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Spending on roadworks remains a top priority

RATES RISE: Scenic Rim mayor John Brent handed down the region’s budget yesterday.
RATES RISE: Scenic Rim mayor John Brent handed down the region’s budget yesterday. Sarah Harvey

THE Scenic Rim will spend a record $21 million on road and bridge infrastructure and continue to repair natural disaster damage this financial year.

Mayor John Brent handed down the regional council's budget yesterday, with the two big ticket items accounting for more than half of the $119 million budget.

Council raised rates by 3.3% as Cr Brent said the council's fiscal position was not assisted by cuts to state and federal government programs.

Cr Brent said council maintained a 1700km network of sealed and unsealed roads.

The road spending included $6.5 million for road and bridge maintenance and just under $5 million for resealing and resurfacing roads.

"This $21.2 million investment represents a record commitment by this Council," he said.

"Roads and bridges remain our long-term priority. In the past five years we have increased spending on local road infrastructure by more than 30%."

Cr Brent said repair works to infrastructure damaged during ex-tropical cyclone Oswald were expected to be finalised this year with a $44 million investment.

Natural disasters have cost the council many millions of dollars since 2011, he said.

"The projects are funded through the Queensland Reconstruction Authority with state and federal support under the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

"We acknowledge the continuing support of the state and federal governments who have stood shoulder to shoulder with Council in our disaster recovery and restoration efforts over the past four years," Cr Brent said.

"Since 2011 they have contributed tens of millions of dollars to support the significant infrastructure repair and rebuilding efforts of Council following the summer of disasters in 2010-11, the rain event of January 2012 and most recently ex-tropical cyclone Oswald."

Among the other significant projects council will undertake this financial year is Million Trees for Scenic Rim.

Cr Brent said council hoped to plant one million native trees in the region by 2030, and had a goal of 10 trees for every person in the Scenic Rim over the next five years.

Cr Brent said the Scenic Rim was very much the green belt of south-east Queensland.

Other outlays

  • $2.3 million on parks and gardens
  • $1.6 million to Scenic Rim libraries
  • $77,000 for environmental grants
  • $3 million for regional development
  • $4.3 million for health, environment and building

Topics:  budget, mayor john brent, scenic rim regional council




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