Three of Rocky council's big money makers take financial hit

THREE of Rockhampton Regional Council's main commercial operations have taken a hit.

Revenue from paid airport parking has dropped by over $250,000 since the 2011/12 financial year.

In 2011/12, airport parking had a gross revenue of $1,686,627.48 and recorded $1,433,330.33 in the 2014/15 financial year.

In a statement to The Morning Bulletin, council said the drop in parking revenue during the 2014/15 financial year was "likely due to the downturn in the resources sector".

Revenue from council's landfill sites around the region has also fallen, with the collective total for dumping at Gracemere, Lakes Creek, Alton Downs, Mount Morgan and Bouldercombe totalling $4,258,534.06.

This was over $400,000 down on last financial year, which totalled $4,688,487.62.

But it has grown since 2011/12, where revenue was $4,098,593.51.

Council said this reduction reflected the free green waste dumping throughout the year, introduced in the 2014/15 budget, as well as free dumping and multiple general waste pick-ups after Cyclone Marcia.

Revenue from water infrastructure has also decreased from $29,552,763 in the 2013/14 financial year to $29,183,854 in 2014/15.

Yet this remains substantially higher than 2012/13, where revenue was $25,574,569.

This includes the fixed access charge and consumption charges.

"During the 2014/15 financial year we experienced periodic rainfall of lesser quantity which was more beneficial for our gardens and saves consumption due to when that rain fell," council said in a statement.

The figures for 2014/15 are still being finalised.

Council revenue 2014/15

Water consumption: $14,976,354

Water access: $29,183,854

Airport parking: $1,433,330.33

Landfill total: $4,258,534.06



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