Darebin Council is seeking feedback on its draft Council Plan 2017-2021 which articulates the vision, mission and goals for the four-year council term and its draft Budget for the 2017/18 financial year.
About the Council Plan
The City of Darebin faces a number of challenges and the Plan sets out how council will address them says Darebin Mayor, Kim Le Cerf.
“The Plan begins by considering the challenges that our city and community currently face and it also considers emerging issues that will become more significant challenges in the future,” she said.
"For example, we have declared a climate change emergency and the Plan explains how council will respond to it.
“The Plan also explains how we will manage rapid population growth and increasing traffic congestion by advocating for better public transport, roads, and safer cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.
“Other focus areas explain how we will tackle the affordable housing crisis and support the most vulnerable people in our diverse community.
“The commitments contained in the draft Plan respond to feedback gathered through an extensive consultative process and analysis of data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other sources.
“For the first time it will contain a detailed annual action plan and our performance will be reported against it each year,” the Mayor said.
To view a copy and have your say visit darebin.vic.gov.au or call customer service on 8470 8888.
You can make a written submission by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post addressed to Jim Barrett, City of Darebin, PO Box 91, Preston Vic, 3072.
About Council Budget
An unprecedented 1200 local people from every part of Darebin have helped to formulate next year’s Council budget, but it’s not too late to have your say.
Darebin Mayor, Kim Le Cerf said she was proud to present the first budget of the new council.
We reached an unprecedented 1200 local people from every part of Darebin and all walks of life to develop it and I thank them for helping us to formulate a budget that meets our diverse community’s expectations,” she said.
“It sets the foundation for delivering the big actions we have committed to over the next four years. Those actions are designed to benefit Darebin now, and well into the future.
“We want our diverse community and future generations to live happy and healthy lives and the global climate emergency means we must now take urgent action to reduce emissions. This is why funding has been increased to expand our community solar power program.
“We’ve committed funds to create a Darebin Nature Trust, along with funds to establish the Darebin Energy Foundation. Both initiatives will help to ensure our ambitious sustainability and liveability goals are achieved.
“The Budget commits funds for infrastructure and services, including building safer and more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly roads and paths. We intend to work towards revitalising the heart of Preston with new open space, street beautification and better transport outcomes through advocacy to expand the Victorian Government’s level crossing removals in Darebin.
“By establishing a new developer contribution scheme, we will ensure developers contribute their fair share to the infrastructure required to meet the needs of our rapidly growing population, and we’ll increase the levy for subdivisions to fund more open space.
“We’ll create the long-term plan for a whole new suburb in Northland that will include great public transport, community facilities, green spaces and employment,” she said.
Other Budget highlights include additional funds towards:
- Building better sports and recreational facilities, including a new multi sports stadium to provide more opportunities for women and girls and redeveloping the Northcote Aquatic Centre.
- Investing more in local parks and green open spaces including the Edwardes Lake Park Boat House, Penders Park, playground improvements and developing a master plan for Mayer Park and Northcote Golf Course.
- Planting more trees to increase canopy cover across Darebin.
- Fast tracking improvements to school crossings, walking and cycling paths to ensure safer trips to school and work.
- Providing more support for local community organisations including sporting clubs and multicultural organisations.
- Delivering aged care and disability services and support.
- Ensuring local arts and culture continues to thrive, including reinvigorating Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre.
- Enhancing democratic participation through a Citizen’s Jury.
In line with the Victorian Government’s Fair Go Rates System, rates will only increase by two per cent. During the month of May, people who live, work or learn in the City of Darebin are encouraged to review the draft budget which is proposed for next financial year and make a submission.
Submissions received may be incorporated into the final budget.To make a submission visit darebin.vic.gov.au or call customer service on 8470 8888.
Submissions open on 10 May and close at midnight on 8 June.
Media Release - 9 May 2017