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MEDIA RELEASE - Roads key feature of adopted budget

28 June 2017

Glenelg Shire Council last night endorsed its 2017-18 Budget, voting to invest in the region’s road network and strengthening service delivery to its ratepayers.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the $49.6 million budget included a $7.6 million commitment to upgrade local road, with significant improvements planned for the Condah Hotspur Upper Road, a busy regional freight route.

A further $18.5 million has been allocated for an extensive capital works program in addition to $1.6 million towards recreational, leisure and community facilities.

$2.6 million will also be allocated for parks, open space and streetscape improvements, including $1.6 million for the New Town Jetty in Portland Bay and the Casterton Structure Plan, a multi-stage project that will help to direct future land use and development.

Fees and charges have also been kept to a minimum with a 2 per cent increase endorsed, which is below the nation’s CPI.
“Council is pleased to deliver another budget that promises quality services and programs for our residents,” Cr Rank said.

“We are proud to deliver significant investment in our local roads, assets and community facilities to ensure our residents continue to receive value for money and can access a wide range of services.

“Our focus for the next financial year is to continue to deliver on the projects that make our shire a great place to live, work and study in.”

For every $100 spent on council services Glenelg Shire Council will deliver $10 on community engagement and children and family services, $6 on aged and disability services and $6 on waste management and recycling.

Cr Rank said a new fact sheet, illustrating the council investment for the new financial year, would be included with rate notices, which are due to be issued in late August.

To view the budget visit www.glenelg.vic.gov.au/budgets.


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