Budget 2016-2017

Cairns Regional Council's 2016-2017 Budget was handed down at a Special (Budget) Meeting on Monday 27 June 2016.

The 2016-2017 Budget is Council's fourth consecutive balanced Budget. It features total operating expenditure and total operating revenue of $287 million, and a record Capital Works program of $178.5 million.

For the third year in a row, the Budget delivers a modest 1.5 per cent rates increase for the majority of ratepayers. This year's Budget also provides a 100% discount on rates for all eligible non-profit organisations under Council's Rates Based Financial Assistance Scheme.

Major project highlights

  • $36 million for commencement of the Cairns Performing Arts Centre ($61.7 million over two years) and the completion of Munro Martin Parklands ($10 million project).
  • $10.4 million for Stage 2 of Shields Street Heart.
  • $9.2 million for the School of Arts redevelopment and fit-out for the building's primary tenant, the Cairns Museum.
  • $62 million for transport projects including Logomeir Road at Edmonton ($7.6 million over 2 years), Collins Ave Bridge ($3.1 million), Portelli Road at Redlynch ($1.6 million), McLean Street upgrade ($1.1 million).
  • $15.8 million for sporting and recreation projects including $5.5 million for Walker Road Sports Precinct stage 2 and $3 million for new cycling infrastructure.
  • $2 million for TTNQ and $1 million for other tourism initiatives.
  • $1 million to support and develop major sporting events that deliver economic benefits.

Budget documents and media releases

Budget 2016-17

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Budget Snapshot 2016-2017 (1.5 MB)
A two-page snapshot of Council's 2016-2017 Budget. Council's fourth consecutive balanced Budget features total operating expenditure and total operating revenue of $287 million, and a record Capital Works program of $178.5 million.

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Community financial report 2016-2017 (395.2 KB)
The Community Financial Report contains budgeted financial statements, estimated costs of commercial business units, long-term financial forecast and Code of Competitive Conduct Statement for 2016-17.

Last updated: 29 June 2016