At the Special Meeting of Council held on June 2, 2021, Council adopted its four-year Corporate Business Plan and at its meeting yesterday (June 30, 2021) the Formal Annual Budget was also adopted.
Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said the Shire of Dardanup had undertaken extensive amounts of consultation with its community over the past 12 months and as a result was clear and focused on meeting expectations.
“Our conversations with the community have provided us with an expected level of service and this has been fed into an integrated planning framework,” Cr Bennett said.
“Including the Strategic Community Plan, Corporate Business Plan and the Long Term Financial Plan which are all underpinned with detailed asset management plans to ensure that expected service levels are met.”
To achieve these expectations, the budget will see a 3 per cent rate increase equating to an average of between $40 and $52 on notices.
Why increase rates?
During its Budget deliberations, Council explored several options, cognisant of community expectations to keep costs down.
The analysis revealed anything less than 3 per cent would result in much-needed community projects being pushed back into later years.
For instance plans to replace the Wells Pavilion in Dardanup in the next 12 months with new clubroom facilities and change rooms to support the growth in participation of girls and women in soccer and cricket would instead need to be put on ice for another three to four years.
Similarly, plans to replace the pavilion on Pratt Road, Eaton which is home to junior football and the cricket club over the next two years would instead wait four to five years.
In addition, all projects being undertaken in the 2021/22 financial year to maintain, upgrade or replace our ageing infrastructure will be undertaken at an increased cost due to current rises in costs for labour and materials.
These increased costs are the result of accelerating growth being experienced by the WA economy during its recovery from the pandemic, driven not just by stimulus funding but recorded increases in business investment too. Record high commodity prices has also seen significant increases and shortages in material supply.
These are very positive signs for our future!
Among other highlighted projects listed for attention in 2021/22 are:
$11.27 million – New buildings including:
- Commence the Shire of Dardanup new Administration, Library and Community building
- Upgrades to Wells Pavilion in Dardanup
- Complete the Dardanup Centrals Bush Fire Brigade Station
- Complete the Waterloo Bushfire Station
- Commence the Design for a Pavilion in Burekup
- Burekup Hall repaint and renewal works
- Complete the Eaton Bowling Club / Eaton Senior Citizens Hub on Pratt Road
- A New Skatepark and pump track in Eaton
- Complete Charlotte Street, Dardanup Public Toilets
- Commence R&J Fishwick Pavilion at Eaton Oval, Pratt Road
- Complete Gnomesville Public Toilets
$5.84 million – Roads, bridges, pathways and drainage upgrades, renewals and maintenance.
- Harris Road west of Kerr Road, reconstruction and widening;
- Henty Road, safety improvements, shoulder sealing and audible edgelines on two 3km sections;
- Pile Road, further widening beyond Gardincourt Drive;
- Venn Road, sealing of gravel section;
- Pratt Road parking and road modifications adjacent to new Eaton Bowling Club / Community Hub building.
$1.04 mil – Parks & Reserves upgrades and expansions including:
- Dardanup Civic Precinct;
- Eaton Foreshore boardwalk renewal;
$750,000 – Wanju and Waterloo Developer Contribution Plan;
Ensures Wanju and Waterloo Industrial Park will be ready for development by the private sector and landowners and allows for the careful planning and coordination of infrastructure to ensure economic and social well-being.
$470,974 – Community Grants, Donations and Events
- Economic Development Initiatives;
- Bunbury Geographe Economic Alliance;
- Bunbury Geographe Tourism Partnership;
- Ferguson Valley Marketing & Promotions Inc;
- Public Art Projects;
- Events and Festivals;
- Minor Community Grants Scheme;
- Tourism & Events Grants – Bull & Barrel Festival, Eaton Foreshore Festival, and Dardanup Arts Spectacular;
- Club and Capacity Building Workshops and Activities;
- Library Programs;
- Youth Development programs;
- Minor/Community Events Assistance;
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
At its meeting, Council agreed to extend for another 12 months the COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy for Rates and Sundry Debtors which was adopted last year.
The policy was designed to assist community members directly impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by offering some measures of relief around the payment of rates and sundry debtor accounts.
In addition to this policy, the Shire of Dardanup continues to offer flexible payment arrangements on rates notices.
If you would like to discuss payment options with a friendly member of our Rates Team, please phone us on 9724 0000