‘Budget time!’ – Council is calling on locals to help shape the budget

Locals are invited to have their say on what needs funding around the community, as Council prepares the 2019-2020 budget.

Mayor Tom Tate has promised that roads, traffic and protecting our city’s green space are priorities for the $1.5 billion allowance.

With a record growth in population expected over the next decade, Gold Coasters are being asked to have their say, and shape the budget.


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“Let us help you by letting me know what you think and what is the priority,” he said.

Locals can go online at gchaveyoursay.com.au/budget19-20 or obtain hard copies of the survey from Libraries and Customer Contact Centres across the coast.

Last year, the budget survey saw over 1,000 responses, with demands for better park amenities like shade sails, as well as traffic congestion and parking.

In response, Council invested $200,000 in better shade cover in parks, and to date has spent $95 million on road improvements including reconstruction, reseals, major upgrades and traffic technology.

Mayor Tate also says he’s hoping to keep rates low this year.

“I do my best to deliver the lowest possible rate increase, and this wont be any different, the rates will be a minimum increase.

“I want to peg it at the very least, at CPI or below,” Mayor Tate said.

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There have to be some dedicated small jetties around the Broadwater for dinghies and yacht tenders as the ferries will use the existing jetties for pick- up etc. They should have security cameras at each as theft of dinghies and outboards verges on a national disgrace.