Shire council accepts budget review

The Shire of Collie council accepted the shire’s mid-year budget review at the latest council meeting, paving the way for work on the path connecting Soldiers Park to Minninup Pool to begin.

The project wasn’t originally included in the 2018/19 budget, but the shire received a $420,000 grant for the project under the federal government’s Building Better Regions Fund back in July.

The grant, which has been split over two financial years, required that the council allocate $58,366 in material costs under the budget as well as labour and plant costs.

The grant agreement also required that the shire’s labour complete 50 per cent of the project, requiring the project to widen Patstone Road to be put off until the next financial year.

The budget review also included an update to the funding put aside for the construction of bush fire brigade buildings in Worsley and Cardiff.

The shire had previously allocated $484,000 for the project however that was raised to $706,712, with grants totalling $646,712 received from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for the project.

The shire will fund the remaining $60,000 of the project which will cover ground works and the supply of services at the two sites.

The review also included an allocation for the second stage of the Collie Motorplex upgrade. The shire received $764,000 from the Building Better Regions Fund, $450,000 from Bendigo Bank, $192,500 from the Department of Sport and Recreation and $100,000 from Motoring South West to cover the $1,506,500 cost of the project.

Also included was a further $10,000 allocation to the shire’s Heritage Incentive Scheme.