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Council Plan And Budget


Submissions are now closed.


At the Special Council Meeting on 14 April 2020, Council endorsed the Mansfield Shire Council Plan 2017-21 and the Proposed Budget 2020-21 for public exhibition.

Council invited public submissions in relation to the Proposed Budget or the Council Plan over a period of 28 days, ending 12 May 2020.


Council understands this is a difficult time for our community and we are surrounded by uncertainty and change.

The Proposed Budget 2020-21, Council Plan including Strategic Resource Plan, and associated planning documents have been developed based on current information known at the time of preparation.

The situation may change - and Council may need to amend its Budget 2020-21 to adapt at a later stage.

In addition, the submission process this year is changed to comply with social distancing measures. Traditional face to face forums have been cancelled.


The Proposed Budget 2020-21 (the Budget) is a document that is prepared annually.  It includes information on the Council's forecast financial position for the current financial year, the budget for the next financial year, and a further three year outlook in support of the SRP.  The Budget also includes the proposed fees and charges for Council services in 2020-21.


The themes of the Proposed Budget 2020-21 are Renew, Plan and Secure.

Council will focus on renewing our roads and key community projects that have been planned in recent years.

Council will plan for the future with a new Council (Local Government Elections are scheduled to take place in October 2020), a new Act (the Local Government Act 2020), a Community Vision and a new Council Plan on the horizon.

Long term forecasting continues to indicate financial sustainability over the next ten years. Council will plan to undertake service reviews across key service areas to identify efficiency and cost improvements.


You will find the Proposed Budget 2020-21 plus a variety of Fact Sheets in the "links" section on the right hand side of this page.  These are designed to provide you with as much information as possible about the Proposed Budget, its development, and the path to Council adopting a final Budget for 2020-21.



The Council Plan 2017-21 (the Plan) is a four year plan that was developed during the first year of the current Council's term.  The Plan outlines Council's strategic directions and objectives for the ensuing four year term.

There are no major amendments recommended to the Plan during the 2020 review, with some small changes to reflect the internal staffing structure of Council.

The revised Plan also includes the proposed Strategic Resource Plan 2020-24 (the SRP).

The SRP drives the allocation of resources (both financial and non-financial) and the development of both short and medium term financial strategies.  The SRP outlines how resources will be allocated over a rolling four year period, whilst the supporting Proposed Budget 2020-21 (the Budget) provides greater details as to how resources will be used to deliver the Plan over the next 12 month period. 


Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

** The submissions period has now closed **


Council has received a number of questions from the community about the Proposed Budget 2020-21 .

You can read the questions and the answers in our Q&A update here (or in the links on the right hand side of this page).



How You Can Be Involved

How You Can Be Involved: 



Due the social distances requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional community forums will not be held this year.

ASK A QUESTION - now closed

The opportunity to ask a question has now closed.

You can find a summary of questions raised during the submissions period and their answers in the "links" section on the right hand side of this page.

SUBMISSIONS - now closed

The opportunity to make a submission has now closed.

All written submissions received are public documents and will form part of a public report to Council.  A Special Committee of Council will consider all submissions.

All submitters that requested in writing the right to speak in support of their submission (ie. make a verbal deputation) will be given the opportunity to do so before a Special Committee of Council on 26 May 2020.

Due to social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, deputations may be heard using the "ZOOM" web conferencing app or via phone link.



The conduct of Council meetings is governed by legislation and local law and as such is formal.  Speaking to Council can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the Council Chamber environment and ordinary council proceedings, so here are some tips and tricks you may wish to follow to make it easier.

  • Provide new information
    • Councillors will have already received a copy of your written submission, and will have read it prior to the meeting, so try not to simply re-read your written submission at Council.  Instead, enhance your submission by adding new information or expanding on the points you raised.
  • Practise and check your timing
    • Council's Meeting Procedures Local Law allows 3 minutes for each speaker.  This is designed to allow everyone their right to speak. Practice beforehand and check your timing, otherwise you may find the Mayor (Meeting Chair) winding you up before you get to your most important point.
  • ​Be prepared for questions
    • It is important to remember that deputations are not question time.  You will not be able to ask questions of Councillors or Officers during this time or enter into debate.  However, when you have finished your 3 minute deputation the Mayor will offer Councillors the opportunity to ask you questions, and you will have the opportunity to respond.


What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

** The submissions period has now closed **

The opportunity to ask a question or make a submission closed at 5:00pm on 12 May 2020. 

A Special Committee of Council will consider all submissions at a meeting scheduled for 26 May 2020.  At this meeting those submitters who requested the opportunity to speak to their submission will be given the opportunity.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, if submissions cannot be heard in person they may be heard either by phone or web conferencing app "Zoom".

Council will deliver and adopt the final Budget 2020-21 and Council Plan at the Special Council Meeting scheduled for 23 June 2020.

After Council adopts the Budget and Council Plan, Council will respond to all submitters outlining Council's decision in relation to their submission.


15 April 2020:  Public exhibition period commences

12 May 2020:  Public submission period closes

26 May 2020:  Special Committee Meeting to consider submissions

23 June 2020:  Council Meeting to adopt final Budget and Council Plan


**Note:  these timeframes are based on current expectations and may change

Contact Information

Mandy Kynnersley
Finance Manager
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