Council adopts Annual Plan and Budget

26 June 2018

Waratah-Wynyard Council has adopted the Annual Plan and Budget for 2018/19 at the June Council meeting last night.

The budget includes a projected underlying surplus of $84,744, which builds on the positive financial position achieved as part of the 2017/18 budget and will be Council’s second consecutive operating surplus.

Council has set the general rate at an increase of 2%, which Mayor Robby Walsh noted was slightly below the Local Government Association of Tasmania’s 2018 Council Cost Index.

“As a Council we see it as a priority to keep rate increases to the minimum level possible, and at the same time deliver on the services expected by our community,” Mayor Walsh said.

“For the average residential property, this represents an increase of $18.35 for the year or 35 cents per week.”

General Manager Shane Crawford said the proposed Capital Works Program was a highlight of the Budget.

“For a variety of reasons, a number of the projects in the 2017/18 Capital Works Program had to be delayed last year resulting in a large budgeted infrastructure investment through Capital works of $11.26M, which includes carry forwards and an additional $5.25M in new assets and a further $3.3M for the reconstruction, renewal and rehabilitation of our existing assets,” Mr Crawford said.

“Council is committed to delivering on the outcomes of the adopted Open Space, Sport and Recreation Plan and accordingly has committed funding to deliver on a number of key projects.

“That includes $3,714,440 for the Coastal Pathway (which Council will fund half of this amount) and significant investment in new playgrounds at the East Wynyard Foreshore ($500,000) and ANZAC Park ($150,000 Council contribution).

“Allocations have also been made for upgrades to the Wynyard BMX facility, irrigation systems and change rooms at the Wynyard Recreation Ground.”

In the transport area Council has committed to funding $1,072,173 for Council’s rural road re-sheeting program and $529,930 towards Council’s rural resealing program.

Mr Crawford said Council remained committed to delivering improvements to the Wynyard Wharf Carpark; creation of a new boardwalk between the Wynyard Wharf and Wynyard Yacht Club precinct; renewal of the Wynyard seawall; and the remediation of Camp Creek as part of the Waterfront redevelopment.

“We will see progress with all of these projects in the coming year,” he said.

“From a strategic perspective, Council’s Central Area Development Plan, a long-term strategy to guide public and private investment in the central areas of Wynyard and Somerset for the next 25 years, will be finalised and a Boat Harbour Beach Development Plan will be developed.

“Council remains committed to the resource sharing arrangement with Circular Head Council and after committing to a new five year arrangement in May 2018, will continue to explore greater efficiencies and gains from this relationship.”

Highlights at a glance:
$3,714,440 Coastal Pathway Project
$1,072,173 Rural road resheeting
$747,500 New Board Walk
$632,000 Camp Creek Remediation
$557,000 Rural Bridge Barrier Upgrades
$529,930 Road resealing
$500,000 East Wynyard Foreshore Playground
$446,000 Wynyard Wharf Entrance Augmentation
$150,000 ANZAC Park- All Ability Playground

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