Budget meeting tonight

David Braithwaite

WELLINGTON Shire Council is unlikely to allocate money for the construction of an equipment shed at the Sale Canal Reserve in its 2020-21 budget.

Instead, the storage needs of the Sale Sunday Charity Market will be considered in the master plan proposed for the reserve.

In its submission to the budget, the market committee requested council allocate $80,000 for the construction of the shed. The project will cost $139,000, with the market committee already raising $20,000.

Representatives of the market committee will be included in designing the reserve master plan.

The 14 written submissions and six verbal submissions council received didn’t have a major effect on the final budget.

Council will allocate $10,000 for a feasibility study into the construction of a walking and cycling path between Seaspray and The Honeysuckles.

The study will assess options, costs and legislative and planning requirements to build the path in a sensitive environmental area.

Council will not provide $10,000 for a unisex accessible toilet and urinal at the Lake Wellington Yacht Club as requested, but council officers pointed out the project can still proceed.

Council officers will meet with residents of Abels and Boyls Rds, Longford, to progress a special charge scheme to pay for the works.

Council will provide $15,000 to the Alliance for Gaming Reform, as it is already in partnerships with the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, police, community health services, as well as local gaming venue operators through the Wellington Liquor Accord.

In response to a request to have trees pruned, leaves swept, and deal with drainage issues in Edward St, Maffra, council is planning to prune the trees between July and September, while street sweeping will be done as part of its regular program, and improvements to drainage are already included in the 2020-21 capital works program.

The final 2020-21 budget will be adopted during tonight’s council meeting, with no rise in the general rate, however council will look for sustainable cost savings while maintaining key services.

The budget includes a capital works program of $53.01 million, including $49.76 of new works.