Councillors wield axe at budget

COST-CUTTING and revenue-raising was the order of the day at yesterday's Byron Shire Council meeting as the cash-strapped council embarked on a mission to balance its budget.

Among the items given the nod was a review of all potential services that may be able to be competitively undertaken, opening up council services such as lawn mowing and pothole filling to tenders.

Councillors also voted to discontinue the council's maintenance on Crown lands, such as works undertaken at the Terrace Reserve at Brunswick Heads, unless it is on a full cost recovery basis.

The council will also consider rolling the management of the First Sun and Suffolk Park holiday parks into one.

On the revenue-raising side, the council is looking at user charges for its yet-to-be-completed multi-million dollar Regional Sports and Cultural Complex, and considering ways to make money from events at the site.

Expanding paid parking in Byron Bay was also endorsed.



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