Issued Thursday 29 June 2017
A plan to deliver Australia’s most liveable city has been adopted by the City of Casey at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday night.
The plan outlines eight key strategic objectives for the next four years and the steps to achieve them.
City of Casey Mayor Councillor Sam Aziz said the Council Vision, 2017-2021 Council Plan and 2017/18 Budget set out an ambitious agenda aimed at creating a city which is the envy of the nation.
“This plan, like never before, has been driven by the community. It reflects the most extensive and intensive community engagement ever undertaken by Council,” said the Mayor.
“Through Casey Next and the Casey People’s panel, our residents told us their priorities for our city and we have responded.”
Setting up Casey’s future, the Council Plan outlines the following strategic objectives:
- A leader in applying technology and innovation.
- An inclusive, safe and connected community.
- A Council whose services and facilities are driven by community needs.
- The destination for arts, culture, sport and leisure that attract visitors and bring communities together.
- A city that sustainably plans and manages growth while protecting its diverse landscape.
- A thriving economy with local jobs, investment, and new industries.
- A city with an accessible and well-connected transport network.
- An efficient and effective, customer focussed Council with sufficient resources to meet priorities.
The $416.3 million budget features an operating expenditure of $291.6 million, and a $124.7 million capital works program. It is based on a 2.0 per cent increase in rates.
“Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and the people who took the time to make a submission during the consultation phase. This year we had 1,300 visits to our Casey Conversations website,” said the Mayor.
“The 2017/18 Budget delivers on a number of major projects including $4.5 million for the new Eliburn Family and Community Centre, $3.2 million to commence construction on the new Autumn Place Family and Community Centre, $1.4 million for rugby field development at Frog Hollow Reserve, and $2.57 million to establish a regional gymnastics and indoor multi-sports facility at the Terry Vickerman Indoor Sports Centre.
“Council is also investing almost $3 million towards new technology to improve our service delivery and online presence, to provide a better experience for our residents.
“This year we were again faced with the task of preparing a budget within the constraints of rate capping.
“And while we have managed to deliver on our promise of investing in critical infrastructure and services this year, the cumulative effect of rate capping will rip almost $200 million from our budgets over the next decade,” he said. The 2017/18 budget provides $124.7 million for a capital works program that will deliver the following programs of work and key projects:
- $20.27 million to renew, upgrade and construct new sports and recreational facilities.
- $21.81 million to renew and build community facilities.
- $17.15 million to continue to renew, upgrade and build roads, paths, bridges, public lighting, drainage and pedestrian crossings across Casey.
- $12.48 million to continue to develop our family and children centres to ensure Casey residents have access to the services they need and value.
- $2.81 million towards improving our streetscapes and open spaces.
- $1.35 million for keeping Casey green through the delivery of Council’s Tree Management Programs.
- $365,000 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.
Other documents adopted by Council include:
- Annual Action Plan 2017/18
- Strategic Resource Plan 2017-21
- Revenue and Rating Strategy
- Long Term Financial Plan 2017/18 to 2026/27, including the indicative 10 Year Capital Works Plan
Copies of the documents can be view at the Budget webpage.