Council Budget 2020-21 Announced today

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council 2020/2021 Budget was presented to Council on Friday, 26th June 2020 and unanimously adopted.

  • The 2020 /2021 Budget of $19.92 million with the main focus being on various Infrastructure projects including New Cherbourg to Murgon Footpath, New Town Clock, Cemetery major upgrade, New Skate Park and Sports Complex Upgrade etc.
  • This Budget has also focused on much needed construction of six new houses, Upgrading existing houses, emergency repairs and maintenance on all the Cherbourg houses.
  • Budget also includes Wage increase of 1.9% for all Council employees.
  • Council’s Capital Works for 2020/2021:

Financial and asset sustainability will be the focus of the capital program, with Council considering renewal of existing assets more favourably than the purchase of new assets. New assets not only impact on capital expenditure but also bring associated whole of life operating and maintenance costs with them. Key factors in the construction of the capital expenditure program are deliverability and community desire.

A total of $15.4M has been planned for capital works in 2020-21

  • Murgon to Cherbourg Footpath: $1.5M
  • Cherbourg Rising Main: $1.25M
  • COVID Works for Queensland funding : $1.13 M
  • Cherbourg Solid Waste Upgrade: $881K
  • Cherbourg Material Recovery Facility Upgrade Stage 5: $830,000
  • Cherbourg Waste Water Upgrade: $ 375K
  • W4Q3 Projects (Including Skate Park): $320,825
  • New Town clock:  $80,000
  • Town Pathway extension: $75,000
  • Sports Centre Upgrade: $70,000
  • Security Fencing and Public Waste Bins: $62,200
  • Roads & Kerbing on Cherbourg Streets : $19,225
  • Cherbourg memorial Park Upgrade:$14,400

Building and Construction

During the coming 12 months, Council will be contracting to the Department of Housing and Public works for

•           New Housing Builds: $2.50M

•           Responsive maintenance to Houses: $1.90M

•           Existing Houses Major Upgrades: $1.27M

Roads and Civil Construction

Council has allocated $90,318 under the Roads to Recovery Program and $ 39,849 under Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCI).

  • Operational Areas

Artificial Intelligence: $150K

Community services:

Council will receive operating grant of $1.03 M from   Commonwealth and State Governments for the following:

  • Cherbourg Radio Station: $309,000
  • ATSI Service Reform: $200,000
  • ATSI Public Health: $175,000
  • Sports and Recreation: $130,000
  • Community Support Grant: $80,000
  • Indigenous Economic Development Grant: $80,000
  • First start program: $30,000
  • Indigenous Knowledge Centre: $21,000
  • Get Ready QLD: $6,780


Council has budgeted operating revenue of $1.54M from the following Council enterprises:

  • Materials Recycling Facility including Containers for change : $1.07 M
  • Joinery: $340,000
  • Cattle and Produce farm: $130,000
  • Rental Houses, Building and Fees & Charges:
  • Council has budgeted recurrent revenue of $2.036M for Rental houses, building and Fees & Charges.
  • Rental income from 316 community houses           1.19M
  • Service charges   711K
  • Building Rent    132K

Total      2.036Million

Essential Services Programs:

An amount of $ 702,745 has been allocated for the areas of water supply, sewerage and parks and gardens to ensure that essential services are maintained to a standard to ensure that Cherbourg Residents receive a service equal to any other town in Queensland.

Councilors, Management and Administration:

Operating revenue for Councilor’s, Management and Administration across all operations of council will receive an allocation of $1.83 M.

Sustainability ratio:

Our budgeted key financial metrics such as assets Susiatanibility Ratio and Net Financial Liabilities are within or better than the targets recommended by the State Government.

  • Assets Sustainability Ratio       151 %
  • Net Financial Liabilities Ratio    -83 %
  • Operating Surplus Ratio           -9.47%