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.

Council’s Executive Team will be answering questions submitted online from 4-11 June. All questions submitted will be able to be viewed by others, and participants will have their questions answered.

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

  • 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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.