Annual Budget

We are pleased to present the 2021/22 budget to the Swan Hill Rural City community.

This budget comes as we continue to see recovery in our communities around the COVID-19 pandemic.

The budget plans for an average rate rise of 1.47%, and continues the Council focus of striving for efficiency in our operations, while ensuring we deliver high-quality services and facilities to our community, as well as a capital works program.

In terms of financial position, Council is on track to be debt free within the next ten years. An interest only loan maturing in 2021/22 reduces loan liability from $7.7 million to $2.6 million by year-end in FY2022. As a percentage of rate revenue, our repayment of loan principal and interest will reduce to 1.1% in 2022/23.

In terms of capital works, this budget plans for a number of projects to be delivered across our municipality, in partnership with the State and Federal government.

This includes the iconic Our Place project, our Ronald Street housing development in Robinvale, the Swan Hill Regional Soccer Hub, Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum carpark upgrade, vehicle access from Latje Road to Robinvale Riverside Park and the Robinvale
Leisure Centre.

We will also see on-the-ground works get underway for the Vibrant Villages: Small town enhancement project.

Vibrant Villages will provide a coordinated and strategic approach to enhance the liveability and economic prospects for the nine rural townships of Woorinen South, Manangatang, Lake Boga, Boundary Bend, Piangil, Beverford, Ultima, Nyah and Nyah West.

This financial year the project will begin to deliver critical public infrastructure, beautification/landscaping works and public art across the nine townships.

A number of other big projects are also planned within this budget, subject to funding. These include upgrading of netball courts at the Woorinen Recreation Reserve, a shared path along Swan Hill’s McCallum Street and expansion of the Swan Hill and Robinvale leisure centres.

We look forward to continuing to work with and delivering for our communities during the next 12 months.

Councillor Bill Moar
John McLinden
Chief Executive Officer


See also

Financial Plan

Financial Plan

The purpose of the Financial Plan is to set out Council’s objectives and recommendations for ensuring that Council’s finances remain sustainable in the long term.
Fees and Charges

Fees and Charges

Council statutory and non-statutory fees and charges.

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