Mayor: Our 10th consecutive low rates budget

Published on 23 June 2021

Sun relecting on the ocean behind Surfers Paradise

Council of the City of Gold Coast has today delivered a 10th consecutive low rates budget with an average general residential rate increase of 2.5 percent.

“That equates to $1.44 per week which is one litre of fuel at the bowser,’’ said Mayor Tom Tate.

“In my view, the trend has now been set for a low-rates budget future.

“Last financial year, we effectively provided a rates freeze through a $64 rebate for 138,000 owner occupied ratepayers to assist families through the challenges of Covid-19. This was included in a $26.2 million assistance package to help businesses and families.”

“That budget (2020-21) was labelled a compassionate budget.”

“Today’s $1.83 billion budget is titled Team Gold Coast as it has been a real team effort for us to again achieve such a great outcome for ratepayers, business and the economy. I thank all councillors and the administration for their commitment and focus.’’

At the start of 2021, the city’s unemployment rate was 6.1 percent. Today, it is 4.7 percent.

Highlights of the 2021-22 City Budget include:

• Safe drinking water - $286.5 million;

• Waste collection and recycling - $110.6 million;

• Sewerage systems and services - $233.9 million;

• Transport (roads, cycleways, transport improvement, parking regulations) - $331.8 million;

• Community Centres - $19.4 million;

• Beaches, waterways and lifeguards - $43.9 million;

• Tourism marketing and management - $30.7 million

• StudyGC - $3.025 million;

• Tourist parks and campgrounds - $20.3 million;

• Major EventsGC - $11.8 million;

• Culture and arts - $33.7 million;

• City cleaning - $18.7 million;

• Natural environment (inc conservation, parks and recreation) - $159.7 million.

“I thank the community for helping shape our 2021-22 budget. Our annual budget survey attracted 3462 formal responses and 57,378 social media poll votes,’’ he said.

“The community’s voice told us what to focus on and we have done that in every aspect.’’

Full budget details are at: cityofgoldcoast.com.au/annualplan