Budget 2018/19


Council adopted the 2018/19 Budget (2.7MB) at its Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday, 20 June 2018.

The Budget supports the objectives of the Council Plan and continues to reflect last year’s extensive community engagement to ‘Help shape a better Bass Coast’.

Submissions to this year's draft Budget were also considered at the Council Meeting on 20 June 2018.

Council adopted the Budget 2018-2019 with the following changes.

  • The deferral of works on the Surf Parade Shared Pathway in Inverloch to allow for further engagement with stakeholders with a view to a refined design. The project is now expected to commence construction in the 2019-2020 financial year. To progress the project in the meantime, an additional amount of $160,000 has been included in the 2018-2019 Budget to undertake the community engagement and design works.
  • To assist with the initial establishment of the YES Youth Hub Bass Coast, an additional $20,000 has been allocated to the Social and Community Planning services budget, bringing the total allocation for the YES Youth Hub to $40,000.
  • The inclusion of an allocation of $25,000 for a feasibility study into a pathway between Rose Avenue and Coghlan Road on Phillip Island.
  • An additional $200,000 has been allocated towards the High Ball Stadium development at the Wonthaggi Senior Campus. This change has occurred as a result of the final contracts being determined for the construction of the Senior Campus and is Council’s additional contribution.
  • As an outcome of changes in State Government controlled fees and growth in development, there is approximately an extra $100,000 in statutory fees and charges.
  • A reduction in the level of borrowings due to Council not proceeding with the office development at the Cowes Cultural Centre.
  • Whilst already incorporated in the draft budget, consultation highlighted that there was a need to clarify that the budget included an additional day of operation for the Cowes Library and provided for $50,000 in funding for the Phillip Island entrance planning and design.

The minutes from 20 June 2018 Council meeting can be found on Council's website.

Council adopted their four year Council Plan and Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 (7.7MB) in 2017 following a thorough and extensive community engagement process over several months.

You may also be interested in these supporting documents.


Key Projects and Highlights

The Budget remains aligned with Council’s Long Term Financial Plan and focusses on maintaining and upgrading existing assets.

The $99 million Budget features a $19.63 million Capital Works Program, including major, minor and renewal projects such as:

  • Supporting the Wonthaggi Shared Highball facility and the second year contribution for Cape Paterson Life Saving Club replacement
  • Ongoing development of skate parks across the municipality with replacement of the Cowes Skate Park and design for a Regional Skate Park on Phillip Island
  • Acquisition of land for future recreation needs in Cowes
  • Further development of the Cowes Transit Centre and all day car park
  • Construction of the Pioneer Bay roads and drainage upgrade scheme
  • Planning for an upgrade to the car park at Anderson Road Boat Ramp, Cowes
  • Master Plan works for the Beachcomber YCW activity area
  • Design of Olive Justice Park, Cowes
  • Upgrade of lighting at the Inverloch Tennis Club
  • Works and signage for the Corinella Boat Ramp car park
  • A contribution to the Inverloch Soundshell
  • Refurbishment of the netball courts at Cowes, Bass and Dalyston
  • Replacement of the pavilion at Dalyston Recreation Reserve
  • Replacement of the air conditioning at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre
  • Refurbishment of the Phillip Island Football Club rooms
  • Rehabilitation of Loch-Wonthaggi Road, Krowera
  • Rehabilitation of Ventnor Beach Road, Ventnor
  • Renewal of Bourne Creek (Kilcunda) Trestle Bridge
  • We continue to be low rating and low spending
  • Average General Rate increase of 2.25%, in line with the State Government’s Rate Cap
  • Rural Land Management Program funded to approx. $600,000 to support our rural community





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