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Whyalla Council budget focuses on roads, re-development, community facilities

2 July 2014

Roads, footpaths, street signage, stormwater infrastructure and environmental initiatives are all features in the 2014/2015 budget adopted by Whyalla Council this week, which will result in ongoing improvements for Whyalla and its residents.

For immediate release: July 2, 2014

Whyalla Council budget focuses on roads,
re-development, community facilities

Roads, footpaths, street signage, stormwater infrastructure and environmental initiatives are all features in the 2014/2015 budget adopted by Whyalla Council this week, which will result in ongoing improvements for Whyalla and its residents.

Other key projects include completion of the airport terminal re-development, upgrade of the City Plaza, re-development of the Foreshore Centre building, essential works at the landfill site on Iron Knob Road, bike paths, a new Stage 1 development at Whyalla Wetlands and additional Waterproofing Whyalla works.

As part of Council’s long-term asset renewal plan, more than $4 million will be spent on roads, which includes almost $1 million in government grants.

More than $340,000 will support Council’s environmental and cultural heritage commitment to Point Lowly, northern and southern coastlines, the shingle dunes and coastal management, cultural facilities, heritage buildings, the Environment Unit and Mount Laura Conservation Park.

Capital projects will account for $11.2 million expenditure with $28.6 million in operating costs.

The adopted budget reveals a significant turn-around in four years from an operating deficit to a modest $1,035 operating surplus for 2014/2015.

Council’s goals of improving services, providing new infrastructure and maintaining existing facilities will be achieved, in part, through an average 6% increase in rates.

Other major capital projects proposed include an upgrade at the Mount Laura Waste and Recovery Centre ($250,000), Leisure Centre upgrade ($200,000), energy efficiency program ($100,000), Foreshore jetty maintenance ($60,000), implementation of the city’s landscape master plan ($750,000), district park upgrades ($200,000), new dog park ($150,000), Bradford Reserve upgrade ($140,000) and recycled water irrigation ($100,000).


 

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