Rate rise 3.6% ‘a good start’ says Rockhampton Mayor

IT TOOK about 19 meetings, but the Rockhampton Regional Council has finally delivered the budget that will "win over the community".

And Mayor Margaret Strelow believes it's the "little things" in this budget that will resonate with residents.

"We've received a lot of feedback on several smaller projects from our residents...these are the sorts of initiatives they want to see get off the ground," she said.

Councillor Strelow was talking about projects like a $25,000 Berserker School footpath and disability crossover, a $200,000 architectural lighting system for the Fitzroy Bridge, $10,000 for improvements to the PCYC skate park and new roadworks in the Gray St-Alexandra St area.

The council on Friday formally delivered a 3.6% rate rise across the board.

About $1.4 million has been set aside to revamp Quay St, which included new roadworks and riverfront upgrades between Fitzroy and Denham Sts.

Yesterday it took no longer than 30 minutes for the council to unanimously vote in favour of the 2014/15 budget, which will see the council operating at a surplus over the next 10 years.

A total of $8.64m has been allocated to rural roads, with $6.2m for maintenance of sealed and unsealed roads.

Cr Rose Swadling said this year's budget was like "starting again, but it's a good start".

"So much has happened since the 2012 election; in many ways this budget is like starting all over again and I would like to publicly recognise the effort put in to setting up the platform from which the council can build," she said.

"This budget sees support for that wellbeing and meets the required level of service with the following expenditures - $1m for aged services, $2.9m for library services, $700,000 for child care and other areas."

Regional rate rises

Rockhampton Regional Council 3.6%

Livingstone Shire Council 4.6% (proposed)

Central Highlands Regional Council 1.8%

Mackay Regional Council 2.9%



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