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Budget Summary 2014–15 $179.45 MILLION including:
Maintenance and construction of road and drainage networks
A message from the Mayor Containing costs and building for the future are the themes of Council’s 2014-15 Budget.
We have listened to residents’ feedback at progress association and chamber of commerce meetings and through our regular Community Chats in shopping centres and at the markets. Residents have told us what infrastructure they see as
Waste and recycling maintenance and upgrades
Maintenance and upgrades of parks, open space and recreational facilities
For every $100 of your rates, Council delivers a range of services...
Tourism, marketing, economic development, events and cultural facilities
Libraries and customer service centres
* Note excludes capital expenditure
important and what they expect in service levels. We’ve been able to keep increases in operational costs as close as possible to CPI and still provide the infrastructure residents want now to meet the demands of a growing area. The $179.45 million budget includes a $46.4 million capital works program to build new roads, bridges and footpaths as well as
parks and community facilities. The budget also provides concessions for pensioners and, sporting and community groups. Gerard O’Connell MAYOR
Roads & Drainage
Library & Cultural Facilities
Economic Development & Major Projects
Customer Service & Communications
Health & Compliance
Design & Infrastructure Planning
Budget Summary 2014–15 Local Heritage Register rebate Council values the importance of restoring, maintaining and preserving places of local historical significance and offers an additional 10% discount up to $500 for applicable properties.
Community groups & sporting concessions – $430,000 allocated to provide concessions for churches, schools, community & welfare organisations, emergency services and sporting and recreation groups.
Infrastructure – $46.4 million The budget commits $46.4 million to the delivery of infrastructure which includes:
on the region’s road network (see “Building a better road network”)
$2.49 million has been allocated for the regions drainage network
will be spent on parks and recreational facilities including $1.48 million for park equipment and public amenities, $980,000 for park landscaping and upgrades, and $430,000 for Esplande precinct works.
will be spent on the region’s waste facilities.
will be spent on the region’s coastal areas jetties, boat ramps and piers.
Building a better road network – $40.89 million .
Drought declared primary producers are now offered two options for deferral of rates to assist them in these difficult times.
More than half of the $46.4 million capital program (59% or $27.6 million) will be spent on upgrading and rehabilitation works on the region’s extensive road and drainage network. An additional $13.2 million will be spent on the maintenance of the road and drainage network.
to be spent on roads resurfacing and gravel resheeting.
on footpath and bikeway improvements.
on trunk road infrastructure.
on public transport, carparks and traffic facilities.
for rural roads maintenance.
on kerb and channelling.
Maintenance of road network and drainage systems.
for bridge upgrades.
Budget Summary 2014â€“15 Looking after our Environment $424,000
allocated for natural areas (foreshore planting, restoration and maintenance).
Economic development & community support $2.12 million
to foster economic development to encourage the development of business and investment.
in community sponsorship
and assistance to encourage a community that is participative,
empowered and selfsustaining, through a supportive network.
for Coastal Asset Management Systems (CAMS).
for coastal protection works.
for airport operations and upgrades.
allocated for community services including youth and seniors.
Infrastructure levy $3.72 million
has been implemented to raise revenue for funding of key infrastructure works across the region.
Disaster management levy allocated for operation of disaster management activities and contributions towards matching grants.
for park furniture, play equipment and structures.
Other activities for waste education.
for the Hervey Bay Esplanade landscaping and precinct development.
$13.22 million on parks and recreational facilities
for health and compliance.
on maintaining the regions 455 parks, open
spaces and recreational facilities.
on maintenance and upgrades to the Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park.
for public amenities, landscaping and park upgrades.
Budget Summary 2014–15 Arts and Culture $254,000
allocated to the Regional Art Gallery in Hervey Bay.
for the Heritage Gateway.
Looking after our Pensioners To minimise the impact on pensioners, Council will provide
in concessions to the region’s 11,500
pensioner households with all pensioners (both single and married) eligible for a $150 concession.
for the maintenance of the Cultural Centre.
has been allocated to the operations of the Brolga Theatre.
to enable the regional library service.
on capital works for cultural facilities.
has been allocated to Gatakers Artspace and Portside Precinct.
Contact us Phone: 1300 79 49 29 Postal Address: PO Box 1943 Hervey Bay Qld 4655
Fax: (07) 4197 4455
Hervey Bay 77 Tavistock Street, Torquay
Maryborough 431-433 Kent Street, Maryborough
Tiaro Forgan Terrace, Tiaro
Published on Jun 11, 2014