Melton City Council has revealed its largest ever capital works program in its draft budget 2021-22.
It says residents are set to benefit from $137.7 million in works across the city including significant building works valued at $41.66 million; $9.82 million in recreational, leisure and community facilities; an extensive roads investment of $60.96 million; footpaths and cycle-ways worth $1.15 million; bridges at $4.22 million; $700,000 in street tree planting; $450,000 in library books; and $214,300 in public art.
City of Melton Mayor Kathy Majdlik said the draft budget proposed a strong investment in the city.
“This is a really exciting draft budget. We’ve planned more capital projects than ever before to meet the needs of our fast growing community, while also ensuring it’s a financially responsible plan with a low rate rise,” Mayor Majdlik said.
“It’s set to deliver an outstanding mix of new leisure facilities, community buildings, major road upgrades, increased pathway connections, and so much more,” she said.
“As we continue to recover from the events of 2020, the proposed works will also have a really positive impact on the local economy.
Melton’s draft budget includes:
- Construction of Bridge Road Recreation Reserve pavilion, Cobblebank;
- Construction of the Mt Atkinson East Community Hub;
- Expansion of the Melton Recycling Facility (Stage Two);
- Signalisation of the intersection at Caroline Springs Boulevard and The Crossing, Caroline Springs;
- Signalisation of the intersection at Caroline Springs Boulevard and Rockbank Middle Road, Caroline Springs;
- Signalisation of the intersection at Taylors Road and Sinclairs Road, Plumpton;
- Signalisation of the intersection at Taylors Road and Plumpton Road, Plumpton;
- Duplication of Hume Drive, Taylors Hill (from Calder Park Drive to Gourlay Road);
- Major upgrade of Bulmans Road, West Melton (from Westlake Drive to Centenary Avenue);
- Extension of Boundary Road from Mt Cottrell Road to The Mall, Melton;
- Extension of Taylors Hill Youth and Community Centre, Taylors Hill;
- Completion of Cobblebank Indoor Stadium, Cobblebank;
- Construction of community pavilion and oval at Diggers Rest Recreation Reserve, Diggers Rest;
- MacPherson Park redevelopment (Stage Two), Toolern Vale;
- Construction of Melton Recreation Reserve pavilion, Melton.
Public submissions will be considered at a Section 223 Committee Meeting of Council on Thursday 27 May and Council will consider adopting the final budget at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday 28 June.