Panel. This will be convened on a date to be confirmed, to consider all submissions, and make recommendations for changes to the proposed Council Plan 2018-22 and Budget 2018-19.

Feedback can be provided online or in writing: 

Online 

Submit your formal submission online below. All submissions require your name, postal address, phone number and email address (if applicable).

In writing

Submit your views in writing to:

Attention: Manager, Financial Services
Proposed Council Plan and /or Budget Submission
City of Greater Geelong
PO Box 104, Geelong VIC 3220

Please include your name, postal address, phone number and email address (if applicable).

In person

Attend a Council Plan 2018-2022 roadshow near you and discuss the plan with a ward Councillor. Dates and locations can be found here.

The deadline for public submissions is 5.00pm on Tuesday 29 May 2018.

 


Key findings

Council adopted the Council Plan 2018-2022 and 2018-2019 Budget at its meeting held on Tuesday 26 June 2018, including the 2018-2019 Rating Strategy.

Copies of the Council Plan, Budget and Rating Strategy are available for viewing at all Customer Service Centres.

Council Plan 2018-22 outlines Council’s priorities for the next four years as the City works towards becoming a clever and creative region.
There is a strong community focus in the Council Plan with the 11 strategic priorities developed following input from all councillors who were informed by their local communities.

Council received 89 submissions on the proposed Council Plan and Budget during the submission period. All submissions were considered by the submissions review panel and a number of minor amendments were made to the Council Plan in response to the submissions.
Progress on the delivery of Council Plan will be reported to the community quarterly and at the end of the financial year through our Annual Report.

The submissions review panel considered all submissions relating to the 2018-19 Budget and recommended no change.
The annual budget outlines the financial requirements to achieve the first year strategic actions in the Council Plan. Other actions will be included in subsequent budgets.
The Budget 2018-19 has been informed by the 11 key strategic priorities outlined in the Council Plan and in response to several challenges including unprecedented population growth, ageing infrastructure, the financial constraints of the State Government rate cap, and the impact of the worldwide recycling crisis.
The Budget 2018-19 turnover is $396m and key features include:

-$78m on community facilities and infrastructure including projects such as the new Early Learning Centre in Highton, the new Drysdale Child and Family Centre, commencement of the Purnell Road Child and Family Centre, completion of stage 2 of the Leopold Community Hub and funding for core infrastructure renewal projects including road rehabilitation. 
- $3.6m on community priorities identified by the community including a master plan of Greater Geelong and Bellarine Shared Trails, Goldsworthy reserve track renewal and assistance in establishing a new food relief centre in Geelong.            -  Continued investment in redevelopment of central Geelong including continuation of the partnership with the Geelong Authority in planning and developing central Geelong.
- $6.3m for distribution in the fair and transparent unified grants program, including continuation of major contributions to the Geelong Art Gallery and Geelong Major Events.
- Investment in business productivity improvements including commencement of the City’s Civic Accommodation Project and information technology upgrades.
The Budget achieves a comprehensive income result of $80m including an underlying surplus of $2.3m, demonstrating a commitment to responsible financial management, service planning and business improvement.




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