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Published Thursday 4 July 2019
Tags:General, Media Release

Budget adopted

Mitchell Shire Council has adopted the 2019/20 budget. The budget was adopted following more than 750 budget ideas submitted by the community last year.

New, improved and upgraded infrastructure

We’ve got nearly $27 million in new capital works planned over the next 12 months. This includes:

  • $9.12 million for roads
  • $1.37 million for footpaths and cycleways
  • $803,000 for bridges
  • $4.6 million for buildings
  • $3.42 million for waste management
  • $2.71 million for new and improved recreation, leisure and community facilities
  • $1.45 million for parks, open space and streetscapes
  • And more.

How is spending allocated?

With more than 100 services delivered across the shire, we make a very important contribution to the health, wellbeing, liveability and economic prosperity of our community.

In the coming 12 months, for every $100 we receive, we plan to spend:

  • $28 on roads, footpaths, bridges and drains.
  • $12 on recreation, open space and leisure services
  • $11 on waste collection and operating resource recovery centres and landfill
  • $10 on family, children and community services
  • $10 on corporate support
  • $5 on parks, gardens and the environment
  • Plus more
Budget 2019-2020 $100 spend breakdown
How did community input help shape the budget?

We take our financial responsibility is taken very seriously. Our finances are open and transparent to our community and we value community feedback.

In 2018 through the Your Budget Ideas initiative, we gathered 455 responses and more than 750 suggestions from the community. These helped shape the draft services, programs and capital initiatives in the draft budget.

The draft budget was then released for formal community input. We received 46 submissions, with 11 of these taking the opportunity to present to Council at the special Community Questions and Hearings Committee meeting before the budget was adopted.

This is a strong reflection across the board of our desire to engage and consult with community and stakeholders.

The strongest message to come from that consultation was our community wanted us to invest more in infrastructure.

We are doing that. We are investing more than ever in our capital works program to improve roads, footpaths, buildings and open spaces as well as recreation, leisure and community facilities.

These are just some of the highlights we’ve put together for you.

If you’d like to see some of the other highlights and projects we’ve got planned for the next 12 months, please visit our Budget page.