City of Melbourne’s Draft Budget

Docklands Library

Docklands Library [Source: City of Melbourne]

The City of Melbourne’s draft budget for 2010–11 proposes an $84 million funding boost to the municipality’s infrastructure. Key elements of the draft budget include:

  • $7.2 million rescue package for Melbourne’s drought affected trees as part of the $26.4 million allocated for parks and gardens.
  • New community facilities for Southbank with $5 million allocated for the first phase redevelopment of the former JH Boyd Girls’ High School.
  • $3.1 million committed to undertake future strategic development of the Queen Victoria Market including a study to transform Queen Street into a pedestrian precinct.
  • $9.2 million to develop a blueprint for transforming Melbourne’s streets. This will focus on changing city streets from thoroughfares to civic spaces starting with Swanston Street, Queen Street, Elizabeth Street and Flinders Lane.
  • $2.5 million to commence Docklands’ first public library in partnership with VicUrban.
  • $3.4 million city safety package including an extension of the CCTV patrol vehicle program and increased night time arts and cultural events.
  • $2 million funding increase to enhance premier festivals and events.
  • $600,000 to fit-out the community hub located at the Drill Hall, North Melbourne.
  • $400,000 to complete the $5 million upgrade of Melbourne’s Tan Track, which encircles the Royal Botanic Gardens and King’s Domain and is used by 300,000 people annually.

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