Roads funding boost and town hall upgrades feature in council budget
Cr Rachel Chambers: Our region relies on the economic stimulation that road infrastructure provides.
NORTH Burnett Regional Council has increased roads funding by almost 40% to more than $19 million in its 2016–17 budget.
Mayor Rachel Chambers said the council had delivered on its election promise.
“Roads were a huge election issue and one that this council is committed to delivering upon,” Cr Chambers said.
“To this end, we have increased the road and drainage budget substantially.
“It was important for council to find money in the budget for roads as our region relies on the economic stimulation that road infrastructure provides, while providing accessibility to all communities within the region.”
Excluding capital works, the council will spend $7.39 million on road maintenance in 2016–17, an increase from almost $6.8 million in 2015–16.
The council has also put aside more than $316,000 to upgrade 15 town and community halls.
“Delivering a budget is never easy. The mere fact one has to budget indicates that there is not enough money in the kitty to achieve the things that one would like to achieve,” Cr Chambers said.
“This is certainly the case with this budget.
“Although forward progress is being made, there is always more to save, more methods to be made efficient and more ways of finding more money to achieve the myriad outcomes this council desires.
“Rest assured that this council does not believe our job is done and will not just sit back and watch the budget unfold over the next 12 months.”