2019-2020 Annual Budget delivers long-term vision, prosperity for Southern Downs
3 June 2019
Southern Downs Regional Council
adopted its 2019-2020 Annual Budget today, delivering the lowest general rate
rise in more than a decade.
General rates will increase by just 2 per
cent, the lowest rise since 2008, and SDRC will extend the early payment
discount period from 30 to 60 days to assist residents impacted by ongoing drought
Utility charges for water, sewer and
waste will rise by only 2.75% the same increase as the 2018-2019 Financial Year.
The 2019-20 Budget forecasts an
operating surplus of $95,000 and will further reduce Council’s debt by $1.3
Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said
the 2019-20 Budget looks towards the region’s future and will build upon
Council’s strong financial foundation to help the region grow and prosper.
“This Council’s sound financial
management and careful planning over the course of its term means we are able
to deliver our community the lowest rate rise in more than 10 years,” Cr Dobie
“A $35.8 million capital works program
will maintain and upgrade the region’s ageing infrastructure, investing in our
communities for the long-term.
“The Budget strikes a balance between
working towards long-term financial stability and delivering the key services
and projects the region needs to continue to grow, prosper and reach its full
“Council will also continue to support
many community initiatives, including our vibrant arts and events scene,
providing funding through our Community Grants Program.”
Council’s improving financial position
has also led to Council successfully securing millions in grants and funding
that will allow Council to deliver key projects.
“Council uses these grants and
government funding towards projects that enhance the liveability of the region,
which encourages more people and businesses to relocate here and invest in the
Southern Downs,” Cr Dobie said.
“I would like to thank the community
for their positive feedback and contributing to this important Budget that will
help shape our region into the future.”
Council developed the Budget after
consulting with Southern Downs residents at six information sessions across the
region and calling for feedback which led to 43 submissions from the community.
SDRC has incorporated the community’s
feedback into the 2019-20 Budget which delivers strong financial management and
responsible planning while still offering important services and projects for a
fourth straight year.
For more information on Southern Downs
Regional Council’s 2019-20 Budget visit sdrc.qld.gov.au or contact SDRC on 1300