Victoria’s Manningham Council is offering community members the opportunity to pitch their Budget ideas to Councillors.
Manningham Mayor, Carli Lange said the new stage of consultation was inspired by an unprecedented response to Council’s initial Budget survey which was open over summer.
“It was fantastic to hear from more than 650 community members about how they would like the Council Budget spent across the next financial year,” Cr Lange said.
The survey results indicated the following top six priorities for Council spending:
1) Sport (courts, ovals, fields and pavilions)
2) Parks, reserves and other open spaces
3) Roads and traffic and parking management
4) Maintenance and cleaning of public spaces
5) Footpaths, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
6) Recycling and waste management
“We’re really keen to hear more about why you’re so passionate about these topics and your ideas for projects and services you would like to see delivered, in these areas, now and in the future,” said Mayor Lange.
Shortlisted in-person submitters will have three minutes each to present to Councillors at a meeting at the Manningham Function Centre on the evening of Monday 18 March.
Council will shortlist a maximum of six pitches from each of the six priority areas above to be presented.
The final 2024-25 Budget and 10 Year Financial Plan will be considered for endorsement by Council at its June meeting.