Council plan input sought

By Seymour Telegraph

Avenel and Nagambie look set to enjoy a raft of projects, as Strathbogie Shire Council’s 2018-19 draft budget and revised council plan was released for public exhibition at last week’s special council meeting.

The budget has a focus on renewal and replacement of ageing infrastructure during the coming financial year, with a capital works budget of $10.268million including the following projects:

●Avenel Preschool upgrade — $526000 ($376000 external funds);

●Nagambie Recreation Reserve upgrade — $250000 ($150000 external funds);

●Nagambie Toilet Block $400000;

●Friendlies Reserve improvements — $210000 ($160000 external funds);

●Deep water boat ramp at Lake Nagambie — $395000 (pending $295000 grant application);

●Roads resealing, road shoulders, re-sheeting, rehabilitation — $2.45million;

●Upgrade of zero class roads — $400000; and

●Bridges and major culverts — $1.25million.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the budget endeavoured to strike a balance between ratepayer affordability and the need to source adequate funds to maintain a large geographical area and significant infrastructure with a small ratepayer base.

‘‘With the state government setting a rate cap of 2.25 per cent, council is proposing an increase of less than that — at 1.9 per cent,’’ Cr McClaren said.

‘‘We have also reduced the farm rate from 85 to 82.5 per cent of the residential rate, in recognising the contribution the farming sector makes to our local economy.’’

Residents will see their waste charges increase by three per cent due to increasing costs associated with the delivery of the services.

‘‘We encourage you to take a look through the budget by visiting or dropping in to council offices, and we invite your submissions,’’ Cr McClaren said.

Submissions need to be provided to the council in writing, by emailing or handing in a written letter to the Customer Service centre before May 31, 2018.

Residents will have the opportunity to address their submission at a special council meeting on Tuesday, June 12.

A finalised budget will be endorsed at a special council meeting on Tuesday, June 26 after submissions have been considered.