Council’s 2022-23 budget includes funding for roads, parks and community centres

Wyndham Civic Centre. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 255196_01

Wyndham council has formally adopted its 2022-23 Budget and will allocate $19.8 million to care for parks and open spaces, $8.9 million for road reconstructions and $6.5 million for the Tarneit North masterplan.

An estimated $167.2 million in funding will be invested in a number of capital works, also including $6.1 million for the Alfred Road Reserve, $5.5 million for the Truganina Community Centre and $4.1 million for the coastal and marine plan.

A total of $31.3 million will be spent on building, upgrading and maintaining the municipality’s local road network, and $5.1 million will be spent on council’s Active Transport Strategy which includes building and upgrading footpaths and cycleways across the municipality.

Mayor Peter Maynard said the budget is a “financially responsible approach” to “supporting our growing Wyndham community”.

“Given the volume and speed of the growth occurring across Wyndham City, it is a constant challenge for the council to ensure that the right infrastructure and services our community needs are up and running when they are needed,” he said.

“Service delivery is a priority. We will spend $14.7 million on maternal and child health and immunisations services, and $10.3 million to operate our local libraries.”

“Additionally, $18.7 million will be spent on Kindergarten and Child Centre services.”

Cr Maynard said the budget was focused on making Wyndham a “more liveable city”.

“Improving City pride is a key focus for this Council term. We want to reduce litter, improve our parks and streetscapes and make our residents proud to live in Wyndham,” he said.

“We’ll ramp up our fight against litter and dumped rubbish with special ‘Litter Blitzes’ to be held across the municipality.”

Each year, Wyndham council spends an estimated $2 million and collecting dumped rubbish and litter, including furniture, mattresses, household waste and building materials.