Find out where extra 5% is going

ISAAC Regional Council ratepayers have been hit with a five per cent rates increase – though some may see it as a small price to pay for better road networks and community infrastructure.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Cedric Marshall said the $131.6 million budget would keep Isaac working towards its vision to be the region of first choice - by balancing the delivery of core services with the upgrade and installation of recreational facilities.

“The five per cent increase in general rates was deemed necessary by council to meet the current and future needs of the community, including investing in the delivery of quality core services, responsible asset management and funding upgrades,” Cr Marshall said.

Roads across the region are a key focus, with $15.5 million invested in rural roads and $6.4 million put towards town streets.

“Six million dollars has been allocated to plan for and deliver quality water and waste management systems,” said Cr Marshall.

He added no town would miss out, with new recreational facilities and upgrades planned throughout the region.

“Enhancing our existing, and building new, recreational facilities to support active and healthy lifestyles is a key priority with $3 million committed towards the Moranbah Youth Centre, $1.2 million for a new library in Dysart, $1 million towards the Moranbah Aquatic Centre upgrade, $300,000 for the Dysart pool and $80,000 for walking tracks in Middlemount,” he said.

Isaac Regional Council’s chief executive officer Mark Crawley said decisons were based upon ideas put forward at council meetings and monthly community round tables throughout the year.

He confirmed the $85.4 million total revenue from ordinary activities included special rates and general rates for mining companies in the region.

The recent Bowen Council versus Xstrata court case had not impacted on budget decisions because of the strong working relationship between Isaac Regional Council and mining companies in the area, said Mr Crawley.

“We maintain a close relationship with the mining companies through consultation and regular meetings,” he explained.

“We have budget meetings with BMA, Anglo Coal and Xstrata before we finalise the budget.”

Isaac budget

Water and waste management:

$6 million

Resheeting roads: $87,083

New floodways: $65,000

Replace culverts: $80,000

Resealing roads: $450,000

Rehabilitation of road pavements: $325,679

New employee housing:

$4.7 million

Moranbah Youth Centre:

$3 million

Dysart Library: $1.2 million

Moranbah Aquatic Centre upgrade: $1 million

Dysart Pool: $300,000

Middlemount walking tracks: $80,000

Clermont Sale yards and showgrounds: $135,000

SES buliding in Nebo: $400,000

Nebo recreation and showgrounds: $285,000

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