COUNCIL BUDGET: How much your rates will rise
IN HANDING down the 2016-17 Budget, the mayor and councillors highlighted capital expenditure projects which reflect the council's commitment to "building a better future" for the people of the Bundaberg region.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the council was focused on investment in local projects and infrastructure as a key financial driver for the Bundaberg region.
"The centerpiece of the 2016-17 Budget is a $124 million capital works program which will stimulate growth, confidence and jobs for the Bundaberg region," Mayor Jack Dempsey said.
"Through the 2016-17 Budget, Council will be playing its role in delivering an economic boost to the local community by investing region-wide in facilities and services including water, sewerage, roads and pathways. Additionally, Council is committed to supporting a strategic approach to drainage, parks and natural areas, animal welfare, sporting, social, community and cultural activities."
BREAKDOWN BY PORTFOLIO
Finance, Mayor Jack Dempsey
• The average rate rise of 3.5 per cent represents the lowest rate rise adopted by Council in the history of the Bundaberg Regional Council and delivers on a commitment made prior to the 2016 Local Authority elections.
• This is a budget that provides for $124 million in capital expenditure which is only bettered by the $152 million invested during 2013/14 following the natural disasters of January 2013.
Governance and Communication, Cr Helen Blackburn
• Significant investment has been allocated to an upgrade of Council's IT capability
• $140,000 will be invested in CCTV to protect Council assets and community infrastructure. Further CCTV upgrades to create a Safe Night CBD Precinct will be made in partnership with state and federal governments as grant funding becomes available.
Water and Wastewater, Cr Jason Bartels
• $38.25 million has been allocated to the continuation of the Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant, which has the potential to provide sewerage services for all growth areas east of the City including future reticulation for the coastal townships from Burnett Heads to Elliott Heads
• $1 million will be invested in improvements to water treatment plants in Gin Gin, Kalkie and Childers
Roads and Drainage, Cr Wayne Honor
• $20 million for region-wide resurfacing and resealing of roads as well as specific projects such as:
- $2.8 million to extend Kay McDuff Drive to the Bundaberg Ring Road
- $2.8 million for the commencement of Eggmolesse Street construction
- $4 million for region-wide drainage projects
- $2 million for pathway projects, including multi-modal and safety improvements
Planning and Development, Cr Ross Sommerfeld
• $300,000 for Bundaberg Riverside Masterplan design and Bundaberg CBD revitalisation project, including:
- Installation of three parklets in CBD area to provide outdoor dining opportunities
Waste and Recycling, Cr Scott Rowleson
• $88,000 to install user-friendly tipwell infrastructure at the University Drive waste and recycling facility to simplify process for disposing waste at the landfill
• $70,000 to extend road to Qunaba Waste and Recycling facility, which will limit the amount of dust currently generated from vehicles accessing the facility
Environment and Natural Resources, Cr Bill Trevor
• $450,000 for upgrade of Christsen Park, Bargara, to open up the area and offer a greater range of recreational activities
• $60,000 to develop foreshore hub at the Woodgate Beach foreshore to include park shelters, BBQ facilities and park furniture
• $20,000 to construct a shelter at Buxton foreshore parkland
Community and Cultural Services, Cr Judy Peters
• $150,000 for Radio Frequency Identification Device program for Bundaberg Regional Library to tag and track books and resources
• $30,000 for bathroom upgrades at Gracie Dixon Respite Centre
• $25,000 for a new roof for the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
• $12,000 for new art purchases for the regional galleries
• $40,000 for new shelving for the Childers Library
Sport and Venues, Cr David Batt
• $370,000 to upgrade the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct with projects including:
- $240,000 for new toilet block
- $90,000 for new grandstands
- $40,000 for relocation of municipal band hall from old showgrounds site
• $95,000 for Norville Pool Refurbishment to remove aging tiling on pool edging and replace roofing over seating areas
Health and Regulatory Services, Cr Peter Heuser
• $1.8 million for new animal management facility which has been partially funded by the Queensland Government, which has contributed $720,000
Tourism and Regional Growth, Cr Greg Barnes
• $10 million for completion of stage one of the Multi-Use Community Facility
• $949,500 for works at Elliott Heads Holiday Park, including:
- $900,000 to upgrade existing amenities block
- $49,500 for BBQ shelter replacement
• $40,000 for refit to Hinkler Hall of Aviation to accommodate Bert Hinkler's car