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The 2014/15 year will be one of great improvement for the region's facilities, services and infrastructure, with Council endorsing a $229.9 million Budget at the Special Budget Meeting held on 23 July 2014.
This Budget includes a capital works program valued at $131.5 million – one of the largest this Council has seen in the history of the Maranoa.
Council has restricted the cents in the dollar rate rise to 3.5% in most of the categories in recognition of the difficult dry conditions currently impacting many rural residents. Council is acutely aware of the need to keep up with CPI increases, particularly given external impacts such as the freeze on Federal Assistance Grant funding.
During 2014/15, our aim is to get back to basics with significant funds going towards essential services and projects that will see great upgrades to our assets and amenities.
Included in this all-encompassing program, is $11.3 million for our water, sewerage and gas projects, which will be taking place across the region. With essential services vital in the running of any town, $7.56 million has been set for sewerage works and $3.5 million for water works.
Our rural and urban roads are once again a priority with a $9.7 million program. This includes $7.7 million for gravel re-sheet, reseal, widening and seal works on rural roads, $890,359 for urban works, $433,650 for kerb and channelling works and $512,925 for new and restored footpaths in our towns.
Providing quality facilities for all to enjoy is also high on the agenda, with $2.4 million allocated towards improving and maintaining amenities in towns and communities across the Maranoa.
Another one of our aims is to further redevelop spaces that residents and visitors are keen to stay, walk and shop in. As this helps encourage shopping local, $913,175 has been budgeted for a number of beautification works.
With a greater focus being placed on realigning our waste management practices to improve sustainability and our ecological footprint, $895,000 has been set aside for implementing upgrades to the region's refuse facilities and practices.
As we continue to maintain and advance our hard infrastructure, we are constantly improving the way we do things behind the scenes. This is to ensure we are providing quality services and assets to our residents and local businesses, while also keeping our teams safe, managing our natural and built environment, and providing affordability for our current and future community.
It is with this vision in mind that we look forward to our works and projects for 2014/15.
Cr Robert Loughnan
Maranoa Regional Council