Budget 2022-2023

Mansfield Shire Council has adopted the 2022/23 Budget and Revised Revenue & Rating Plan 2021-2025 at its Ordinary Council Meeting held Tuesday 28 June 2022.

The adoption of the budget followed a comprehensive community consultation process including presentations by Councillors at two public forums and considering submissions from community members. 

Key features of the 2022-23 budget include:

  • Constructing a new 100 vehicle carpark in High Street, with the land Council purchased in May 2022, at a cost of $600,000. Council will borrow for this project.
  • $1.45 million will focus on resolving long standing drainage issues, with $870,000 on the Apollo and High Street corner.
  • Stage 2 of the Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route ($2.08 million).
  • Open space and streetscape improvements ($412,000).
  • Path and cycleways ($421,000).
  • Station Precinct Master Plan – Heritage Museum Building ($1.28 million).

New service initiatives include:

  • Another year of the Outlying Communities Infrastructure Fund Grant, with $50,000 providing opportunities for our outlying community groups to apply for funds to improve community infrastructure.
  • Population growth means more roads and open spaces to maintain, so two new full time staff members will be appointed.  
  • Council’s environment and sustainability program includes $5,000 for tree planting and $5,000 for community education programs
  • Flood mapping for the Mansfield township will be budgeted at a cost of $25,000 to Council with $90,000 in external funding.
  • A permanent part time position for planning and advocacy in aged care, youth services and early years.
  • Implementation of the Onsite Wastewater Management Plan. 

    After a zero percent rate increase this financial year, the 2022-23 budget contains a 1.75 percent rate increase in line with the State Government Rate Cap. The proposed budget provides for a total operating expenditure of almost $24 million and a capital works program of close to $11 million.

    The adopted budget increases the household waste charge. The average ratepayer currently pays about $330 and will pay approximately $495. The proposed cost is comparable to waste service charges at neighbouring councils, which are greater than $500 per year. This reflects significant increases in waste charges over the past three years.