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Budget 2020-2021 and adjusted Council Plan

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Budget 2020-2021 and adjusted Council Plan

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Budget 2020-2021 and adjusted Council Plan


Wodonga Council’s draft budget for 2020-2021 includes a zero rate rise as the city and our people recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This step will see nearly $1 million cut from the budget with savings made through operational changes.

It includes an allowance for the increased hardship measures, including deferred rate payments and rent relief for council tenants, expected following COVID-19.

The capital works program for 2020-2021 will be $23.5 million including $5.8 million for renewing our community assets. There is also $10 million in carryover projects in the draft budget.

Assets continue to be well-managed and renewals fully funded now and in the long-term capital plan.

There is also $550,000 in operating projects including tree planting, playground maintenance, signage and shade shelters.

For the eighth consecutive year, there are no new borrowings.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, identified savings have been made in the events area with several major events not going ahead in 2020 including Children’s Fair, the Red Carpet Youth Awards award dinner, Fridays on My Mind and. Senior Celebrations.

The council will continue working with the Red Carpet committee to design an alternate online program for this year.

Bonegilla Migrant Experience will also reduce to opening three days a week.

The cross-border festival Upstream, which attracted more than 16,000 people over the four days of the inaugural event, will proceed in 2021 as restrictions allow, with staff beginning planning for next year’s festival.

June 17, 2020

This consultation is now closed for public comment. 

Thank you for all of your comments.

May 18, 2020

At the May council meeting, the draft budget 2020-2021 and the adjusted council plan were endorsed for public exhibition.


Submissions can be made online (using the online form below), by e-mail or phone.

Written submissions must be clearly marked as 'Draft Budget 2020-2021' and will be received up until Wednesday, June 17, 2020. They can also be sent by:

Any person may make a written submission under section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 (the Act).

Only submissions received by council by 5pm on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 shall be considered. Copies of submissions (including submitters’ names and addresses) will be made available at the council meeting at which the above proposal will be considered.

Any person who has made a written submission to the council may request to be heard in support of their written submission, or be represented by a person acting on his or her behalf, before a meeting of the council or a committee appointed for this purpose. Where a person wishes to be heard by the council they must advise of such in their written submission.

If required, the council will meet for this purpose at 9am on Monday, June 22, 2020 at the Council Chambers, Hovell St, Wodonga.

In light of the current restrictions on public gatherings persons will likely be required to attend through an online media platform, but this will be negotiated and confirmed with persons.

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Key Dates
  • Online community forum

    Monday, June 1, 2020 at 6pm

    Register at eventbrite.com.au/e/wodonga-council-online-community-forum

    Details will be emailed ahead of the forum.

    Attendees will require the Zoom app, which can be installed here for Windows, iOS or Android.

    Please note: Attendees will not be able to use their Microphone or Webcam – the Q&A function will be available to ask questions and must provide their name and email address to join the session.
Life Cycle
  • Open

    The exhibition period runs between Wednesday, May 20, 2020 and Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

  • Under review

    Budget submissions will be reviewed and a report prepared for councillors.

  • Submissions considered

    A special meeting held to consider budget submissions will be held for this purpose on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 9am.

  • Final report

    Budget goes to the June council meeting on Monday, June 29 at 6pm for adoption.

  • Budget endorsed

    The Draft Budget 2020-2021 and adjusted Council Plan are adopted at the June Ordinary Council Meeting.

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