Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21 and Strategic Resource Plan

Consultation has concluded

Thanks to those who have contributed, submissions are now closed.

The Section 223 meeting will be held on Wednesday 24 June 6:30pm at the Maribyrnong Council Offices, corner Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray.

Please note that this meeting will be livestreamed. Should you choose to participate in the meeting via Council’s virtual meeting platform, please note that your verbal submission will be captured in the livestream.

Maribyrnong Council aims to deliver a responsible and balanced budget that maintains excellence in service delivery, provides a strong capital program and is responsive to the growing needs of our community. The Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21 of $149.7 million includes a robust capital program valued at $52.241 million. The Budget has been developed in line with Council’s Long Term Financial Strategy and the Council Plan 2017-21 to ensure a sustainable future.

The budget will provide significant support to residents and businesses affected by COVID-19, giving much needed relief during this difficult time.

You are welcome to send a submission on the proposed 2020-21 Annual Budget and Strategic Resource Plan using the submission process below. Everyone who sends a written submission can have their submission heard by Council in accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989. Submissions made in accordance with Section 223 of the Act are not confidential and will be incorporated in full (including all personal information, unless indicated otherwise) in the agenda and minutes of the Council Meeting at which they are considered and will be available on Council’s website as part of the relevant agenda and minutes of the meeting.

Please see the full Proposed Annual Budget 2020-2021 Strategic Resource Plan here or the summarised version here.

Please submit your submission below by 18 June 2020


Have a question about the budget? Please see the Q&A option below:

1. Online Q&A: Council’s Executive Team will be answering questions submitted online from 4-11 June. Submit your question below or here.


Please note the Q&A is not an official submission. If you would like to make an official submission, you can do so below.

For further information please go to: www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/budget


Thanks to those who have contributed, submissions are now closed.

The Section 223 meeting will be held on Wednesday 24 June 6:30pm at the Maribyrnong Council Offices, corner Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray.

Please note that this meeting will be livestreamed. Should you choose to participate in the meeting via Council’s virtual meeting platform, please note that your verbal submission will be captured in the livestream.

Maribyrnong Council aims to deliver a responsible and balanced budget that maintains excellence in service delivery, provides a strong capital program and is responsive to the growing needs of our community. The Proposed Annual Budget 2020-21 of $149.7 million includes a robust capital program valued at $52.241 million. The Budget has been developed in line with Council’s Long Term Financial Strategy and the Council Plan 2017-21 to ensure a sustainable future.

The budget will provide significant support to residents and businesses affected by COVID-19, giving much needed relief during this difficult time.

You are welcome to send a submission on the proposed 2020-21 Annual Budget and Strategic Resource Plan using the submission process below. Everyone who sends a written submission can have their submission heard by Council in accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989. Submissions made in accordance with Section 223 of the Act are not confidential and will be incorporated in full (including all personal information, unless indicated otherwise) in the agenda and minutes of the Council Meeting at which they are considered and will be available on Council’s website as part of the relevant agenda and minutes of the meeting.

Please see the full Proposed Annual Budget 2020-2021 Strategic Resource Plan here or the summarised version here.

Please submit your submission below by 18 June 2020


Have a question about the budget? Please see the Q&A option below:

1. Online Q&A: Council’s Executive Team will be answering questions submitted online from 4-11 June. Submit your question below or here.


Please note the Q&A is not an official submission. If you would like to make an official submission, you can do so below.

For further information please go to: www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/budget


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Governance satisfaction measurement: When does the Metropolis contract expire? Why does Council pay consultants to do the survey when the LGRF does NOT specify consultants have to be used: only that the data has to be provided?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    The contract expires in June 2021. It is more cost effective to have this obligation performed by a contractor than employees.

  • I understand the Southampton Street Park has been named Berbert Park. Why is it not referred to as such please

    Kerrie O'Neill asked 29 days ago

    This is a typographical error and will be rectified in the final Annual Budget document.

