It’s budget time again and on the link below is the proposed Local Area Works budget for Division 9, that considers a few proposed budget scenarios. The first Special Budget Committee is tomorrow. We’ve been working hard since the election to be ready for the coming month of discussions and prioritising of budgets. We’re strongly supportive of retaining the allocation of $750,000 in the budget for our local initiatives that are informed by YOU, the local community.
First thing to raise is that, as I’ve done for the past few years, I’ve included a $1m column that identifies the projects that might be funded over multiple years. It does NOT mean there is any chance of increased local area works expenditure annually but is meant to be indicative of our key priorities for projects funded over a few coming years. In this case, it identifies that our pathway network, continued improvements to the existing Mudgeeraba Aquatic Centre, and traffic calming projects across the division are some of the projects that will continue to attract ongoing funding and consultation efforts as staged delivery occurs.
The below is informed by our comprehensive community consultation processes, attending countless community events, conducting our own surveys at council events, and feedback via social media, phone and email. Of course, our #50Days50Ways campaign also informs many of these funded commitments.
Some of the highlights include;
– Continuation of our community development program, enabling local groups to be most effective in the community and find sustainable funding models for projects.
– Parks and playground enhancements in Lower Beechmont, Aspect estate, dog parks in the division, and programs at Mudgeeraba Skatepark.
– The Movies in the Park program and Active and Healthy programming, supporting local P&Cs and families, continues to be funded due to strong community support
– Traffic calming projects across the division are important and represent one of the top queries in our office. We funded a number of these.
– Popular community events that activate the Hinterland, attracting visitors and enhancing our reputation as a cultural destination, continue to be funded as well including Summertime Sessions in the Village, Bleach* Festival, The d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards and the Mudgeeraba Street Party.
We’d love your feedback to add to that which we already have over the past 12 months. Drop me an email, jump onto our Facebook page, or post below with your thoughts