Each year Rockhampton Regional Council determines a schedule of programs, services and projects to be undertaken in the coming year. A big part of the budget process looks at what needs to be done, and what can be achieved across the Region.
During the budget process rates are determined when Council accesses how much investment is required to deliver this program while considering the circumstances of our ratepayer base endeavouring to maintain rates at the best value for service possible.
Council aims to position the Region for sustainable growth through forward planning while working alongside business, industry and communities
This is the budget for the future – it is a budget about jobs, the economy and stepping up as the Regional Capital.
Rockhampton Regional Council will deliver an $88.7million Capital Works Program across the Region, including $49.2million in renewing and upgrading roads, $8.3million in sports and recreation facilities, and $4.3million to improve community facilities.
This is a deliberate effort to boost productivity and keep the local labour market active through the delivery of new and exciting projects for a more vibrant future.
Projects including the redevelopment of Kershaw Garden’s Central Precinct, the Gracemere pound were originally scheduled for future budgets but have been brought forward to boost local spend and provide more employment opportunities.
As one of the major employers in the Region, with more than 860 full time equivalent staff, Rockhampton Regional Council realises the importance of stability during these tough economic times and is nonetheless dedicated to delivering better outcomes for the entire community.
Since de-amalgamation we have reduced the debt by $7.1million and are proud to deliver the fourth successive budget in surplus.
- $88.7million Capital works Program to encourage more employment opportunities
- $800,000 to build a new pound in Gracemere (including $400,000 carried over from 2015/16)
- $215,000 for a new Library in Gracemere
- More opportunities for the community to utilise some of Council’s parks and halls for free, to attract more events
- $600,000 over three years for tourism signage for the whole region
- Additional staff employed in the Parks Maintenance team to maintain key areas of the Region
- Upgrades to Mount Morgan’s Main Street and School of Arts building
- $400,000 per annum to build up sporting capacity in the Region
- Additional $1million allocated to the Regional Development unit for Economic Development activities.