  • Please itemise what is funded under City Amenity

    Kerrie O'Neill asked 29 days ago

    City Amenity covers a range of proactive and reactive cleansing and sanitation programs across the City of Maribyrnong to ensure the City is safe, accessible and clean. These programs include:

    • 24 hour/7 day a week cleansing and sanitation of the Footscray Business District, Yarraville Shopping Precinct, Seddon Shopping Precinct and Barkley Shopping Precinct
    • Street Sweeping of roads, carparks, laneways
    • Servicing street litter bins in shopping precincts and parks
    • Graffiti response
    • Servicing ‘Butt Out’ Bins in the public realm
    • Weed Management in road reserves and laneways
    • Collection of illegally dumped rubbish
    • Loose litter collection
  • I have just calculated that a property with the same CIV value located in Manningham for the 2019/2020 Financial year attracted a rate of approximately $260 a quarter ($1040 PA) less than the same in Maribyrnong. Why?

    SNAFU asked about 1 month ago

    Last year after we hosted a series of community forums, the decision was made to move to the Capital Improved Value or CIV system of rating. This is the most commonly used valuation by Victorian Councils. The CIV system takes into account the full development value of the property and is also reflective of the general market value of the property as at the date of valuation. The formula for calculating rates is then: Property value (CIV) times by rate in the dollar, plus waste management service charge, plus municipal charge, plus fire services levy charges. The rate in the dollar is set by Council annually, and the Fair Go Rates System sets out the maximum amount councils may increase rates by each year, which is capped at 2% this year.

    The difference in cost is due to a number of factors, including the average CIV value within a municipality (which differs from council to council), and where a property’s value sits in the distribution curve of the municipality. Because of these factors, it is difficult to compare rates and charges for the same CIV values in different municipalities.

  • In regards to transport and parking, what is the total cost to the Maribyrnong City Council for residential parking permit enforcement for 20/21?

    ratepayer99 asked 29 days ago

    The enforcement of parking permits is not a separate item and is incorporated in general enforcement of all parking controls.

  • Can you explain in your forecasts for FY21 and beyond, where the newly endorsed Maribyrnong Bicycle Strategy major projects are funded? The budget allocations seem be be underfunded when compared to forecasts in the strategy.

    mlaich asked about 1 month ago

    The Maribyrnong Bicycle Strategy recognises the need for cycle infrastructure investment, the budget for this investment will need to be supplemented with grants to achieve the desired outcomes over the next four years. At present our capital works budget over the next four years to deliver on the Maribyrnong Bicycle Strategy is $4.15million.

  • Did the GoToWebinar platform work for Council?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    Thank you for tuning in to the 20/21 Proposed Budget Webinar with Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter, and CEO, Stephen Wall. Council uses a range of platforms to engage with the community and this is just one of them. Council will look to utilise webinars for further engagement opportunities in the future, where appropriate.

  • Will you look to informing the public via GoToWebinar in the future, or only during this period of time.           

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    We are glad you enjoyed the 20/21 Proposed Budget Webinar with Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter, and CEO, Stephen Wall. Council uses a range of platforms to engage with the community and this is just one of them. Council will look to utilise webinars for further engagement opportunities in the future, where appropriate.

  • How about an education program to the general public (graffiti removal) - as an ongoing, relentless program - to help residents understand it lessens pride of place:  I'm sure perpetuators can learn, by education programs 'please don't'    

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    Thank you for your question. Council works with local schools and universities on a range of educational programs, and an educational program for the entire community around graffiti is a great idea. We will share this with the relevant team in Council to follow up.

  • Hi, thanks for holding the live Q&A webinar. How does technology feature as a priority in the budget for the betterment of residents? Thanks              

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    Thank you for your question. Implementing new and emerging technologies that positively impact the life of residents throughout the city is important. One of the ways that we are doing this at the moment is through the development and implementation of our Climate Emergency Plan and Action Plan. In 2019 Council acknowledged a state of Climate Emergency and is currently working with a group of residents to create the Climate Emergency Plan, which identifies key areas in which Council and the city can improve its carbon footprint and reduce its carbon emissions. Within these plans will be the implementation of innovative technologies that help positively impact the lives of residents. Another example of implementing new technologies is Council’s collaboration with Victoria University to roll out smart technologies across the city, including digital kiosks, expanded free public Wi-Fi and energy efficient lighting. You can read more about both of these projects on our website.

  • Why are cap 44, 45, 46 in capital works? Shouldn’t they be in materials and services?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    As per Council’s policy, these capital expenditure line items meet our threshold limits within network of Computer and Telecommunication asset class.

