To achieve a balanced Budget 2020/21 that responds to the challenges we face while continuing to provide critical services and infrastructure, we are proposing a small number of temporary and permanent service changes in the draft Budget:
1. Reduce Sport Phillip & Community programs - expected saving is $107,000
Under this proposed change, Council will no longer provide a resource to run and support sporting and recreation community programs or funding to subsidise enrolment costs for underrepresented groups.
Sport Phillip incorporates all Council's recreation participation programs and aims to eliminate barriers to participation by providing low cost, flexible options to all members of the community. This includes underrepresented groups such as females, all abilities, seniors, indigenous and CALD communities.
Activities from the program include, but are not limited to:
- Access for all abilities sport and recreation activities
- Female participation programs like Mums and bubs lawn bowling
- ‘This Girl Can’ program and ‘Get Active Victoria’ programs
- Indigenous and CALD community swim programs.
- Programs on community housing estates
- One Ball inclusive soccer
- Walking soccer for older adults
- Fitness in the Park
- Yoga on the beach
- Mini judo
- 3on3 basketball program St Kilda Beach
Permitting of commercial recreational activities will continue.
2. Cease free access to Rippon Lea Estate Gardens - expected saving is $50,000
Council currently pays for free access for residents to Rippon Lea Estate Gardens under a funding agreement between Council and the National Trust of Australia. Rippon Lea Estate is located in Elsternwick (City of Glen Eira), along the municipal boundary with Port Phillip.
Under this proposed change, any funding agreement providing Port Phillip residents with free access to the Gardens will cease.
3. Change to a booking system for access to Community Transport service - $150,000
This proposed change includes introducing a booking system for the Community Bus and reducing the routes and frequency of the current service.
4. Cease funding deed for Neighbourhood Ngargees - expected saving is $11,000
Neighbourhood Ngargees (support for individual local street parties) are currently delivered under a funding agreement with the Port Phillip Community Group (PPCG).
This proposed change involves ceasing this funding deed and exploring alternative avenues to supporting local street events, including via Council’s established Community Grants.
5. Reduce Quality Subsidy for Community Managed Child Care from 5 per cent to 4 per cent - expected saving is $141,000
The Quality Subsidy is a payment received by community managed children’s services that operate from Council owned centres. The payment is an amount equal to 5% of the total Educator Salary and Wages expenditure and training costs. It is designed to enhance the quality of the childcare and education the centre provides.
The proposed change to reduce this payment from 5% to 4% is not expected to impact service quality, as this subsidy has achieved its original purpose for all Council and community managed centres to be provided a quality service that is meeting quality as rated by ACECQA (Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority).
6. Changes to Arts Programs - expected saving is $56,000
This proposed change refers to cuts to the Arts budget that relate to a number of partnerships that will have run their course at the end of FY2020/21 and are not considered appropriate for renewal. Funds set aside for ‘rainy day’ activities would also not be retained given the current budget climate under this proposed change.
7. One-year trial for Design Awards to be held online only - expected saving is $10,000
The City of Port Phillip Design and Development Awards are held biennially. The previous Awards program was delivered primarily online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This proposed change proposes a one-year trial to deliver the next Design and Development Awards completely online.
8. Remove Counter Service at South Melbourne Town Hall – to be reviewed post building works - expected saving is $50,000
South Melbourne Town Hall Counter Service is currently unavailable due to building works. In addition to improved digital services, alternative face-to-face support for customer service interactions through other established Council services may be developed. St Kilda and Port Melbourne town hall counter services remain open and available for face to face service.
This proposed change would see the South Melbourne Town Hall Counter Service remain closed throughout the period of building works, with a review of this service change to take place once these works are finished.
9. Reduce budget for Ride2School Day, Healthy Tracks, Ride2Work, Festival of Everyday Riding programs - expected saving is $15,000
This proposed change includes a reduction in funding for the following sustainable transport programs:
- Ride2School Day (support for schools to run events)
- Healthy Tracks (route marking for walking / bike riding routes to schools)
- Ride2Work Day (reduced funding for incentives for businesses to participate)
- Festival of Everyday Riding (activities to promote use of new bike corridors and connections across City)
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