Latest budget allocates $30.07 million toward Key Capital Works

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Baw Baw Shire council will allocate $30.07 million in funding towards crucial capital works projects over the 2016/17 financial year.

A newly released draft of Baw Baw Shire’s 2016/17 budget features extensive upgrades and the renewal of monumental council infrastructure.

Council will set aside $11.6 million for road programs and $9 million for buildings that include the completion of the West Gippsland Regional Arts Centre Upgrade Project ($.4.3 million).

Drainage works ($2.6 million), open space facilities ($1.8 million), footpath programs and a bridge and culvert replacement program ($2.2 million) receive the remainder of council funding.

“We’ve continued to place a strong emphasis on roads and drainage projects, and substantial building projects such as the West Gippsland Regional Arts Centre Upgrade”, Mayor Joe Gauci said.

“These are areas that the community have said they want addressed and which will benefit existing and new residents in the years to come.”

Baw Baw Shire Mayor, Joe Gauci, was reportedly pleased with the draft of the 2016/17 budget.

Joe Gauci said investment in the Shire’s community assets will ensure the security of the Shire’s future.

“Over the past four years Council has consistently funded extensive works to improve the Shire’s community assets, which has helped to both reduce the asset renewal gap and lay the foundations for a prosperous community”, Cr Gauci said.

In addition to completing outstanding redevelopment works, council also plans to invest $830,000 in minor building works and $1.8 million for ‘open facilities.’

“The minor building works program will include public artwork, and a number of improvements under the Ellinbank Recreation Reserve redevelopment project, to preserve and enhance our public facilities,” the Mayor explained.

“The $1.8 million allocated to open space facilities will go toward improvement works at a number of sports fields and recreation facilities.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing some of our sports and recreation reserves receive key improvements, including: the expansion of the cricket net facilities at Bellbird Park, Drouin; a new sports field development at Western Park Precinct, Warragul; and, a new entry from Reserve Road and road widening at Trafalgar Recreation Reserve.”

Over the 2016/17 financial year, council will finance 71.3 per cent of its rate revenue in capital works for the Shire.

Baw Baw Shire’s allocation of rate revenue will bring their overall investment during its current four year term to $114 million.

Council’s proposed 2016/17 Budget and revised Council Plan 2013-2017 are available for public comment until 5.00pm on this Thursday.

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