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The annual budget outlines the staffing and resources to achieve the strategic objectives in our Council Plan 2017-2021.

2020/2021 Proposed Budget

Council has released its Proposed Budget for 2020/2021.

The $45.9 million budget outlines the resources necessary to maintain and improve infrastructure, and deliver projects and services which are valued by our community. This year we have incorporated a range of projects to specifically help respond to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The budget is now open for public submissions.

Printed copies will be available for public inspection during office hours at the Civic Centre in Castlemaine from Monday 29 June or on weekends at the Market Building in Castlemaine. Precautions will be in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Submissions must be in writing and be lodged by 5.00pm on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Please address submissions titled 2020/2021 Budget to the Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine, VIC 3450 or email to Please forward your submission entitled Proposed Budget submission to the Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine 3450 Victoria or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

All submissions will be considered in accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989. They should indicate whether the person, or a person acting on their behalf, wishes to be heard before Council. Submissions will be heard at a Council Meeting at 5.30pm on Tuesday 28 July.

Council will consider the 2020/2021 Budget at an Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday 18 August. The meeting will start at 6.30pm at the Civic Centre in Castlemaine. Both meetings will be broadcast live to the internet via YouTube.

For more information contact Carolyn Ross, Executive Manager Business Performance, on 5471 1700.

Key documents
Mount Alexander Shire Council Proposed Budget 2020/2021 (pdf, 0.6MB)
Media release - Council budget open for submissions - 17 June 2020
Budget summary (pdf, 0.8MB)

2019/2020 Budget

Council adopted the 2019/2020 Budget at its Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday 12 June 2019. The budget outlines the staffing and resources needed to achieve the strategic objectives in the Council Plan 2017-2021, under the three pillars of Our People, Our Place and Our Economy.

The $43.63 million budget includes an investment of $16.72 million in capital works to upgrade and improvement vital infrastructure. An operating spend of nearly $27 million will allow council to deliver important services to more than 19,500 residents.

This year’s budget includes an increase to average rates income of 2.5% in line with rate cap set by the Victorian Government. Properties are now valued annually so some rates will increase by more and others less. The waste charge will rise by an average of 3% to maintain rubbish and recycling services at existing levels in the light of the global recycling crisis.

View the current or past budgets below.

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