Site Search

CEO's Message

Thursday 30 July 2020
New data confirms Albury Wodonga’s economy is taking a heavy hit from the latest tighter border controls and in response Council is working closely with governments and industry on a proposal to ease the pressure while also minimising the risk of COVID-19 spreading.

New budget to drive growth

Our ongoing recovery will be driven by a budgetary package that will create jobs and investment, enhance our tourism sector, foster business growth and provide a range of facilities and services designed to improve the health and lifestyle of our community.

Aligned closely without our blueprint for the city’s future, Albury 2030, the budget proposes capital works expenditure of $63M, which will include $11.8M for roads, bridges and footpaths; $10.3M for recreation projects; $21.8M on important water and wastewater projects; and $6.5M to improve public buildings across the city.

Mindful that many in our city are still feeling the financial effects of COVID-19, we’ve proposed an average rate rise of 2.3% per cent for residential households and 1.8% for businesses. Importantly, there are no increases to water and sewer charges while waste management charges will return to pre-COVID levels.

When all rates, water, sewer and waste management charges are combined, the average residential property impact is an increase of $1.37 per week.

This modest increase will help to fuel a finely targeted spending program that will deliver a range of works to improve our city, including funding support from government grants. Some of the major improvements will include:

  • $3.9M for the next stages of the Riverside Precinct construction
  • $2.6M to deliver the Albury Regional Skate Park for our young people
  • $3.5M to rehabilitate our roads and drains
  • $1.7M to improve public toilet facilities across the city
  • $800,000 for stage 3 of the Lavington Sports Ground redevelopment, and
  • $500,000 for the ongoing expansion of the Wagirra Trail

The draft budget includes a $500,000 COVID-19 relief package which includes provision of $150,000 for residential ratepayers suffering hardship as a result of COVID-19, $100,000 for a visitAlburyWodonga destination marketing activation program; nil fees per chair for outdoor dining, street vending and A-frame advertising; $50,000 for the waiving of lease and licensing fees for community and sporting groups; and zero interest applied to overdue rates from 1 July to 31 December 2021.

We’re also focusing strongly on delivering health, lifestyle and safety benefits, with funding for bike paths and cycleways, major improvements to sports grounds, and CCTV cameras in the Lavington CBD.

Our Draft Budget has an eye firmly on the future, with major expenditure proposed for our growth area of Thurgoona-Wirlinga. Projects there will include a new play space for families at Ernest Grant Park, design works for the Thurgoona Link Roads and the Thurgoona Oval change room upgrade.

We’re also pushing ahead with cultural and environmental works such as design works for the new Wonga Wetlands Education and Experience Centre, the next stages of design for the proposed Albury Entertainment Centre Convention Wing redevelopment and infrastructure developments to further improve our award-winning Resource Recovery Centre.

Of course, roadworks and transport improvements will continue to form a key part of the budget, with road redevelopments at Lavington and East Albury among the major projects to be delivered over the financial year.

This is a Draft Budget carefully calibrated to underpin economic and recreational growth in a post-COVID environment.

We’re grateful to our Councillors and the wider community for helping to identify the key priorities for improvement across the city so that we can use your rates contribution to deliver the city that you want for the future.

Importantly, as we work towards finalising the Draft Budget to deliver these projects, we’d like to hear from you. Please provide us with feedback about the proposed budget so we can work together to improve Albury towards 2030 and beyond.

Alternatively, you’re invited to attend public forums on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 4 May, 5.30pm - AlburyCity Offices, Robert Brown Room Ground Floor, 553 Kiewa Street, Albury
  • Thursday 13 May, 11am - Mirambeena Community Centre, 19 Martha Mews, Lavington
  • Tuesday 18 May, 5.30pm - AlburyCity Offices, Robert Brown Room, Ground Floor, 553 Kiewa Street, Albury

Budget preparation is always a collaborative process with the hopes and aspirations of the community a key driver in determining our shared priorities – so, once again, thank you to everyone who has helped to shape this document and we look forward to hearing from you as our Councillors and community-focused team work to deliver a bright future for Albury.


Thursday 15 April 2021
Growth milestone reached as council plans for future
Thursday 18 March 2021
Awards a win for waste-wise community
Thursday 4 March 2021
On the road to tourism recovery
Thursday 18 February 2021
Grant help at the click of a mouse
Thursday 4 February 2021
Better times ahead in 2021
Thursday 17 December 2020
Spirit shines when most needed
Thursday 3 December 2020
Data centre plan a positive sign
Thursday 19 November 2020
Border opening a new beginning
Thursday 5 November 2020
Encouraging picture for housing
Friday 23 October 2020
Have your say on our CBD Bike Loop plan
Thursday 8 October 2020
Link Road assessments to drive us into the future
Thursday 24 September 2020
Go Local and help your community
Thursday 10 September 2020
Have your say on waterside improvements
Thursday 27 August 2020
Road map to our digital future
Thursday 13 August 2020
Consultation starts on Regional Deal
Thursday 30 July 2020
Council works to ease border burden
Thursday 16 July 2020
Landmark agreement for future
Thursday 2 July 2020
Budget to help drive recovery
Thursday 18 June 2020
Report offers hope for tourism recovery
Thursday 4 June 2020
Council, community partnership pays off
Thursday 21 May 2020
Good signs for recovery
Thursday 7 May 2020
Have your say on our Draft Budget
Thursday 30 April 2020
Our Draft Budget 2020-21
Thursday 23 April 2020
Our people at work
Thursday 9 April 2020
Working towards recovery
Wednesday 1 April 2020
Uplifting experience with Skywhales to take flight
Thursday 26 March 2020
Safety is our top priority
Thursday 12 March 2020
Upstream defines cross-border cooperation
Thursday 27 February 2020
Help plan future of education precinct
Thursday 13 February 2020
Important step for Thurgoona's future
Thursday 30 January 2020
New look for Wagga Road as Stage 2 starts
Thursday 19 December 2019
Our year in review
Thursday 5 December 2019
Our 2018-19 Annual Report
Thursday 21 November 2019
Strategy addresses planned growth
Thursday 7 November 2019
On the road to growth
Thursday 7 November 2019
Lots of lots to drive demand
Tuesday 8 October 2019
Being water wise
Thursday 26 September 2019
Milestone reached in management restructure
Thursday 12 September 2019
Time to get growing on new event
Thursday 29 August 2019
Community joins journey into future
Thursday 15 August 2019
New leadership model looks to future
Thursday 1 August 2019
Progress powers ahead in 2C1C agreement
Thursday 18 July 2019
Technology lights the way
Thursday 4 July 2019
New era at AlburyCity
Thursday 20 June 2019
Councils, community join forces for the environment
Thursday 6 June 2019
Smart bins a new step in technology journey
Thursday 23 May 2019
New leadership structure to deliver for city
Thursday 9 May 2019
Have your say on draft budget
Never miss an update
account_circle
mail_outline
* We'll never share your email with third parties