Melton budget funding call

By Sumeyya Ilanbey

Do you need money for a community project? Or maybe you’ve identified a road that’s in desperate need of upgrades.

Melton council is preparing its 2019-20 budget and wants to hear from the community about what it believes should be included.

Councillors and council officers will be at two budget engagement sessions next month to speak with, and listen to, residents about projects they believe should be funded next year.

Funding suggestions for community projects, sports clubs and community groups are being sought.

Melton mayor Bob Turner is calling on residents and local groups to attend a session and have their say.

“We are kicking off the budget planning early this year so all our residents have plenty of time to submit their ideas,” he said.

Community groups wanting a piece of the 2019-20 budget pie are being urged to emphasise “community need” and “community benefit” in submissions.

Submissions must be made online, but those wanting to present their ideas at the budget engagement sessions must indicate their intention to do so online.

The sessions will run from 6.30-9pm on Wednesday, September 19, at Melton Civic Centre, 232 High Street, Melton; and from 6.30-9pm on Thursday, September 20, at Caroline Springs library, 193 Caroline Springs Boulevard.