Hindmarsh adopts budget
Hindmarsh Shire Council has adopted its 2017-2018 budget after considering community submissions.
Mayor Debra Nelson said the budget was a good balance of initiatives designed to grow the shire’s economy and improve its amenity and liveability.
“It also maintains our existing service levels together with maintenance and renewal of our assets,” she said.
“Hindmarsh Shire Council’s rates and charges income accounts for less than 50 percent of the income required to provide services and maintain assets and infrastructure throughout the shire, and as a consequence are reliant on federal and state government funding to make up the shortfall.”
Cr Nelson said a Dimboola Community Civic Hub project would start this year with the aid of State Government funding.
“The project now has a budget of $ 0.7-million instead of the original $1.6-million, but the new plans will allow for further development as funds become available,” she said.
Cr Nelson said the State Government also supplied matching money to allow the construction of new skate parks at Rainbow and Dimboola.
“Tenders for these projects are to be awarded in the next month and construction is expected to take two to three weeks for each park,” she said.
Cr Nelson said an Albacutya Bridge was nearly 100 years old and due for replacement.
“The council recognises the bridge is an important piece of infrastructure and allocated funding last year of $500,000 and has committed a further $325,000 in the current budget towards the estimated replacement cost of $ 3.3-million,” she said. “Despite an unsuccessful application to the Building Better Regions Fund, council will continue to seek funding for this vital project.”
Cr Nelson said the council recognised the importance of volunteers and business owners and would provide support through its Community Assistance Grants and Business Assistance grants programs.
“Likewise, funding for the youth council and town committees will continue to empower these groups to achieve some great outcomes for our communities,” she said.