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Media release: Budget community consultation closed

7 June 2018

Community consultation on Gympie Regional Council’s 2018/19 Draft Budget Overview has now closed.

Consultation sessions were held across the region providing residents with the opportunity to meet with Councillors and Executive Council staff to discuss their submissions or to pass on feedback. For residents who were not able to attend, online submissions were collated.

Council received over 20 submissions on various topics which have been placed into a report for Councillors' consideration.

Submissions included topics such as:

Recycling, Our Towns projects, project management, waste management facilities, Rattler Railway project, Kilkivan Equestrian Centre, increase communication from Council, Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail, community spaces/meeting facilities, cemeteries, RV strategy, rates, Upper Mary Street project, playgrounds, public toilets, maintenance work, skateboard parks, football parks, mowing, footpaths, turning lanes, gardens, water, tourism, employment, exercise programs, roads and primary producers, assets and borrowings.

“It was great,” said Mayor Curran. “We wanted to hear directly from our community, what is important to them, how they feel about the budget and their ideas and feedback. The conversations were incredibly varied, ranging from drainage to pools to recycling.

Residents can contact Councillors at any time, however this was an opportunity to talk to several Councillors who hold relevant portfolios and the staff who will manage the work Council will deliver throughout the next financial year.

“This was a new process for us and one that we’ll repeat next year."

Community consultation information will be collated for Council consideration as part of the officer’s report to inform Council’s adoption of the budget at the Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday June 27.