Chance for say on city’s plan, spending

FRANKSTON mayor Cr Brian Cunial says the council’s draft 2017-18 budget and five-year council plan “overcome impediments caused by the state government’s rate capping to deliver services and capital works that our community needs and deserves”.

This was the second budget to be framed under the revenue restriction, which this year impose a two per cent cap on rate increases.

The draft budget and council plan are on public display, with members of the public able to have their say until 5pm, Friday 12 May.

The budget provides $3.27 million to maintain and improve Frankston’s road and bridge network; $2.38 million for a multi-use pavilion at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve; $1.4 million for the Ballam Park East Pavilion, and $1.08 million to enhance the city centre alongside the Wells and Young streets’ redevelopments.

The 2017-21 council plan sets out the council’s vision for Frankston City over the next four years. Its priorities are to develop a regional tennis facility; build a marina at Olivers Hills and a new Coast Guard building; electrify the rail line to Baxter, and deliver stage two of the Frankston station precinct.

Copies of the draft budget and council plan can be obtained from the council’s customer service centres or online at frankston.vic.gov.au

A public information session will be held 6-7pm, Wednesday 3 May, at the Frankston Park Function Centre. Cr Cunial and Frankston CEO Dennis Hovenden will speak and members of the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.

A special meeting of council will be held 5.30pm, Monday 22 May, at the Civic Centre, where councillors will consider submissions on both documents. Public submissions can be made in writing to the CEO, or online at frankston.vic.gov.au/HaveYourSay

First published in the Frankston Times – 17 April 2017

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