Council will spend more than $550,000 supporting the Burdekin community and local events in the next financial year, according to Mayor Lyn McLaughlin.
“Burdekin Shire Council has put aside $140,000 for welfare donations, $40,000 in events funding and another $57,000 to cover the in-kind support costs, such as setting up for events with bins, signage and the like,” she said.
“We have $12,000 in standing donations to community organisations and $7500 in sport grants included in this year’s Budget.
“Council is continuing to support the promotion of our region by the Burdekin Tourism Association and have allocated $16,000 toward promotional signage, advertising and participating in expos to promote our shire.
“There is also $20,000 set aside to replace the ageing promotional banners in the main streets of Ayr and Home Hill.”
Cr McLaughlin said the Community Development team had also budgeted $30,000 for upgrading security at the Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill branch library.
“We have allocated $75,000 to refurbish the Burdekin Library facility and the Music Loft,” she said.
“There is $10,000 to replace the Burdekin Theatre Auditorium house lights with LED lights and $15,000 to replace the sound mixing console at the Burdekin Memorial Hall.”