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2021-22 Mayor's Budget Address (As tabled at the Special Budget Meeting on Wednesday 14 July 2021)Brett Otto

The people of the South Burnett, it is with a great sense of responsibility that I address the South Burnett Regional Council's 2021-22 budget. As stated previously, this is your money, this is your budget, this is your Council's continuation of the process of building our economy and providing you with a better lifestyle.

Through our community consultation forums over the past year, you have shared reasonable expectations of better value for money for ratepayers, improved service standards, a commitment from Council to create an environment that encourages investment in our region, promotes economic prosperity and supports all communities across our rural towns and villages, irrespective of size.

The proposed budget to be addressed by Council today is a $103 million plan towards building a stronger South Burnett.

An operating budget of $72 million will support the delivery of key community services and facilities maintenance programs, while a $31.2 million capital expenditure program will invest in the renewal and development of key community infrastructure, including:

  • $19.5 million on roads, drains and bridges;
  • $4.2 million on buildings, parks & gardens;
  • $1.7 million on water infrastructure;
  • $1.5 million on sewerage and wastewater infrastructure;
  • $3.6 million on plant;
  • $350,000 on waste assets;
  • $362,000 on information technology systems.

Much of this investment in our region would not be possible without the support of the Queensland and Australian Governments. I wish to acknowledge the Queensland Government for their ongoing support with the very successful works for Queensland program and the Australian Government for their contribution to developing our region through the Building Better Regions Fund, the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program and the Financial Assistance Grants program.

Projects such as the Kingaroy Transformation Project, the Blackbutt CBD re-development and the upgrade of the Wondai Industrial Estate Road network would not be possible without this government support.

Councillors and staff have worked hard to deliver a budget that provides a responsible approach to managing your assets. This year, Council embarked on a process of opening up the budget discussions to the community through budget committee meetings. On behalf of council I would like to pass on our sincere thanks to our Chief Executive Officer and his executive services team for their assistance in making this possible. The budget will continue to be a work-in-progress and I acknowledge that we have much more work to do.

Council will be embarking on a series of budget reviews and revisions during the course of the year, such will include, but not be limited to, reviews of:

  • rating methodologies;
  • asset management plans;
  • Coolabunia saleyards business plan
  • biosecurity services,; and
  • fleet management.

In addition to this, Council will continue to actively pursue government investment in our region’s water infrastructure needs as we cannot rely solely upon ratepayers to fund our aged and deteriorating water and waste-water network.

By working together we can position our region to achieve its potential. A potential for enhanced liveability and economic prosperity that is underpinned by our enviable country lifestyle, welcoming communities and an abundance of rich and diverse natural resources.

In conclusion, I wish to acknowledge and thank my fellow Councillors, our Chief Executive Officer, Council staff and in particular our General Manager Finance and Corporate Service and her staff for their concerted efforts in bringing the 2021-22 budget to this point.

Mayor Brett Otto

 

To view the Budget Committee Meetings video recordings please follow this link to Council's meeting page.

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