$22m spending priorities listed

The community has a three-week window of opportunity to have a say on how Grant District Council intends to spend $22m over the coming financial 

The community is being asked to review council’s 2022-23 Annual Budget and Business Plan, which details $17.0m for services and key projects, $900,000 for new assets and significant upgrades. $4.1m for renewal and replacement of existing assets and of this expenditure, and $2.8m for its works construction program.

Feedback can be provided until close of business on May 28.

Council’s corporate services Gary Button said council must consult on a draft annual business plan, which is council’s statement of proposed programs, projects and services for the approaching financial year.

During the consultation period there will be an opportunity for the community to ask questions online and make a submission via council’s website or alternatively by post.

A public meeting has been scheduled to occur June 6 to hear any submissions resulting from the consultation.

The document was tabled for discussion at council’s most recent ordinary meeting, held on May 2.

“The Draft Annual Business Plan sets out the council’s proposed services, programs and projects for 2022-23,” Mr Button said.

“It aims to maintain effective services for the community and continue progress towards the long-term objectives for council as set out in our Strategic Management Plan 2020-2030.”

Mr Button said information from the adopted Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) framework which, guides the development of the Annual Budget, will be included.

“The LTFP provides high-level budget parameters for the ensuing 10 years,” he said.

Mr Button reported specific objectives for the year were consistent with LTFP and Asset Management Plans to ensure the long-term sustainability of council’s financial performance and position.

Meanwhile, council’s Audit and Risk Committee had been provided with a copy of the document for review.

“The committee has raised no concerns with compliance or content,” Mr Button said.

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