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 $30
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.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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