Mount Isa City Council’s 2018–19 budget includes a $35 million capital works program.
Major capital works projects include:
- $650,000 to update facilities at Buchanan Park
- $440,000 to refurbish the Animal Management Centre
- $531,000 to upgrade Outback at Isa
- $359,000 to upgrade street lights to an energy efficient LED system
- $336,000 to refurbish the Splashez Aquatic Centre
- $200,000 for repairs and upgrades to the Civic Centre.
The council is also investing heavily in key infrastructure, including $18.6 million on roads and bridges, and $6.4 million maintaining the city’s water and sewerage networks.
“Like all council budgets, it’s a challenge to balance the need to invest in the city’s future and pay our bills while keeping rates and charges affordable,” Mayor Joyce McCulloch said.
“Through the hard work of my fellow councillors and our executives and managers, we’ve contained the budgeted increase in overall rates and charges to 3 percent.
“We have further committed not to undertake any additional borrowings from 2019 to 2027 to minimise the burden on future ratepayers.”
The budget includes $250,000 to continue implementation of the Mount Isa Economic Development Strategy.
Cr McCulloch said the strategy, launched last year, seeks to build and strengthen local industry and create new jobs.
“Making Mount Isa’s voice heard within government and industry boardrooms is an essential part of our strategic approach and we are making real inroads,” she said.
“In November, the Council will host a major two-day industry forum in Brisbane, promoting our region and its huge wealth-generating potential to stakeholders, investors and decision-makers from around Australia.
“I am proud and excited about this event, as I am about this budget, my third as Mayor.
“We are building capacity, creating jobs and making sure Mount Isa continues to be a great place to live, work, play, visit and invest.”