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MEDIA RELEASE - Endorsed budget delivers a freeze on rates

23 June 2020

The Glenelg Shire Council has prioritised households and local businesses following the adoption of the 2020/2021 Budget and 2021/2022 – 2023/24 Proposed Strategic Resource Plan, setting a financially responsible roadmap for the next 12 months.

The $52 million Proposed Budget and the Proposed Strategic Resource Plan was unanimously adopted by Councillors at last night’s June Ordinary Meeting.

The Budget demonstrates fiscal restraint and a commitment to reducing financial stress for households, with a zero rate increase applied. A freeze on all Council Fees and Charges has also been included, ensuring no additional costs are passed on to residents.

Furthermore, Council’s annual capital works program will safeguard opportunities for local employment.

Local contractors, businesses and trades will be engaged in more than $15 million worth of key community initiatives, such as:
• Town beautification across Portland, Casterton and Heywood, including street lighting, furniture, signage and footpath works;
• Portland Foreshore improvements;
• Upgrades to infrastructure at the Casterton Saleyards;
• Development of tracks and trails networks as part of the recently endorsed Tracks and Trails Strategy
• Art facilities

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said Council had delivered a “well-considered and financially responsible” budget which would help stimulate economic relief and recovery.

“The lives of our residents have been turned upside-down by the current pandemic and our Budget prioritises projects and initiatives which will help overcome these social and economic challenges,” she said.

“We have worked hard, with our residents’ needs at the forefront of our minds, in creating a budget which will provide the best local outcomes in these tough times.

“We have also ensured the Budget retains a focus on delivering on our Council Plan and providing high quality, responsive and accessible services to the community. This is a sustainable roadmap for our municipality over the next twelve months as we navigate through the impact of COVID-19 on our community and resources.”

The 2020/2021 budget can be viewed online via Council’s website or Your Say Glenelg.

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