A $34 MILLION capital works spend detailing a new $8.9m pool and a revamp of Wangaratta’s central business district are key highlights in the Wangaratta council’s 2018/19 draft budget.
The budget is expected to operate at a $3.7m surplus, with council cash or rates ($19.29m), borrowings ($9.885m), and pending government grant money ($4.58m) to be spent on infrastructure improvements in the city.
This will involve $11.3m for renewal works and $19.7m for new works, with $11.117m to be spent on roads, bridges, footpaths, cycle-ways and drainage.
Of this $1.4m will be spent on unsealed roads, a figure Councillor Harvey Benton deemed as short of what was needed to “sufficiently maintain what is virtually our life blood in rural areas”.
“Until we get some allocations far greater from the government it will be a struggle to maintain the roads in that area,” Cr Benton said.