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Have your say on Council budgets and the Council Plan

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Road renewals, upgrading Lake Pertobe and the redevelopment of Reid Oval are among the major capital works contained in Warrnambool City Council’s draft 2019-2020 budgets.

Also proposed is an expansion of the energy-saving streetlight upgrade program and a new air-conditioning system for the Warrnambool Art Gallery to ensure the gallery’s collection is maintained at the appropriate temperature and humidity.

Major capital works 2019-2020  
Road renewals $4.1 million
Lake Pertobe Master Plan implementation (Stage I)   $2.9 million
Saleyards roof        $540,000
Reid Oval      $10 million
Smart (low energy) street lighting  $1.4 million
Small Infrastructure Fund   $330,000
Art Gallery climate control  $600,000
Beach access (Point Ritchie-Moyjil)    $190,000
“There are some great projects in store over the coming year,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Tony Herbert said.

“We’re investing in some of Warrnambool’s great treasures and I know the community will be really excited to see the improvements to Lake Pertobe.

“Lake Pertobe is highly regarded by Warrnambool residents and by visitors and Council was absolutely thrilled to have its investment of $1.45 million matched by Commonwealth funding.

“The Reid Oval project will start to take shape with planning and detailed design ahead of on-ground work and we also have a roofing project planned for the livestock exchange to ensure this facility meets expectations around animal welfare and of those who use the facility.”

Warrnambool City Council has released two draft budgets for public comment.

One budget proposed – subject to approval by the Essential Services Commission and Council – a rate increase of 4.5 per cent.

This is two per cent above the rate cap of 2.5 per cent set by the Victorian Government in December last year.

The alternative budget proposes a rate increase of 2.5 per cent, in line with the rate cap.

Earlier this year Council voted to apply to the Essential Services Commission seeking a two per cent variation to the rate cap to address an asset renewal funding shortfall.

The Commission has yet to make a decision on Council’s application.

Without a rate cap the proposed capital works program is $18.7 million.

The draft budget with the rate cap variation has a capital works program of $19.4 million with the additional funds invested in asset renewal work.

Average residential rates figure in line with the rate cap is $1,998 while the figure with a rate cap variation is $2,029.

At last night’s meeting Council also voted to release its draft Council Plan 2017-2021 (revised 2019) for public comment.

To have your say on the Council budgets and Council Plan go to

Written submissions will be accepted up to 5pm, May 29, 2019. Those who have made a written submission can also speak in support of their submission at a special meeting of Council to be held (if required) on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 5.45pm.

Those wanting to speak in support of their submission must indicate this intention by May 29, 2019.



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