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MEDIA RELEASE - Draft budget set to deliver on priority projects

24 April 2019

Investment in recreation facilities, local roads and economic drivers are key highlights of Glenelg Shire Council’s draft $50 million 2019/2020 budget which aims to strengthen the local economy.

Council has called for public feedback on the draft document, which provides a comprehensive $13 million capital works program to deliver on existing and new priority projects.

This includes a $1.3 million commitment to projects as identified in the Council Plan, such as the All Abilities Play Space and adjacent access at the Portland Foreshore and the Hanlon Park Lighting Project.

A further $6.8 million will be invested in new priority projects, such as the Henty Employment Precinct, Alexandra Park and rehabilitation works at the Portland Landfill.

Glenelg Shire Acting Mayor Cr Robert Halliday said the document would provide a “financially responsible” roadmap for the municipality over the next 12 months.

“Council has worked hard to deliver a budget that is not only financially sustainable, but will continue to deliver on the priorities that matter most to our community,” he said.

“Over the next financial year we will continue to deliver on our Council Plan and provide high quality, responsive and accessible services to the community, as well as investing in new opportunities to further enhance our shire’s liveability and attraction.”

Fees and charges have also been kept at a minimum with an increase of 2.5 per cent, as per State Government recommendations and consistent with CPI.

Cr Halliday invited the community to submit their feedback on the draft budget.

“Council welcomes your thoughts on the draft 2019/2020 budget. I invite community to make a formal submission to have any ideas heard,” he said.

Proposed Budget submissions must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 27 May 2019, and addressed to:

The Chief Executive Officer
Glenelg Shire Council
PO Box 152

Copies of the proposed are available for inspection at any of council’s Customer Service Centres or online.

Submissions on the draft budget will be heard on 6pm Tuesday 11 June at the Glenelg Shire Council Chambers.

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