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Costs eat at council Casey council formally released its Draft Budget 2017/'18, Council Vision, and Draft 2017-'21 Council Plan for public consideration at a special meeting on Tuesday 9 May. The 2017/'18 budget includes a 2 per cent rate rise across the municipality in line with the State Government’s rate capping scheme. Casey council did not apply for a variation to the rate cap in the 2017/'18 financial year despite applying for a variation - and being knocked back - in the 2016/'17 financial year. The 2017/'18 Casey council budget allocates a total of $415.3 million with $290.6 million being allocated towards operating costs and $124.7 million to the capital works program. Sports and recreation facilities such as ovals, club rooms and other sportsrelated infrastructure are big winners in the budget being allocated $20.9 million. A total of $20.4 million has been allocated to renewing and building community facilities across the municipality. Roads, paths, public lighting, drainage and pedestrian crossings have been allocated $16.2 million. Playgrounds and open spaces will receive a $2.16 million allocation and a further $12.5 million allocation will go towards family and children centres. Environmental initiatives also feature in the budget with a $1.4 million allocation to council’s tree management programs and $315,000 to retrofit three of council’s higher energy consumption facilities with LED lighting and solar panels.

Community centres in Cranbourne East, Doveton, Narre Warren, Clyde North, and Endeavour Hills are some of the major beneficiaries in the budget with $12.9 million being allocated to renew and construct centres in these areas. The cost to households on waste management services across the City of Casey will go down and average at 7 per cent in 2017/'18. During his speech at the special council meeting, Casey Mayor Sam Aziz said the cut to the growing suburbs fund by the State Government would mean delays to major projects in the future. “The proportion of investment from rates revenue in capital works over the next year is the lowest it’s been for some time,” he said. “While this was supplemented by unexpected State Government grants in the last financial year, the slashing of the Growing Suburbs Fund by half in the State Budget will likely put an end to that.” “As a result, council will have no choice but to reduce or delay future investment in services and infrastructure.” The draft budget and strategic plan will be available for the community to review and have their say on until 9 June 2017. The budget papers can be viewed online at www.caseyconversations.com.au/ our-future. Those lodging a submission will have the opportunity to present to council on 21 June and council will consider any written submissions before adopting the 2017-'18 budget on 27 June 2017.

Sohailia and Arishma from Hallam Secondary College were MCs for the Girl Guides Victoria Women of Note Casey Mentor Breakfast. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Inspiring young women By Victoria Stone-Meadows Female secondary students from across the South East were treated to an inspirational breakfast hosted by the City of Casey on Friday 28 April. The 22nd Annual Girl Guides Victoria Women of Note Casey Mentor Breakfast hosted 75 young women, along with guest speaker Alison Saville.

The breakfast was an opportunity for young women to network and build contacts, as well as be inspired to reach their full potential in their careers. The students had a chance to meet with and connect to women in various industries and professions and gain a better understanding of potential career paths. Ms Saville’s success in industries

ranging from thoroughbred breeding to fashion entrepreneurialism, inspired the young attendees to follow their passion. The breakfast also saw Kaila Baxter from St Francis Xavier College presented with the Kay Rankin Inspirational Young Woman Award. The Year 11 student was nominated by her school for the award and will be presented with a $250 cheque.

Mater Christi College, Belgrave Excellence in all-girls education A visit to Mater Christi College will enable your family to witness this vibrant, inclusive and warm community where girls feel safe, build lifelong friendships and become intelligent and reflective learners.

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Grade 4, 5 & 6 students are welcome to join us for a morning. ŹPersonal

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Tours begin 10:00am Sunday 21 May

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Visit materchristi.edu.au for more information or call Kylie Lee, Registrar, on 9754 6611 to arrange a Personal Tour or a Taster Day.

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By Victoria Stone-Meadows

News - Berwick - 11th May 2017  
News - Berwick - 11th May 2017