Mayor says infrastructure in focus
COUNCIL will present a responsible and progressive budget and rate increases will be kept to a minimum, according to mayor Mike Brunker.
Cr Brunker said the 2011/2012 budget would focus on essential infrastructure projects including the water treatment, sewerage and Airlie Beach main street upgrades.
The new airport car park and transit facility, botanic gardens at Cannonvale and stage two of the Bowen foreshore are also included in the budget.
Cr Brunker said this would build a strong base for future growth.
"These projects are essential to seize economic and lifestyle opportunities for the region," he said.
"However, it’s important for council to continue to be proactive in attracting new investment, infrastructure and opportunities to the region that will create jobs and lifestyle improvements for the Whitsunday community.
Cr Brunker said the budget had been made with the ratepayer in mind but insisted it was not because of lobbying from the Whitsunday Ratepayers Association.
"We fully realise the cost of living pressure that is on everyone and we will keep those rate increase to a minimum," he said.
"We were doing this long before someone started squawking from the ratepayers association.
"We continue to look for partnerships with all levels of government and the business community to ensure the burden of critical infrastructure is not solely placed onto the ratepayer," he said.
"We are using State Government to repair our roads and that is a good position to be in."