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Road resealing

Council adopts 2018-2019 budget

News Article Date: 
Friday, 29 June 2018

Further renewal of the city centre, more footpaths and cycle paths and improved public toilets are among the highlights of Council’s 2018-2019 budget which was officially adopted on June 25.

The $89.2 million budget includes an $18.8 million capital works program.

“We’ve attracted more grant funding and endeavoured to be as efficient as possible with the resources we have,” Mayor Cr Robert Anderson said.

“The capital works program also includes completion of the Simpson Street stormwater project and a new water treatment plant at AquaZone.”

Council will continue to deliver a range of services including meals on wheels, personal care, respite, home care and senior citizens programs.

The budget also details support for family services including immunisation, preschools, maternal and child health, child care, family day care and youth services.

Arts and culture items include support for the Warrnambool Art Gallery, Lighthouse Theatre and the Warrnambool Library.

The budget aims to maintain Council’s low risk financial status and deliver a modest surplus of $0.2 million.

Council’s waste management charge has increased from $287 to $356 per household.

“In percentage terms it’s a significant increase and there were similar costs across most Victorian councils,” Cr Anderson said.

“It covers the rollout of a Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) collection service and also the increase in cost to process recyclable materials.

“Unfortunately almost all councils across Victoria will be forced to increase their waste charges to cover the increased cost of processing recyclables.

“As many will know, the major Victorian processor of recyclable materials was sending these materials to China.

“China has cut the quantity of recyclable materials it imports which has meant that a solution to the recycling crisis must be found closer to home.

“At the same time the cost of sending waste to landfill continues to rise as a result of Victorian Government charges.”


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