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Council Moves Forward On 2020/2021 Budget

Gympie Regional Council have endorsed the 2020/2021 budget this morning at a special meeting at the Gympie Civic Centre.

Key points of the $141.90 million budget include:
• $40.99 million capital works program
• A $3.45 million operational deficit
• Residential rate increase of 3%
• Early payment discount of 10% on general rates
• $160 pensioner rebate
• Total debt of $24.76 million
• Total cash reserves of $27.26 million
• $2.94 million for bridge replacement and renewal
• $2.9 million for pedestrian/cycle pathways
• $3.5 million for the Gympie Regional Transfer Station
• $23.9 million to the Water Business Unit
• $5.97 million for parks and sporting facilities
• $14 million for waste management and recycling.

CEO of Gympie Regional Council, Shane Gray, said the 2020/2021 budget would “provide a balance between sensible spending and the effective delivering of services.”

“Councillors have spent a lot of time on this budget and while difficult in its creation, will provide a solid financial base for the organisation,” Mr Gray said.

“I understand there has been a lot of interest in the community about the state of our finances of late and rightly so.

“The Council and organisation have worked hard to deliver a budget which focuses on core services for the resident and rate payer,” he said.

You can view Council’s full budget document at www.gympie.qld.gov.au or visit Council’s Facebook page for the live stream replay. 

A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 13 August 2020 A message from Mayor Glen Hartwig - Wednesday, 13 August 2020

Queensland has been, to date, very fortunate not to see the resurgence of the COVID-19 numbers that New South Wales and Victoria have been experiencing. This doesn’t mean that we are in the clear, and unfortunately not everyone is or will do the right thing as we have seen over the past week or two. If anything, it’s a good reminder for us all to make sure we continue to social distance, wash our hands and stay home if we’re not well and keep our part of the world safe. 

No-one wants to go back into lockdown if numbers were to rise; it’s hard on families and the vulnerable in our community. I also feel for the local businesses, particularly in Victoria as they were already struggling with the first wave and now find themselves back in lockdown once again. It’s not surprising to hear that a percentage won’t ever reopen their doors again. For any business, let alone a small family run business, this is tragic. 

The effect of businesses closing has a huge impact on the community. Staff will be let go, finding themselves jobless with rising unemployment rates. Other companies or businesses who provided stock or material, leases, cleaners - there are so many who now lose more income, putting their business at risk. These local businesses are also often the first to sponsor or support the local community group or school raffle. 

Many will be left with debt after closing and may find it hard to put food on the table for the family. The ramifications are huge and not just a closed sign on the door. 

We may not have the lockdowns, but we do have many local businesses who are still finding their feet and there is one very simple way that you and I can help.

Buy local. 

Support our local businesses which in turn helps the entire community. If you can, head out for a coffee or lunch, research online for anything you need but buy the product locally. 

We have some of the best businesses within our region who will serve you with a smile and offer great service and knowledge. COVID-19 is not over. We need to remember to do our part; wash our hands, always social distance and, if we can, buy local. 

Mayor Glen Hartwig

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