Naracoorte Lucindale Council seeks feedback on draft budget

Draft: CEO Helen Macdonald and mayor Erika Vickery look over the 2017-18 draft budget on Tuesday night before releasing it for public comment.

Draft: CEO Helen Macdonald and mayor Erika Vickery look over the 2017-18 draft budget on Tuesday night before releasing it for public comment.

Community feedback is now being sought on Naracoorte Lucindale Council’s draft annual business plan and budget for 2017-18.

The draft document was released for community consultation at a special council meeting last week.

It was not without some late drama, with some councillors complaining that they had only received their copy of the draft budget the day before the meeting.

Read more on that story here

The draft plan includes information relating to the proposed activities, expenditure and income for the year.

Importantly, the council is proposing a rate rise of only 1.3 per cent – the same as the December 2016 CPI.

That means 88.6 per cent of properties will expect a general rate increase of less than 1.3 per cent.

Proposed big ticket items in the budget for the next 12 months include:

  • Naracoorte saleyards upgrade – $2.8m
  • Naracoorte Public Library upgrade – $2m
  • Stewart Tce drainage upgrade – $150,000
  • Upgrade Lucindale playground – $100,000
  • Langkoop Rd widening for bike lanes – $100,000
  • Instal early flood warning system for Naracoorte Creek – $87,000 (part funded)
  • Upgrade fittings and fixtures at Naracoorte Town Hall – $75,000
  • Adelaide Uni linkage project (subject to funding) – $74,000
  • Develop Memorial parklands natural play area – $74,000
  • Bushfire mitigation and corella control – $68,000
  • Caves Connection project – $60,000
  • Establish dog park at Market Sq – $40,000

Other major annual allocations include sealed road construction $4.38m and resheeting roads $1m.

For full details, access a copy of the plan and budget on council’s website or from the Naracoorte or Lucindale council offices. Written submissions relating to the draft business plan and budget will be accepted before 5pm on June 9.

Members of the public who wish to address council or ask questions about the draft business plan and budget are invited to attend a special council meeting at DeGaris Place, Naracoorte, at 7pm on June 13.

The final budget will be put to council at the June council meeting on June 27.