REGION - Northern Grampians Shire Council has once again found itself in a position of managing a multi-million dollar budget due to flood recovery efforts.
Council was in a similar position last year, when all records were exceeded.
Shire chief executive officer, Justine Linley, said it was significant that council faced such a substantial budget for the second year in a row, as it showed not only a commitment towards ongoing flood recovery, but also maintaining regular maintenance and upgrades across the shire.
"The budget this year is quite substantial once again, due mainly to flood recovery," Mrs Linley said.
"However, council has also been able to maintain and even increase infrastructure budgets and undertake significant work across the shire.
"This work relates to bridges, roads, culverts and I think it is an incredible achievement."
A lot of infrastructure work has been made possible due to the receipt of flood recovery funding and Mrs Linley said this had given council and its communities a significant boost.
"Particularly those areas that were severely impacted by the floods, to see this work ongoing is a real boost for them," Mrs Linley said
"A lot of the projects undertaken have been made possible only due to flood recovery, but it's important for people to recognise that that we have not only focused on this work.
"We have also been able to achieve so much more and increase our core projects.
"It certainly is a credit to the State Government for recognising we are in a very different position than when they came on board in 2010.
"These are funds that have made a significant difference across many areas."
Mrs Linley said one program that was of great benefit delivered $1 million for work on country roads and bridges.