Mixed feelings over Gympie 2015 regional budget
ONE councillor called it a testament to new Mayor Mick Curran's leadership; another called it a breach of an election promise and refused to support it.
But the general consensus at yesterday's Gympie Regional Council meeting was that the 2015/16 budget was a good one - possibly the best in decades.
Most importantly for ratepayers, it delivered the lowest rate rise in at least 20 years, and certainly in the history of GRC.
It has also resurrected the 10% early payment discount, a key election promise of Cr Curran. The discount, however, will not come in to play until the second rates notice of the next financial year.
The Cooloola Coast has done particularly well, a point highlighted by its delighted respresentative, Cr Mark McDonald.
Lawrie Hanson Park at Rainbow Beach will become a destination of its own following its $425,000 reinvention over the next two years. And the whole region will benefit from the $20m aquatic centre, which should open next year.