Budget 2021-22

A Message from the Mayor

Mayor Andrew Willcox

The Councillors and I are proud to present a balanced Budget that enhances the liveability for our residents without compromising our future financial sustainability. Importantly, Council’s $127M operating budget ensures we maintain sound financial management through a surplus of approximately $470,000.
 
In many ways, we are no different to our residents who are reviewing their budgets for their households or businesses. “Reduce costs where we can, so we can spend where we must” – this simplifies our approach to the 2021-22 Budget.
 
An additional complication faced by Council in determining its revenue base for the next financial year is the new region-wide land revaluation undertaken by the Department of Resources. These revaluations, conducted after a lapse of five years, have created dramatic fluctuations in the value of land, both increases and decreases. Council has had to make significant changes to all elements of the general rating system to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of general rates between the nearly 19,000 properties within the Whitsunday region.
 
After five consecutive years of zero increase in the general residential rates across the region, in 2021-22 there will be an increase in revenue from residential rates of 1.8%. With increases in general rates necessary to cover Council’s increased operating expenses, and with the valuation changes, there will be varying increases and some decreases.
 
The underlying intent of this budget is to maintain Council’s financial position while delivering the capital works required to ensure that Council can continue to deliver the services provided to the community, well into the future.
 
There will be small increases in the charges for water, sewerage and waste services. The average residential ratepayer will see an increase of $1.71 per week for these services.
 
This Budget will see the finalisation of key recovery projects from 2017 Cyclone Debbie, including Bowen’s Flagstaff Hill Conference and Cultural Centre, the Proserpine Entertainment Centre and the revitalised Shute Harbour Marine Terminal, which have been funded in the most part by the Commonwealth and State Governments.
 
With a 2021/22 Capital Program of $97M, Council will continue investment into major infrastructure for water supply,
sewerage, roads, drainage, parks, gardens and community facilities.
 
Importantly with an ongoing commitment to debt reduction, almost $5M has been allocated to reduce our current loans, meaning Council will end the next financial year with a debt of approximately $74 million for an asset base of $1.2 billion - in simple terms that compares to effectively owing just $74,000 on a $1.2M home.
 
I would like to thank all the Councillors for the hard work that you have done in developing what I believe is a responsible budget for our residents.

Mayor Andrew Willcox

Budget Booklet

To get a full run down of the 2021/22 Budget, please download the budget booklet.

Budget Booklet

 

Budget Brochure

To view year's Budget Brochure, please download the brochure below.

Budget brochure

 

Where Do Your Rates Go?

To find out how your rates contribute to the Whitsunday Region, please download the Where Do Your Rates Go brochure.

Township Fact Sheets

Financial Statements

Budget for 2021/22 Financial Year

10-year Long Term Financial Forecast

Revenue Statement

The Whitsunday Regional Council (Council) Revenue Statement for the financial year 2021/22 (Financial Year) is prepared in accordance with the Local Government Act 2009 (Qld) (Act) and the Local Government Regulation 2012 (Qld) (Regulation), more specifically Section 104(5)(a)(iv) of the Act and Sections 169 and 172 of the Regulation.

Whitsunday Regional Council Revenue Statement 2021/2022

Budget Video

Budget Documents

Budget Documents

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