  • Cap 216 and cap219 - why can’t these be prepared using existing staff resources? a. What is the extra rates revenue being spent on?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    This financial modelling identifies the whole of life costs, such as ongoing maintenance and staffing requirements, of works that have been discussed but not approved for commencement such as the NeXT project and upgrade to RecWest Footscray.

  • ref# 611 and 612 why are these charges going down? a. What exactly are they for? b. What types of traders have to pay these charges?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    Council has introduced digital applications which reduce processing costs. Traders in Class 1 and 2 refer to food related businesses such as restaurants. Traders in Class 3 and 4 relate to non-food specific businesses such as beauty salons and tattoo shops as well as businesses that only sell packaged food such as service stations, stall vendors and mobile food trucks.

  • ref# 590 and 591. Why are prices for smaller festivals going UP and larger festivals going DOWN?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    This reflects a typographical error which has been corrected, there is not a drop in fees. The proposed fees are in line with the existing fees.

  • Ref #544 Why isn’t this going up? These costs are miniscule in comparison to profit of developers.

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    These fees apply to the issuing of building permits. These fees have not increased as Council no longer issue these permits as they are now issued by private building surveyors.

  • Ref #540 and 541. Why are these charges not going up?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    These fees apply to the issuing of building permits. These fees have not increased as Council no longer issue these permits as they are now issued by private building surveyors.

  • Ref #519 and 520. Why are these charges not going up?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    These fees apply to the issuing of building permits. These fees have not increased as Council no longer issue these permits as they are now issued by private building surveyors.

  • Why is Council introducing a $40 fee for parking permits for residents?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    The cost of parking permits is expected to be only carried by those that require this service and therefore reducing rates for those not requiring permits. A permit parking review will be undertaken and will include public consultation later this year.

  • Cap 223 and Cap 224. Council has staff to do this. Why is there an extra $500,000 being raised from rates for this work?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    CAP 233 and CAP 224 totals $325,000. CAP 233 relates specifically to improvement works on the section of Stony Creek running through Hyde Street Reserve, there are other areas of Stony Creek being updated, as identified in the budget, in support of the Stony Creek Directions Plan which was adopted earlier this year. Council continually updates and maintains its streetscapes $125,000 has been allocated for streetscape works including design for Irving Street, Footscray.

  • Cap 183. Industrial precinct amenity program. What is this??

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    The Maribyrnong Employment Industrial Land Use Strategy identifies industrial areas that require improved amenity - particularly local streetscape improvements  these improvements will include working with businesses to prevent trucks accessing footpath areas, protecting existing trees and providing improved pedestrian and bike connections among other requirements.

  • Cap 154 - Connect the community to council assets. What does this actually mean..? What is the money being spent on- i.e people, computers, software programs?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    The Footscray Smart City for Social Cohesion (SC2) includes a Federal Government $400,000 grant and technical support from Victoria University. The project uses technology to improve city performance and citizen experience, including instalment of smart lighting, digital kiosks that promote information in the city, air quality sensors, traffic counting devices and an expansion of the free public WiFi network. The project is a partnership with Council and Victoria University.

  • Cap3 - who are we buying open space from?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    We’re buying land to addresses gaps in our open space network based upon our 2014 Maribyrnong Open Space Strategy. The land we purchase will be from various sources across the city and is funded by collecting open space contributions as per the Subdivisions Act 1988.

  • How many staff on the economic development team?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    Three people are in the Economic Development team.

  • Maribyrnong Planning Scheme - when was this drawn up? Which body ran the consultation process for this, was it state government or council? How many residents were consulted on the Planning Scheme?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    The Maribyrnong Planning Scheme was first introduced in December 1999. The planning scheme is not a static document and does change over time to reflect new circumstances. Amendments to this document are taken through a legislated consultation process as outlined under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 which may require public notice. This process can be either managed by Council or the Minister for Planning.

  • Parking revenue is planned to go up more than 70% Where is the revenue coming from?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    Following a period of consultation Council may reintroduce parking enforcement in the Footscray Activity Centre, should the consultation be successful there will be an increase in parking revenue.

  • Exactly what is the major projects and strategic relationships service? What are we paying for? Is it a software program, lobbyists, contractors etc?

