Horsham Rural City 2017-18 budget includes two per cent rate rise

Horsham Rural City Council adopted its 2017-18 budget on Monday.
Horsham Rural City Council adopted its 2017-18 budget on Monday.

MONEY for a new children’s hub and upgrades to the Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange are some of the highlights in Horsham Rural City’s 2017-18 budget.

Council adopted its budget on Monday night.

Cr David Grimble said the budget included a two per cent rate rise, in line with rate capping.

It will be council’s smallest rate rise in more than 10 years.

Cr Grimble said the farm differential would remain unchanged at 80 per cent.

The budget includes $2.15 million for the Kalkee Road Children's and Community Hub, which will incorporate kindergarten, childcare, maternal and child health and playgroup. 

The project will be funded with $1.65 million in state and federal government grants and council borrowings of $500,000. 

The project will be completed in early 2018.

The Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange will get an upgrade with $880,000 for a roof over the selling area and $400,000 for electronic tagging equipment on the loading ramps. 

The Horsham Aquatic Centre will receive $300,000 to refurbish the outside pool and $80,000 to replace the vinyl floor in the gym and upgrade heating and cooling systems.

The budget also includes $50,000 for bicycle tracks, $1 million for transfer station improvements, $100,000 for Horsham Town Hall upgrades, $650,000 for change-room upgrades at Laharum’s Cameron Oval and $200,000 for the next stage of the indoor sports stadium. 

Cr Grimble said there was a number of highlights in the the budget.

“We are spending money on new assets and some of those projects are ones the community is already familiar with, including the children’s hub, Cameron Oval and some design work around the indoor sports stadium,” he said.

“We are borrowing some money, but other loans are being finalised at the same time.”

Cr John Robinson said the budget would also benefit smaller community groups, with council grants set to be awarded.