Council Plan Consultation Continues

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The Port Phillip Council is inviting the community to drop by and learn more about the draft Council Plan (2017-27) and Budget (2017/18) and to make submissions.

Drop-in sessions are being held on: Saturday 6 May, 11 am to 2 pm, Council Chamber, Port Melbourne Town Hall and Tuesday 9 May, 4 to 7 pm, Council Chamber, St Kilda Town Hall.

Public submissions will be received and heard at the 7 June Council meeting ahead of the 21 June Council meeting to consider adopting the Plan and Budget.

Extensive community consultation, resulting in more than 2000 pieces of feedback, was undertaken to formulate the draft plan.

“We are excited to hear our community’s views as this the first plan of its kind for Port Phillip. It sets out our long-term vision for the City – and the outcomes we want to see – for a decade, rather than a four year Council term,” Cr Voss said.

“In another first, the draft Plan has been integrated with our 10-year financial plan, annual Budget and our health and well-being plan. This means everything we do, ranging from services to spending – is linked to Council’s strategic direction for Port Phillip.”

Cr Voss said many challenges, including rates capping, must be faced over the next decade. Council understood community concerns about rates affordability and was not planning to apply for an increase above the Victorian Government’s rates cap over this timeframe.

Instead, Council will address these considerations through its ongoing commitment to cost savings, careful prioritisation of expenditure, prudent use of borrowings and reserves and setting fair and appropriate user charges. Port Phillip plans to continue as one of the few municipalities to offer a councilfunded pensioner rebate, projected to rise 2.5 per cent to $160 in the draft Budget.

“Other challenges include population growth (expected to reach 51 per cent by 2041) increasing demand for Council services and amenities, traffic and parking congestion, the impact of climate change and maintaining liveability in a higher density City,” Cr Voss said.

The draft Plan proposes to address major challenges through measures including revolutionising waste management, investing in water harvesting, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, delivering Council’s affordable housing strategy and looking at how to provide more transport choices.

Council also proposes to keep working with partners, including the Victorian Government, to ensure Fisherman’s Bend is a unique, liveable and welcoming part of the City.

“The Plan also commits Council to one of its largest capital programs ($40 million in 2017/18) and delivers the services our community has told us they highly value, such as keeping streets and parks clean,” Cr Voss said.

“This Plan, and supporting Budget, are incredibly important blueprints for our future and we are really looking forward to hearing our community’s views about our efforts to ensure Port Phillip remains a wonderful place to live, work and visit.”

Visit Council Plan and Budget to view the Council Plan.

 

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