Feedback welcomed on council's budget

A reminder that there are a few days left for submissions and comments on the Wudinna District Council's annual business plan for 2019-20.

The 2019-20 annual business plan is available at the council's office and can also be viewed online at the council's website at wudinna.sa.gov.au.

Written submissions regarding the budget will be received until 5pm on Monday, July 15.

If you are not into reading a full annual business plan take a look at the great slide presentation developed by staff on council's website or Facebook page - it gives a great overview.

Our council's 2019-20 average increase in rates is recommended at 3.4 per cent.

The state government's forced Solid Waste Levy increases on our district of 24.6 per cent will take the waste levy cost to $32,349 for the 2019-20 year.

It is planned to absorb this increase into the existing budget estimates this year.

Prior to the council's meeting on Tuesday, July 16 an hour between 11am and noon is allocated for submissions and representations to be made by interested people.

Council staff can assist if anyone requires more details on the process.

The end of June saw Ben Wagner farewelled as he had retired after some 20 years in the gardening position. He was congratulated and thanked for his work at his farewell.

Also a welcome to new gardener Jay Bunney and his family to the district.

Do not forget we are celebrating National Tree Day on Sunday, July 28 at Wudinna.

Following the tree planting which starts at 10am there will be a community walk starting at 11am and a community barbecue at Apex Park in Wudinna at noon.

More details are available from the council office and all are welcome.

Council and contracted grading services have been busy on the roads across the district, making the most of ideal conditions following much welcome rain.

A thank you to clubs and committees, builders and contractors who have worked with council on the Drought Communities Program projects.

A full report will be provided for the community and the federal government, demonstrating the added value such projects can bring to our rural regions.

ELEANOR SCHOLZ

Wudinna District Council mayor