Bud­get big on works

Alpine Observer - - News -

ALPINE Shire coun­cil­lors were last night set to adopt the 2018/19 bud­get which fo­cuses on sport and re­cre­ation, ed­u­ca­tion and build­ing com­mu­nity.

More than $11 mil­lion will be spent on key cap­i­tal projects this fi­nan­cial year while the bud­get also sees a rate in­crease of 2.25 per cent in line with the Fair Go Rates Sys­tem.

Mayor Ron Janas said coun­cil was pleased to de­liver the shire’s sec­ond high­est cap­i­tal works pro­gram on record.

“$11.4 mil­lion on cap­i­tal works is a fan­tas­tic out­come, and an ex­cit­ing one for our com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“Build­ing on a re­cent strong cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in the Kiewa Val­ley and Up­per Ovens, this bud­get sees a num­ber of ma­jor ini­tia­tives funded for Myrtle­ford.

“It in­cluded the ex­pan­sion of the Myrtle­ford in­door sports sta­dium, re­newal of the Myrtle­ford Li­brary and up­grade of the McNa­mara Re­serve net­ball and ten­nis fa­cil­i­ties.

“This bud­get will also see the com­ple­tion of the Alpine Events Park in Bright and the Mt Beauty Pool Up­grade.”

Cr Janas said the ex­pen­di­ture has been made pos­si­ble by the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s com­mit­ment to keep­ing op­er­a­tional spend as low as pos­si­ble.

“We con­tinue to fund a wide range of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties that make our shire a great place to live and to visit and this bud­get spends money on com­mu­nity ser­vices and projects that have a so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fit for our res­i­dents,” he said.

“Whether it’s sup­port­ing our com­mu­ni­ties to be more ac­tive with a state-of-the-art net­ball and ten­nis fa­cil­ity, or pro­mot­ing learn­ing with a re­vamp of the Myrtle­ford Li­brary, we’re mak­ing de­ci­sions that sup­port the needs of our com­mu­nity, at­tract visi­tors and in­vest­ment and boost the lo­cal econ­omy.

“We recog­nise the im­por­tance of tourism and events, and will con­tinue to sup­port lo­cal events and busi­ness op­er­a­tors.”

This year’s bud­get also sees an align­ment of the Din­ner Plain Special Rate to the dif­fer­en­tial rat­ing strat­egy across the rest of the shire.

It will now only be paid by com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial ratepay­ers go­ing for­ward which mean will mean a sig­nif­i­cant sav­ing on rates for Din­ner Plain res­i­den­tial ratepay­ers hav­ing pre­vi­ously paid a de­clared special rate.

A trial for free green waste dis­posal on two se­lected week­ends is also part of the bud­get.

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