Lord Mayor’s message

Melbourne is building momentum towards a cleaner, greener future that is bursting with people and possibilities.

Our record $837.6 million Budget 2022–23 invests confidently in this momentum by enhancing the Melbourne experience for our residents, traders and visitors.

We’ll deliver $33.9 million – almost $5 million more than last year – in lighting upgrades, pressure cleaning and graffiti removal to ensure our streets are safe and sparkling.

We will also focus on our footpaths, roads and other city infrastructure with $13.7 million towards essential repairs and maintenance.

We’ve all experienced the importance of open green space over the past two years, so we’ve allocated $17.5 million to create new open spaces, $26.5 million to protect our parks, and a further $1.8 million for tree planting.

We continue to enhance the places and spaces that make us one of the most liveable cities in the world, with $254 million earmarked for exciting infrastructure projects.

Our city-shaping Greenline project will allow you to wander from a match at the MCG all the way to Docklands along an inspiring new promenade bursting with environmental gains.

Restoration works to the food hall and heritage sheds at Queen Victoria Market will transform your shopping experience at the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere.

Melbourne is Australia’s events capital. We’ve invested $33.7 million to deliver our biggest year of festivals, activations and creative initiatives that will enliven our streets.

After so much time spent appreciating our local areas during lockdowns, we are more committed than ever to celebrating and protecting their unique charms as the city grows and evolves.

Our neighbourhood model captures the voices of our neighbourhoods, and localises how we respond to the distinct ideas, priorities and needs of our communities.

Thank you to everyone who has come to one of our local Future Melbourne Committee meetings, shared their thoughts as part of our new planning framework, and to our neighbourhood partners who facilitate this localised feedback loop.

Together we will deliver the priorities that matter most to our community and create confidence, certainty and consistency for our future.

Sally Capp
Lord Mayor