One of the recent Community Grant Recipients, the Acacia Hill Volunteer Bushfire Brigade have hit the ground running and have already put their Community Grant money into action as they took possession of new water pumps. This will make life easier for them and allow them to be more efficient in protecting the local area.
At the recently held Council meeting the 2018/2019 Municipal Plan and Annual Budget was passed. Both the Plan and Budget address the strategic direction set out in the Strategic Plan and the financial assumptions of the Long Term Financial Plan. The Capital Works program is considerably higher than in the previous year again demonstrating Councils much needed focus on improving and maintaining community assets, predominately roads. In 2018/19 the overall rate increase will be five percent which equates to less than one dollar a week for most residents. Rates are our major source of funding (55%) with other sources of funds coming from operating and capital grants and user charges.
Other Municipal Plan highlights include $1 million to be spent on our seven Recreational Reserves which included Council undertaking tree maintenance services, risk assessments and playground audits.
Several new initiatives from the Waste Management Strategy will be funded along with upgrades to facilities at Berry Springs. Through our Community Grants Scheme, we will be supporting the community by committing over $122,000 to events and sponsorship.
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Next Council meeting is Wednesday 15 August, at 6.30pm at the Council Chambers, Bees Creek Road.