THE Mount Alexander Shire has added money for community groups to its draft 2021/22 budget, newly published documents show.
That included $30,000 for detailed designs to bring disused Taradale tennis facilities back, as well as $6000 to scope the feasibility of the Castlemaine to Maryborough rail trail.
New additions also include more hours of work for a natural environment officer and extra support for Chewton Swimming Pool's management committee to help with regulatory and legislative obligations.
All changes were made after community consultation about the draft budget, shire officers said.
The budget's big spending items include $1,425,244 for safety works on Fogartys Gap Road.
The council would want to raise $25,444,006 through rates to cover more than 60 per cent of the draft budget over the coming financial year.
Councillors will vote on the draft on Tuesday.
They will also consider a separate four-year rates plan that will shape decisions about revenue.
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