    Admin asked 29 days ago

    The Major Projects and Strategic Relationship service involves Council representing the interests of the community on State and Federal Government projects such as the West Gate Tunnel Project, Melbourne Metro and Defence Site Maribyrnong redevelopment project. This involves facilitating Council comments on these projects, liaison with State led project partners and stakeholders to negotiate best outcomes for the City of Maribyrnong.

  • I see the council is spending $13.371M in car related infrastructure (roads and parking), and $3.060 M to "to build and improve footpath and cycle ways". Where is it possible to see the breakdown of te $3.060 Million, so we can understand how much and where is the council investing in sustainable and health commuting practices.

    Luis asked about 1 month ago

    Ensuring the City of Maribyrnong is safe and accessible for all road users is important, which is why Council is proposing $3.060 million to improving the footpaths and cycle ways across the city in the 20/21 Proposed Budget. You can review a breakdown of the $3.060 million under section 4.4.2, CAP80 on page 58 and section 4.5.2, CAP214 on page 68 of the 20/21 Proposed Budget.

  • Given that Australia is now in a recession and many people are struggling as is, why not be responsible and cut back on your budget instead of passing on the cost (with a 2% rate rise) to the ratepayers whom you are supposedly looking after? My wife's business has been hit hard and yet she is not entitled to any of the "help" you propose to give those struggling in your municipality.

    CJames asked about 1 month ago

    Council will be allocating the full amount of the 2% rate increase of $1.9 million to ratepayers struggling with the impact of COVID-19. This will be quarantined as a rate rebate, ensuring every last dollar is spent assisting those who need it the most. It has yet to be determined how the relief will be issued to those who need it the most.

  • The rate in the dollar in which the council uses in CIV calculations has been set to 0.00281799 for residential properties next FY. The rate in the dollar set is significantly higher than other municipal councils and seems to be the main contributor to the higher rates more so than the CIV calculation method or the high value of properties in the area. Does the council have the ratepayer base to maintain a budget at an effective cost to the taxpayer to maintain the services that Victorian councils provide to their constituents? When does the council call out that they do not have the ratepayer base to maintain the value of the budget set by council?

    SNAFU asked about 1 month ago

    Council aims to deliver a responsible and balanced budget that maintains excellence in service delivery and is responsive to the growing needs of our community. We anticipate a 2.53% increase in rate assessments in the 2020-21 period. Although rates and charges continue to be the main source of income to Council, there are other revenue streams such as statutory fees and fines and user fees that support expenditure.

  • Do the salary's of the CEO and the 4 Directors increase as part of their contracts in 2020-21?

    DB asked about 1 month ago

    Salaries are market based and tend to be scaled to the size of the municipality. Further details can be found in our 2018/19 Annual Report.

  • The surplus figure in the budget is stated at just over $16million, then there is a figure of around $5 million called the Adjusted Underlying Surplus. What is meant by the terms Surplus and Adjusted Underlying Surplus in the context of the 2020-21 budget?

    DB asked about 1 month ago

    Under the Auditor General’s Financial Sustainability risk assessment criteria, all councils need to produce a surplus each year, otherwise there is a risk of long term run down to cash reserves and inability to fund asset renewal. Council’s adjusted underlying result measures an ability to generate surplus in the ordinary course of business. For 2020/21 this amount is 3.74%. As per VAGO’s financial sustainability risk assessment criteria, Council should be generating more than 5% to be considered as low risk. The proposed budget predicts a $16.126 million surplus for 2020/21 but the underlying result is $5.19 million.

  • Cap 166 Cross Street, what is the actual work on Cross Street?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    This is a State Government project that Council is delivering on their behalf. The project is fully funded by the State Government (Sport Recreation Victoria).

  • Capital works carried forwards. There’s $8m in funds NOT SPENT last year, and being brought forward for this year. If Council couldn’t carry out LAST YEAR’s program on schedule, why is it STILL ADDING PROJECTS and NEW RATES to this year’s program?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    It’s not uncommon to have unspent funds in the capital works program that need to be carried forward into the new financial year. This can be due to some of the projects being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or reasons beyond Council control like government grants, delays in obtaining necessary permits, contractor availability and change in user expectation and scope of works.

