Mid Murray Council have proposed to invest $5 million into it’s 3000 kilometre road network, as outlined in it’s draft 2018-19 annual business plan and budget.
Council have stated rates continue to be the main source of income and have proposed an increase in general rates of 4.5 per cent, equating to about $64 for the average ratepayer, plus growth estimated at 1 per cent.
Mid Murray Mayor Dave Burgess described the plan as well-balanced, with a strong vision for economic growth and improved partnership activity on local community initiatives.
“We have 16 communities across Mid Murray and a vast road network connecting them. Balancing needs is our biggest challenge,” Mr Burgess said.
“In 2018-19 we are fortunate that the development of council’s new asset management plans and long term strategic plans for all of our service portfolios is helping guide this...we are also buoyed by some major State and Federal Government grants.
“This year we’ll continue to work with our communities to develop small-scale local projects they have identified throughout community engagement sessions.”
Chief executive officer Russell Peate said current economic impacts means it’s unrealistic for council to operate in surplus in the near future due to the financial hardship it would cause to the community.
“We are setting realistic targets to improve our financial position over the next 10 years, ensuring our community still grows and develops in a responsible way,” Mr Peate said.
“Council is also expecting the introduction of State Government rate capping in 2019-2020, which will likely reduce total rates increase to below three per cent each year.”
Resources will be allocated into bridges, footpaths, upgrades to waste management and improvements to public infrastructure in a number of the region’s towns.
Under the plan it is estimated $2.9 million will go into the maintenance of unsealed roads and a further $1.9 will be injected into upgrades to Murraylands roads.
Other key projects planned for the next financial year include a $536,000 investment into the development of deep moorings at Mannum, Nildottie and Swan Reach.
Community consultations is open until June 6. For more details on public meetings or to make a submission visit www.mid-murray.sa.gov.au.