$97M capital spend
Coalfields Council to spend big on basin infrastructure.
Wednesday 26 July 2017
The Isaac Regional Council has announced it will spend nearly $100 million on capital improvement across the coalfields in the next twelve months.
However the big capital program will come at a cost for many mining communities who will face minor rates increases of half a percent, and for the first time have to pay for water on a usage basis.
Twelve months ago the IRC announced it would be replacing the existing single infrastructure charge (with penalties for excessive use) with a new split system incorporating an infrastructure charge and a usage charge.
Around half the Council’s budgeted capital expenditure will be spent on roads and drainage, while about $33 million allocated to water and sewerage upgrades and expansions.
“Council has made a significant investment in repairing and replacing ageing water and sewerage infrastructure across our regional communities,” Mayor Baker said.
“Council is committed to delivering the Moranbah Reservoir and Associated Works, under the Building our Regions Program, Council matched the Queensland Government’s $5.295 million.
“We will continue to build the $10.59 million 15 megalitre ground level reservoir and new water supply mains to town.
“We will also deliver $6.8 million on effluent storage dam reinstatement and recycled water extensions for irrigation in Clermont, Middlemount and Moranbah.”
The IRC will also nearly double a one off disaster levy to help cover the cost of repairing infrastructure following tropical cyclone Debbie.
“Make no mistake, it will be a long road to full recovery, “ Mayor Baker added.
"Council will continue to look at ways to support our hardest hit communities while working with various agencies.
“It’s still a very distressing time for those who have suffered losses due to this natural disaster.
“The post-Debbie clean-up has shown that Council needs to invest more to prepare for future disaster events, and the Disaster Management Levy has risen from $12.20 to $20.”