Macedon Ranges adopts 2019/20 budget


Macedon Ranges Shire Council has allocated $1.5 million in additional grants to finish road projects and support matters relating to community submissions, when finalising the budget on Wednesday.

Council adopted the Budget Report 2019/20, Strategic Resource Plan 2019/20 and Council Plan 2017 – 2027 (Year Three) at its Ordinary Council Meeting on June 26.

The $1.5 million includes grants for $581,000 in financial assistance, $580,000 to fix country roads, $189,000 Roads to Recovery and $150,000 in State Government grants to support events and festivals and master planning at Woodend Community Centre.

Council will use additional funds for road construction including Three Chain Road in Carlsruhe, Willowbank Road in Gisborne and Beauchamp Street in Kyneton

Waste charges will increase by three per cent to cover the introduction of a proposed new food organic waste collection service.

The budget includes more than $80 million towards delivering services and projects within the imposed 2.5 per cent rate cap.

There will be major upgrades to change rooms in Dixon Field and Gardiner Reserve in Gisborne, as well as Tony Clarke Reserve in Macedon and the Bullengarook to Gisborne walking track.

The megafauna centre in Lancefield will begin planning works and there will be increased spending on footpaths.

All three documents received a total of 84 submissions, with submitters heard by council at a special meeting on June 12.

The three documents can be viewed online at or at a council service centres, in Gisborne, Kyneton, Romsey or Woodend, when incorporated changes from the meeting have been made to the documents.