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Huge Capital Works program plans for the future in Council’s 2019-2020 Budget

4 June 2019

Southern Downs Regional Council is looking to the future with one of its largest ever Capital Works programs after adopting its 2019-2020 Annual Budget.

Council has dedicated $35.8 million towards Capital Works in the Budget to maintain and upgrade key infrastructure throughout the region.

Highlights of the Capital Works program include the $6.67 million upgrade of the Trunk Raw Water Main from Storm King Dam to Mt Marley in Stanthorpe and the $5.96 million extension of Warwick’s recycled water network.

$12.59 million will be spent on the region’s roads, bridges, drainage and footpaths.

Council will also deliver an $833,000 extension of the footpath from Quart Pot Creek to Maryland Street in Stanthorpe, a $790,000 transport link from East Street in Warwick and a $652,000 upgrade to Bourkes Road Bridge, while more than $280,000 has been budgeted for the replacement of the roof on the Allora Reservoir.

Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Finance, Governance and the Arts, Jo McNally said renewing the region’s ageing infrastructure is vital for long-term planning and ensuring the region’s continual growth and prosperity.

“This Budget is about strong financial management and reducing the debt to ensure SDRC is financially sustainable into the future and we have been very successful in achieving that goal,” Cr McNally said.

“The Budget is part of a long-term financial strategy to achieve prudent financial sustainability, while realising Council’s vision for the Southern Downs. 

“Council is in a much stronger financial position than it was before so we can now spend money on projects that will enhance and improve the liveability of our beautiful region.”

SDRC will also use significant grants and funding secured from State and Federal Government to commence or complete major projects.

“Investing over $35 million towards maintaining and upgrading the region’s infrastructure, combined with significant grants and funding from State and Federal Government, means Council can complete projects that will benefit the entire region and, most importantly, improve water security,” Cr McNally said.

“These projects benefit our residents, but also help to attract business and investment to the Southern Downs for the long-term.”

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