Draft Council Action Plan and Draft Budget 2022-23

The Draft Council Action Plan 2022-2025 highlights the key activities that Council will undertake over the next four years.

The Draft Budget 2022-2023 outlines how we will fund capital work projects, recovery programs and the delivery of over 120 services, to 150,000 residents across 55 townships and communities.

Council's many roles and responsibilities within the community reach far beyond roads, rates and rubbish. Everything from Maternal and Child Health to pools, youth services, building approvals, libraries, play spaces, sporting grounds and facilities, paths and trails falls under our banner. Read on below to find out more...

In the last 12 months, one of our biggest priorities has been to help our community get through the pandemic and recover from the June 2021 storms. We’ve set aside:

  • $3 million in a Community Recovery Fund, to provide for new and ongoing initiatives, such as the four Community-led Recovery Committees.
  • $2 million has been set aside for 2023-24, in recognition of the ongoing recovery work ahead of us.

The Draft Budget 2022-23 allocates $86.4m towards Council’s service delivery, including:

  • $6.3m for early years development and early childhood education and care
  • $4.6m for positive ageing services
  • $497,000 for supporting people with disabilities
  • $2.0m to support youth mental health, participation and engagement
  • $7.0m for maintenance and renewal of community buildings
  • $2.0m for maintaining aquatics facilities
  • $2.2m for biodiversity conservation
  • $2.3m for animal management and improving community safety

Our Capital Expenditure Program outlines the funding set aside to deliver new projects such as the Yarra Valley Trail and RidgeWalk. At the same time, the majority of the funding allocated is to deliver on the fundamental needs of our community such as road renewal works, ensuring our footpaths, bike paths, drains and bridges are well-maintained, and that our parks, open spaces and recreational facilities continue to be widely utilised by our community. The following highlights include significant funding for renewals and upgrades of existing assets.

  • $32.9m for roads renewals and upgrades
  • $1.6m for drainage
  • $2.4m for footpaths and cycleways
  • $3.8m for recreational, leisure and community facilities
  • $11.3m for parks, open space and streetscapes
  • $18.6m for communty buildings

For further information, read the documents below.

Below are the Major Initiatives that Council will deliver over the next four years. This year an additional initiative has been added, focusing on supporting local economic recovery. Further details about these initiatives and more can be found in the Draft Council Action Plan 2022-2025.

  • Improve Aboriginal health and wellbeing
  • Become a world-class trails and ecotourism destination
  • Prepare and implement a Biodiversity Plan
  • Reduce our ecological footprint
  • Improve mental health outcomes for the community
  • Deliver integrated place planning
  • Build community resilience and greater emergency preparedness
  • Implement a 'build back better' approach to economic recovery

Draft Council Action Plan
Word version | PDF version

Draft Budget
Word version | PDF version

Draft Capital Expenditure
PDF version

Submissions have closed.

Share your thoughts

Feel free to leave us a post-it note with your ideas, suggestions, or comments related to the Draft Budget or Draft Council Action Plan. These will be sorted into key themes to be shared with Council

4 June, 2022

Love Sassafras says:

Sassafras,a destination for a huge number of tourists,desperately needs improved amenities/streetscaping.The toilets are an embarrassment.

1 June, 2022

Belinda says:

Newgrove Road and Lalors Rd in Healesville need footpaths. Newgrove Road is a busy road connecting many to the local primary school.

1 June, 2022

Beth Peat says:

I would love to the the lane I live (Swansea Rd rowdy) on surfaced and drainage fixed to compensate for the work on commercial Rd.

1 June, 2022

Anush says:

Please Main unsealed road Farndons Rd, mount Dandenong to be fixed. (road travels through the national park)

26 May, 2022

telita says:

If young people are the ones who've been most impacted by the pandemic, lockdowns and school shutting, I wanted to see more support for us.

26 May, 2022

MollyJ says:

$2m for youth - for all things mental health, participation and engagement. That is INCREDIBLY low! Not enough support! Invest more here!

22 May, 2022

Tina.shorney says:

The walking track goes for such a long way. I’d like to see a water tap along the way

20 May, 2022

UnhappyLocal says:

Shame on Council for letting big corporations move into Healesville and ruin our precious historic township and heritage streetscapes.

16 May, 2022

liz_111@optusnet.com says:

The most amazing thing about living in the Shire of Yarra Ranges is the access to open space and countryside. It is really important to me.

16 May, 2022

mental wellbeing says:

walking helps me manage anxiety. Learning about my environment promotes connection. I enjoy plant / habitat signage. Add MH affirmations to

15 May, 2022

Ric Mountford says:

Several years ago, Montrose Community centre hosted some world class musical performances which were extremely popular. Can these return?

14 May, 2022

fredtroppasher says:

My preference would be to halve the road renewals and upgrades budget and spent the money saved on early childhood development & education.


  • Timeline item 1 - active

    Draft Budget and Draft Council Plan Action Plan open for public feedback

  • Timeline item 2 - incomplete

    Formal submissions heard by Council

    15 June

  • Timeline item 3 - incomplete

    Budget 2022-23 and Action Plan adopted by Council

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like assistance to complete a submission please contact:

Name Birgit King
Phone 1300 368 333
Email mail@yarraranges.vic.gov.au
Website yarraranges.vic.gov.au
In writing

PO Box 105, Lilydale Vic 3140

Nobody knows their community like you.

Last year Yarra Ranges Council used the input from the community to develop the Council Plan and Budget. These documents outline the key activities that will be undertaken by Council and how these activities will be funded. We have revised the Council Action Plan and developed a new four year Budget to ensure the key projects and initiatives reflect community needs and help guide community recovery from COVID-19 and the June 2021 storm.

Key highlights include:

  • We've added a new major inititiative to the Council Action Plan focusing on supporting economic recovery.
  • This year’s Budget has set aside $3 million in a Community Recovery Fund, to provide for new and ongoing initiatives, such as the four Community-led Recovery Committees, $86.4 million towards the ongoing delivery for more than 120 services and $89.2m to deliver on a Capital Expenditure Program.
  • From Wednesday 11 May, Council welcomes your views on these proposed documents that will be available on Council’s website at

    www.shaping.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/draftbudget-202... or at all of Council’s Community Links.

    Submissions will be considered at a public Hearing of Submissions meeting to be held on the evening of Wednesday, 15 June 2022 both virtually and at the Civic Centre, 15 Anderson Street, Lilydale.