Council sets direction with Council Plan and Budget
After the largest community engagement campaign to ever be undertaken by Bass Coast Shire Council, Council has adopted its Council Plan 2017-21 and Annual Budget 2017/8.
At the June Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday night, Council considered the proposed documents, which had been updated from the original drafts to reflect community feedback received during the submission period.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said she believed the documents were an accurate representation of the input received from the Bass Coast community.
“We begun the ‘Help shape a better Bass Coast campaign back in January of this year, and have taken an extensive consultation approach from the very start to make sure we got both the Council Plan and Budget right,” Cr Rothfield said.
“Over the past six months, we have had hundreds of face-to-face conversations, received thousands of comments and reached tens of thousands of people through social media, our website, public notices and posters, and pop-up stalls throughout the Shire.
“I am confident that both these documents accurately represent the goals and aspirations of the broader community and look forward to seeing results as they are put into action over the next 12 months.
The Council Plan includes Council’s Vision, Mission and Values, as well as seven themes; Advocacy, Economic Development, Environment, Governance, Health and Wellbeing, Liveability, and Our Character.
“The Council Plan reflects not only what we heard, but how we will meet these priorities, and the strategies on how the organisation will deliver and fund these outcomes for the community,” Cr Rothfield said.
“In the Budget, we have committed to maintaining services and infrastructure, as well as delivering projects and services that are valued by our community, and doing this within the rate increase of two per cent mandated by the State Government,” Cr Rothfield said.
“Remaining aligned with our Long Term Financial Plan, the draft Budget includes funding for a number of priority projects our community has been calling for.
“We have also focussed on maintaining and upgrading our existing valuable assets, proposing over half of our Capital Works budget is committed to renewal.”
The Budget includes an $18.6 million Capital Works Program, including major, minor and renewal projects such as:
- Undertaking detailed design and costing of all remaining stages of the Cowes Cultural Centre redevelopment
- Construction of the Phillip Island Football Netball Club rooms
- Detailed designs for the Cape Paterson Beach Bay Development Plan
- New floodlighting for two soccer pitches at Newhaven Reserve
- Redevelopment of change rooms at Dalyston Recreation Reserve
- Development of the Cowes Transit Hub
- Contribution to Wonthaggi CBD Traffic Lights
- Extension of Surf Parade shared path to Veronica St, Inverloch
- Refurbishment of Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre
- Construction of a new landfill cell at Grantville Landfill
- Bass Coast Rail Trail Bourne Creek Pedestrian Bridge Renewal
- Resurfacing of Netball Courts at Dalyston Recreation Reserve
- Replacement of footpath on Anchorage Rd, Ventnor between Ventnor Road and Pall Mall
- Nyora St Helier Road Upgrade – Nation Building Blackspot Program
- Kerb Renewal – Jenner Avenue, Cowes
- Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve Gymnasium Building Renewal Works
- South Dudley Road Upgrade – Nation Building Blackspot Program
- Cowes Civic Centre Commercial development
- Pioneer Bay Drainage Improvements
The Budget also includes Community Facilities Funding for:
- a Wonthaggi Shared Highball Facility – provision for Council contribution of $1.5 million transferred to Reserve
- the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club – provision for Council contribution of $600,000 (over two years)