Claremont council endorses mid-year budget after changes to Lake Claremont

Claremont council endorses mid-year budget after changes to Lake Claremont

CLAREMONT council voted to endorse its mid-year budget review last month with two important changes relating to Lake Claremont.

Councillor Bruce Haynes moved to amend the budget so $33,780 allocated to the Henshaw swale was retained in the current budget and not deferred to 2017-18, “with the view that it be undertaken forthwith”.

“It is the last of the drains into Lake Claremont which is untreated; it goes straight in, and we have had algal blooms,” Cr Haynes said.

Cr Haynes also moved an amendment to ensure $60,000 projected as additional funding for Lake Claremont went to the Lake Claremont Advisory Committee before a final decision on how best to spend the funds is made at the next council meeting.

Cr Chris Mews successfully moved to defer $50,000 allocated for Freshwater Bay Primary School because council was yet to see the traffic management plan it had requested, and would need to conduct public consultation after reviewing the plan.

The mid-year review indicated the Town’s 2016-17 budget opening surplus was more than $2.1 million.

The figure of $2.12 million was $78,230 down on the opening surplus shown in the budget when adopted in June 2016 because three months after the budget was adopted the Town received and processed an invoice relating to the 2015-16 year for $78,230.

The expenditure rightly was applied to the 2015-16 accounts, reducing the 2016-2017 opening surplus.