‘We tried hard to keep rate rise down’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

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

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