New cycleways, road upgrades and floodway improvements feature in a $7.8 million package of grant-funded projects listed in the revised 2022-23 Annual Budget.
Douglas Shire Council has adopted the revised budget, which sees its operating deficit improve by more than $2 million on initial forecasts.
The improved position is due to increases to Council’s revenue and sound planning, taking the deficit to $665,796 – compared to the previously budgeted $2.78M deficit.
A section of road where the Mossman CBD to Mossman Gorge Shared Cycleway is expected to pass through.
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said he was pleased with the improved result and Council’s success in securing significant grant funding for capital works projects.
“The revised budget contains $2.6M worth of extra grant funding to go towards projects for the community,” he said.
“This is a fantastic result which allows Council to upgrade and build new infrastructure without burdening the ratepayer.”
“The improved financial forecast is also testament to Council’s commitment to make long-term financial decisions to ensure a sound financial position for future generations.”
Key capital projects include the $2.4M Pedestrian Cycleway Bridge & Pathway between Kubirri & Mossman Gorge Centre, $923K in floodway improvements, $900K to finalise Warner St and Mowbray St trunk drainage and $310K towards further work on the Alexandra Range, to a name a few.
To read the full revised budget, please visit Council’s website here