  • Cap189. Climate Emergency Works. Exactly what is this money being spent on?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    Council is committed to addressing the Climate Emergency, and the Climate Emergency Advisory Group is currently developing Council’s Climate Emergency Plan. Council will then use this Plan to develop a dedicated Action Plan, which will outline a range of measurable and achievable outcomes that Council will implement to transition to zero emissions and tackle climate change, while preventing further contribution to climate issues. Some of these actions are expected to support improved efficiencies for construction and current buildings, and energy programs to continue to support residents. The 20/21 proposed budget outlines $243,000 (section 4.5.2, CAP189) for Climate Emergency Works, so Council can deliver outcomes listed in the Action Plan within the 2020/21 financial year.

  • Cap22. What is $3,394. Is it a subtotal, or just a group of items lumped into one?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    CAP22 is the subtotal of costs from CAP23 to CAP39.

  • Cap 21. What is DDA access to council buildings?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    DDA is an abbreviation of “Disability Discrimination Act”. The budget allocated in CAP21 is for modifications to buildings to comply with the Act.

  • Cap 17 & 18 - what are these?? a. Why not in materials and services?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    CAP17 refers to building Bi-Locks, which is the installation and ongoing upgrade of Bi-Lock systems across all Council buildings. CAP18 refers to the Building Anchor Points Program, which is an ongoing allocation to conduct Annual Roof Access Certification. This is inclusive of remediation works.

  • Cap 16 - why are we hiring outside compliance consultants instead of using our own staff?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    Throughout the year, Council utilises specialist contractors and consultants to maintain Building Compliance elements, including Fire Panels and Fire Services, and Emergency Exits.

  • What exactly are the MAJOR projects that add up to $30m.?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    A full list of the major projects can be seen in section 4.4.2, 4.4.3, 4.5.2 and 4.5.3 of the proposed budget.

  • Why is there a drop in revenue from ‘waste management services’ – what exactly is waste management services? Who is this charged to? For what services?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    Council’s Waste Management team facilitates Waste Management services. This cost relates to additional services that Council offers to its residents at an additional cost, like additional hard waste collection on top of the allocated hard waste service. There are various factors that contribute to revenue prediction, this is based on historical demand and the predicted increase or decrease due to Council initiatives.

  • Waste management. Why doesn’t the separate waste charge cover the cost of waste management? a. Why is there a $7.9m deficit??

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    The net expenditure of $7.9 million for Waste Management is based on waste expenditure and income from additional services, like additional hard waste collections that are not included in Council’s general rates notice. Council’s waste charges are based on budgeted expenditure.

  • What would it cost to increase the pensioner rebate to $500?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    $1,239,330, calculated as per the following. The total cost for pension rebate in current proposed budget is $814,170 ($198.20 x assumption of 4,107 pensioners). If this goes up to $500, the total cost would be $2,053,500 ($500 x assumption of 4,107 pensioners). As such, we would need an additional $1,239,330 ($2,053,500-$814,170).

  • The last few pages of the budget includes forthcoming works up to 2024, with budget allocations. If Councillors APPROVE this budget, does this mean that the FORWARD FUNDING is approved NOW. (ie locked in and unable to be changed)

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    These projects are part of the Strategic Resource Plan, which gets reviewed every year with the budget. If the Strategic Resource Plan doesn’t get changed in the next budget cycle or due to new council plan then this forward funding is approved.

  • Cap45. Single view of customer, $1.4m. What is this?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    Single View of Customer is a project that, once completed, will allow the community to engage with Council and interact with Council services via a portal.

  • Cap 44 and cap 46. What’s the difference they look like the same thing?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    Cap 44 refers to desktop asset replacement and Cap 46 refers to network infrastructure renewal.

  • Why does Council have a Gratuity liability set aside? What exactly is it for?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    Some Council employees are entitled to receive gratuity payments on their retirement. This depends on the date they joined the organisation, and the gratuity liability is to recognise that amount.

  • What is Council paying FBT on?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    The vehicle benefit provided by Council to an employee is liable for Fringe Benefits Tax. This FBT cost is included in the total cost of providing the vehicle and employees make salary sacrifice contributions towards the total cost of the vehicle as per the fleet policy. The vehicle is also used in Council’s car pool.

