The newly elected Cloncurry Shire Council passed the first budget of its new term on Thursday.
Mayor Greg Campbell said the budget had minor rate rises which he called very conservative under the circumstances.
"The average rate payer will pay about two percent extra in general rates and utilities average out to be about four and a half percent," Cr Campbell said.
"And because of coronavirus we have put in the budget financial relief of $250,000 for non-essential businesses such as pubs and hotels which will be a credit on their next rates notice."
There is a $40m capital works program down from the $60m of last year due to less flood works.
"There is over a million dollars to go into upgrading the recreation area at the (Chinaman Creek) Dam," Cr Campbell said.
"We've just got some initial concept plans so that will go out to the community soon and will constructed in this financial year."
Cloncurry's $1.18 million from the Queensland COVID works program will go towards the dam upgrade.
Cr Campbell said the rural roads budget had received a $20m boost from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority for flood damage works.
"There's also $4 million for our sewerage treatment and our water treatment plants," he said.
"They are well into construction, this is just a carry over into this financial year."
Cr Campbell said there was money in the budget for the first stage of upgrading Scarr St.
"There's a lot more planning to do understanding what's under the ground before we do anything streetscaping wise to understand the water mains and the drainage network and connections," he said.
Cr Campbell said they were reducing the expected income from the airport with a number of commercial flights still not flying due to the pandemic though charter flights were going well.
"We've got a grant we can match 50:50 to reseal and upgrade the airstrip in Dajarra, almost $750,000," he said.
"We've also got a number of pathways and cycleways projects starting from Anabranch Bridge working our way out to the Dam, over the weir and out towards the lookout, and there is $200,000 to upgrade the cemetery."
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