Budget 2017-2018

Cairns Regional Council's 2017-2018 Budget was handed down at a Special (Budget) Meeting on Monday 26 June 2017.

The 2017-2018 Budget is Council's fifth consecutive balanced Budget. It features total operating expenditure and total operating revenue of $294 million.

Focused on creating a highly liveable city, it features a $169 million capital works program investment in lifestyle-enhancing recreational, sporting and cultural facilities, as well as critical infrastructure, roads, safety and city amenity.

The Budget delivers a modest 1.75 per cent rates and utilities increase for almost all ratepayers.

Major highlights

  • Balanced Budget with a total operating expenditure/revenue of $294m
  • Low rate rise
    • General rate increase of 1.75% (below CPI)
    • Utility charges increase by 1.75%
    • 99.6% of ratepayers to receive an increase of 1.75% or less
  • Total Capital Works Program worth $169m:
    • $43.7m to complete CPAC
    • $34.5m spend on roads and transport
    • $37.9m on water, sewerage and waste infrastructure
    • $22.8m on sporting and recreation infrastructure
    • Focus on lifestyle-enhancing projects
  • Stimulating the Economy
    • $367m will be spent in the community on resources, materials and services
    • $3m to support tourism industry and initiatives
    • $1.5m to support major sporting and cultural events
    • $422,000 for economic development initiatives
Last updated: 20 September 2018