Securing the future of Australia’s most liveable city

Issued Wednesday 10 May 2017

The City of Casey has shared its plan to secure the future of Australia’s most liveable city.

At its Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, Council adopted its Draft Council Vision, Draft 2017-21 Council Plan and the 2017-18 Draft Budget for community consultation.

The Casey community is encouraged to visit view the Draft Council Plan and Vision, and year 1 budget and have their say by 9 June 2017.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz said the long-term Vision and four year Plan reflected the priorities and aspirations of the community, identified through the most robust community engagement ever undertaken by Council; the Casey People’s Panel and Casey Next.

“The Budget is our first step in delivering the Council Plan, and I’m proud to say it balances the immediate priorities of our community with the long term needs of our growing city”

“With a population forecast to pass half a million in the next 25 years, Council is delivering the services and infrastructure the community needs to ensure Casey is Australia’s most liveable city.”

Council’s Plan sets Casey up for the future, outlining its eight strategic objectives for the next four years and how they’ll be achieved:

  1. A leader in applying technology and innovation.
  2. An inclusive, safe and connected community.
  3. A Council whose services and facilities are driven by community needs.
  4. The destination for arts, culture, sport and leisure that attract visitors and bring communities together.
  5. A city that sustainably plans and manages growth while protecting its diverse landscape.
  6. A thriving economy with local jobs, investment, and new industries.
  7. A city with an accessible and well-connected transport network.
  8. An efficient and effective, customer focussed Council with sufficient resources to meet priorities.

Cr Aziz said the 2017-18 Draft Budget funds delivery of the first year of the new Council Plan.

“It funds the projects and services that align with our community’s priorities today, tomorrow and beyond.

“Council is investing more than $126m in new and existing infrastructure to deliver projects and services the community told us matter most to them.

“It’s also the year we’ll see years of planning and work come to fruition with the $125m Bunjil Place cultural precinct delivered on time and on budget, revenue for its construction. However, while the costs of operating the new community facilities such as the art gallery, 800 seat theatre, multi-purpose space and expanded library will be considerable, the good news is that these costs have been absorbed by other efficiencies achieved by Council.”

“Generations to come will enjoy the largest single piece of Council infrastructure ever built, bringing arts, entertainment and culture to life thanks to the vision.”

Cr Aziz said Council had already reinvested millions in savings from its long- term efficiency program and commitment to digitising as many services and transactions as possible.

He said while it was already a priority for Council, the introduction of rate capping meant it was even more timely.

“This Budget acts on a strong desire from the community for Council to work hard to find savings to reinvest them in critical infrastructure and services.”

“The effect of rate capping is already being felt, with the proportion of investment from rates revenue in capital works the lowest it’s been for some time.

“While this was supplemented by unexpected State Government grants in the last financial year, the slashing of the Growing Suburbs Fund by half in the State Budget will likely put an end to that.”

“As a result, Council will have no choice but to reduce or delay future investment in services and infrastructure.”

The Draft 2017-18 Budget at a glance

$415.3 million total budget including:

  • $290.6 million operating budget
  • $124.7 million capital works program

A two per cent average general rates increase in line with the rate cap

Capital works

  • $20.9m to renew, upgrade and construct new sports and recreational facilities
  • $20.36m to renew and build community facilities
  • $16.2m to continue to renew, upgrade and build roads, paths, public lighting, drainage and pedestrian crossings across Casey
  • $12.5m to continue to develop our family and children centres to ensure Casey residents have access to the services they need and value
  • $2.16m improving our playgrounds and open spaces
  • $1.35m keeping Casey green through the delivery of Council’s Tree Management Programs
  • $315,000 to retrofit three of Council’s higher energy consumption facilities with LED lighting and solar panels to make them more efficient and help Council achieve its greenhouse emissions reduction target.

Major initiatives in 2017-18

Enhanced family and community services including;

  • New Eliburn Family and Community Centre, Cranbourne East ($4.5m)
  • Commence construction of the new Autumn Place Family and Community Centre, Doveton ($3.2m)
  • Redevelopment of Strathaird Drive Children’s Centre and Community Room, Narre Warren South ($2.6m)
  • Continued construction to complete Selandra Integrated Community Centre, Clyde North ($2m)
  • Significant renewal of James Cook Kindergarten and Community Room, Endeavour Hills ($670,000)
  • Begin design and development for Clyde and Clyde North East Family and Community Centres and Cranbourne West Integrated Community Centre

Continued investment into the health and wellbeing of our community including;

  • Establishment of a regional gymnastics and indoor multi-sports facility at the Terry Vickerman Indoor Sports Centre, Cranbourne East ($2.57m)
  • Upgrade of netball courts at Olive Reserve Netball Courts, Eumemmerring ($1.55m)
  • New synthetic soccer pitch and upgrade of flood lighting at Sweeney Reserve, Berwick ($1.4m)
  • Rugby field development at Frog Hollow Reserve, Endeavour Hills ($1.4m)
  • Continued development of the Barton Recreation Reserve District Soccer and Cricket facility, Cranbourne West ($1.2m)
  • Continue community consultation and commence master plan works at the old Narre Warren North landfill site (Bayview Park) ($500,000)
  • Renewal of soccer pavilions at Waratah Reserve, Eumemmerring and Jack Thomas Reserve, Narre Warren North

Improved roads and road safety across the road network including;

  • Construction of Bayview Road, Tooradin ($480,000)
  • Intersection upgrade works at Grices Road/Glasscocks Road and Clyde Road intersection ($400,000)
  • Greyspot Program ($250,000)

The Casey community is encouraged to visit view the Draft Council Plan and Vision, and year 1 budget and have their say by 9 June 2017.

Those lodging a submission will have the opportunity to present to Council on 20 June 2017.

Council will consider any written submissions before adopting the 2017-18 Budget on 27 June 2017.