This is another responsible budget with a clear focus on supporting and enhancing our rural lifestyle by investing in infrastructure while maintaining affordable rates.
It includes money for major projects like the upgrade of Gregors Creek Road, the biggest single road infrastructure project funded under the 2019/20 budget, and the Kilcoy Racecourse redevelopment.
Council is also investing in shared public spaces like parks, libraries, sports grounds, cycle paths and other community and cultural facilities.
The focus remains on maintaining core services including pest and waste management; environmental initiatives; responsible pet ownership; public lighting, safety and amenities; emergency services; bridge and road renewal; tourism and events; Community Assistance Grants; and a continued commitment to the advancement of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail.
We are building communities, and council more than doubles your annual rate dollars by securing State and Federal Government grants, investing wisely and staying true to a long-term vision for the Somerset region.
Along with my fellow councillors Dan Hall, Helen Brieschke, Sean Choat, Cheryl Gaedtke, Otis Ogg and Bob Whalley, I am proud to deliver this budget for the betterment of Somerset, both now and in the future.
We have once again worked hard to maintain a modest rate rise while delivering effective and efficient services for Somerset’s 26,000 residents.