Campaspe Shire Council has reviewed the current 2019/20 Budget and an additional surplus of $2,817,000 has been forecast, taking the overall annual surplus to $6,098,000.
In addition to this, a further $1,491,000 has been identified as savings and Council has approved its reallocation to a number of projects.
Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said the identified savings will be used to support a range of unfunded projects that can be delivered prior to 30 June.
“Council’s robust financial reporting process supports the efficient delivery of services, programs and initiatives,” Cr Weston said.
“Savings have been identified from various areas which include greater than budgeted grant funding, savings in employee costs and the sale of surplus land.”
“Council considered options for the reallocation of savings with approval going to projects able to be delivered prior to the end of this financial year,” Cr Weston said.
Allocated funds for the identified savings will support 14 projects as follows:
Groves Weir Bridge independent assessment, Level 3 inspection
Emergency works on the Moama Slipway
Review of heritage bridges, including Old Stewarts Bridge
Refurbishment of the lower level of the Civic Centre to accommodate staff currently located in rented premises
Replacement of IT switching gear and Wi-Fi at Council service centres
Installation of customer self-services kiosks at service centres
Progressing additional works on the missing links footpath program
Purchase of a Bobcat (Skid Steer) for the Echuca and District Livestock Exchange soft fall maintenance
Replacement of damaged town entrance feature, Kyabram
Kyabram Fauna Park reptile house emergency works
Purchase of round table and chairs for Echuca Library
Gargarro Regional Botanic Gardens lateral roads supply and delivery of rock
Traffic management of the Aquatic Reserve
Toolleen Recreation Reserve – Asphalting Repairs to Driveway
“In addition to the allocated projects, the remaining surplus of $274,500 will be used to reduce the principal on Council loans,” Cr Weston said.