Council releases ‘more efficient’ budget
PAROO Shire Council handed down its 2018–19 $20.6 million budget on Tuesday, keeping rate rises to a minimum for the community’s benefit.
Mayor Lindsay Godfrey said a 1.9 per cent increase would be applied from July 1.
“Our focus is to be more efficient, even though we run a tight ship already, while also balancing the needs of looking after our assets and investing in delivering high-quality services,” Cr Godfrey said.
“We have abolished the non-residential rate category that we introduced last year to encourage investment in our local real estate market, noting that this was not well-received over the past 12 months.
“We have also reduced mining leases and claims rates by 25 per cent, even though this presents fiscal challenges in balancing our books.”
Cr Godfrey said the council’s new Corporate Plan and organisational structure were the building blocks of a new direction for the Paroo Shire.
“We have a renewed focus on economic development and tourism because we want people to experience the magic of the Outback and live like locals,” he said.
“Events such as the Cunnamulla Festival and the Cunnamulla 150 celebrations are drawcards for people.
“We’re also investing heavily in our infrastructure and will spend $9.26 million this year on capital works and will continue to complete contracts on behalf of the state Department of Transport and Main Roads as a way of sourcing income.”
Community groups will also benefit from the budget, with $43,495 allocated.