Council releases draft Annual Budget

Barossa Council’s draft Annual Budget and Business Plan, now out for public consultation, will see a modest operating surplus next financial year and a focus on community infrastructure upgrades.

People can view the document and provide feedback by clicking here.

Council has supported a strategy to invest in community assets and infrastructure in 2015-16, allocating $10 million for capital works including $1 million to undertake works at major recreation park ovals and $4 million for roads and footpaths.

Mayor Bob Sloane said more investment in core services was at the heart of the budget.

“Initiatives include an accelerated footpath program ($600,000), sealing strategic roads ($628,000), investing in our tourism assets and addressing works at our major sporting and recreational ovals,” said Mr Sloane.

“In light of the growing cost of services and reduced support from the Commonwealth and State, we are pleased to deliver a balanced budget with many new initiatives that contribute to community health and wellbeing.”

Key initiatives in this year’s budget include:

● Second oval at Stockwell ($345,000, subject to grant funding)

● Barossa Valley Tourist Park improvements ($621,000)

● Southern Barossa Recreational Hub feasibility study ($25,000)

● Air conditioning at the Rex ($227,000)

● Jack Bobridge Track connection at Gawler end ($50,000)

● Angaston main street upgrade ($80,000)

● Mount Pleasant main street upgrade ($40,000)

● Tanunda main street design works ($50,000)

● Increased township tree planting ($25,000)

● Continued increased investment in rural road network

The removal of the separate Aquatic and Fitness Centre rate after six years means the proposed average rate and charges increase for residential properties will be just 1.17% plus any growth (depending on valuation and services provided at each individual property).

Based on the average house value of $318,000, this equates to $1865 – up $22 on last year.

The proposed average increase in general rates is 4.5%. There will be a small increase in charges for waste water management and waste and recycling.

The draft Budget and Business Plan incorporating the annual review of the Long Term Financial Plan is available on Council’s website, in libraries and at the front desk of the Nuriootpa office.

Residents are encouraged to read the document and have their say.

People can make verbal submissions at Nuriootpa Council chambers on Tuesday, June 16 at 10am. Feedback can also be given via the website (www.barossa.sa.gov.au), on facebook (www.facebook.com./thebarossacouncil), via email (barossa@barossa.sa.gov.au, or in writing (PO Box 867 Nuriootpa SA 5355) by 5pm June 30, 2015.