Roadworks a focus for Byron Council budget

‘Plenty of good news’ in Byron Shire Council’s 2018 budget says general manager Mark Arnold. Photo supplied

Major roadworks and construction are the focus of Byron Shire Council’s recently endorsed budget, with $41.3m being invested in infrastructure over 12 months, say staff.

Newly appointed general manager Mark Arnold said there was ‘plenty of good news’ in the $120 million budget.

‘Our plan delivers on what the community told us its vision is and the Community Solutions Panel’s infrastructure priorities,’ Mr Arnold said.

‘This year’s budget puts these priorities into action – you’ll see an increased investment in road reconstruction, renewal and maintenance. 

‘It’s also a great win for the environment, with funding for clean-energy projects and initiatives that will create a sustainable future for us all’.

The budget is explained in a Community Update being sent out with the next rates notice and it is also available on Council’s website.

Staff have broken the budget down into 12 main areas of spending to show the breadth of works and services and what the costs are.


The major spending commitment is clearly on infrastructure and the breakdown of every $100 spent by ­Council is:

• $34 to major road works and construction

• $10 to sewerage operations

• $9 to parks, sportsfields, beaches and bush regeneration

• $8 to maintain roads, bridges, footpaths and drains

• $8 to recycling and waste services

• $7 to water operations

• $7 to natural environment, planning and development

• $7 to community buildings and pools

• $5 to community services, libraries and childcare

• $1 to emergency services

• $2 enforcement and environmental health

• $2 to administration and governance.

‘Importantly this is the second year of the special rate variation, which will provide an additional $2.276 million for asset renewal and maintenance,’ Mr Arnold said.

‘20.4 kilometres of roads are scheduled to be resealed and for the first time in current times Council will be investing $200,000 in a gravel re-sheet program and a further $200,000 in a heavy- patch program,’ he added.

2 responses to “Roadworks a focus for Byron Council budget”

  1. Len Heggarty says:

    Byron Shire seems to be a poor cousin when Tweed Shire are spending $534 million just on one Hospital.
    The Byron Shire is more a mecca for tourists than Tweed Shire so it could be logical that all those tourists need to put in more to give Council more income.
    Would not a Bed Tax be a good idea. And to duplicate existing lanes and put another two lanes into Ewingsdale Road is all for tourists. When the Council is Green an Environment Tax as well can be added for the festivals.
    Then you can reverse the Paid Parking and have parking for free for locals so the locals can have a bit more freedom in their own town. They work there.

  2. Len Heggarty says:

    Yes, there then will be a fall off in tourist numbers, but you are getting rid of the numbers with little money, so then you change the Direction of promotion to promote the town so rich people go there and they bring their money to spend. Less number of tourists but more of the rich people who will spend money and give the town wealth. Less congestion, less traffic, more money, and less layabouts and drugs. And less police attention.

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