Water scheme a focus

BUDGET ADOPTED: Cleve District Council chief executive officer Peter Arnold and corporate services manager Meisha Quinn at the June council meeting.

BUDGET ADOPTED: Cleve District Council chief executive officer Peter Arnold and corporate services manager Meisha Quinn at the June council meeting.

The completion of a wastewater scheme more than 10 years in the making is the big ticket item in the Cleve District Council's budget for the 2019/20 financial year.

The budget, adopted this week, includes $300,000 to finish off the Arno Bay Community Wastewater Scheme by the end of 2019, which will provide a more environmentally sound wastewater system for buildings in the foreshore area.

The council's chief executive officer Peter Arnold said the council was also expecting council savings on water, with a sub-surface irrigation system already installed to reuse treated water from the scheme to keep Turnbull Park green.

The council had been looking at installing a community wastewater scheme in the township since 2008 and obtained funding through a state government partnership with the local government association in 2017.

Arno Bay will also see the replacement of the boat ramp pontoon in a $35,000 project.

The Cleve township will see upgrades to community facilities, with funding to replace toilets at the Cleve Sporting Bodies complex, which only provide unisex facilities.

The council's corporate services manager Meisha Quinn said the council was planning to widen Main Street in front of the school after receiving a positive response to road widening at the Arno Bay road entrance to Cleve undertaken this year.

"We've had a lot of good feedback about that," she said.

Mrs Quinn said improving the entrances to the town would improve the appeal to tourists.

A 1.8 per cent rate raise is planned, in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The increase is 0.5 per cent less than the increase in the 2018/19 financial year, in line with CPI.

The budget was officially adopted by elected members at this week's council meeting.