More than $300,000 has been allocated to assisting Karoonda Area School in building their pool.
At the District Council of Karoonda East Murray’s July meeting the draft 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget was discussed in detail, where the pool and the Memorabilia Building were the main topics of conversation.
A three per cent rate increase has also been included in the draft budget.
The $310,000, which is based on Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure figures, has been allocated by council to assisting with demolition works and external works, which includes kurbing the pool.
As the pool has been out of service for several years, Mayor Kevin Burdett said it was now important to discuss it as a community asset.
“Because it is the Karoonda Area School and community pool, we want the public to know that’s why the large amount of money will be spent to get it operational again,” he said.
Council’s acting CEO Katrina Fromm said the plan was adopted with only minor changes.
“There were no changes in any of the figures, but we did change the structure and wording of some sentences in the introduction page,” she said.
Mr Burdett said the council is expecting a reaction from the community due to the large amount of money being spent in this budget.
“That’s why we need to deliver the public product that is as transparent and factual as we can, without causing panic because of ill wording,” he said.
An amount of $450,000 had been transferred from previous budgets for the Memorabilia Building.
Ms Fromm said the original tender was returned to the council with a higher than anticipated cost.
“Our original tender was returned to us with a new cost of $700,000, which includes $600,000 for construction and $100,000 to fit it out,” she said.
As for the rate increase, Ms Fromm said nothing is set in stone at this point.
“At this stage it is purely just a draft budget. It will be put out for public consultation on the afternoon of July 12 and there will be a period of 21 days where the public can respond to any concerns they may have with the draft.”
Copies of the 2017/2018 Annual Business Plan and Budget draft can be obtained in the council chambers or on council’s website.