Recognition of increased financial pressure on households and businesses has prompted the Dardanup Shire Council to review a previous four-year financial forecast by setting this year’s rate increase 2% lower than planned.
The change adopted by Council represents a saving of almost $30 on 2017/18 rates for the average household.
At 4.5%, rates for the average household will now rise by $1.32 per week instead of $1.89.
At a special meeting this week, Council adopted its four-year $34.6M 2017/18 Corporate Business Plan.
Big ticket items listed for attention in 2017/18 include:
- $4.32m Transport Infrastructure Construction Program
- $327,818 new Glen Huon Playground
- $300,000 Collie River Foreshore, Millbridge – new public open space
- $200,000 Collie River Foreshore, Eaton – new public open space
- $212,180 Eaton Town Centre – upgrade landscaping
- $53,094 Eaton Tennis Courts and Eaton Basketball Courts Resurfacing
- $29,705 Dardanup Tennis Courts Fencing
- $51,500 Decommissioning Dardanup Works Depot.
Road upgrades and improvements totalling $4.32m in 2017/18 will be carried out on a number of rural and urban road projects including:
- Crooked Brook Road
- King Tree Road
- Waterloo Road
- Eaton Drive
- Golding Crescent
- Welington Mill Road
- Martin Pelusey Road
- Harris Road
- Banksia Road
- Depiazzi Road
New dual use paths in 2017/18 will be constructed in:
- Mitchell Way/Shire Place
- Public Access Way Limestone
- Charolaise Mews
- Peppermint Way
In addition, $127,700 has been allocated to community grants and donations in 2017/18 plus funding of $113,305 for Community Programs including Leeuwin Scholarships, skateboarding workshops, community events assistance and new The Looking Glass events with a revised focus on more community-orientated and inclusive events
Council continues to support numerous sporting and community service organisations through free or subsidised leases of its buildings and reserves.
Council’s 2017/18 Budget includes road and building works, made possible by the grants Council has received from the Federal and State governments.
Shire President Mick Bennett said Council’s decision to reduce rates below the previously predicted rise was a fantastic outcome.
“This result will be more acceptable to the community at the moment and has been achieved with while maintaining progress on planned roads projects and capital programs,” Mr Bennett said.
“In addition, grants that have been made available by the Federal and State governments for roads, buildings and playgrounds are greatly appreciated.”
And on Council’s adoption of a four-year Corporate Business Plan, Cr Bennett said:
“The four-year Budget provides the community with certainty about the direction the Shire is taking.
“The supporting integrated 10-year financial plan provides the community with knowledge of what is proposed for their area to 2026 and is reviewed annually”.