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4 June, 2021

Money For Allora In SDRC Draft Budget

Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) has released their 2020/21 Draft Budget for public exhibition. Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said the budget focuses on long-term financial sustainability to contain costs, maintain high levels of customer service and invest in a significant capital works program of $50m to address ageing infrastructure.

Money to be spent on disabled access showers and toilets at the Allora Pool.

Money allocated to our local area includes $240,000 towards a minor renewal at the Allora Outdoor Pool, that will spent on new water pipes, sand filters, solar panels and disabled access showers and toilets. 

A further $240,000 for the project is being contributed by the Federal Government under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LCRI) Project.

Other spending includes risk assessment of the Allora and Leyburn landfill sites, installing a resevoir mixer at the Leyburn resevoir and implementing recommendations from the Urban Design Framework project in Leyburn that aims to enhance the local liveability and character of the town. 

“Finding the right balance between the ‘needs/musts’ and separating out our ‘wants’ has been tough and no part of the organisation has been spared a haircut. “As an organisation res-ponsible to the community, we have spent considerable time crunching the numbers, weighing up our core business of delivering essential services and ensuring that we can meet ratepayer and community needs to the standard they expect,” Mayor Pennisi said. 

The budget and the ways to submit feedback for it can be found at  Feedback must be submitted by 5pm, 11 June 2021.

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