BUDGET RELEASE: Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig hands down the 2016/17 budget, which focuses on infrastructure and job creation, in yesterday’s council meeting.
BUDGET RELEASE: Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig hands down the 2016/17 budget, which focuses on infrastructure and job creation, in yesterday’s council meeting. Contributed

BUDGET: Livingstone residents to see 4.5% rate increase

MULTI-SPORTS complexes, foreshore redevelopments and vital road linkages are the three main infrastructure projects that are the pillars of the 2016/2017 Livingstone Shire Council budget that was handed down yesterday.

In yesterday's council meeting the table of councillors adopted the new budget which is set to deliver "significant investment in major infrastructure projects to support and grow the shire's economy and realise its full potential to generate jobs and regional economic development."

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the budget, which built on to the two previous budgets and will extend into the next one, focused on the infrastructure required to promote job creation and long term economic sustainability.

"This budget considers the current economic climate along with the need to invest to bring new businesses to our shire, stimulate private sector investment, encourage population growth, increase tourism visitation and create jobs. It is a budget focused on ensuring future sustainability for our shire," Cr Ludwig said.

"One of the centre pieces of the budget is the $1.5 million commitment to Stage 1 of the Hartley St Multi-Sport and Recreation Complex Master Plan in Emu Park as well as the advancement of the now well-established Barmaryee Multi-Sports Complex.

"In Emu Park $1.98 million has been committed to the Emu Park Village and Foreshore Revitalisation to progress revitalisation of the area from Kele Park to Main Beach.

"The budget will also provide $11 million to progress the next stage of the $45 million Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre Revitalisation Project with the construction of Mangrove Road and trunk infrastructure to facilitate the start of construction of the proposed Lagoon Pool.

"A further $14.4 million joint investment with the Queensland Government will deliver Stage 2 of the Panorama Drive strategic link-road. When complete, Panorama Drive will service the Capricorn Coast's northern growth corridor, alleviate identified long-term traffic management issues and create a critical evacuation and supply route during natural disasters."

Cr Ludwig said a record $88.8 million capital works program at the heart of the budget will deliver an unprecedented $47.3 million investment across the shire's 1400km strategic urban and rural road network with the upgrades to Statue Bay being labelled the biggest project to come out of the budget.

"The single biggest project will be the $16.3 million Scenic Highway restoration at Statue Bay with $11.7 million of funding assistance from State and Federal Natural Disaster and Relief Recovery arrangements," Cr Ludwig said.

"This project will be divided into two parts, the first section consisting of the rebuild of the sea wall, widening the road and the cycling track.

"The second stage will be the stabilisation works to put the major engineering side of things into play such as rock fittings in the cliff face and so on."

View the budget at Livingstone council's website.

RATES INCREASED

  • General Rates will increase by 4.5% with utility service charges, road and environmental levies rising by 4.9%.
  • For rural properties these rises represent an average rate increase (inclusive of road and environment levies) of $2.81 per week.
  • For urban properties the average rate increase (inclusive of road and environment levies) will be $2.43 per week with a combined utilities increase of $1.45 per week.