  • What is the GIS system? a. When was it first implemented? b. How much does it cost every year? c. When does the contract/lease expire? d. Was it implemented according to the Council’s procurement policy? e. How many service areas access the GIS system.? f. What state government area/s does GIS provide data for?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    Intramaps is a Geographic Information System (GIS) that Council uses to gather, manage and analyse data, and it was first implemented in 2015. GIS integrates many types of data and it analyses spatial location and organises layers of information into visualisations using maps and 3D scenes. The cost is approximately $42,000 per year and the contract expires in October 2020. Council undertook a tender process for the implementation of the software. The system is available for the entire organisation. Intramaps provides data for the West Gate Tunnel Project and VicMaps.

  • What is the TRIM system? a. When was it first implemented? b. How much does it cost every year? c. When does the contract/lease expire? d. Was it implemented according to the Council’s procurement policy? e. How many service areas access the TRIM system? f. What state government area/s does TRIM provide data for?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    The TRIM system (now known as CM9) is an electronic document management system that was first implemented in 2015. The cost is approximately $69,000 per year and the contract expires in 2023. Council undertook a tender process for the implementation of the software. The system is utilised by the entire organisation. This system is not integrated with external entities.

  • What is the CIVICA Authority system? a. When was it first implemented? b. How much does it cost every year? c. When does the contract/lease expire? d. Was it implemented according to the Council’s procurement policy? e. How many service areas access the CIVICA system.? f. What state government area/s does CIVICA provide data for?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    CIVICA Authority is an enterprise resource planning solution that provides a fully integrated management system for business processes. Implementation commenced in August 2013 and completed in August 2015. The cost is approximately $384,000 per year and the contract expires in 2023. Council undertook a tender process for the implementation of the software. The system is utilised by the entire organisation. This system is not integrated with external entities.

  • Funding Management. What exactly does this figure represent? Why does Funding Management cost so much? How many staff in the team?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    Funding Management includes an allocation of funds to reserves, employee oncost as well as the expenditure on financial management and planning. Under Section 2.7 of the budget, $5.6 million of that amount is shown as a transfer to reserves to fund major capital projects. Total amount of major project reserves used to fund capital projects is $18.032 million (section 4.6). Also included is employee oncost provisions for the whole of Council, Council strategic initiatives and reserve transfers for major projects. Total EFT in this team is 5.52. 

  • Last year’s budget showed THIS YEAR’s salaries would be $51m - but salaries came in at $45m - $6m lower - can you explain the discrepancy?.

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    You are referring to figures in the Q3 forecast for 2019/20.

  • Why are staff salaries going up 6.7% According to the CEO at the Council QandA the EBA is only 2.25%. What increases comprise the other 4.2%??

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    This is due to a number of factors. Although the Enterprise Agreement is 2.25%, most staff are on a banded salary and if they meet their KPI’s they move up a band. This movement adds to the cost of salaries. There are also some vacancies that need to be filled, and these are likely to be recruited for during 2020/21.

  • Can you explain why there was not rate cuts for residential property owners, yet there was a rate cut for business? Also, how much was the rate cut on Highpoint shopping centre?

    counselmatthew asked about 1 month ago

    At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 21 April, Council endorsed comprehensive support packages to offer residents and businesses affected by COVID-19 a range of support options. The support package for affected businesses included the provision of a 50% reduction on the May 2020 rate payment to assist in saving jobs and supporting the local economy. Only COVID-19 affected businesses qualify for this discount. Residential ratepayers have been offered deferral of rates for 2 quarters and Council also endorsed a COVID-19 Hardship Policy.

  • Can you explain why the maintenance of infrastructure/capital works is so high?

    counselmatthew asked about 1 month ago

    Council is responsible in providing a wide range of services across the municipality, as outlined in the Council Plan 2017-21.  To ensure the delivery of these services to the community, Council needs to maintain, renew, upgrade and construct new infrastructure each year. To help Council make informed decisions about maintenance and capital work expenditure needs, we refer to a mature service planning profile and renewal modelling profile.

  • Regarding $447,000 for the state election. What lobbying has Council done to local MPs or the MAV, or the Local Government Minister, to have the state pay for the election this year, given the COVID crisis? a. There are elections every 4 years, why doesn’t Council allocate some funding each year, towards this cost?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    It is a legislative obligation of councils to contribute funding to the state election.

  • How many staff in the innovation and capability service area?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    There is one staff member in the Innovation and Capability Service team.

