2019/2020 Gympie Regional Council budget

Gympie Regional Council’s $135.8 million budget was endorsed today at the June Ordinary Meeting at the Gympie Town Hall.

The budget includes $31.8 million to deliver an array of capital projects that will take shape across the region, with a focus on the completion of a number of major projects such as the Kilkivan Equestrian Centre, the Youth Precinct, the commencement of work on the Gympie Transfer Station Project and the transformation of the main street in Rainbow Beach with underground power and streetscaping.

Roads, pathways and bridges were also a highlight, with over $21 million allocated. This includes over $1 million on storm water works, $8 million for road maintenance, $3.7 million for road widening, $2 million on road resurfacing and almost $3 million on bridges across the region.

Other areas include:

Parks and sporting facilities $5,219,033*
Water and sewerage             $21,881,156*
Environmental management   $955,144
Community events and grants  $875,000
Waste and recycling         $12,102,408*
Libraries and culture              $3,721,263*

Due to rising costs including animal management, amenity cleaning, depreciation, wages and the upcoming council elections, council will run an operational deficit budget, however council will also see a positive net result of $4.2 million.

The decision to run a deficit was to ensure these costs would not be passed on to the rate payer.

The rate increase listed in the draft budget was also reduced from 2 per cent down to 1.8 per cent, as well as keeping the early payment discount on general rates at 10 per cent.

Mayor Curran said it was beneficial for councillors to hear the community’s thoughts prior to the budgets adoption.

“Again this year we released a draft overview for public consultation and I thank the members of the community who have taken time to provide feedback along the way as we have prepared the budget. The input received helped us determine what is important to the community” he said.

The full budget and associated information can be found on the Gympie Regional Council website gympie.qld.gov.au.

* Capital/operational

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