Shire of Chittering 2021/2022 Annual Budget Adoption

Published on Wednesday, 30 June 2021 at 10:42:46 AM

Shire of Chittering 2021/2022 Budget Adoption

Council adopted the 2021-22 Budget, and 2021-2031 Corporate Business Plan and Long Term Financial Plan, at a Special Council Meeting held on 23rd June 2021.

In preparing this budget, Council wanted to ensure that the long term sustainability of the shire was kept at the forefront of the budget discussion, which is why the long term plans were developed alongside the shorter-term annual budget.

The Long Term Financial Plan has been based on the principle of Council looking toward the future, ensuring the sustainability of the shire, having an equitable distribution across generations and preparing for future problems now. The plan for the next ten years is to ensure that infrastructure, plant, and equipment are replaced as required, the needs of a growing shire are being met, and saving for future requirements is considered, all while limiting rate rises. This plan will ensure that the shire moves to a stronger position over the coming ten years, both in terms of finances and in terms of providing important community assets.

This commences in the current budget with the construction of the Muchea Community Centre, which will replace the Muchea Hall. The Muchea Community Centre has already received grant funding, and preparations for the project are already underway. Construction is expected to commence in the 2021-2022 financial year.

The budget also provides for the construction of the Bindoon Mountain Bike Park, though the project remains grant dependent. The decision to proceed with the Mountain Bike Park follows the positive feedback received from the community in the Mountain Bike Park Survey and Sport and Recreation Survey, which followed the series of Community Forums on the project.

Bike Paths will also be created thanks to 50% funding from the Department of Transport. Stage 1 & 2 of the Clune to Brockman Centre bike path is to be constructed as well as a bike path from the end of Tonkin Highway through to the Muchea Townsite.

Ensuring that the desires of the community are catered for, funding has also been included for the design of a Community Centre in Lower Chittering to replace the ageing Lower Chittering Hall. This continues the work that commenced with the Lower Chittering Community Advisory Forums, continuing into the Lower Chittering Masterplan, and also ties in with the existing Asset Management Plan. As with Muchea, the Lower Chittering Community Centre, will be designed to accommodate a range of community activities, both present and future, and is catered for in the Long Term Financial Plan.

The road program will continue with highlights being:

Three sections of Chittering Rd being upgrading, including the northern section from Great Northern Highway. The cost of these projects is budgeted to be $1,006,863 but will receive two-thirds funding from the State Government’s Regional Road Group Funding Program.

A section of Wandena Rd, from Powderbark Rd to Great Northern Hwy will be sealed. This $238,142 project will be fully funded by the shire.

Some improvements will be made to North Rd to cater for the increased amount of truck traffic on the road.

The gravel section of the Binda Place carpark will be surfaced.

Funding for a range of events will continue, pending COVID restrictions, including Taste of Chittering, Wear Ya’ Wellies, Australia Day to be held at Lower Chittering, ANZAC Day and a Bush Fire Brigade Recognition event.

A new Rubbish and Recycling Bin Pickup contract will commence on 1 July which will lead to savings in the cost of Rubbish and Recycling Bin Pickup. These savings will be applied this year to the replacement of ageing equipment

at the waste site and in future years it will be used to save for the rehabilitation costs of the waste sites. By utilising the savings in this way, it has meant that a large rates increase for this year and future years will be avoided.

The rate increase in the budget will be 3% which follows on from a nil rate increase last year.

For more information, please email or call 9576 4600.

Map of 21-22 Highlight Projects

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