Capital projects for Mallacoota feature in East Gippsland Shire Council draft budget

THOUGHTS: East Gippsland Shire Council has released its 2017/18 draft budget and four-year plan for comment.

THOUGHTS: East Gippsland Shire Council has released its 2017/18 draft budget and four-year plan for comment.

Funding for the construction of a new pavilion at Mallacoota Recreation Reserve is a key building and improvements feature in the East Gippsland Shire Council draft budget 2017/18.

Council will commit $100,000 to the $350,000 capital project.

A breakwater access ramp and walkway will also be constructed at Bastion Point at a projected cost of $50,000 in the draft budget.

Capital initiatives will see $200,000 put towards toilet block two at the Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, as well as $30,000 towards the renewal of toilet block one.

Meeting room hire fees and inlet jetty licences have also increased marginally, while a general rate and municipal charge increase of 2 per cent also features.

The release of the draft budget coincided with the release of council’s draft four-year plan in late April.

EGSC chief executive officer Gary Gaffney said the rate cap did not apply to all fees and charges.

“Some fees and charges are proposed to rise by 4 per cent, or market level, to ensure users of services are making a fair contribution to those services, rather than the cost falling to the wider ratepayer base,” Mr Gaffney said.

“We are proposing to maintain the farm rate differential at 90 per cent of the general rate and a pensioner rates rebate of $55.77, on top of the Victorian Government’s pensioner rebate scheme.”

The draft budget forecasts an operating surplus of $12.57 million and an underlying operating surplus of $6.32 million.

Public comment on both drafts closes on Wednesday, May 31 before being adopted at a special council meeting on June 27.

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