Community big winner in Council’s 2019-2020 Annual Budget
4 June 2019
villages across the Southern Downs are another big winner in Council’s 2019-2020
Annual Budget which is set to deliver a huge line-up of key community projects.
in parks and recreational facilities and more grants for community groups are
key highlights of Southern Downs Regional Council’s $83 million expenditure
deliver $2.87 million of Works for Queensland (W4Q) projects to the community,
including spending $300,000 on a lookout at Daggs Falls, Killarney, a new
$300,000 mini-golf facility for Warwick
and $200,000 for the design and development of a new regional art gallery for
A new $310,000 flight training hanger at the Warwick Aerodrome and
$295,000 in Maryvale and Leyburn Urban Design Framework outcomes will also be
delivered by W4Q funding.
Community groups across the region will be given a boost with
Council dedicating more than $348,000 to its Grants to Community program, a
$134,000 increase from last financial year.
Councillor for Communities, Towns and Villages, Sheryl Windle said
the region’s communities are big budget winners with new projects providing
opportunity for growth and development.
“We’re committed to continually developing and enhancing our
communities with projects that make our region one of the very best in
Queensland to live, work and play.”
Cr Windle said Council is in a strong financial position which
helps to support a range of community programs including its Community Grants
“Dedicating funds to the Community Grants Program as well as
supporting our region’s vibrant events arts and events scene are just two of
the many positive initiatives this Budget will deliver to our towns and
villages,” Cr Windle said.
The Budget forecasts a moderate operating surplus of $95,000 as
well as a further reduction of Council’s debt by $1.3 million. The 7.5 per cent
discount for early payment of general rates will remain, as well as the subsidy
on the general rates for pensioners.
Council is also extending its payment terms from 30 to 60 days
over the 2019-2020 Financial Year to ease the burden on households feeling the
impacts of drought.
“There is no doubt our region is feeling the effects of what is
now a prolonged and severe drought, but reducing debt and Council’s strong
financial management in the last three years means that we are able to deliver
projects which will directly benefit our communities,” Cr Windle said.
“The region as a whole will benefit from a huge amount of grants
and government funding that this Council has successfully secured to deliver
“We’ve been extremely successful in
securing grant funding to financially support the delivery of
significant projects for the region.
“I look forward to seeing the many
exciting projects that this Budget has allowed for come to fruition, and to
continue to deliver the projects that will mean the Southern
Downs grows and prospers and can sustain our smaller communities."