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Each year, Council develops an annual budget that outlines how we will fund the delivery of projects, programs, and more than 100 different services to our community.

This year’s proposed $155.6 million budget reflects community and Council aspirations to protect our environment, create a strong connection to community life and make Bayside a more liveable and inclusive place for all.

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Expansion of aged care services

    Investment in our Aged Care Services so we can expand to the delivery of Home Care Packages to meet the increasing needs of our ageing community.

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Action on climate change

    Delivering the Urban Forest Strategy to make Bayside even greener than before and our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction target takes action on Climate Change.

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve

    Continuing the transformation of Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve into a natural urban oasis to benefit thousands of Baysiders and visitors for years to come.

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Infrastructure and assets

    Upgrades to footpaths, roads and drainage, foreshore and parks, and sports pavilions to support accessibility, recreation, and liveability in Bayside.

A 1.75% rate increase is included in the proposed budget to continue Council’s investment in community infrastructure and services. The waste service charge incorporating kerbside collection and recycling will increase by 13.8%, driven by cost increases in hard waste collections, the State Government Landfill Levy, recycling processing costs and green waste and garbage collection and disposal costs. This means the average ratepayers bill will increase by $81.50.

Delivering the second year of our Council Plan

Key actions we’ll deliver over the next 12 months under the four goals of the Council Plan 2021-2025.

Major Initiatives

  • Climate Emergency Action Plan implementation $100k
  • Urban Forest Strategy implementation $508K
  • Develop and implement Park Improvement and Habitat Linkage Plan $65K
  • Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve Wetlands $545K


  • Biodiversity Action Plan $340K
  • Investigate and consider long term options to manage coastal erosion at Dendy Street beach $220K
  • Continue to lead the community to reduce waste generation and increase waste diversion from landfill
  • Continue the collaborative procurement process for an advanced waste processing facility in the south east of Melbourne

Major Initiatives

  • Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan
  • Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan $98K
  • Affordable Housing Strategy


  • Expand Council’s aged care service to include the delivery of Aged Care Packages
  • Implement key actions from the Community Resilience Plan
  • Develop the Strategic Arts, Culture and Libraries Plan (2023-2027)
  • Embed diversity, equity and inclusion considerations in Council strategy and service delivery
  • Develop a placemaking initiative to attract economic activity in activity centres

Major Initiatives

  • Dendy Street Beach Pavilion $4.1 million
  • Beaumaris Arts Studio $1.016 million
  • Highett Grassy Woodland Masterplan development (CSIRO site) $114,000
  • Inter War and Post War heritage study review $100,000
  • Tulip Street Basketball Courts $6.3 million


  • Implement the Playground Improvement plan including activity spaces for all ages and abilities $127k
  • Implement Year 1 of the Early Years Infrastructure Plan (2022-2028) and requirements to meet new standards $7.677 million
  • Implement actions from Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy
  • Actively participate and represent Bayside residents in the Suburban Rail Loop project $200,000

Major Initiatives

  • Annual Budget development and implementation
  • Annual Action Plan development and implementation


  • Review and adopt the 10-Year Financial Plan.
  • Implement the Property Strategy
  • Review Councillor Code of Conduct
  • Develop and deliver an advocacy program for Council's priorities

Have your say

Community consultation on the proposed Budget is open until 5pm 17 May 2022.
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    Complete the survey or upload a written statement.

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