What you need to know about the Burdekin Shire Council’s budget

A general rate increase of 2.5 per cent and $13.6 million spent on water infrastructure are just two of the leading budget policies outlined by the Burdekin Shire Council in Tuesday's budgetary meeting.

In an address accompanying the 2021/22 budget, Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said that with residents accustomed to the ‘new normal’ following the COVID-19 pandemic, the council would focus on developing and upgrading infrastructure.

According to the address, they predict the budget to result in a ‘small operating deficit’ of $327,837 despite the rate increase.

“The 2020/21 Budget included no general rate increase and relied on funding from reserves to assist all residents recover from the physical and financial impacts COVID-19 was having on our community,” Mrs McLaughlin said.

“Now we are looking forward with our 2021/22 Budget funding a range of important projects that will continue to improve on the infrastructure, facilities, and lifestyle we enjoy in the Burdekin.”

To that end, the capital program has identified $13.6 million that will be invested in water infrastructure, $7.3 million for roads and drainage, $824,000 for wastewater, and $740,000 for cultural and community spaces.

“Council is committed to ensuring our region’s liquid gold remains as accessible and reliable as possible,” Mrs McLaughlin said.

“Water is the lifeblood of any community, so making sure infrastructure is in place that effectively collects, treats, and distributes it to residents is crucial.”

The spending on the water will include the continuing works regarding the $10 million Ayr – Brandon water upgrade and bypass pipework at the Home Hill water tower and the Mount Kelly water supply rising main replacement.

Roads will get a similar investment, totalling $6.9 million for upgrades, with $260,000 set aside for additional car parks and internal roads at Plantation Park.

A further $730,000 will be allocated towards waste facilities, with funds earmarked to provide solar security cameras at the Clare transfer station, upgrades to the Cromarty landfill and the remaining $500,000 of the total allocated for environmental protection measures at Kirknie landfill.


We’d like to hear your opinion on what the Burdekin Shire Council budget means for you. If you have comments, concerns, or something to share, please get in touch with us by sending a letter to the editor at editor@burdekinlocal.com.au

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