Council continues to make prudent budget decisions during COVID-19

Published on 13 May 2020


Mornington Peninsula Shire continues to monitor and make prudent budgetary decisions in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Cr Sam Hearn said we are committed to leading from the top in managing the financial challenges of this crisis.
“We are cutting costs and ensuring that every dollar the community entrusts us with is invested in helping the Peninsula bounce back from COVID-19 and providing the essential services our community needs”.
“I’m personally committing to a 20% reduction in my allowance for next financial year and our CEO has initiated a substantial reduction in his own wage”.
Council has already implemented a number of initiatives to assist the community and to reduce expenditure.
These include a business support package that has already put half a million dollars back into the business community, a Business Concierge Service, ‘Supporting Local Business’ campaign, fast tracking of approvals and compliance matters, temporary cessation of  fees and charges, support for local contractors and rate and rent relief options for those in Council properties.
Council also moved quickly to look after its vulnerable and isolated citizens by implemented a ‘Caring for our Community’ initiative that has seen over 2,000 care packages of food and essential items delivered throughout our community.
Other measures include a 1.4 million dollar saving by not filling vacant staff positions and a 1.7 million dollar saving through the reduction in materials and services expenditure.
Council also continues to advocate to State and Federal departments for financial support and further relief options.
Financial modelling and scenario analysis for the 20/21 budget is being undertaken while the draft budget is on public exhibition. The exhibition period has been extended to 21 May to give the community more time to review and provide comment, and to give council officers more time to assess the economic impacts we are seeing from COVID-19.
Early modelling suggests non-rate income could be affected in the vicinity of $6 - $12 million depending on the duration of the crisis.
Council will be providing the community with regular updates and further information on what our approach to these budget challenges will look like over the coming weeks.
Mayor Hearn said the next financial year will be very challenging but we as a council have a united resolve to navigate our way through these difficult circumstances for the whole community.
“I believe we can facilitate a united effort engaging all sectors and people, Peninsula-wide, to achieve our economic and social recovery and ensure no one gets left behind”.
“I’m so proud of the way we have stuck together and looked after each other through the pandemic, we need to commit to doing the same as we rebuild and restart after it”.
The 2020/21 Proposed Budget is available to view on Council’s website ( Hard copies are available to be mailed out upon request. The Budget document is on exhibition until Thursday, 21 May 2020.

Notice is given pursuant to sections 129 and 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 (‘the Act’) that the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (‘Council’) has prepared a Proposed Budget for the 2020/21 financial year.
The 2020/21 Proposed Budget is available to view on Council’s website ( Hard copies are available to be mailed out upon request. The Budget document is on exhibition until Thursday, 21 May 2020.
Any person may make a written submission on the Budget.  All submissions received on or before Thursday, 21 May 2020 will be considered by Council in accordance with Section 223 of the Act. 
If a person wishes to be heard in support of their written submission they must include the request in their submission and this will entitle them, or a person acting on their behalf, to appear in person before a meeting of the Section 223 Submission Committee of Council (‘Committee’), scheduled to be held on Wednesday, 3 June 2020 commencing at 6.30pm. The location is currently being confirmed.
Written submissions should be submitted online through the Shire’s website:
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