Council Budget

Getting the little and big things done in the 2017-18 Budget

Beautifying town entrances, replacing street trees, maintaining water bores and assistance for small halls are just some of the initiatives in the 2017-18 Budget.

The new initiatives funding of $150,000 also includes an allocation of $50,000 for partnership funding with the community for capital projects.

Pyrenees Shire Mayor Ron Eason said the smaller projects are as important as the bigger ones.

“Funding solar lights for some of our town entrances sign or replacing old and dying street trees are small projects that will make a big difference for our towns,” Mayor Eason said.

“Council has budgeted $10,000 to refurbish water bores, $5,000 for environmental sustainability projects and $50,000 for library book replacement,” he said.

The budget allocates $6.5 million in capital works; including $508,000 for another section of the Raglan-Elmhurst Road and there’s $562,000 for residential property development in Beaufort.

There is $835,000 for reseals, $513,000 on the rehabilitation of major culverts and $774,000 for gravel road resheets.

Pyrenees Shire Council adopted the 2017-18 Budget and Council Plan 2017-21 at the June meeting, alongside the Long Term Financial Plan incorporating the Strategic Resource Plan.

The Essential Services Commission has approved Council’s application for a higher rate cap of 3.5% for the 2017-18 Budget.

The additional income raised as a result of the higher rate cap will be quarantined for road infrastructure renewal, with a focus on gravel roads over the next two years.

The Council Plan 2017-2021 is a vital document that guides Council’s work in the community through five key objectives.

  • Roads and Townships
  • Relationships and Advocacy
  • Community Connection and Wellbeing
  • Financially Sustainable High Performing Organisation; and
  • Development and Environment

The plan sets out how important it is for Council to continue to attract state and federal government funding for projects in the Pyrenees Shire.

“The Council Plan focusses on remaining a financially sustainable organisation which engages with its community and its regional partners,” Mayor Ron Eason said.

Download a copy of the budget here: 2017-2018 Budget

We acknowledge the people past and present of the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, and Djab Wurrung tribes, whose land forms the Pyrenees Shire. We pay our respect to the customs, traditions and stewardship of the land by the elders and people of these tribes.

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