2020/21 Budget

Council adopted the 2020/21 council budget at a special meeting on 25 June 2020

2020/21 Budget

Council adopted the $782 million 2020/21 council budget at a special meeting on 25 June 2020.

The budget was developed in conjunction with council's Operational Plan 2020/21 and in accordance with council's Financial Sustainability Plan 2015-2025

Budget snapshot

  • A budget which includes a positive operating result of $4.3 million
  • A $782 million dollar budget that will support our community and local businesses to get back on their feet
  • A $243 million dollar Capital Works Program that:
    • delivers infrastructure and facilities for our residents
    • provides work for local trades and other businesses
    • helps keep local people employed.
  • No increases to the Environment, Transport and Heritage Levies
  • 2% minimum general rate increase and 3.5% increase to waste management charges for a 240L wheelie bin
  • $0 rates increase for the majority of ratepayers on the minimum general rate thanks to a one-off $35 COVID rebate to properties with a general rate
  • Pensioner discount continues
  • On-time payment continues

This is a budget that:

  • Supports the community, focussing on their needs today, next year and into the future.
  • Assists residents with their recovery efforts and primes our regional economy so local businesses can rebuild.
  • Reduces pressure on ratepayers.

Where do your rates go?

Budget slide presentation [43MB]

Budget news

Budget Book 2020/21 [130MB]

There's something for you in the 2020/21 budget

Capital works highlights by division

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Investing in our community's future

The Heritage, Transport and Environment levies contributed by all ratepayers enable Council to build on our investment in our environment, plan for our region's future transport needs and preserve and celebrate our cultural heritage.

Heritage Levy raises $1.9 million

The Heritage Levy remains at $13, and will continue to:

  • support research into regional stories and explore options for our community to better interact with our heritage through digital solutions
  • conserve the region’s heritage assets, including State Heritage-listed Bankfoot House and its nationally significant collection
  • support the region’s community museums and historical societies through grants, practical workshops, professional development, community programs, collaborative marketing and events
  • support cultural heritage projects developed in collaboration with Kabi Kabi, Jinibara and descendants of Australian South Sea Islander peoples.

Transport Levy raises $6.4 million

There will be no increase to the Transport Levy. Remaining at $44, it will support:

  • development of the Mass Transit - Detailed Business Case in partnership with the State Government
  • development of a five-year Travel Behaviour Change program
  • leveraging of funding for new bus shelters for highest use locations
  • the Council Link and both Flexilink services from Conondale to Maleny and Peachester to Beerwah
  • data collection in preparation for Census 2021
  • expansions of the trial RideScore Active Schools Program trial.

Environment Levy raises $11.28 million

The Environment Levy will remain at $76, and continues to:

  • support the implementation of the Environment and Liveability Strategy
  • protect and enhance our valued natural environment, including our native plants and animals, waterways and wetlands and coastal environments
  • support the purchase and management of land for conservation, catchment and coastal rehabilitation projects, and partnerships with private landholders and environment and community groups.

Pay your rates on-time

Take advantage of your on-time rate payment discount of 5% on your general rate up to $200.

Pensioner rate concession

Eligible pensioners continue to receive a rate concession.

Set and forget your rates payment

Did you know you can set up a direct debit to have your rates paid in full on the due date? That way, you can set and forget your payment and guarantee receiving your on-time payment discount.

You can also receive your rates notice by email. You'll be helping the environment and if you are travelling or have moved house, you will know when your rates are due.

Check out MyCouncil

You can register pets, enter and track a service request, view and pay council accounts quickly and view your rates notice on MyCouncil – a secure online gateway to council’s services.

Find MyCouncil on council’s website.

2020/21 Budget Schedules

The 2020-21 Budget Schedules were presented as attachments to the budget adoption report. The schedules include:


The following policies have been adopted as part of the 2020-21 Budget:

Along with the Revenue Statement 2020/21

Previous budgets