Update - 26 August 2020

Council's Annual 2020-21 Budget, adopted at an Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 25 August 2020, is a COVID-19 response budget with $5.2 million in targeted support for the Hobsons Bay community and businesses impacted by the global pandemic.

The 2020-21 budget includes $2.2 million in rate relief, ongoing delivery of essential services and programs, upscaling of grants and community support packages, increased capital works spend and a revised Financial Hardship Policy.

The Victorian Government’s two-month extension for all councils to complete their 2020-21 budgets enabled Council to listen, respond and work proactively with stakeholder representatives to source meaningful ways to assist both residential and business community members.

For more details on the budget, click here. A copy of the budget may also be found at www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Council/Publications/Budget.

The Draft Budget was open for public exhibition from 24 June 2020 to 24 July 2020, and has been developed with the community and their views at its centre.


Update - 14 August 2020

Awaiting budget approval

Following a detailed assessment of each Pitch Your Idea submission, successful ideas were included in the Draft Budget 2020-21. A letter was sent to each submitter on 24 June 2020 advising them of the outcome of their submission.

The Draft Budget was open for public exhibition from 24 June 2020 to 24 July 2020 and will be adopted at a virtual Council Meeting on Tuesday 25 August at 7pm.

This year’s Pitch Your Idea project saw a great level of engagement with the Hobsons Bay community. 57 requests for budget allocation were received, with 48 of those submissions progressing through to the detailed assessment stage. We also enjoyed a Pitch Your Idea Speed Dialogue event in December 2019 where community members presented their idea in detail.

Final letters will be sent to submitters following adoption of the Hobsons Bay Budget 2020-21.


Update - 20 December 2019

Detailed assessments are now underway

Many thanks to our community members for attending the Pitch Your Idea Speed Dialogue session on 4 December 2019. The evening was a resounding success, giving Councillors and Council Officers a deeper understanding of each idea.

Council officers are currently undertaking detailed assessments of eligible submissions. Following the detailed assessment, successful ideas will be included in the draft Budget 2020-21.

We will make contact with you again in April 2020 to advise whether your idea has been included in the draft budget.


Update - 14 October 2019

Submissions have now closed and Council is currently reviewing them all against our terms and conditions and guidelines.

Late November - We will let you know whether or not your idea has moved to the next stage of this process, and provide you with details around presenting at the Speed Dialogue session. All community members are welcome to attend this session, so stay tuned for RSVP details...


September 2019 - Submit your idea!

Council is again providing an opportunity for community members to pitch an idea to be included in Council's 2020-21 Budget.

Council invites residents, community groups, sporting associations, businesses and organisations to make submissions recommending specific ideas for capital works or community programs/projects to be funded in the 2020-21 Budget.

How to pitch your idea...

  1. Read the terms and conditions
  2. Read the guidelines
  3. Click here to submit your idea online
If you require the form in a different format or language or have any questions in relation to the form, please contact one of our Community Engagement Team member's whose details are located in the Who's Listening box on the right.
Submissions close at midnight Sunday 13 October 2019


Need help with your pitch?

If you need help with your pitch, or want to check if it meets the terms and conditions/guidelines, drop in to one of our information sessions and chat with a Council officer:

Wednesday 18 September
Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre
Central Square Shopping Centre
2 Newham Way, Altona Meadows
drop in anytime between 4pm and 6.30pm
Thursday 26 September
Newport Community Hub
11-13 Mason Street, Newport
drop in anytime between 6pm and 8pm


Next Steps...

  • Council will review your ideas against the terms and conditions and guidelines
  • All successful ideas will be invited to attend the Speed Dialogue Session on Wednesday 4 December 2019

Success stories from 2018

Nine-year-old Beau Kisvarda has a passion for the environment which led him to suggest an idea to install reverse vending machines. This idea has been included as an action item for 2020 in Council's Waste and Litter Management Strategy 2025. Watch the video below to find out more..

Melanie Dmytrenko and Jennifer Derham are two mums from Melbourne's West ASD Network. They pitched an idea to build an inclusive playground in Hobsons Bay. Planning will commence in this 2019-20 financial year with construction taking place in 2020-21. Watch the video to find out more...