Rate relief for Sunshine Coast home owners
Some relief for Sunshine Coast ratepayers, with a $35 COVID rebate on your July bill.
It's part of Council's $782 million budget for the 2020/21 financial year.
Rates will go up 2 per cent and the cost to collect a standard wheelie bin will increase by by $10.50.
Environment, Transport and Heritage levies won't change.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said when you apply the COVID rebate and on-time payment discount, most ratepayers on the minimum general rate would pay the same as last year.
“Reducing pressure on ratepayers at this time has been our number one priority.
“This year has been like no other – and that is why our council’s $782 million 2020-2021 budget is squarely focussed on supporting our community and local businesses to get back on their feet and thrive,” he said.
Council’s budget includes an increase in the community grants program from $3 million last financial year to $4.5 million.
“This significant funding will enable council to partner and support not-for-profit groups to manage their recovery from the impacts of COVID-19,” Mayor Jamieson said.
The budget also includes a $243 million investment in capital projects including:
· $95.7 million on transportation and stormwater projects
· $51.5 million on community, sporting facilities and other public facilities
· $11.6 million on parks, gardens and public amenities
· $14.7 million on waste management
· $36.7 million to complete the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion
· $11.9 million in the Maroochydore City Centre.
· $15 million to finalise construction of the Brisbane Road multi-deck car park
· $14 million to continue the Mooloolaba Transport Corridor Upgrade project along Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba
· $2.5 million to finalise the transport corridor upgrade at Parklands Boulevard, Little Mountain
· $1.4 million to construct a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge on Stringybark Road, Sippy Downs
· $1.7 million to upgrade the existing gravel road to an appropriate sealed road standard at Kiamba Road, Kiamba
· $1.7 million to upgrade the Arundel Avenue, Mill Lane intersection in Nambour
· $977,000 to upgrade Havana Road East near Coolum High School to deliver parking and pedestrian crossing improvements
· $865,000 to finalise the widening of Diamond Valley Road, Diamond Valley
· $655,000 to continue the road upgrade works at McGilchrist Road, Eudlo
· $1.3 million to continue the Cribb Street Landsborough streetscape upgrade
· $2.6 million for the first stage of Mooloolaba foreshore upgrade
Sport and recreation
· $3 million to continue developing the sporting complex at Meridan Plains
· $925,000 to finalise the Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex upgrade
· $540,000 to construct a new sports clubhouse in Baringa
· $500,000 to upgrade the showers and toilets at the Caloundra Indoor Stadium
· $1 million to deliver an upgraded aquatic splash park and other facilities in Nambour
· $160,000 to replace the lighting at Palmwoods Rugby League Club
Coast, Canals and Waterways
· $1.2 million to continue the replacement of groynes along the Maroochy River at Maroochydore
· $250,000 to replace a range of groynes at the Esplanade at Golden Beach
· $210,000 to replace the locks associated with the Parrearra canals