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Budget builds on the strength and vitality of our region

19 June 2017

Mayor Paul McVeigh and Spokesperson for Finance and Corporate Services Councillor Ian Rasmussen say that Council's 2017/18 Budget, adopted today, will build on the strength and vitality of our region by delivering on identified strategic priorities.

Mayor Paul McVeigh and Spokesperson for Finance and Corporate Services Councillor Ian Rasmussen say that Council’s 2017/18 Budget, adopted today, will build on the strength and vitality of our region by delivering on identified strategic priorities.

Building on the confidence of our strong and diverse economy, enhancing our active vibrant communities and continuing to ensure our towns are great places to live, work and play, are the hallmarks of Western Downs Regional Council’s 2017/18 Budget.

  • 2017/18 Budget planning commenced November last year, allowing Council the time to thoroughly explore issues, options and opportunities to inform financial decisions that ultimately sustain our prosperous region;
  • With a view to maintaining its financial strength and security, Council has delivered a balanced budget with a predicted surplus of $1.04 million;
  • Despite a $23 million reduction in overall revenue this year, Council is able to fund its operations without new debt and deliver a range of new initiatives aligned with its Corporate Plan;
  • Building on the strength and vitality of the Western Downs, the 2017/18 Budget continues last year’s strong focus on stimulating economic growth and enhancing the liveability of our communities.

Delivering his second budget speech at today’s special Budget Meeting, Mayor Paul McVeigh said he was proud to be delivering a balanced budget that will deliver on strategic priorities identified in the 2017-2022 Corporate Plan.

“The Corporate Plan is our blueprint for the future and a lot of planning goes into determining how to build on the strength and prosperity of our region. These are the things that matter to our communities, so our budget must deliver in these areas,” he said.

“Our 2017/18 Budget builds on the confidence of our strong and diverse economy by optimising tourism opportunities and supporting the development and promotion of home-grown regional events.

“We are enhancing our active vibrant communities with major investment in community and cultural facilities as well as revitalising the entrances of our towns right across the Western Downs.

“We will continue to ensure our communities are great places to live, work and play with significant spend on essential services like roads, water and waste as well as town beautification initiatives like the new ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ program.

“Council has worked hard to deliver a balanced budget that overcomes the challenge of reduced revenue while still maintaining our high levels of service to the community – now and into the future.”

Key elements of the 2017/18 include:

  • $59 million to maintain our vast road, bridge, footpath and stormwater network
  • $2.66 million Chinchilla Botanic Gardens Project (Year 2 of 3)
  • $1.90 million Knowles Pavilion upgrade
  • $1.23 million Regional Solar Project – Stage 2 (part funded under the State’s Works for Queensland Program)
  • $800,000 Regional Water Main Replacements
  • $340,000 Town Entry Signage – Stage 2
  • $330,000 Regional Event Banner Pole Project – Phase 2
  • $270,000 Meandarra Waste and Recycling Centre

For the full Mayoral Budget Statement as well as 2017/18 Budget Key Projects and FAQs, please follow the link found on Council’s website.

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Media Contact:
Cr Paul McVeigh | Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council | 0408 700 392