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Last time we ran the Community Budget Ideas process, we received an impressive number of community submissions.

  • 32 projects, initiatives, or programs met the selection criteria and were eligible for voting
  • We received votes from 1,412 people, who each had 3 votes, so 4,237 votes were shared across the projects.
  • Although $250,000 was initially available for this process $547,500 worth of ideas were selected for inclusion in the adopted budget.

Projects included in the adopted budget

    • Hadfield sporting club score board & coaching box


      An electronic score and community notice board to keep score for the Football, Cricket and Netball Club.

      Along with community information, news, and a tool to promote local businesses and/or services that would engage our culturally diverse municipality.

      Further benefits and community advantages would include but are not exclusive to:

      • Information about the weather or emergencies
      • Clock/Timer for people using the running track or gym equipment
      • Promotion of Council services or events
    • Harold Stevens Athletic Track fences


      Replace old barbed wire fencing and improve access to the Harold Stevens Athletic Track to make it safer and more accessible to all users, while preventing unwanted uses such as motor bike access, scooters and dogs.

      The athletics track is purpose built and is not a park or football ground. There is no other place in Merri-bek where athletics can be practiced in a purpose-built safe environment.

    • Merri Creek Trail: Seating Installation Blitz

      $87,500 (20 seats)

      Installation of seats (with back and armrests) along the Merri Creek Trail (Merri-bek section). Seats to be placed next to the Trail, at places with sufficient space and (where possible) a scenic view and shade.

      It will improve residents' access to the Merri Creek, particularly for those who need to take regular rests.

      The project will help to improve residents' mental health and wellbeing, by giving more opportunities for people to connect more deeply to nature.

    • Community Access to a Commercial Kitchen


      Refurbish and repurpose an existing commercial kitchen in the Fawkner area* for the use of not-for-profit groups and community to use for free or for a heavily subsidised fee.

      This will provide access to a space where safe, nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food can be prepared and provided to community members. Some people in Fawkner have limited access to food due to their economic circumstances or because they are unable to travel to reach food elsewhere.

    • Extending the Youth Holistic Outreach Program


      Funding to continue the operation of YHOP Merri-bek.

      This funding would mean the outreach program would continue to engage and connect at-risk young people aged 12 - 25 years to individualised housing, mental health education, training, employment and crisis supports.

      The YHOP program model of “Engage Early, Support, Place, Sustain” has been trialled, tested and refined, and proven to change the life trajectory for vulnerable young people.

    • Northside Renters Rights Info Nights


      Merri-bek's renters face a high level of rental stress. Renters are often unaware of their legal rights in regards to their tenancies, and face a power difference with their landlords.

      The Renters and Housing Union will hold info nights on tenancy rights in highest density rental areas with a focus on migrant & low-income suburbs in utilising council libraries & community centres.

    • K W Joyce Reserve Water Refill Station


      The KW Joyce Reserve is a lovely recreational area, with many connected walking trails and visitors.

      While this reserve has many benefits, it is lacking a water fountain. The installation of a water fountain fits with Council’s current themes, including moving safely and being environmentally proactive. It has the capacity to reduce single use plastics and the risk of heat stroke, as well as simply encouraging people to choose healthier options and be more likely to get out and exercise!

    Merri-bek City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional custodians of the lands and waterways in the area now known as Merri-bek, and pays respect to their Elders past, present, and emerging, as well as to all First Nations’ communities who significantly contribute to the life of the area.

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