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Council has adopted its 2014--15 Budget
which features a capital works investment
of $37.3 million to deliver vital community
infrastructure for residents.
The Budget is financially responsible and
balanced and, despite increasing financial
pressures from external agencies, features
a modest rate increase of just 4.3 per cent.
While increasing rates is not Council's
preferred option, we need to balance
the external costs being placed onto
Council and our responsibility to invest
in community infrastructure whilst
also continuing to deliver high quality
services. For more information, see
the opposite page.
Recently, the Premier of Victoria Dr
Denis Napthine, with the Parliamentary
Secretary for Education and Member for
Prahran, Mr Clem Newton-Brown MP,
announced a $20 million commitment
to a long-awaited state secondary school
for Stonnington in Prahran. This was
most welcome news and will provide
an alternative for our young people.
In more good news for the Stonnington
community, the Minister for Crime
Prevention, the Honourable Edward
O'Donohue MLC, and the Parliamentary
Secretary for Education and Member
for Prahran, announced that Stonnington
has been successful in obtaining a
Public Safety Infrastructure grant of
$250,000, toward Stage 2 of its Windsor
Plaza Precinct Project. Council has
committed $1.7 million to Stages 1
and 2 of the revitalisation of Windsor
Plaza and these State Government
funds are greatly appreciated.
This comes after a funding announcement
by the State Government of the removal of
the level crossing at Burke Road, Glen Iris.
On behalf of Council and residents,
I want to thank the State Government,
in particular our local member the
Honourable Michael O'Brien MP, Member
for Malvern and Treasurer of Victoria,
and the Honourable Terry Mulder MP,
Minister for Public Transport, for this
fantastic funding commitment.
Council has been lobbying for this project
for some time so it's wonderful to finally
receive the good news that funding has
been committed and pre-construction
works will commence shortly.
It's a win for residents and the Council,
as the State Government has confirmed
that our preferred design option -- a rail
under road solution -- has been deemed
the most appropriate solution at the site.
We look forward to working with
VicRoads on a design that will greatly
improve local access and connectivity
in and around the small neighbourhood
activity centre in Glen Iris, including the
construction of a new train station.
Sadly, the Federal Budget has missed
the mark when it comes to looking
after Stonnington's most vulnerable
and disadvantaged community members
with its funding cut of $125,000 to
the Prahran Adventure Playground.
Council is urging the Federal Government
to reconsider the cut, which will
significantly reduce Council's ability to
deliver vital support services to young
people residing at the Horace Petty
and Bangs Street housing estates.
The benefits of the programs run out
of the Prahran Adventure Playground
to both residents and the wider
community far outweigh the relatively
small annual investment required from
the Department of Social Services.
I'm delighted that the Minister for Planning
has approved Stonnington's new residential
zones. This follows months of community
consultation and planning and provides
a greater level of clarity and certainty to
the community and developers about what
type of development is appropriate in our
City. For more information, see page 5.
Cr Adrian Stubbs
Mayor, City of Stonnington
MESSAGE FROM OUR MAYOR
CR ADRIAN STUBBS
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