We're crunching the numbers

Each year, Council is required to develop a four-year budget. The budget outlines the resources necessary to maintain and improve infrastructure, and deliver projects and services which are valued by our community.

Planning is underway for the 2022-23 Council Budget, and we want to hear from the Mount Alexander Shire community about what its priorities are.

What you should know

What you should know

The largest source of income for Council are rates and government grants. Rates provide critical revenue for Council to improve infrastructure and deliver projects and services valued by our community.

This year the Mount Alexander Shire Council prepared a budget of $41.48 million. This revenue paid to manage and maintain local foot and cycling paths, roads, bridges and drains, rubbish and recycling collection, delivering maternal and child health care programs, aged care and disability services, youth programs, emergency relief and recovery, animal control, planning, tourism services, the maintenance and improvement of play spaces, public gardens and more. The diagram below shows how many dollars were allocated to each key area for every one hundred dollars spent.

Budget 2021 - Council spending per $100

Budget context

This year we undertook the Your Community, Your Vision campaign which was the most extensive community engagement project that Council has ever conducted. The campaign informed the Council Plan 2021-2025 and the Financial Plan 2021/22–2030/31.

The new Council Plan has laid out three 'Pillars' and three 'Principles' under which we will deliver those services and initiatives.

The community feedback strongly informed the Council Plan and sets out the work Council will undertake in the next four years.

We would like your feedback on the priority areas of the Council Plan that we should focus on for the 2022-2023 financial year. See how you can help below.

Our Pillars - what we want to achieve

  • A healthy, connected and inclusive community
  • An environment for people and nature
  • A resilient and growing local economy

Our Principles - how we will work

  • We are engaging genuinely with the community
  • We are always improving
  • We are delivering together

What can you influence?

Substantial parts of the budget are already committed to ongoing operations, and delivering regular services and existing projects, and the existing rates cap limits spending levels.

Beyond those, and other constraints, community input at this early stage can help shape and prioritise projects and strategies that can help us work together to reach our vision of a healthy, connected shire.

Tell us your priorities!

We want to better understand your priorities for Council activities, so here's a fun new tool we’d like you to try!

You have 100 'points' to allocate, and each of the new Council Plan's thirteen objectives will cost you ten points. You can't pick them all, and your choices will help us understand the community's priorities.

Please note, your choices will not directly affect budget decisions, but the results of all feedback will be provided to Councillors for their consideration during the budget process.

Pick your priorities!

Closed
Activity closed 11/01/2022 at 11:59 PM
Your remaining points:

Ensure services are accessible and coordinated

10 pts

Ensure services are accessible and coordinated

Enhance services to be more accessible, collaborative and coordinated

  3 Likes (10%)

Support an inclusive and connected community

10 pts

Support an inclusive and connected community

Celebrate and support diversity, equity and gender equality

  3 Likes (10%)

Improve community safety and wellbeing

10 pts

Improve community safety and wellbeing

Ensuring the community feels safe, regardless of identity or circumstance

  2 Likes (7%)

Support physical and mental health

10 pts

Support physical and mental health

Improve access, information and services for physical and mental health

  1 Likes (3%)

Address the climate emergency

10 pts

Address the climate emergency

Working locally to develop initiatives to reduce emissions

  3 Likes (10%)

Improving places and spaces

10 pts

Improving places and spaces

Maintaining, improving, protecting and celebrating places and spaces

  3 Likes (10%)

Improve housing affordability solutions

10 pts

Improve housing affordability solutions

Focus on the housing affordability challenge in our community

  3 Likes (10%)

Manage and protect our natural environment

10 pts

Manage and protect our natural environment

Building initiatives for our community to grow in harmony with nature

  3 Likes (10%)

Manage town growth while protecting the environment

10 pts

Manage town growth while protecting the environment

Facilitate the planning of our towns while protecting our natural assets

  3 Likes (10%)

Strengthen our local economy

10 pts

Strengthen our local economy

Ensure our local economy is diverse and resilient

  2 Likes (7%)

Supporting continuous learning and personal growth

10 pts

Supporting continuous learning and personal growth

Support, promote and advocate for learning and personal growth

  0 Likes (0%)

Helping to make businesses work more simply and sustainably

10 pts

Helping to make businesses work more simply and sustainably

Support the business community and help businesses work with Council

  2 Likes (7%)

Building investment in our cultural and creative industry

10 pts

Building investment in our cultural and creative industry

Promoting and supporting the cultural and creative arts community

  2 Likes (7%)

Shape Mount Alexander Shire

There are more ways to help shape your community! Take a look at some other projects that we'd love to hear from you about.