‘We tried hard to keep rate rise down’
DOUGLAS Shire Council says it has worked hard to minimise the impact of shire-wide land revaluations to come up with a general rate increase of 3.9 per cent.
It says the budget, which holds the second highest capital works program in DSC history, has managed to keep 75 per cent of properties at the 3.9 per cent level or lower.
For a Residential 1 category subject to the minimum general rate and utilities charges, this equates to an increase of $2.22 per week, DSC says.
“Council staff has worked incredibly diligently to get the best outcomes for Douglas Shire,” Mayor Leu said. “Financial sustainability is Council’s number one goal and this budget will put Council in a position we have fiercely strived for since 2014.”
Council will provide $433,000 in rates assistance to the community.
A suite of projects heads a strong $16.49 million capital works injection.
It features major infrastructure such as the $3m Noah Creek Bridge Renewal, $1.3m Craiglie Reservoir roof replacement, $460,000 to repair the Sugar Wharf and $250,000 to refurbish the Flagstaff Hill Communications Tower.
Mayor Leu said the budget featured something for everyone. “This program will see projects sprout up across the whole Shire,” she said.
“Council staff has worked incredibly diligently to get the best outcomes for Douglas Shire,” Mayor Leu said.
“Council has ensured a strong injection of essential works to meet the needs of our residents, but also thrown in some really exciting projects.”
A $3.8m investment has also been earmarked to improve water security with $1.17m towards water reticulation works and upgrades to the treatment plants for Mossman ($974,000), Whyanbeel ($140,000) and Daintree ($92,000).
“This will be a great 12 months for Douglas Shire to move forward in water security, especially with the new Port Douglas Water Supply Reservoir Project ready in a few months,” Mayor Leu said.
Council will complete repairs to Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail ($200,000), design a drainage rectification program for Ribbons Avenue ($120,000), replace the decking on a pedestrian bridge at Hutchinson’s Creek ($115,000) and a complete culvert renewal on Upper Daintree Road ($270,000).
Council has ensured a strong injection of essential works to meet the needs of our residents, but also thrown in some really exciting projects Mayor Julia Leu