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MEDIA RELEASE - Draft budget delivers on key community projects

10 May 2018

Investment in local roads, recreation facilities and marina infrastructure are key highlights of Glenelg Shire Council’s $52 million draft budget which aims to strengthen the local economy and drive new investment.

Council has called for public feedback on the document, which includes a $16 million capital works program, in addition to a $9.9 million investment in priority projects, such as $1.9 million for the All Abilities Play Space and Portland Foreshore development.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said prudent financial management had ensured council would continue to deliver high quality, responsive and accessible services to the community.

“One of the objectives of this year’s budget was to ensure long term financial sustainability for the shire,” she said.

“Under the rate capping environment council has continued to identify sustainable cost savings that will assist in delivering priority projects and other strategic outcomes for the community.

“Our focus for the next year is to continue to deliver on the projects and services that make our shire a great place to live in and respond to the challenges we are currently facing.”

As part of the draft budget, council will commit $3.4 million of ratepayer funds and $6.5 million of government grants to continue delivering priority projects as identified in the council plan.

This includes $1.2 million to implement stage one of the Bridgewater Bay Master Plan, $400,000 for the Hanlon Park Lighting Project and $4.7 million to improve fuel access and extend the Marina and Trawler Wharf at the Portland Marina.

Fees and charges have also been kept at a minimum with an increase of 2.25 per cent, as per State Government recommendations and consistent with CPI.

Cr Rank invited the community to submit their feedback on the draft budget.

“If you have a suggestion on how the budget can be improved, you are welcome to make a formal submission,” she said.

Proposed Budget submissions must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 8 June 2018, and addressed to:

The Chief Executive Officer
Glenelg Shire Council
PO Box 152
PORTLAND VIC 3305

Copies of the proposed are available for inspection from 11 May 2018 to 8 June 2018 at Council’s Customer Service Centres or online at www.glenelg.vic.gov.au.

Submissions on the draft budget will be heard on 7pm Tuesday 12 June at the Glenelg Shire Council Chambers.


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