Alpine Shire Council delivers nearly 100% of capital works budget

24 July 2017

Alpine Shire Council has successfully delivered nearly 100% of its capital works budget for a second consecutive year, paving the way for continued strong delivery of projects as outlined in the 2017/18 Budget.

“The strong figure reflects Council’s record of successfully delivering on its commitments and continuing to enhance our towns and villages for the community,” said Ron Janas, Mayor, Alpine Shire Council.

Council delivered $11.6 million worth of capital works projects in 2016/17. The expenditure included projects such as the upgrades of the Mount Beauty Library, Mafeking Square and Clock Tower and the road resealing program in the Ovens Valley.

Capital expenditure for the year ahead, as outlined in the 2017/18 Budget, was adopted by Councillors at a Special Council Meeting on Wednesday 27 June. The Budget – which aligns with the newly adopted 2017-2021 Council Plan – aims to keep costs to ratepayers as low as possible by tightening operational spending, maintaining low fees and redirecting funds into capital works projects.

Reflecting this, Council adopted its lowest rate increase in its history at 1.9% – less than the 2% cap set by the State Government – while budgeting for $8.3 million in capital works projects, which includes the Alpine Events Park in Bright as well as commencement of the following key projects:

• Myrtleford Indoor Sports Stadium Expansion;
• Alpine Better Places – Myrtle Street, Myrtleford;
• Kiewa Valley Road Resealing Program;
• Mount Beauty Pool Refurbishment;
• Mount Beauty Transfer Station Upgrade.

“Council has also budgeted for projects that have been identified by the community as priorities, such as the extension of the Simmonds Creek Road footpath in Tawonga South, preparing a public car parking plan for Bright, and planning for improved access to the Dinner Plain toboggan slope,” Cr Janas said.

The strong capital works program has been underpinned by Council’s continued success at securing State and Federal grants funding as well as operational savings. Driving this, the 2017/18 Budget will deliver the lowest employee operational costs since 2011 with a three-year pay freeze in effect. In line with this, Councillors also voted to take the equivalent cut in their allowances for their four-year term.

“With the introduction of rate capping in 2016, it’s critical Council be prudent while continuing to deliver a high standard of services and infrastructure for the community,” Cr Janas said.

The 2017/18 Budget as well as the 2017-2021 Council Plan, incorporating the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, are both available to view on the Alpine Shire Website.

Download the documents

> Council Plan 2017-2021
> Annual Budget 2017-18

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