Council budget likely to be endorsed
The final version of Greater Shepparton City Council’s 2017-18 budget is set to be endorsed tonight at a meeting otherwise revolving around a number of contentious planning matters.
The final, more target-oriented four-year council plan, described as a blueprint paper canvassing major projects and directions to be pursued through to 2021, will also likely be formally supported.
Council heard submissions to both documents this month, with officers previously indicating that wide-spanning, wholesale changes to the budget or plan would be challenging, in part due to a tighter belt under state imposed rate capping.
Councillors are also set to endorse the Railway Precinct Masterplan, which maps out short, medium and long-term improvements to Shepparton’s railway precinct.
The council received seven submissions during a consultation period, some supporting the planning of the area, others addressing disability access, linkages to nearby residential areas and the CBD.
The redevelopment of the Shepparton Railway Precinct is expected to be staged according to funding and while its timing is unknown, a budget request of $50 000 is included in the 2017-18 budget for development of key elements.
‘‘Council will continue to seek funding from all levels of government to assist in the cost of this project implementation,’’ the officers report continued.
Also up for consideration are proposed planning scheme amendments and the previously divisive commercial activity centre’s strategy, addressing the city’s future commercial precincts.