Budget 2017-18

Mackay Regional Council’s 2017-2018 Budget was handed down at a Special (Budget) Meeting on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the  2017-2018 Budget is framed around ensuring council has adequate revenue to fund current and future expenditure that meets the needs of our community.

The budget features total operating expenditure and total operating revenue of $255 million.

Like many organisations in our region, council has had to respond to the challenging economic conditions facing our region.

A first principles review of 22 operational areas was carried out and some of the initiatives identified through the review have been included in this budget.

Focused on delivering infrastructure to improve our economic prosperity, the budget features a $108 million capital works program.

Council’s total revenue for the 17-18 financial year is the same as what the organisations received in 2012-2013.

To allow council to continue to deliver the services and facilities our community expects and deserves, the budget delivers a modest 2.5 per cent rates increase on all rates and charges.

The only exception is the Roads Improvement charge, which remains at $20.

The graphs below help explain the breakdown of what you pay for in your annual rates bill

(Based on an average residential ratepayer)

Major highlights

  • Total operating expenditure/revenue of $255 million
  • Low rate rise
    • All rates and charges increase by 2.5%
    • Eight out of 10 residential ratepayers will pay less than $2 more on their total rates bill
  • Total Capital Works Program worth $108 million
    • $32.4m spend on  road projects
    • $15.7 m on water and sewerage infrastructure  
    • $6.4m on the Mackay Regional Sports Precinct
    • $2.9m on bikeways and footpaths
  • Stimulating the Economy
    • $1 million for the Invest Mackay Events Attraction Fund
    • Increased funding for community groups and community events
    • $775,000 on delivering community events and festivals

More information