Brisbane City Council’s toughest ever budget and what it means for you
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has handed down the ‘toughest ever’ budget in a bid to help boost Brisbane’s post COVID-19 economic recovery and to recover the estimated $142.5 million hole in revenue as a result of the pandemic.
Here’s the big changes that could affect you.
ANNUAL KERBSIDE COLLECTION SUSPENDED
The annual kerbside collection program has been suspended for two years in an effort to save $13 million. Bigger recycling and green waste bins will be provided to residents for no upfront cost and from July 1, tenants will receive free waste vouchers for the first time ever.
The Lord Mayor said they were trying to find savings without slashing essential services however they might consider their decision based on the public outcry since the announcement was made.
For the first time in 35 years, the BCC will freeze rates for six months and then from January 2021 rates will be increased on average by 2.5 per cent.
First homeowners will receive a full rebate on their first year’s rates from October 1 if they buy a new home and a 50 per cent rebate if they purchase an existing home.
Residents on JobSeeker payments will be eligible for a one off $250 rebate on their rates.
Pensioners will continue to receive a 40 per cent rebate on their rates bill.
The price of parking in the city is set to get more expensive, with metres increasing by 20 cents per house from January 2021.
The BCC’s 10,000 workers will have their wages frozen for two years in an effort to save an approximate $36 million. The wage freeze is applicable to everyone in the council, including all councilors.
The BCC is set to spend $840 million on infrastructure projects and award the contracts locally in order to generate 2600 jobs. The proposed works include two green bridges at Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek, the Brisbane Metro, the transformation of Victoria Park from a golf club to one of Brisbane’s biggest parklands, new double decker city cats and upgrades to ferry terminals, parks, bikeways, roads and walkways.
Lord Mayor's Community Fund
Community groups will have less discretionary funding from their local councillors after legislative changes forced the Lord Mayor's Community Fund to be slashed from $70,000 last financial year to $34,000 this year.