$14 million for infrastructure

Baw Baw Shire Council has adopted its Annual Budget for 2022/23.

Baw Baw Shire Council has adopted its Annual Budget for 2022/23 which supports the delivery of more than 100 community services and invests $41.78 million into community infrastructure, roads and open spaces.

The budget was adopted at the Wednesday 22 June council meeting, along with supporting documents including the Council Plan annual review, Long Term Infrastructure Plan, Financial Plan, and Revenue and Rating Plan.

Over the year ahead, the council will continue its investment in community infrastructure with an increase of $3.10 million in capital expenditure for 2022/23 totalling $41.78 million.

Of this, $25 million is allocated to delivering new and upgraded infrastructure, with $16.77 million allocated to the renewing and extending the life of existing assets.

Roads will receive a $11.21 million investment for the year ahead, with $5.18 million allocated for recreation assets and $3.27 million towards footpaths and cycleways.

And $1.19 million will be invested in new initiatives to better meet the needs and expectations of our growing population with a focus on statutory planning and enforcement, infrastructure planning and maintenance, waste and major strategic planning works that relate to vegetation protection.

The delivery of 17 community-requested projects across seven townships at the cost of $590,000 will come as a direct response to submissions made through the budget consultation process.

Mayor Michael Leaney said he was proud to adopt a “well-rounded, balanced and responsible annual budget“.

Council has allocated $40,000 towards upgrading print and electronic marketing materials for key advocacy projects including the Drouin and Warragul Bypass.

Thanks to community submissions, the footpath on Helen Street in Drouin is getting a $19,000 upgrade, Civic Park Drouin upgrades will be completed with $66,000 and the Drouin Men’s shed will receive $6,000 towards concreting footpaths near the toilets at the Drouin Golf Club car park.

Council will also partner with the Department of Education and Training to deliver the Drouin West Kindergarten expansion and part of $370,000 will go towards upgrading dog parks in Drouin.

To learn more about the budget visit 2022-23 Annual Budget.