Council Funding Inequity
Since being elected to the council I have pushed for essential capital works and services. We have accomplished millions of dollars of improvements to the local area in that time, including improvements to the Altona Beach, Apex Park, the Altona Sports Precinct, Cherry Lake, Altona Boat Ramp, Laverton Community Hub, Altona North Community Library, Pier St improvements, new footpaths, upgrades of community centres, upgrades of local parks and playgrounds, and much more.
We still have lots of work to do but am frustrated with the inequity in funding between the three council wards. The 2013/14 capital works budget for the three wards speaks for itself:
Cherry Lake Ward (Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Brooklyn & Seaholme) – $1.571 million
Strand Ward (Williamstown, Newport and Spotswood) – $8.037 million
Wetlands Ward (Altona Meadows, Laverton and Seabrook) – $1.109 million
Some people will claim that these figures are skewed this year and it’s about swings and roundabouts, but it isn’t. I’m happy for the media to seek similar figures for previous years. There is a genuine inequity problem about how funds are allocated across the municipality in Hobsons Bay.