Wyndham City’s Annual Plan & Budget 2023 - 2024 was adopted at Council’s Council Meeting on Tuesday 27 June 2023.
Each year Wyndham City Council prepares an Annual Plan and Budget which outlines the priorities for Council to deliver in the next financial year.
In November 2022, members of Wyndham’s People’s Advisory Panel participated in Annual Plan and Budget community focus groups to assist Councillors in their decision-making process for the 2023/24 Annual Plan and Budget, with a focus on capital works projects.
In April 2023, Council endorsed the Proposed Annual Plan & Budget 2023/24 and invited the community to provide feedback.
Community members were able to access the Proposed Annual Plan and Budget 2023/24 via The Loop. Hard copies of the Proposed Annual Plan and Budget 2023/24 and promotional material were also provided at Council Customer Service points across Wyndham, including Libraries and Community Centres. Hard copies via post were also able to be requested.
Public Exhibition Pop Up events were also held where Councillors and Council Officers attended to talk about the proposed budget and answer any questions raised.
Feedback received provided support for the strategic priorities contained within the budget as well as focus areas for consideration in future budget cycles and ongoing advocacy.
This Budget has been one of the most challenging to produce in many years. As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, the cost of living has increased substantially, building supplies have increased by up to 40 per cent and the State Government’s rate cap – introduced in 2015 – is starting to bite.
Wyndham City is also now the fastest growing municipality in Australia. And while that brings many benefits, it also increases cost pressures.
Despite this, we are still pleased to deliver a $167.4 million Capital Works program, as well as significant funding for services.
A total of $432.9 million has been allocated for key services, including $22.1 million for Kindergartens and Children’s services, $15.5 million for Maternal Child and Health Immunisations and $11.1 million for our much-loved Libraries. We’ll also pay $1.3 million for new library books and resources.
A total of $41 million is included to maintain reserves and open spaces, playgrounds and key services related to the beautification of Wyndham
Some highlights of our Operating and Capital budget include:
- Road construction, upgrades and renewals - $33.2 million
- Active Transport Network and Footpath renewal - $5 million
- Tarneit North Master Plan Implementation - $11 million
- Truganina Community Centre - $10.1 million
- Alfred Road Reserve Implementation - $8.3 million
- Community Grants - $1.45 million
Even though we are living in a more unpredictable economic environment, this Budget is both considered and responsible and ensures there is a focus on spending in the right areas and in the delivery of assets and services that residents want and expect. We still have many challenges, but there are also many opportunities.
This Budget is about supporting the Wyndham community now and into the future.
Revenue and Rating Plan
The Revenue and Rating Plan establishes the revenue raising framework within which Council proposes to work. The purpose of the Revenue and Rating Plan is to determine the most appropriate and affordable revenue and rating approach for Council which in conjunction with other income sources will adequately finance the implementation of the Council Plan.
Schedule of Fees & Charges 2023 - 2024
The Schedule of Fees & Charges sets out the fees that Council may charge for 2023 - 2024. Where a fee amount is set through legislation, the legislated rate supersedes any amount listed in this schedule. When setting the fee rate consideration is given to the following:
- Equitable - the fees are fairly applied across a range of users and consideration is given to the user’s capacity to pay.
- Efficiency - the fees are simple for Council to administer.
- Clarity – users clearly understand how and when fees are applied.
- Transparency – the nature and use of the service is easily understood and accessible to all applicable users.