Draft Budget 2024-25

Thanks to everyone who shared feedback on the draft budget. The survey has now closed.

All feedback will be reviewed, and a final budget document will be considered by Council at the June Council meeting.

Learn more about upcoming projects and recent highlights in your ward:

You can also view ward maps with key allocations further down this page.

Budget snapshots

  • On the move: roads and footpaths

    • Widen Coombes Road from Ghazepoore Road to Messmate Road ($2.2m).
    • Upgrade numerous footpaths, such as Moggs Creek’s Boolooral Reserve, Anglesea’s Paringa Nature Reserve, and Willis Street in Winchelsea.
    • Delivering our road safety program ($170,000).
    • Lorne Men’s Shed parking design ($26,000).
    • In total, more than $13 million will make it easier and safer for people to move in and around their communities.
  • Climate-focused initiatives

    • Continue rollout of solar and energy transition program ($340,000).
    • Inaugural year of Growing Our Urban Forest program ($190,000), to help townships withstand our changing climate through tree planting and canopy cover.
    • Assess our resilient relief centres to support the community in emergencies ($35,000).
    • Continue to address stormwater challenges and improve the health of the culturally and environmentally significant Karaaf Wetlands ($100,000).
    • Critical Drainage Investigation Program ($170,000).
  • Healthy connected community

    • Redevelopment of Winchelsea Pool, set to open during the summer 2024-25 ($5.37m of a $8.5m project).
    • Progressing the Surf Coast Aquatic and Health Centre ($14.98m of a $46m project).
    • Great Ocean Road bike route from Duffields Road to Strathmore Drive in Jan Juc ($489,410).
    • Anglesea Community and Health Hub planning and design ($250,000).
    • Beautifying improvements to Aireys Inlet top shops area ($70,000) and improving park furniture and facility fencing across the Anglesea Ward ($10,400).
  • Fun and games

    • Anglesea Netball Courts reconstruction ($1.3m).
    • Renewal of playgrounds at Moriac’s Newling Reserve ($248,200), Jan Juc’s Bob Pettitt Reserve ($248,200) and Torquay’s Ocean Acres ($114,500).
    • Supporting next two editions of Lorne Sculpture Biennale in 2025 and 2027 ($30,000 for each).
    • Renewal of Torquay Skate Park ($30,000).
    • Bob Pettitt Tennis Court renewal ($200,000).
  • Events, tourism and our creative sector

    • Supporting the 2025 Gran Fondo World Championships in Lorne ($50,000).
    • Next stage of the Multi Arts Centre redevelopment in Torquay ($1.03m).
    • Anglesea Art Space program to support local creatives ($52,000).
    • Seek national accreditation for the Surf Coast Shire to be an Eco Destination, offering quality nature-based tourism experiences and a commitment to sustainability.

​Rates and charges

The draft budget includes a proposed rate increase of 2.75% – complying with the rate cap set by the Victorian Government. Rate revenue is essential for Council’s future viability, and ability to support the community and meet its needs now and into the future.

Rate revenue is the major source of funding for core services and key facilities in the 2024-25 draft budget, supporting the community now and into the future.

We understand that many residents are experiencing financial pressures. If you are, please reach out to us as we have rates payment plans.

The proposed introduction or increase to fees and charges is to ensure that they are closer to the true cost of providing these facilities, services and programs, and that they are consistent across the shire.

The waste service charge funds the likes of kerbside collections, waste disposal, recyclable material processing, local resource recovery centres, and Anglesea Landfill. The waste service charge for rural garbage collection will increase by $34 to $461. It is gradually being aligned to the urban garbage charge ($495 in 2024-25), given delivery costs and services are on par.

Our financial position

A net surplus of $8.8m is forecast for 2024-25. This is a forecast increase of $18.2 million compared to 2023-24, driven by the transition of parcels of public land to Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority in 2023-24 and an increase in government grants.

Inflation has been rising much faster than our revenue base and much higher than the 2.75% Victorian rate cap set for 2024-25.

We regularly review our operations to identify where savings and productivity improvements can be found. Our three business reform programs (Business Improvement, Business Case Investment and Digital Transformation) have generated $0.54 million of savings to support the challenge of the gap between our revenue and inflation.

We’re facing longer term challenges that require sound financial planning. Population growth is increasing demand for services and infrastructure, and this is challenged by constraints on our ability to grow revenue in a rate-capped environment.

Frequently asked questions

Funding allocations by ward

Torquay Ward

Anglesea Ward

Lorne Ward

Winchelsea Ward