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9 July, 2020

Longreach Regional Council delivers responsible budget for uncertain times

LONGREACH Regional Council has frozen rates and reported an increase in grant funding as part of its 2020/2021 Budget, handed down today (Thursday).

Despite not raising rates and utility charges at all this year, Council says it has managed to avoid deepening its operating deficit thanks to a range of efficiency reviews. The budget also features a $20 million capital works program supported by only $5.1 million from Council coffers. The organisation says it has made improvements to its processes for identifying and preparing submissions for grant funding over the past year, that have contributed to the result.

Council is describing the budget as a responsible one for uncertain times, and Mayor Tony Rayner said Council had to negotiate existing challenges posed by financial sustainability as well as added uncertainty due to Covid-19.

The Mayor said Council would further strengthen its cash position over the course of the year.

He said Council could have deferred its budget, but chose not to.

And despite the deficits of recent years, Council was not encumbered with burdensome debts.

The full Longreach Regional Council Budget 2020-2021, including the Mayor’s Budget Statement, will be available to download from Council’s website next week.

Full details will appear in next week’s Leader.

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