We are pleased and proud to present the 2019/20 budget to the Swan Hill Rural City community.

Annual Budget

We are pleased and proud to present the 2019/20 budget to the Swan Hill Rural City community.

This budget plans for a low rate rise of just 1.02%.

This is in response to a number of factors.

We know the challenging drought conditions that our community faces, and the uncertainty around water availability.

We know that we must constantly strive for efficiency in our operations.

And we know that we must balance all this with the need to deliver high quality services and a progressive capital works program for our community.

This budget aims to achieve all this.

In 2019/20 we will spend $7.1 million on roads – including both major upgrade projects and ongoing maintenance.

Big ticket items in the works budget are those that we have already secured funding for – the iconic new gallery and interpretive centre in Swan Hill, the Bromley Road upgrades in Robinvale, and the adventure playground and skate park at Swan Hill’s Riverside Park.

We will continue supporting successful community events and programs like Harmony Day, the Fairfax Festival and the L2P Learner Driver Program in both Swan Hill and Robinvale.

The budget allocates $401,000 to implement projects from the 11 community plans across the municipality.

There is also a big focus on Our Game Plan – the masterplan that outlines a vision for the upgrade of recreation reserves across the municipality.

We have allocated funding to some of the projects in 2019/20, and will seek additional State and Federal support to make them happen. These include a group fitness room at the Swan Hill Leisure Centre, the soccer pavilion at Ken Harrison Reserve, design of new netball courts and change rooms at Robinvale Riverside Park and netball court resurfacing and lighting at Nyah.

It is also worth noting on an individual level, that you will pay the same for rubbish collection in 2019/20, and if you have a green waste service, the price you pay will reduce by $5 per year.

We have also increased the discount applied to dryland farming properties to 20 per cent, in an attempt to offset high increases in these property values despite ongoing low rainfall.

We look forward to delivering for our local communities over the next 12 months.

Councillor Ann – Mayor
John McLinden – Chief Executive Officer

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See also

Long Term Financial Plan

Long Term Financial Plan

The purpose of the Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) is to set out Council’s objectives and recommendations for ensuring that Council’s finances remain sustainable in the long term.