The ambitious agenda delivered by this budget will be funded by a rate increase of 1.75% which is accordance with the Victorian Government’s rate cap.

The waste service charge incorporating kerbside collection and recycling will increase 13.8% driven by an increases in the State Government Landfill levy, as well as recycling processing, hard waste collection and disposal, and green waste collection costs.

A rate increase is needed to:

  • fund ongoing service delivery (balanced with greater service demands)
  • fund renewal of infrastructure and community assets
  • cope with growth in the population of Bayside residents (0.64% in the last year)
  • cope with cost shifting from the State Government

The decision to increase rates is not taken lightly however this revenue is essential for Council’s continued investment in community infrastructure and to provide services for our community.

While rates represent only 3.5% of total taxation paid by Australians, they fund 30% of the community’s assets such as roads, drains, parks, open space, footpaths and public buildings.

Council rates and charges also fund a range of critical community services including:

  • maternal and child health
  • aged and disability care
  • waste and recycling services
  • public health inspections.

Any ratepayers who are facing financial hardship can contact our Revenue Services Team to discuss their payment options.

Any ratepayers who are facing financial hardship can contact our Revenue Services Team to discuss their payment options.

The Annual Budget 2022/23 includes the following new initiatives:

  • Expansion of delivery of Home Care Packages
  • Switching our bin collection schedule to weekly food and green waste and fortnightly garbage
  • Working with the community to reduce Bayside’s carbon emissions
  • Urban Forest Strategy
  • Affordable Housing Strategy
  • Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Dendy Street Beach Pavilion
  • Warm Water Pool design and feasibility
  • Beaumaris Arts Studio
  • Tulip Street Basketball Courts
  • Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve

There are no significant deferrals of plans, programs or capital works in this year’s proposed budget.

In response to community feedback and condition of the infrastructure, the pavilion renewal at Peterson Reserve has been brought forward and design is expected to commence in 2023/24.

The Annual Budget 2022-23 is informed by community priorities articulated in the Bayside 2050 Community Vision and Council Plan 2021-2025. It funds the delivery of projects and programs that Council has committed to deliver, and more than 100 different services to our community.

The proposed Annual Budget 2022/23 was endorsed by Council on 26 April 2022 and community consultation opened the following day (9am, 27 April 2022). Consultation is scheduled to close on 17 May 2022 to allow time for feedback to be collated and considered, and amendments made to the proposed Budget, if required. You can provide your feedback via a survey or written statement, or by post to Council during the consultation period.

Following the close of community engagement at 5pm on 17 May 2022, community and stakeholder feedback will be considered and amendments made to the proposed Budget, if required

The opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed Budget will be widely communicated to the community throughout the consultation period via the Council website and Have Your Say engagement website, as well as digital advertising to reach community members who do not subscribe to Council communications channels. Find out more about how we’re engaging with the community on the budget.

Council will consider a report on community engagement on the Budget on 7 June 2022 and adopting a proposed Annual Budget 2022-23 at its meeting on 28 June 2022. The agenda for this meeting will be available to view here when published.

Interested community members will also have an opportunity to request to be heard at the Council meeting on 28 June 2022 and speak to Council at the meeting or provide a written statement which will be published in the meeting agenda.

Under the Local Government Act 2020, Council must adopt an annual budget by the 30 June 2022.

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