MAREEBA Shire Council tabled its 2022/23 annual report this week at its ordinary council meeting, highlighting key milestones such as significant investment and outcomes of implemented strategies.
Mayor Angela Toppin was pleased to report on the achievements seen this year.
“In 2022/23, council continued to deliver important services including community facilities, libraries, community partnerships and events,” she said.
“There was a significant investment in infrastructure services, including $15.2M dedicated to roads and drainage, and $29.2M to water, waste, and sewerage.
“Council continued to prioritise our 10-year Water Strategy and saw upgrades to essential infrastructure to help secure safe and reliable water access for our growing community.”
Another key highlight was the outcomes achieved in Parks and Open Spaces program following community consultation.
Many projects benefitted from this program including upgrades to Bicentennial Lakes, Anzac Park and Mareeba East Park and the Centenary and Anzac Parks in Kuranda.
The Mareeba Aquatic Centre also received a new Splash Park and heating for both the 50m pool and toddler pool.
“I am extremely grateful to the State and Federal Government for their continued support allowing council to enhance the liveability for residents across the shire,” Mayor Toppin said.
“These improvements were well received by our community, and we look forward to the continued implementation of this action plan.”
The annual report also focusses on Council’s continued efforts to advocate on the most crucial issues impacting our communities.
“Council continued to advocate to both State and Federal Government levels about issues vital to the community,” Mayor Toppin said.
“This includes seeking funding for essential water infrastructure, roads and the environment as well as lobbying for increased support for local services for community safety and health.”
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