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Adopted Budget

Adopted Budget 2021/22

In preparing the proposed 2021/22 Budget, Council has taken in to consideration the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was declared on 11 March 2020 by the World Health Organisation.

As discussed in last year’s Budget and in other documents over the past 12 months, the impact of the pandemic on Council has been profound. While Council has continued to provide the majority of its services during the various stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the required long-term closures during 2020 and short reactive shutdowns during the first half of 2021 has resulted in a cumulative loss of approximately $20 million across the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years. These closures and shutdowns particularly impacted our leisure facilities, such as Karralyka, Aquanation, Aquahub, Ringwood and Dorset Golf, The Rings and Maroondah Nets that, resulted in a loss of $12.7 million. It has also meant a redirection of resources and/or funding in excess of $10 million to respond to COVID-19 in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years. 

As a consequence the proposed 2021/22 Budget has been reviewed to take in to account the financial outcomes from the past two years, as well as the ongoing impacts for 2021/22. This includes a review of Council’s services, income and capital work projects, as well as a detailed review of the long term Financial Plan.

The Financial Plan links directly to the achievement of the Community Vision and the Council Plan within the Integrated Strategic Planning & Reporting framework. Under the Local Government Act 2020, Council is required to prepare the Financial Plan in accordance with its deliberative engagement practices. Over a period of six weeks, and ten sessions, a panel of 40 community members came together to deliberate on the topics of health and wellbeing; liveable communities; environment; and assets. The inputs and recommendations from this panel have informed the Financial Plan, Council Plan 2021-2025, and four-year budget and will also inform a range of Council’s future strategic work, projects and service delivery. 

The 2021/22 budget contains 36 major initiatives as identified in the Council Plan. These initiatives will contribute to the achievement of the four-year Council Plan key directions and ultimately the preferred outcome as outlined in Maroondah 2040: Our Future Together.

Adopted Budget 2021/22

Adopted Budget 2021/22  (pdf, 1MB)

Adopted Budget 2021/22  (docx, 2MB)

The recently adopted 2021/22 Budget will help us continue to deliver more than 120 services and programs, protect Council’s $1.87 billion in net community assets, deliver $48.25 million of extensive capital projects, and ensure Council’s financial sustainability.

The 2021/22 Budget and Council Plan 2021-2025 have been developed to align Council’s key strategies with priorities, needs and aspirations of the community. Both documents will continue to focus on initiatives and programs that provide support to our community, including Council’s plan for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priority actions

The Council Plan lists 37 priority actions to be undertaken by Council over the next four-year period from 2021/22 to 2024/25.

Significant projects identified for delivery include:

  • Implementation of the Maroondah COVID-19 Recovery Plan
  • Infrastructure upgrades to sporting facilities at Jubilee, Proclamation, Springfield, Cheong and Ainslie parks, and at Dorset Recreation and Silcock reserves
  • Finalise and implement the Maroondah Liveability, Wellbeing and Resilience Strategy 2021-2031 (incorporating the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan).
  • Develop and implement the Waste, Litter & Resource Recovery Strategy.
  • Design and construct activity centre carparks in Croydon, Ringwood and Heathmont; and at Heatherdale Station.
  • Review, update and implement Council’s Sustainability; Climate Change Risk and Adaption, and Carbon Neutral strategies.

Delivering vital community services

Over the past few years, Council has received significant recognition for the innovative and quality services it delivers.

These services are vital to the health and wellbeing of our community, and include:

  • Important Maternal and Child Health services delivered through eight centres across the municipality, including infant health checks and parent groups.
  • A fully accredited immunisation service, which delivers more than 10,000 vaccinations annually, including for babies and children, both pre-school and school-aged.
  • More than 250 hours of support provided annually to residents through the Maroondah Supported Residential Services program.
  • Over 15,500 hours of Social Inclusion and Wellbeing programs for older residents and people with a disability.
  • Services and programs for young people aged 10 to 25, including drop-in programs and support services.
  • The creation and distribution of more than 40,000 Delivered Meals every year.
  • Training and coordinating 90 school crossing supervisors who support safe passage to and from school and kindergarten at 74 school crossings across Maroondah.

Capital works highlights

Council maintains $1.87 billion in assets on behalf of the community, including 533 buildings and structures, 433 parks, 47 bush reserves, 133 playgrounds, 485 kilometres of roads, 790 kilometres of stormwater drainage pipes and 600 kilometres of constructed footpaths. Council has allocated $48.25 million in the 2021/22 Budget to ensure our assets continue to meet the current and future needs of our community.

These important and diverse projects include:

  • improving accessibility at our facilities
  • road sealing and reconstruction works
  • footpath replacement works
  • stormwater and drainage renewal
  • sportsfield resurfacing and lighting
  • playground renewals and bridge
  • replacement works in our reserves.
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