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Council is thinking ahead to the 2020/21 Budget

29 October 2019 

In the October General Council Meeting held in Warwick’s Council Chambers, Southern Downs Regional Council voted to adopt the 2020/21 Budget Process and associated timelines. 

The adoption of the Budget Process and associated timelines means Council will continue with an approach similar to prior years, in that the budget will be placed on public exhibition for a period of approximately one month, during April 2020.  During the exhibition period the public is encouraged to provide written submissions to the draft budget along with any feedback or commentary.

Copies of the Draft Budget will again be made available for the public to view with electronic copies available on Council’s Website, as well as hardcopies at the Council Administration Buildings and Libraries.

Additionally, during the public exhibition period, Councillors and members of Council’s senior staff will hold public information sessions to present the Draft Budget to interested community members.

These sessions will be held at varying times and locations across the region. 

All written submissions from the public received during the public exhibition period will be presented in a report to Council for consideration.  Additionally, Council will offer a number of individuals and organisations the opportunity to present their submission to Council at a Special Council Meeting.

Councillor for Finance, Governance, and The Arts Jo McNally said that these processes were important particularly given the upcoming elections. Council is proud to take a very open and transparent approach to setting its budget and it is important that we listen to our community to understand what is important to them.

“Next year, we will see an election in March, but the work of council continues throughout the caretaker period and independent of the election results. Council operates an $80M business for which the day-to-day operations need to continue whether there is an election year or not.

“This will be the fourth year Southern Downs Regional Council has undertaken a public consultation process for the Budget and this process allows community members’ voices to be heard.

“I really encourage all residents to be involved with the 2020/21 budget, have your say, and send in your submissions” said Councillor Jo McNally. 

Public exhibition was implemented by the Southern Downs Regional Council several years ago. As of next year, this will compulsory for all Queensland local governments.

For more information please contact Council on 1300 697 372 or via Council’s website

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