Budget Overview 2017/18 

Yesterday, Maranoa Regional Council adopted the budget for the 2017/18 financial year.

Totalling $86.1 million, this budget provides a strong financial plan for the coming year, ensuring a balance of service delivery while also providing for the maintenance and upgrade of the region’s infrastructure.  Following is an overview of the income and expenditure for the year.

Rates

Out of a budget totalling $86.1 million, $29.4 million will be funded through rates, levies and charges.

General rate revenue will increase by 1.84%.  Some categories will see increases and some will see decreases and there will be swings against the trend within the categories dependent on valuations, capping, minimums and banding.

 For the average household (Residential A property), this equates to an extra $52.54 per year, or just over $1 each week.

Rural Roads

The region’s rural road network has once again been one of the largest areas for budgeted expenditure:

  • Rural Road Maintenance - $9.042 million
  • Rural Roads Capital Works - $14.3 million. 

As always, Council has worked hard to prioritise the works selected for this financial year. Some highlights include Injune Taroom Road, Injune upgrade and gravel resheet ($9.51 million), Bollon Road, Mitchell ($1.03 million), and Gullagimbi Road, Jackson ($79,560).

Water & Sewerage

As an essential service for our community, $3.15 million has been allocated to the region’s water and sewerage services. Some key projects include the installation of a delivery main from the northern bore in Roma ($650,000); Bore 1 replacement in Injune ($350,000); water main upgrade on Northern Road – Alexander Avenue, Roma ($150,000); 3 kilometres of sewer relining, Roma (480,000); and replacement of sewer at Rugby Street, Mitchell ($150,000).

Facilities

Ensuring community facilities across the region are maintained and upgraded is an integral function of a local government. This year, Council has set aside $994,170 to ensure the region’s facilities are kept up to standard. Some highlights this year include the replacement of the Mitchell Great Artesian Spa deck ($149,000); pre-paint maintenance and painting of the Noonga Hall ($38,000); and re-paint of the Surat Hall ($53,900).

Waste

This year, $350,000 has been put aside for waste projects. A highlight includes $200,000 for the development of a new cell and its fencing at the Mitchell Refuse Facility.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy has featured in this year’s budget, with a Renewable Energy Pilot program set to take place at the Roma Cultural Centre ($140,000).

The aim of this project is to reduce Council’s overall operating costs – this one project alone could potentially save $50,000 per annum in electricity costs.

Tourism

With the slowing of economic activity in the region, Council is committed to growing tourism to bring more visitors to the region and therefore boost opportunities for local business. 

Some initiatives to encourage visitors to stay and spend longer in the Maranoa total $89,000 with highlights including:

  • Relocation of heritage railway carriages, fencing and landscaping around the Calico Cottage and Heritage Building in Wallumbilla ($45,000);
  • Implementation of the Cobb and Co Park Yuleba Masterplan, with Stage 1 improvements set to be complete for the 95th Anniversary Cobb and Co Festival in 2019 ($20,000).

To view the full Budget document for 2017/18 click here.

To view Deputy Mayor Jan Chambers statement, click here.

 

BUDGET MEDIA RELEASES

The challenges in setting rates and charges following large swings in valuations

CPI figures released for June 2017

Essential services flow into this year's Budget

Driving forward this year - rural roads stay a priority

Dog control a priority this Budget