Budget delivers support for community and cultural facilities

Burdekin Shire will invest in supporting the community and upgrading cultural facilities in the 2018/19 financial year.

Wi-Fi and internet services will be expanded across Home Hill Library, Burdekin Memorial Hall and Watson’s Green, providing public Wi-Fi access to residents and visitors.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Wi-Fi network expansion project would enhance and encourage the use of local cultural facilities.

“It will provide our Home Hill Library members with internet services equivalent to those at the Burdekin Library in Ayr, while the Burdekin Memorial Hall will be able to offer patrons, sponsors and performers access to public Wi-Fi during events at the hall,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“It means Council will also be able to provide the general public with public Wi-Fi during major events held at Watson’s Green. The expanded Wi-Fi service may even encourage more visitors to stop or stay in Home Hill, supporting tourism and Home Hill businesses.”

Cr McLaughlin said Council worked to support projects and activities that encouraged increased use of community spaces and facilities and had budgeted more than $260,000 to upgrade Burdekin Theatre, Burdekin Memorial Hall and Burdekin libraries in 2018/19.

“This includes $115,000 for upgrades to Burdekin Theatre, another $65,500 for Burdekin Memorial Hall upgrades and $84,000 for Burdekin Library and Home Hill Library,” she said.

Cr McLaughlin said Council valued the contribution of the Burdekin’s community organisations, sporting and not-for-profit groups and had once again earmarked significant funds to support the community.

“Council has allocated $85,400 for welfare donations, $88,000 for community events and $52,200 to cover in-kind support costs, such as setting up for events with bins and signage,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Another $142,200 is allocated towards standing donations to community and sporting organisations.”

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