Building our Region is the primary focus of this year’s budget as Council continues to upgrade vital infrastructure, create jobs and steer our region’s economy forward.
As part of the Building our Region budget, Council will deliver over 110 projects and infrastructure upgrades worth $160 million dollars.
Ensuring our infrastructure keeps pace with growth is important for our region’s three pillar economy of tourism, mining and agriculture. New and upgraded infrastructure is vital in maintaining a consistent level of service for our 35,500 residents.
It also delivers major projects that not only create jobs for locals as a priority but will also help forge a bright future for Our Whitsunday region. We already live in the best region in the world so building new infrastructure to keep pace with growth is a high priority.
Council believes that providing residents with upgraded facilities and services will help us achieve our goal of a happy and thriving community. Whilst Building Our Region is a positive goal, this Council is adamant that we leverage every external funding opportunity to ensure it is not a burden on our residents.
I have worked hard to build strong relationships with both the Federal and State Governments. This is now paying off with nearly 70% of the 2019/20 capital program expected to be funded through collaborative grants and subsidies.
By reviewing every dollar spent at Council, the entire organisation will continue to find cost efficiencies. For the fourth consecutive year there will be 0% increase in the total general residential rates across the region.
This means that, despite four years of rising fuel, insurance and power costs, during my term as Mayor we are collecting exactly the same general rates in total from residents as in 2016, no more, no less.
Once again 2019/20 is shaping as an exciting year of growth for our region as Council invests strongly in building and upgrading infrastructure to ensure a positive future for all our Whitsunday communities.
My Council will continue to provide strong united leadership in Building our Region.
Mayor Andrew Willcox
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The Whitsunday Regional Council 2019/20 Revenue Statement has been drafted to comply with Section 104 (5) of the Local Government Act 2009 and in accordance with Section 172 of the Local Government Regulation 2012.