Roads fund­ing boost and town hall up­grades fea­ture in coun­cil bud­get

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

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