Council spends $93.7m with local businesses in 2013-14

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council is on track with its budget spending, two months after it was handed down at a fiery meeting in Maryborough.

On Monday morning, Mayor Gerard O'Connell spruiked his council's 2014-15 budget, while also revealing details of last year's spending.

In the 2013-14 financial year, the council spent $93.7 million with 1204 local suppliers.

"That means 83% of our $125 million budget was spent locally," he said.

"Not only are we creating new infrastructure and maintaining assets, we're helping to create jobs and boost the local economy.

"Just on $19 million of our $125 million budget was spent with other suppliers.

"When you take into account the multiplier effect as the money moves around the Fraser Coast economy, the council spend is worth $374 million."

Cr O'Connell said the local spend paid for everything from bitumen and concrete to servicing the council's car fleet.

"Not only are we creating infrastructure and maintaining assets, we're helping to create jobs and boost the local economy," he said.

Topics:  budget, fraser coast regional council, gerard o'connell, spending

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