Budget big on works
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.