Budget

The Council Budget is an integral part of Council’s overall strategic planning framework and resources the directions in the Council Plan. It focuses on delivering quality services to the community through a combination of existing programs, new initiatives and capital works. The Council Budget is integrated with the Financial Plan, Long Term Infrastructure Plan and the Rating and Revenue Plan, these documents are all about investing your rates to build a better Baw Baw in the year ahead.

Click here to download the Annual Budget 2022/23 in full.(PDF, 5MB)

Click here to download a printable fact sheet outlining the Council Budget 2022/23 key points(PDF, 1MB)

The 2022/23 budget is for the year 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023 and is prepared in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989 and Local Government (Planning and Reporting) Regulations.

The budget includes the following financial statements:

  • Comprehensive Income Statement
  • Balance Sheet
  • Statement of Changes in Equity
  • Statement of Cash Flows
  • Statement of Capital Works

These statements have been prepared for the year ending 30 June 2023 in accordance with the Act and Regulations, and are consistent with the annual financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards.

The budget also includes information about the rates and charges(PDF, 988KB) to be levied, the capital works program to be undertaken, the human resources required, and other financial information Council required in order to make an informed decision about the adoption of the budget. 


Budget Highlights

You've told us what's important to you and we've listened. Following consultation with the community, significant investment has been made in important local projects and infrastructure. You can also download a printable summary of the community projects being funded here.(PDF, 1MB)

You can see what's being funded below. 

Community Budget Submissions

In accordance with Council’s Community Engagement Policy, Council invited submissions on the Draft Annual Budget 2022/23 and Draft Revenue and Rating Plan 2022/23.

The documents were on display from 14 April 2022 to 8 May 2022.

Council received 75 submissions, which provided a range of feedback for Council to consider.

The main themes raised in the submissions included:

  • Sports and Recreation Reserves
  • Community Infrastructure
  • Roads and Footpaths
  • Community Services
  • Community Planning
  • Environment

A total of 25 submitters spoke in support of their respective submissions at the Council Meeting on 19 May 2022. All submissions were considered.

Council approved a total of $590,000 submissions for inclusion in the final 2022/23 Annual Budget, on the basis of their alignment with the Community Vision and Council Plan and being within the allocation of available Council funds. The projects funded include:

  • $25,000 for roadside car parking beside the public toilet in High Street, Aberfeldy.
  • $19,000 for footpath and nature strip improvements at the top of Helen Street, Drouin.
  • $55,000 for new access path at Sanctuary Lifestyle and surrounding access and path improvements between Harmon Drive and the new playground in Drouin.
  • $66,000 for completion of the upgrade to Civic Park Drouin, including cascades, outdoor rooms and signage.
  • $6,000 for concreting footpaths near the toilets at the golf club car park in Drouin.
  • $50,000 for the development of an Active Transport Policy to guide an increase investment in key strategic active transport infrastructure (footpaths, shared paths and on-road bike lanes) in Drouin and Warragul.
  • $9,000 for new picnic tables, vehicle safety bollards and general improvements to the park area in Rawson.
  • $100,000 for a review of the Baw Baw Planning Scheme relating to Trafalgar, Trafalgar Ease and their immediate surrounds. 
  • $70,000 for the construction of a walking trail between the Australian Alpine Walking Track and the Walhalla Railway Station.
  • $5,000 for safety improvements including pipe and fill to an open drain adjacent to Main Road in Walhalla.
  • $10,000 for the installation of a footbridge/track that goes between the dog park and sports oval at Brooker Park, Warragul to connect the trail around the oval.
  • $20,000 for trail and drainage improvements at Brooker Park, Warragul.
  • $5,000 for upgrades at the Ellen Close Playground, clean up at the wetlands on Normanby Street and bridge upgrade, Warragul.
  • $20,000 for scoping and detailed design of a footpath connection between Serene Court with the walking trail to Martin Court and Fernery Boulevard, Warragul.
  • $15,000 for a new shelter, table and bench facilities in Chesterfield Estate, Warragul.
  • $65,000 for the installation of a new footpath along Rodier Road, between Summers Road and Loch Street, Yarragon. 

