Council to vote on rate rise

A SIX per cent rate rise is likely to be confirmed tomorrow afternoon by Wellington Shire Council.

The 2013-14 budget will be adopted during the council meeting, beginning at 1pm.

While there are no changes to the amount council will raise from rates and charges, more than $46.5 million, the budget does include some changes from the draft document which was released for public viewing in April.

Council will contribute $15,000 towards an all access ramp at Loch Sport, but not without conditions.

In including it in the 2013-14 budget, councillors agreed to only provide the funding for the project, expected to cost between $100,000 and $150,000, if it proceeds and Parks Victoria confirms it will be responsible for the ramp’s maintenance.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries has committed to providing a grant for $50,000, conditional on the remainder of the money being raised by June 30 next year.

Local contributions of $11,500 have also been received.

Council had previously indicated it would advocate for more funding from government departments.

The bridge will provide access to the Ninety Mile Beach at Loch Sport for people with disabilities.

The decision from council came after a plea for support from Loch Sport resident Sharyn Lawrence.

Council also agreed to a request for $7200 to help meet rising maintenance costs for the Grand Strzelecki Track.

Council approved a request to allocate $10,400 towards an outdoor fitness park in Yarram.

The funding will come from the existing 2013-14 playgrounds budget.

The balance of the $42,000 cost has been covered through the local community and services provided in-kind.