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Byron Shire 2017- 18 budget

What’s in the $115 million Byron Shire Council for 2017-18?

The upcoming operational and capital works budget remains firmly focused on fixing roads and infrastructure.  Out of the total budget, $54 million will be spent on capital works and roads programs; this includes the Byron Bay town centre bypass at an estimated cost of $20 million.

The total revenue raised from General Rates will increase by 7.5 per cent (including the approved rate peg increase of 1.5%), as per the Special Rate Variation approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal in May this year. Due to a redistribution of the rating burden between Residential, Business and Farmland rating categories the impact on the average residential household in 2017-18, will be about $38 or an increase of  3.34%

There are no increases to water, sewerage, waste and stormwater charges in 2017-18.

In the first year, the special rate variation will raise an additional $1.185 million which will be spent on infrastructure renewal and maintenance works.  Projects supported by the SRV with include Broken Head Road, Station Street (Bangalow), Pine Avenue (Mullumbimby), The Terrace (Brunswick Head) with additional funding for rural and urban drainage and swimming pool maintenance and renewal projects.

Item

Total Budget $

SRV Funding $

Other Funding $

Operating Expenditure

 

 

 

Rural Drainage Maintenance

146,500

36,900

109,600

North – Urban Drainage Maintenance

136,400

21,100

115,300

South – Urban Drainage Maintenance

155,200

21,100

134,100

Byron Bay Pool Maintenance

40,900

12,200

28,700

Mullumbimby Pool Maintenance

40,800

12,200

28,600

Total Operating Expenditure

519,800

103,500

416,300

 

 

 

 

Capital Expenditure

 

 

 

Broken Head Road

1,191,600

300,000

891,600

Station Street Bangalow

46,600

46,600

0

Pine Avenue Mullumbimby

610,000

75,500

534,500

The Terrace Brunswick Heads

379,400

379,400

0

Byron Bay Town Centre – Landscape/Precinct Plan

88,400

60,900

27,500

Total Capital Expenditure

2,316,000

862,400

1,453,600

Transfer to Reserve

 

 

 

Byron Bay Pool – Renewals to be determined

219,100

219.100

0

Total Transfer to Reserve

219,100

219,100

0

Total SRV

3,054,900

1,185,000

1,869,900

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson said in listening to residents over a third of the budget would be spent of capital projects and roads infrastructure, plus the $20 million Byron Bay Bypass.

"Our residents have long been telling us that renewing our infrastructure, needs to remain our priority.

"Last year we increased our commitment to capital works with strong progress made on road renewals and reseals.

"Our 2017-18 program is part of our Fit for the Future plan and is a key contributor to leading our Council back to a position of financial sustainability," he said.

Residential, farmland and business rates will account for just over 21 per cent of 2016/17 budget revenue, with a similar amount of revenue being forecast to come in from grants and contributions.  

The remaining revenues are estimated to be generated from fees, user charges and new sources of revenue including property development and rationalisation.

The rate for pay parking will also increase from $3 to $4 per hour and capped at $12 for four hours.  All day parking at Butler Street Reserve will remain at $20. 

Key 2017/18 capital highlights with the draft budget include:

  • Byron Bay town centre bypass - $19,812,000
  • Bayshore and Ewingsdale Roundabout - $4,300,000
  • Bridge renewals and upgrade (rural north and rural south) -$2,560,000
  • Cycleways - Byron Bay, Ocean Shores, Bangalow, Suffolk Park- $1,243,300
  • Broken Head Road renewal - $1,191,600
  • Bangalow Road renewal, Hayters Hill - $650,000
  • Pine Avenue renewal, Mullumbimby (Garden to Riverside) - $610,000
  • Open space and recreation upgrades - $568,400
  • Byron Bay Master Plan - Railway Precinct Activation - $500,000
  • Rifle Range Road intersection upgrade at Lismore Road - $441,200
  • Footpaths, kerb and gutter - $410,900
  • The Terrace renewal, Brunswick Heads - $379,400
  • Shire wide drainage works - $374,000
  • Tyagarah Airfield subdivision works - $300,000
  • Resource Recovery Centre upgraded expansion - $200,000
  • Regional road repair program - Broken Head Road pavement - $298,500
  • Paterson Street reseal, Byron Bay - $260,000
  • Byron Street, Byron Bay, (Jonson to railway corridor)- $200,000
  • Lighthouse Road renewal, Byron (Massinger to Tallow Beach Rd) - $147,700
  • Public place bin network infrastructure upgrade, north of Shire - $35,000

 

Chart: Percentage break down of where the 2017/18 budget does not include the $20 million Byron Bay town centre bypass.

As part of its budget deliberations, Council adopted our community strategic plan and supporting delivery and operational plans based around the key themes of corporate management, economy, society and culture, environment and community infrastructure. 

In the coming months Council will be commencing a major review of the plan to articulate our vision for the next 10 years and how we will achieve this.

Media contact:

Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.