7.8 C
Byron Shire
July 20, 2024

Tweed Shire Council’s $283 million budget

Latest News

Six slips sites, $5m and 42 weeks sees Bilambil – Urliup Road open

The 2022 floods saw the Tweed hinterland connection road between Bilambil and Urliup severely damaged with six slip sites....

Other News

Middle East veterans

Thanks for your excellent article, Paul Bibby. Exactly the publicity and coverage we wanted. Many Middle Eastern veterans struggle to...

Complex Palestinian issue

Many false ideas in Mr Heilpern’s article. But I would say this; hardly anybody is trying to understand the...

Make Brunswick Heads off-leash

This letter started yesterday when I met Brunswick Heads’ own park vigilante. I had the very strong feeling that...

Keeping the Outback alive with patronage

We do love the sunburnt country on our wide brown land, but businesses are falling by the wayside as travellers bypass small towns, or worse, stop to spend a penny but not a few dollars.

Assange rocks

Julian Rocks that we see in the Byron Shire is just the tip of a much larger mass of...

Mullum’s Wimbledon tennis day, July 28

Mullumbimby Tennis Club are having their annual Wimbledon Day on Sunday, July 28, commencing from 10.30am. Organisers say, ‘The community...

A breakdown of how Council allocates funds raised through rates and annual charges across the Shire. Image supplied

Tweed Shire Council has adopted a $283 million budget for 2024/2025, featuring what they say is investment for essential water, roads and waste infrastructure improvements.

The budget was adopted at last week’s Council meeting, along with the other core documents in the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework – including: the 2022/2026 Delivery Program and 2024/2025 Draft Operational Plan; the 2024/2034 Resourcing Strategy; the 2024/2025 Revenue Policy and Statement; the 2024/2025 Budget; and the 2024/2025 Fees and Charges.

The 2024/25 Operational Plan – which includes the budget – provides the services, projects and resources to be delivered in the third year of the Delivery Program and aims to achieve the objectives and goals as set out in the adopted Community Strategic Plan.

These documents were on exhibition for public comment from 22 April to 20 May 2024, with one submission received.

The breakdown of spending

Council’s $283 million budget is made up of three funds: $169 million from general funds, $56 million from water funds and $58 million from sewerage funds.

The budget will be used to fund several key capital works totalling $68 million during the 2024/25 financial year, including: $15.7 million on sewer infrastructure; $15.6 million in resource recovery, including $4 million on waste transfer station infrastructure, $7 million on the Eviron Quarry landfill haul road, $4 million on construction of the Eviron Quarry landfill cell and $600,000 on a new green organics drop-off area; $14.9 million on capital roadworks; $2.7 million on the raising of Clarrie Hall Dam project; $2.9 million on relocation of Council’s Works Depot to flood-free land; $1.6 million on implementation costs for Council’s IT Enterprise Resource Planning project; and $800,000 on stormwater drainage.

Mayor says it’s balanced

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said this was a balanced budget which maintained the strong financial position of Council.

‘When formulating the Operational Plan and Budget, Council has been mindful of balancing the cost-of-living pressures on our ratepayers and residents against the current inflationary impact on operations and providing core infrastructure to our community,’ said Cr Cherry.

Rates increase of 4.6 per cent

To fund the projects and services as outlined in the Operational Plan, the general fund rates will increase by 4.6 per cent, which is the recommended level set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

This will see ordinary minimum residential rates rise by $53.65 to $1,220.35, ordinary minimum business rates go up by $59 to $1,341.45 and ordinary minimum farmland rates rise by $53.65 to $1,220.35 for the 2024/25 year.

Annual charges, including water, sewerage and waste charges, will rise by $70.20 for the year. Combined with rates, this will take the total minimum residential bill to $2,959.45 for the 2024/25 financial year – representing a 4.37% increase.

For more information visit: tweed.nsw.gov.au/planning-reporting-to-community.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Developer may destroy up to 1.5 million indigenous artefacts in Lismore

Land and Environment Court accepts Uncle Mickey Ryan as party to the case after Lismore Council fails to defend Aboriginal cultural heritage of North Lismore Plateau.

Tyagarah – changed overnight traffic conditions

From Monday, July 22 there will be changed traffic conditions on Tyagarah Creek Bridge on the Pacific Highway at Tyagarah to carry out essential maintenance.

45 search and rescue missions in June on Northern Rivers

Marine Rescue NSW saw a drop in search and rescue missions this June compared to last year, however, it was still their second-busiest June ever.

Veterans honoured for their service

On July 11, the Byron Bay RSL sub-branch held an inaugural memorial service to officially recognise the veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Arabian Gulf, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.