Greater Bendigo council to talk skate park funding, budget at June 21 meeting

Aidan Baldwin is pushing for a skate park in Epsom. Picture: DARREN HOWE
Aidan Baldwin is pushing for a skate park in Epsom. Picture: DARREN HOWE

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DESIGNS for two skate parks are among a number of projects the Bendigo council will consider funding when it meets on Wednesday.

The City of Greater Bendigo’s proposed budget for 2017/18 will be up for formal adoption, along with some amendments. 

A total of $533,175 has been spent since the budget was made public, with costs including fencing at Rosalind Park, reviewing and preparing a new gaming policy, and contributions to the library. 

In the same period, the council logged an extra $1,265,786 worth of income from sources including unfrozen Federal Assistance Grant funding.

We'll still have a surplus, and that's what we're working within.

Cr Margaret O'Rourke, Bendigo mayor

Councillors will on Wednesday be presented with the opportunity to consider nine priorities for funding, which were presented during budget submissions. 

Among them are designs for skate parks in Epsom and Kangaroo Flat, at a cost of $60,000.

Also included in the list are designs for the first phase of an Ironbark Gully and Linear Reserve concept plan, worth $50,000; a lighting project at White Hills Football Netball Club, at a cost of $200,000; and two water stations along the O’Keefe Rail Trail, for $16,000.

Council will consider submissions regarding art gallery library shelving upgrades, family fun days, an outdoor performance space, the Heathcote Footbridge design and the Strathfieldsaye Community Hub. 

The proposed changes would bring the overall value of the budget to $60.1 million from $58.4 million.

“We’ll still have a surplus, and that’s what we’re working within,” Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke said.

She was of the belief the budget was community-orientated – a reflection of the community’s involvement in the drafting process.  

“We’ve been very active out in the community,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Certainly the feedback we’re getting from the community is they’re really pleased we’re meeting with them and talking to them.”

The council received 24 submissions regarding the budget, 11 of which were verbal submissions heard by a committee of the whole council on May 24.