Community encouraged to have its two cents’ worth on Council’s Budget

Scenic Rim community members are being invited to have their say in Council’s financial planning for the coming year by providing feedback on the Draft 2023-2024 Annual Budget.

The draft Budget documents will be made available from Wednesday 5 April for viewing and comment on Council’s online community engagement platform, Let’s Talk Scenic Rim. Residents and business operators will also be able to share their views at community consultation sessions to be held in April at Boonah, Beaudesert and Tamborine Mountain.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen encouraged community members to get behind the Budget planning process that will see all submissions received being tabled at its Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 9 May before the Budget is presented for adoption in June.

“During the development of our Scenic Rim Community Plan 2011-2026, one of the key priorities identified by residents was the efficient and equitable delivery of affordable services that provide best value for money,” he said.

“This current community consultation is a golden opportunity for residents to contribute to the Budget process.”

The Draft 2023-2024 Annual Budget documents will include statements of cash flow, income and expenditure and Council’s financial position, as well as the proposed capital works budget for the coming financial year and the 2023-2024 register of fees and charges.

Community consultation will commence on 5 April 2023 and will close on 3 May 2023.

Community members can provide their feedback online by registering on the platform or by attending one of the three community consultation sessions.

These will be held on the following dates at these locations:

Thursday 20 April at Boonah Cultural Centre from 5.30pm to 7pm
Wednesday 26 April at The Centre Beaudesert from 5.30pm to 7pm, and
Thursday 27 April at Tamborine Mountain State School from 5.30pm to 7pm.
Once all feedback has been considered, the final 2023-2024 Annual Budget will be prepared and will be tabled for adoption at a Special Meeting of Council scheduled for 14 June.

“Council values all feedback and is committed to continuing to work with the community to deliver a sustainable future for our region,” Mayor Christensen said.