2015/16 regional budget to enhance Gympie's livability

THE 2015/16 Gympie Regional Council budget will be presented for adoption at today's ordinary meeting.

Progressing our region and making it the natural choice to live, work and play requires a commitment to projects and activities that connect residents, business and visitors to the benefits of the region.

In this budget, council is investing in capital projects that will enhance the liveability of our region.

This is a budget put together by a cohesive team of councillors, CEO and staff striving to deliver quality services and infrastructure to our region while being fiscally responsible and efficient.

This budget converts the visions and the strategies contained in council's Operational and Corporate Plans into action, ensuring that there are sufficient resources for the realisation of projects in a financially responsible way.

Council's website will have the full details of the budget available after it has been adopted.

One of the big investments in this and indeed all council budgets is in delivering a road network that is planned, connected and safe.

Council is currently undertaking an online Roads and Stormwater Maintenance Response Survey to gauge community expectations of response times for roads and stormwater maintenance issues.

Council provides a wide range of services ranging from roads maintenance to libraries to water and sewerage programs, all requiring funds, and we want your feedback so that we can gauge the effectiveness of council's activities and prioritise services.

You can take part in the survey here - gympie.qld.gov.au/haveyoursay.

Sunday's Goomeri Pumpkin Festival was another successful event showcasing the diversity of our region to visitors and residents alike.

Unique events like this put the Gympie region on the tourism radar and bring the important day tripper market to the region as well as providing a great family day out for locals.

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