The Barossa Council’s draft Annual Budget and Business Plan 2016-17, now out for public consultation, will see an operating surplus next financial year.
Council has supported a strategy to continue its investment in core services, through the approval of many new initiatives which will result in financial spending on key community infrastructure upgrades.
In 2016-17, Council will make a significant investment in community assets and infrastructure allocating $10 million for capital works, including $4.8 million on transport assets.
“Investment in core services is once again at the heart of this budget,” said Mayor Bob Sloane.
“We are pleased to deliver a balanced budget with many new initiatives that contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of the community, whilst also improving access to core services.
“Initiatives include significant investment in Council’s key infrastructure and services including an accelerated footpath program, road resealing and resheeting, improvements in the Barossa Regional Gallery ($165,000), stormwater priority issues in Tanunda, Mt Pleasant and Springton ($433,000) as well as continued upgrades and long term maintenance support to major sporting and recreational ovals.”
Key initiatives in this year’s budget include:
- Angaston main street upgrades ($40,000)
- Mount Pleasant Main Street Development (40,000)
- Air conditioning and seating for the Barossa Regional Gallery - subject to contributions ($165,000)
- Curdnatta Park kitchen upgrade ($28,000)
- Talunga Park playground fencing ($15,000)
- Stockwell Recreation Park second oval and irrigation improvements - subject to grant funding ($431,000)
- Playground equipment upgrade ($70,000)
- Nuriootpa Centennial Park upgrades including new cabins, oval and goal post renovation, soccer pitch fencing and community pavilion upgrades ($364,000)
- Extensive resealing program for existing sealed road network ($1.54 million)
- Extensive rural road sheeting program ($1.37 million)
- Sealed road upgrades including Hoffnungsthal Road, Lyndoch; Tweedies Gully Road, Lyndoch; Rifle Range Road, Krondorf; Para Wirra Road, Williamstown; Lucks Road, Kalbeeba and Mildres Street, Springton.
The proposed average rate and charges increase is 2.5%, plus any growth (depending on valuation and services provided to each individual property).
The draft Budget and Business Plan incorporating the annual review of the Long Term Financial Plan is available on Council’s website (www.barossa.sa.gov.au) and our community engagement site (www.ourbetterbarossa.com.au), 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 21 at 10am. Feedback can also be given via the website (www.barossa.sa.gov.au), on facebook (www.facebook.com./thebarossacouncil), via email (email@example.com, or in writing (PO Box 867 Nuriootpa SA 5355) by 5pm June 22, 2016.
To view the Draft Annual Budget and Business Plan, click here.