$45m budget moves with times
CATERING for the rapid development of the region was high on the agenda for Calliope Shire Council when it delivered a record budget yesterday.
The $45 million works program is nearly 16 per cent bigger than last year's and is the largest the council has ever brought down.
Among the projects for the coming year is a $13.2 million sewerage treatment plant to meet the growing needs of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands and the phasing in of a two-bin refuse service.
In his budget report, Mayor George Creed said council had reduced its rate in the dollar charge to take the sting out of the 60 per cent overall increase in the value of property in the shire.
"This budget delivers a considerable investment in the shire's continued de-velopment, while maintaining a minimal rate increases for shire residents,'' Cr Creed said.