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Big winners revealed in draft Budget

There were some big winners in Rochester out of the 2013 Campaspe Shire Budget.

ELAINE COONEY May 21, 2013 4:23am

The Lockington Landfill centre’s rehabilitation and the Rochester Kindergarten were the big winners in Friday’s Campaspe Shire draft budget for the Rochester region.

One million dollars was allocated to the rehabilitation of the Lockington Landfill centre, while the kindergarten was allocated $129,000 for a new roof as part of council’s record $30million capital works program.

Campaspe Shire councillor Leigh Wilson said he was pleased the kindergarten’s roof was being replaced because there had been much money spent on maintenance in the past few years.

He said major environmental works had to be carried out at Lockington’s old rubbish tip, which explained why rubbish disposal was so expensive.

‘‘We are the caretakers of it after it reaches the rubbish tips,’’ he said.

The Rochester transfer station will get a $177,500 upgrade and $580,000 will be spent on sealing the Strathallan Rd.

Cr Wilson said the Rochester transfer station would gain an undercover recycle facility which would increase the centre’s recycling capacity.

Burnewang Rd will also receive a facelift with $401,500 going into the upgrade.

Colbinabbin’s Gamble Court Stormwater Pump Station will receive $104,000 for renewal works and the Campaspe River Walkway pedestrian footbridge near Elizabeth St in Rochester will receive $35,500.

Cr Wilson said he was happy with allocation of funding for Rochester and district and no major project missed out.

He said Rochester received upgrades for roads and footpaths following the flood in last year’s Budget and had his sights set on next year’s Budgets for various projects in Rochester.

He said he was waiting on the Committee 4 Rochester to come up with community plans in order for the Campaspe Shire to help support them financially with projects.

Parents who use the Campaspe Shire’s childcare facility in Rochester will expect to pay an additional 4.4 per cent ($70.50 per day instead of $67.50).

Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison said the decision was essential to help cover costs.

‘‘In the past, teachers have needed to have a diploma, whereas now they need a degree,’’ he said.

‘‘The rise in cost is a reflection of the added wages paid to qualified teachers.

‘‘This is an obligation for us.’’

Campaspe Shire has saved $253,800 in this financial year after scrapping its Family Day Care program.

Colbinabbin outdoor pool say student rates increased from $1.10 to $2 a use in line with other Campaspe Shire pools in the region.

Rochester and Lockington Community Houses will receive an extra $195 ($6710 compared to $6515 last year).

Mayor Ian Maddison said he was proud of his new council, which comprises five first-time councillors, to deliver the Budget six months into their four-year term.

Campaspe Shire announced a proposed 6 per cent rate rise for 2013-14, as well as an increased garbage collection charge of $17.50 and recycling collection charge of $2.90.

Cr Maddison said he was proud council was not only able to lower its debt, but also close the gap on its asset renewal program.

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