Hind­marsh adopts bud­get

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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.

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