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Council adopts Annual Plan and Budget

Circular Head Council adopted the Annual Plan and Budget Estimates, and Rates Resolution for 2017/18.

Circular Head Council adopted the Annual Plan and Budget Estimates, and Rates Resolution for 2017/18 at the Council meeting on JUne 15. 

Mayor Daryl Quilliam said the next financial year would be a very exciting time for the community, with the calling of tenders and the turning of the soil for the new Wellbeing Centre.

“This development is a huge project for Council and we know many are waiting in anticipation for that grand day,” Mayor Quilliam said.

Another big project is the planned upgrade of a section of Montagu Road located between the Duck River Bridge and 81 Montagu Road Smithton.

“These works will include pavement rehabilitation, kerb and channel works, stormwater infrastructure, footpath upgrade and rejuvenation of line markings,” Mayor Quilliam said.

“Council officers are in the process of undertaking a detailed design of the proposed works and a further update will be provided when the design drawings are completed.”

Mayor Quilliam said Council had taken a balanced approach to covering increasing infrastructure costs, with the general rate set at 2%, which was only slightly higher than the Local Government Association of Tasmania’s 2017 Council Cost Index.

“While this is a small increase, this is largely influenced by ongoing costs of maintaining and upgrading roads and infrastructure in our municipal area,” he said.

“Council continues to look for ways to manage costs; and the level of service we provide to our community, while minimising any increases in the amount of rates paid by households.”

The Annual Plan and Budget was developed to align with Council’s Corporate Strategic Plan, which incorporates seven goals: Leadership and Governance, Organisational Support, Connected Communities, Community Recreation and Wellbeing, Economic Prosperity, Transport and Access and Environment.

The major projects for the 2017/2018 financial year include:

•$7,000,000 Swimming Pool – new facility (includes a $3,500,000 State Government Loan which with debt to be forgiven by grant in 2020/21)

•$1,900,000 – Upgrade Montagu Road – Duck River bridge to Lane Park Road

•$600,000 Port Latta cell number 5A development

•$590,000 – Renewal of Blackwood/Partridge Road

•$400,000 – Replacement of landfill compactor

•$395,000 – Bridge replacements

•$300,000 - Renewal of Mawbanna Road, stage 1

•$135,000 – Seal outdoor standing area at Smithton Recreation Ground

•$100,000 – Construction of eastern area toilet block

•$45,000 - Resurface of Tatlows Beach car park

•$14,000 – ANZAC Park plan – post demolition of CH War Memorial Swimming Pool

•$10,000 – Develop a municipal economic profile 

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