Roads win in bud­get

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

ROAD fund­ing will play a strong part in the 2016-17 North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil bud­get, due to be handed down in Biggenden next week.

North Bur­nett Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said this was in ac­cor­dance to a num­ber of elec­tion prom­ises made by her­self and the other coun­cil­lors be­fore the March 19 elec­tion.

“As per our elected coun­cil fo­cus, most of the money will go on roads,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“Roads are def­i­nitely the fo­cus of this year’s bud­get.

“Our strat­egy is to work to­gether as a re­gion.

“Even though each di­vi­sion will get a lit­tle win, we will start to achieve things strate­gi­cally.

“We will be do­ing up one haul at a time, in­stead of one bit at a time.”

Cr Cham­bers said the bud­get was still an on­go­ing process and would be re­vised over time.

“The bud­get this year was a rushed process for a newly elected coun­cil to have it in the first three months,” she said.

“We’ll con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate and re­vise it into the next quar­ter.”

A re­vised and up­dated bud­get is due later this year.

The ex­act nature and the roads that will ben­e­fit from the fund­ing will be re­vealed on July 6. Coun­cil­lors are cur­rently in the mid­dle of a two-week pe­riod re­view­ing and amend­ing as­pects of the bud­get.

The bud­get, Cr Cham­ber’s first since be­ing elected Mayor in March, will be handed down on July 6 in the Biggenden Coun­cil Cham­bers from 9am.

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