The Noosa River Holiday Park reopening ahead of schedule has been a real boost for council’s coffers.
The Noosa River Holiday Park reopening ahead of schedule has been a real boost for council’s coffers.

Noosa Council budget defies downturn to stay on track

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing temporary shutdowns of such key revenue raisers like camping grounds, the Noosa Council’s budget finances remain on track.

That is according to council’s corporate services manager Trent Grauf, who will present an upbeat August financial performance report to the general committee meeting on Monday.

Mr Grauf’s report outlines the underlying financial fundamentals remain strong, helped by the reopening of revenue generators with takings for the year to date of $39.3 million, or 2.5 per cent above the forecast budget.

The operating expenses were also tracking well with the $16.1 million outlay, so far 2.7 per cent under budget.

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Mr Grauf said all key financial sustainability measures were are on target with council receiving 41 per cent, or $39.3 million, of its forecast yearly operating revenue budget of $96.6 million.

Waste utility charges were $290,000 above the budget estimate with 53 per cent of its annual target already received, or $6.5 million of the forecast $6.2 million budget already earned.

Mr Grauf said this was due to recovery of commercial collection services previously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the sale of recoverable materials from its waste centres was $58,000 below the forecast revenue.

Other handy earners for council were the holiday parks, which are trading $254,000 above budget after reopening earlier than expected following forced coronavirus closures.

This is also the case for council’s community facilities with the Noosa Aquatic Centre, Noosa Leisure Centre and The J taking in $271,000 above the expected revenue.

The Hilton Tce roundabout works are one of the programs delivered in good time.
The Hilton Tce roundabout works are one of the programs delivered in good time.

More than $34 million had been paid in rates and levies to date, or 51 per cent of the annual budgeted amount of $68.4 million.

On the savings side for council, there has been an under expenditure for its permanent staff salaries and wages of $585,000, which is partially offset by additional spend on casual staff and external labour hire of $167,000.

Council’s actual capital expenditure excluding its forward works commitments is bang on budget for the year with a $2.9 million spend to August.


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