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Annual Budget

Annual Budget 2020-21

Council's 2020-21 Budget was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting on 22 June 2020.

The Budget forms an integral part of Council's overall strategic planning framework and outlines the financial and non-financial resources required to implement the directions that have been established in the Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-21.

Council's budget includes a rate increase of 2.00 per cent, in line with the State Government's Fair Go Rates System.

COVID-19

This budget provides for immediate relief and ongoing assistance to support the recovery of the local community and economy.

Following on from the initial immediate relief package announced in March 2020, the 2020-21 budget proposes a further $3.000 million in focused initiatives to lessen the impacts of the pandemic and drive recovery. This includes extending fee waivers for community organisations and businesses, providing services for people in need, initiatives to stimulate local industry and new grants streams to facilitate business and community led recovery activities.

The emergency response and ongoing delivery of essential services to support community health and wellbeing is being prioritised, and we will continue to assess our response as the situation evolves. This budget acknowledges the need to shift our focus towards implementing stimulus projects and driving community recovery, all with an eye to a healthy, safe and prosperous long term outlook for the Knox community.

Budget Highlights

Construction projects funded in this budget will create almost 700 jobs and deliver $254 million in benefit for an investment of $114 million.

  • $39.430 million for Capital Works renewal funding which is to be invested in maintaining and renewing existing community assets such as roads, footpaths, drains and buildings.
  • $74.792 million to be invested in new, upgraded and expanded community assets.

Highlights of the capital works program for 2020-21 include:

  • $20.800 million on sporting upgrades including $12.500 million towards new basketball courts at Knox Regional Sports Park.
  • $16.449 million on transport infrastructure including $12.314 million on road and footpath renewals.
  • $19.000 million to improve parks and reserves including playground and public toilet upgrades.
  • $9.780 million to refurbish community buildings including Carrington Park Senior Citizens Centre and Rowville Family and Children's Centre.
  • $4.265 million for flood mitigation works including creating wetlands within Egan Lee Reserve and the Koolunga Reserve catchment.
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