Coun­cil bud­get likely to be en­dorsed

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Thomas Moir

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.

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