Budget passed but Bay Trail ‘blowout’ blasted

Contentious: A Beach Road home displaying signs protesting council’s plan for the road. Picture: Gary Sissons

KINGSTON Council passed their 2019/2020 budget at this week’s council meeting, but not before it kicked off another debate about the Bay Trail.

Cr Tamsin Bearlsey said “I’m very uncomfortable with this budget.”

“I’m really concerned about how this budget is misleading about the actual cost of the Bay Trail. It mentions a figure that the Bay Trail is to cost $4.4 million, but at the last council meeting we just awarded a $5.4 million contract,” she said.

“A project that was supposed to cost in its entirety $2.7 million in 2017 has blown out to over $8 million, that needs to be stated boldly.

“This current budget is a Bay Trail rate rise budget. We are increasing amount raised from general rates by $5 million, and that is basically the blowout of the Bay Trail.”

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 26 June 2019

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