The 2018-19 budget, while driving job creation and continuing with the delivery of our strong works program, acknowledges our community needs time to get back on its feet.
Through streamlining and belt-tightening processes we have delivered a simpler, faster, and better Council. This means I can proudly present the biggest infrastructure spend in Council’s history. For the 2018-19 financial year, Council will spend a record $433 million on vital infrastructure projects.
Water security is our top priority, and this budget allocates over $150 million toward the water pipeline project, which will be completed by December next year.
We are committed to investing in vital infrastructure with $165 million for capital works projects, creating jobs, developing the Stadium Precinct, and building and improving amenities across the suburbs.
Council will invest $9 million in upgrading promenades, landscaping, new road design, water and sewer infrastructure in the Stadium Precinct as part of the City Deal between Townsville City Council, the Queensland Government and the Australian Government.
I am pleased to announce there will only be a 1.9% increase to general rates and charges to match inflation, which equates to an increase of only $1.32 each week for the average household.
My Councillors and I are extremely proud of this budget, and we will continue to work hard to create jobs and ensure the prosperity of our city.