Council approves budget

WELLINGTON Shire Council has adopted its 2018-19 budget, with $22 million to be spent on roads, residential streets, paths, parks, streetscapes and open spaces.

Wellington Shire Council deputy mayor Ian Bye said the council had to balance the needs and priorities of the entire Wellington community, which was sometimes difficult.

“Wellington spans 10,924 square kilometres, making it the third largest municipality in Victoria,” he said.

“Council delivers 120 various services across our many communities, so maintaining and improving these while continuing to deliver new infrastructure is always a challenge.”

Highlights of the budget include funding for:

Sale – CBD Infrastructure Renewal Program – York St (multi-year project), Memorial Hall redevelopment, Sale Tennis Club redevelopment

Maffra – Cameron Sporting Complex Stadium redevelopment (multi-year project), streetscape renewal (multi-year project)

Longford – Johnsons Rd upgrade

Yarram – Staceys Bridge widening upgrade

Stockdale – Beverleys Rd safety upgrades

Alberton – Tarra Trail stage two

Heyfield – Firebrace Rd upgrade

Rosedale – Toilet replacement

Loch Sport – Basketball court and skate park shelter

Seacombe – Boat ramp upgrade

Briagolong – Recreation Reserve Pavilion redevelopment (multi-year project)

Gormandale – Gormandale Reserve lighting upgrade

Port Albert – Research in relation to Port Albert drainage and tidal protection opportunities.