Infrastructure

Council continues its major investment in infrastructure totalling $41.77 million (plus any projects not finished from the current financial year) comprising of the following:

Key strategic projects - $14.32 million

  • $6.50 million for Baw Baw Civic Place Precinct (Stage 1)
  • $4.05 million for Warragul Leisure Centre Indoor Stadium (Stage 1)
  • $2.17 million for the Bellbird Park East Multi-use Pavilion
  • $2.00 million for the Roads Reconstruction Program
  • $1.50 million for the Rokeby - Noojee Trail extension project

Infrastructure renewal - $15.25 million

  • $1.87 million to prepare and reseal over 200,000m2 of roads across the Shire.
  • $1.60 million of localised pavement repairs to patch and improve ride quality across the Shire.
  • $1.00 million towards road safety improvements on Bona Vista Road, Warragul, Lardners Track, Warragul, Burke Street, Warragul, Mills Road, Warragul, McNeilly Road, Drouin, Binbeal Road, Drouin and Normanby Street, Warragul (noting some of these works are subject to successful grant applications).
  • $1.35 million on community facility renewals including roof works, flooring works, cladding replacements, accessibility improvements, heating and cooling upgrades as well as asbestos removal.

Infrastructure general works - $12.20 million

  • $370,000 to upgrade and improve the dog parks at Bellbird Park, Drouin, Brooker Park, Warragul and Hollydell Park, Trafalgar.
  • $350,000 on open drain clearing and roadside works.
  • $140,000 on dam safety and wetland improvement works.
  • $125,000 towards public artwork.
  • $120,000 towards the Placemaking Program in Poowong East and Brandy Creek.

To see the full list of projects funded for 2022/23 view our capital works program.


More Information 

To learn more about the Budget, including information about operating expenses, rates and more, please select from the drop down menus below. 

Operating Budget

The 2022/23 Annual Budget represents income of $116.75 million, expenditure of $92.13 million, resulting in a surplus of $24.64 million.

The $24.64 million surplus is then converted into an adjusted underlying result that better reflects Council’s level of financial sustainability. The underlying result is based on the surplus that then excludes non-recurrent infrastructure grants and capital contributions from other sources, to arrive at the adjusted deficit of $2.39 million.

The deficit reflects a financial position consistent with the current rate capping environment of 1.75 per cent, within a rapidly growing Shire.

Operating expenses

Council’s annual expenses are expected to decrease by 5.0 per cent. Employee costs are expected to decrease by $2.05 million, or 5.9 per cent. The decrease is primarily due to the exit from aged and disability services, which were included in 2021/22. Whilst overall there is a decrease, this is slightly offset by an increase in approved employee positions due to a change in service delivery requirements, salary increases in order to comply with Council’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, and individual employee progression within salary band levels.

Depreciation expenses have increased by 2.7 per cent, reflecting the higher asset cost base due to the revaluation cycle.

Revenue has decreased by $4.77 million, or 3.9 per cent, largely due to the exit from aged and disability services. Total revenue includes additional rates revenue of $3.89 million. Operating grants are lower due to the exit from aged and disability services, whilst capital grants are also lower as per the Long Term Infrastructure Plan.

The budget includes new operating initiatives with a net cost of $1.20 million. This includes several key strategic initiatives including several advocacy campaigns, major events funding, and a significant vegetation protection project.

There are also a number of new fixed term or recurrent positions, the majority of which are required to sustain existing growth in services, or to meet new legislative requirements such as family safety. Some of these positions are partially or totally self funding.

Rates and Valuations

Click here to download the Baw Baw Shire Rating & Revenue Plan 2022-23.(PDF, 479KB)

The rate increase is capped at 1.75 per cent in line with the Victorian Government’s Fair Go Rates System. Rates are calculated as a percentage of the Capital Improved Value.

The 1.75 per cent increase applies to the total rates revenue received by Council, not to individual ratepayers. Total revenue from rates and charges for 2022/23 is $69.247 million (including supplementary valuations and interest on rates and charges).

For further details please refer to the Rates and Valuations fact sheet.(PDF, 988KB) 

Fees and charges

Existing fees and charges are to be increased in line with Consumer Price Index (inflation) or market levels, on average at 3.0 per cent.

Financial Sustainability

A high-level Strategic Resource Plan for the years 2022/23 to 2025/26 has been developed to assist Council in adopting a Budget within a longer-term prudent financial framework.

The key objective of the plan is financial sustainability in the medium to long term, while still achieving Council’s strategic objectives as specified in the Council Plan. The adjusted underlying result, which is a measure of financial sustainability, results in a deficit this year due to the rate capping environment.

 


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