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Annual budget to provide relief and stimulate local economy

Monday 6 April 2020

As part of its 2020-2021 proposed Annual Budget, Frankston City Council has set aside $3.37 million for a care package to support local Coronavirus relief and recovery efforts.

The proposed annual budget was endorsed for community feedback at Council’s Ordinary Meeting on Monday 30 March.

It details how the organisation is planning to fund essential services and infrastructure over the coming financial year, including introducing the care package to finance immediate and future response initiatives.

Cr Mayer said Council would revise the draft budget as developing needs of the community emerged.

“Council’s prudent saving measures and resourceful spending in the past has allowed us to quickly access funds to support the city through this emergency,” Cr Mayer said.

“We will continue to review the budget as we become better positioned to understand exactly what individuals and businesses across our suburbs need to respond to the pandemic.”

The Mayor encouraged residents to contribute their thoughts about how funds should be invested in 2020-2021 financial year.

“We are all in this together so stay connected with us and tell us what you need.”

The Mayor said she believed the $61.07 million proposed program of capital works would help stimulate the local economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Council is committed to delivering the best for our community, and supporting them through these troubled times. One way we intend to do this is through the creation of jobs.

“As we roll out our capital works program, Council will be more committed than ever to ensuring that where possible, jobs will be made available to locals and local suppliers.”

You are invited to view the proposed budget and have your say by visiting: frankston.vic.gov.au/HaveYourSay

Highlights in Council’s proposed Annual Budget 2020-2021 include:

  • Frankston Yacht Club fit-out, including new accommodation for Frankston Coast Guard: $1.5 million
  • Monterey Reserve — Soccer Pavilion redevelopment: $1.43 million
  • Parks, open space and streetscapes: $7.54 million
  • Development of an indoor multipurpose netball complex at Jubilee Park: $4 million
  • Upgrade to Centenary Park Tennis Centre: $2.8 million
  • Building Extension to Belvedere Bowls Club: $2.3 million
  • Recreational, leisure and community facilities: $6.07 million
  • Roads: $5.39 million
  • Footpaths and bicycle paths: $1.99 million
  • Drainage: $3.46 million
  • Off street car parks: $500,000
  • Bridges: $300,000
  • Building extension to Belvedere Bowls Club: $250,000
  • Roads to Recovery Program — includes Warrandyte Road safety and congestion improvements: $390,000
  • Sports Lighting Program: $740,000
  • Structured Recreation Pavilions Renewal Program: $350,000
  • New pavilion and reconstruction of oval and surrounding precinct at the RF Miles Recreation Reserve: $7,902,000
  • Young Street toilet installation: $600,000
  • Peninsula Aquatic and Recreation Centre renewal program: $519,000

“This is just a taste of what this rounded and considered draft Budget has to offer — and Council looks forward to seeing these, and many more projects, come to fruition in Frankston City as we work together to bounce back from the negative impacts of this horrible virus,” the Mayor said.

“My fellow Councillors and I will continue to advocate to both state and federal governments for further funding to deliver even more exceptional outcomes for Frankston City.”  

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