More than $630,000 will be spent supporting the Burdekin community, including growing local events and tourism products, in the 2017/18 financial year.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council had allocated $121,000 for welfare donations, $40,000 for community events and $58,500 to cover in-kind support costs, such as setting up for events with bins and signage.
“We have $144,800 in standing donations to community and sporting organisations,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Council has allocated $65,000 to growing tourism and lifestyle experiences in the community. Council is committed to the promotion of our region and to working with tourism operators to developing opportunities in the shire.
“These funds will include CBD enhancement works such as updating Queen Street banners and improvements to directional signage to the district.”
Cr McLaughlin said Council valued the contribution of the Burdekin’s community organisations, sporting and not-for-profit groups.
“Our volunteers bring immeasurable value to the community,” she said.
“Volunteers, through numerous community and sporting groups, support some of our most vulnerable residents, provide opportunities for sports, leisure and education and make our community a wonderful place to live.”