22 June 2023
Ipswich City Council has delivered a measured, responsible budget once again keeping rate rises under inflation amid major economic pressures.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the daily impacts of rising costs of living on Ipswich residents was front of mind during council’s budget deliberations, with Council endorsing a total rates and charges increase of 5.5 per cent, or $1.99 per week.
“Like our residents, council has faced unprecedented budgeting challenges this year, but I’m proud that our city has stepped up to become more resilient, more efficient, and more supportive in the tough times,” Mayor Harding said.
“Our community has weathered natural disasters, COVID and inflation – council is now focused on harnessing that resilience to champion our growing city’s future.
“This year, we have delivered a record $692.6 million budget with a strong focus on roads, rubbish and recovery.
“This is supported by a significant investment of $267.2 million in our capital works program for the coming year, with $75 million going towards our city’s ongoing flood recovery.
“As our city grows, so does our road network with $49 million budgeted to maintain, upgrade and expand our local roads.
“Our two biggest road projects – Redbank Plains Road and Springfield Parkway and Greenbank Arterial – will receive a collective boost of more than $30 million to progress these vital upgrades.
“Council has also set aside over $70 million to boost our waste and resource recovery services and infrastructure.
“This Council is serious about waste and this budget reflects that, with commitments to upgrade waste infrastructure and fleet, and support the introduction of a citywide FOGO service and annual, on demand kerbside collection.”
The waste utility charge will increase by $22 to $419, with a 5.5 per cent increase, and the Enviroplan levy will increase by $1 to $53. The rural fire resources levy separate charge, will remain at $3.
“Council is facing the challenges of a booming population, a lack of proper investment in our roads and public transport from other levels of government, and the ongoing challenge of inflation affecting every part of our business,” Mayor Harding said.
“The cost of building roads and bridges has increased by nearly 11 per cent over the past 12 months, and 17 per cent over the past two years.
“With inflation still tracking above 7 per cent, council is working hard to deliver the infrastructure and services our city needs in a financially prudent and responsible way.
“We know how hard it is for all our residents, and we are determined to deliver a resilient city that all our residents enjoy living, working, and playing in well into the future.
“Council will also continue its full program of free and low cost events, activities and facilities for all residents.”
The total council rates and charges after discount for an average residential owner-occupied property is $1,971 annually.
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