  • Contracts and Procurement. What is the city central collective? How much does it cost to participate? What is the LEAP procurement plan? Is it government mandated?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    The City Central Collective is comprised of the Councils of Port Philip, Yarra, Melbourne and Maribyrnong. The group conducts collaborative procurements with the benefit of achieving more competitive pricing based on aggregated supply across the Councils. The LEAP Procurement Plan is a project coordinated through MAV, which examines opportunities for Council to achieve better value through more strategic procurement.

  • Corporate planning and performance team. What are these costs for exactly? What are the KPIs for the Corporate Planning and Performance team?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    The costs include labour and operating costs for the Corporate Planning and Performance team. The Key Performance Indicators relate to ensuring Council’s statutory and regulatory reporting requirements are met, ensuring service planning is undertaken and reported on, delivering workforce reporting, benchmarking and analytics, providing internal performance reporting including progress on Council Plan actions, delivering continuous improvement initiatives and process support.

  • Why do Councillor allowances need to go up 4%?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    The Minister for Local Government sets any increase to Councillor allowances. There is no increase announced for Councillors for 2020-21 as yet. For the current year, the Minister had approved an adjustment factor increase of 2%, effective 1 December 2019, under section 73B(4) of the Local Government Act 1989.

  • How much spending does Council have to cut from the Budget to have a 0 increase in rates this year?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    The Minister for Local Government sets any increase to Councillor allowances. There is no increase announced for Councillors for 2020-21 as yet. For the current year, the Minister had approved an adjustment factor increase of 2%, effective 1 December 2019, under section 73B(4) of the Local Government Act 1989.  

  • How many people in the social policy and social infrastructure team?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    Two people are in the Social Policy and Social Infrastructure team.

  • Cap 229 and 230. Both are design. Why aren’t Council staff capable of preparing these plans?

    Admin asked about 1 month ago

    CAP 229 refers to RecWest Footscray Detailed Design, a large scale project situated on a complex site involving a former landfill site. This requires a very specific skill set and specialist advice that is not resourced ongoing within Council. Relevant Council design staff will be contributing to the project, and Council staff are fully responsible for landscape design. CAP 230 refers to multiple projects of varying scale. Council staff will be leading some design where applicable, however external resources are required for more complex design projects.

  • Why is the CEO wage higher than the Primer Ministers?

    counselmatthew asked about 1 month ago

    Salaries are market based and tend to be scaled to the size of the municipality. Further details can be found in our 2018/19 Annual Report.

  • Given rates are a multiple of land value and rate payers, can you explain the logic behind not merging with another municipality to reduce the rate pressures on the community?

    counselmatthew asked about 1 month ago

    This is not something Council has the authority on – decisions such as these are the responsibility of the State Government.

  • Can you justify why there is a proposed wage increase given the current economic environment?

    counselmatthew asked about 1 month ago

    As per Council’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, the staff salary increase for the 2020/21 financial year is 2.25%. This cannot be reduced as it is the amount Council and unions have signed up to through the Fair Work Commission.

  • What cost optimisation measures could be executed to remove the requirement for a 2% rate increase?

    counselmatthew asked about 1 month ago

    The Minister for Local Government sets any increase to Councillor allowances. There is no increase announced for Councillors for 2020-21 as yet. For the current year, the Minister had approved an adjustment factor increase of 2%, effective 1 December 2019, under section 73B(4) of the Local Government Act 1989.  

  • Would we consider merging with another local council (Hobsons Bay?) in order to lower residential rates and achieve other efficiencies? The residents have made themselves clear on this point and all I see is the council proposing a 2% rate hike? Please explain!

    Anni asked about 1 month ago

    This is not something Council has the authority on – decisions such as these are the responsibility of the State Government.

  • Why, when the community has been screaming for it, for many years now, hasnt council made plans to reduce operating costs, which will enable them to reduce rates? Overspending, over many years has put people in the municipality under financial stress. The issues which have unfortunately arisen due to COVID-19, would have been the perfect opportunity for council to alleviate some of this burden and demonstrate to the community that they stand as one with us, however they have planned for an increase to the rates revenue as they do every year. Can council explain how when things get tough, families and individuals are expected to budget and make "cost cuts" yet council believes they are above this and freely "blow" money and budgets out of the water and expect the community to "pay" for their mismanagement of funds?

