2019/20 budget adopted

Published: Friday, 26 July 2019 at 1:06:00 PM

Community comes first in 2019/20 Council budget

The Exmouth Shire Council has delivered a financially responsible budget that will see increased spending on footpaths, waste and recycling, community engagement projects and boat ramp facilities.

Shire President Matthew Niikkula said that the 2019/20 Shire of Exmouth budget reflected the expectations laid out by the community in the 2018 Community Perceptions Survey.

This was despite an expected downturn in revenue from Learmonth Heliport and rates revenue increasing by just $4,318 as a result of a recent revaluation negatively impacting residential GRV.

“It has been a difficult budget with declining revenues and the need to boost our reserves so that we can ensure we can maintain, repair and replace ageing infrastructure in the future,” he said.

“We had to balance the need for ongoing financial responsibility with the community’s desire for more spending on local footpaths, a focus on better waste management and recycling, improvements to our boat ramps and more community based projects,” he said.

“Today we adopted a budget that shows we listened to the community while maintaining our fiscal discipline.”

Cr Niikkula said that key initiatives outlined in the budget included:

  • $200,000 for footpaths including $100,000 for new footpaths;
  • $618,000 for waste and recycling including a $300,000 reserve allocation and $250,000 for the installation of a weigh bridge at the tip site;
  • $20,000 for solar lighting at the Tantabiddi and Bundegi Boat Ramps
  • $200,000 for the Exmouth multipurpose bike facility; and
  • $20,000 for upgrades to Bundegi / Jurabi beach access ways including the Mildura Wreck site.

“Some $645,000 has also been allocated for road works including resealing, completion of Murat Road drainage works and shoulder sealing on Yardie Creek Road,” he said.

“In keeping with Council policy, an additional $1.9 million has also been allocated to reserves so we can plan for future projects including the redevelopment of the Paltridge Memorial Swimming Pool.

“This is a financially responsible budget that delivers for our community.”

For more information, you can access the Shire of Exmouth 2019/20 budget and fees and charges online or get an overview in the Budget newsletter.

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