Council backs long-term plans

Pyrenees Shire town Beaufort.

Pyrenees Shire town Beaufort.

The Pyrenees Shire Council has approved four key documents that give direction to the municipality’s future.

Council approved the Proposed Budget 2017-18, Proposed Long Term Financial Plan 2017-27, Proposed Strategic Resource Plan 2017-21 and Draft Council Plan 2017-21 at its Tuesday night meeting.

These documents set council’s and provide for future financial needs.

Pyrenees mayor Ron Eason said the proposed budget was debt-free budget and included a number of new initiatives.

“The 2017-18 proposed budget focuses on road infrastructure investment, beautification of town entrances, continuation of residential land development and supporting community driven capital projects,” he said.

“The plan sets out council’s key objectives for the next four years with five areas of focus including roads and townships, relationships and advocacy, community connection and well-being, financially sustainable high performing organisation, and development and environment.

“The plan reinforces council’s commitment to state and federal government funding attraction, financial sustainability, community engagement and regional collaboration.”

Council chief executive Jim Nolan said the Long Term Financial Plan and Strategic Resource Plan balanced the community needs with financial sustainability.

“Projects contained in the plans include residential and industrial land development, infrastructure renewal, the Lexton Community Hub, Moonambel Water and increased recreation funding,” he said.