    rvaccari asked about 2 months ago

    Council is continuing the provision of more than 60 key services to the community, including waste management, maternal and child health services, immunisation program, maintenance and improvements to parks and open spaces, drainage maintenance street lights, footpaths and cycle ways, and much more. Any reduction in operating costs would result in service closures.  Last year after we hosted a series of community forums, the decision was made to move to the Capital Improved Value or CIV system of rating. This is the most commonly used valuation by Victorian Councils. The CIV system takes into account the full development value of the property and is also reflective of the general market value of the property as at the date of valuation. The formula for calculating rates is then: Property value times by rate in the dollar, plus waste management service charge, plus municipal charge, plus fire services property levy. The rate in the dollar is set by Council annually, and the Fair Go Rates System sets out the maximum amount councils may increase rates by each year, which is capped at 2% this year.

  • The council needs to consider measurable and achievable outcomes. The proposed 'Climate Emergency Plan' preparation is a waste of rate payers money. If carbon dioxide emissions are an issue, then we all should stop exhaling. Now is not the time to play around with our money and pursuing ideology. All other proposed initiatives seems reasonable.

    themaidstone3012 asked about 2 months ago

    Council is committed to addressing the Climate Emergency, and the Climate Emergency Advisory Group is currently developing Council’s Climate Emergency Plan. Council will then use this Plan to develop a dedicated Action Plan, which will outline a range of measurable and achievable outcomes that Council will implement to transition to zero emissions and tackle climate change, while preventing further contribution to climate issues. Some of these actions are expected to support improved efficiencies for construction and current buildings, and energy programs to continue to support residents. The 20/21 proposed budget outlines $243,000 (section 4.5.2, CAP189) for Climate Emergency Works, so Council can deliver outcomes listed in the Action Plan within the 2020/21 financial year.

  • Why are our council rates too high compared with council rates in the southeast area of Melbourne? Instead of increasing, please compare house values.

    Almaobed asked about 1 month ago

    Council uses the Capital Improved Value or CIV system of rating, which is the most commonly used valuation by Victorian Councils. The CIV system takes into account the full development value of the property and is also reflective of the general market value of the property as at the date of valuation. The Valuer-General is the sole authority on land valuations that take place annually. Council has no jurisdiction over valuing residential properties for rates purposes. House and rental prices have increased across Maribyrnong and the value of your property determines the rates paid.

  • Evening. I would like to know where the $6 million West Gate Tunnel Contribution has been used? It was meant for parks and recreation and I see Hobsons Bay City Council have finally allocated the $5 million it received. I cannot see in the papers or online where the WGTP money has been used by Council.

    Craigm asked about 1 month ago

    Council received a $6 million commitment from the West Gate Tunnel Project for the Footscray Wharf and Promenade redevelopment. $4 million of the commitment has been received this year and contracts have been awarded for works to commence in July 2020. Further funding will be received upon completion of construction milestones.

  • I note that the budget includes $2.15m for Landscape Upgrade Works for Quarry Park as per the Quarry Park Masterplan. Could you please confirm: 1. How much has Council spent on this delivery of Quarry Park to date (i.e. design, remediation, landscaping and other upgrades). 2. How much further work is required to complete the park, and 3. Will the proposed $2.15m result in the completion of work in accordance with the Quarry Park Masterplan. Thank you

    Blair asked about 1 month ago

    Quarry Park has needed a lot of remediation work to turn it into an asset that can be enjoyed by our diverse community. Significant works were related to EPA requirements. To date we’ve spent $3 million on remediation works, the mountain bike tracks (including Sport and Recreation Victoria grant funding), the upper oval, paths and landscaping. We’ve allocated $2.15 million in the draft Annual Budget for the remainder of the EPA requirements. There’s a further $1.575 million funding required in the following year to further implement  the Quarry Park Masterplan actions.

  • It's great to see budget allocated for 'Southampton Street Park - develop new open space'. Local families are eager to see this park expanded to better cater for the community demand. The hospital carpark adjacent the current reserve is currently heavily utilised for bike riding and scooting and has even seen implementation of a 'fairy tree'. Are you able to clarify if the budget allocated is for complete Design and Construction of the park expansion? Thanks

    tobiasojones asked about 2 months ago

    Yes, the $130K allocated in the draft Annual Budget is expected to be used for the design and construction of the South Hampton Street park expansion, we will undertake consultation on the design later this year.