FCRC Mayor Gerard O'Connell.
FCRC Mayor Gerard O'Connell. Alistair Brightman

Below budget across council

ALMOST $13.4 million has been spent locally by the Fraser Coast Regional Council since the start of the financial year.

The council's performance report states 80% of the money spent by the council so far has been invested across the Fraser Coast.

A further $3.2 million was classified as "non-local spend".

Three out of four council directorates are spending well below their budget allocations on a year-to-date (YTD) basis, with the Infrastructure and Environment sector utilising only $4.8 million of $9.3 million available so far.

Within this directorate, $3.1 million has been spent on projects including road construction, resealing, and kerb and channelling.

Bitumen reseals account for more than $1 million, with works spread evenly across the Fraser Coast region.

Fraser Island roads, however, had only $409 spent on improvements out of a possible $100,000 budget allocation.

The directorate which is currently running over budget, on the other hand, is the office of the chief executive. This directorate has spent $1,886,784, which is more than $700,000 above the allocated YTD budget.

The report states the YTD budget includes carry-forward projects subject to further council approval which means spending patterns can alter quickly due to budgeted projects starting up.

The comprehensive report details hundreds of capital projects all across the region, including everything from roadworks to animal control signage.

The full report is available on the council website.

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