Management plan, budget are on display

Byron Council’s 2009-2012 draft management plan and budget is now on public exhibition.
The council’s general manager, Graeme Faulkner, said the plan focused on the delivery of infrastructure and community services without putting more financial burden on residents.
Mr Faulkner said the council was adhering to the 3.5% rate pegging announced by the State Government and there was no additional rate variation increase proposed for 2009/10.
He said $47 million had being allocated for a range of capital works including the construction of the Brunswick Valley Sewerage Treatment Plant, local road reseals, stormwater upgrades, cycle ways, construction of the Byron Bay Library, Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex, Suffolk Park Children’s Centre and upgrade of the Mullumbimby Swimming Pool.
Further development of the affordable housing project at Station Street, Mullumbimby, would be continued, along with implementing key actions from the cultural plan and the disability access and inclusion plan.
The 2009-2012 Draft Management Plan allocates council operating expenditure in the following manner: $7,167,000 sewerage services; $4,337,000 water supplies; $5,534,000 waste services; $6,081,000 roads, parks and beaches; $4,061,000 planning services; $5,921,000 community and rural fire services.
A public presentation of the draft management plan is being held at the council chambers on Tuesday May 12 at 6pm for all interested community members.

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