Council adopts four-year plan and draft 2019/20 Budget

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on the 5 June 2019, Council adopted its four-year Corporate Business Plan and 2019/20 Draft Budget.

The 2019/20 Draft Budget, which subject to full approval on the 26 June 2019, would see a 4.0% rate increase equating to an extra $1.25 per week for the average household or $65 per annum.

  • Update: The Draft Budget has now been adopted.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said funding had been allocated in a way that ensured absolutely everyone would feel the benefit in some regard.

“From safer roads and intersections, to children learning coding at the library or our seniors sharing a Christmas lunch, rural residents staying up-to-date on local news and landmark events drawing in more visitors to benefit our tourist operators,” Mr Bennett said.

“It’s not always the big ticket items which have an impact at a grassroots level but the multiple small investments we make in all corners of our community creating a valuable ripple effect throughout.”

Significant projects earmarked for funding in the Budget include:

  • $7.27 million on rural and urban road projects
  • $204,175 towards continued planning and redesign of the Eaton Bowling Club
  • $426,107 on a new shed for the Waterloo Bushfire Brigade
  • $100,000 towards the implementation of the Gnomesville Master Plan
  • $143,400 on free community events, festivals, programs and workshops
  • $60,000 on community and personal development grants
  • $75,000 on the Millar’s Creek Fitness trail
  • $20,000 for the Burekup entry statement signage
  • $35,020 on lighting upgrades for Millbridge-Millars Creek
  • $216,300 on the Eaton Foreshore Boat Ramp and Jetty Upgrade
  • Upgrade to the Wellington Mills toilet facilities
  • Improvements to Wells Park Club Rooms and installation of hard courts
  • $550,274 on new dual use paths across the shire
  • Funds will continue to be allocated towards the maintenance, renewal and upgrade of a variety of assets and community facilities located throughout the Shire

Donations and funding support have also been approved for various groups and projects to foster special interest areas such as tourism, economic development, youth and seniors including:

  • Up to $62,000 in tourism donations towards Ferguson Valley Marketing, Bull & Barrel Festival, Bunbury Geographe Gift and Bunbury Wellington & Boyup Brook Regional Tourism Strategy;
  • $29,730 in contributions towards economic development including small business support and help for the Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance;
  • Community services such as the In Town Centre, Eaton Family Centre, Crooked Brook Forest Alliance, Seniors Christmas dinners, Eaton Millbridge Community Project (breakfast club), Eaton Lions Christmas Hampers, Dardanup & Districts Times;
  • Thank a Volunteer Day, Australia Day Breakfasts, Grandparents Day, Citizenship Ceremonies.

Shire President Mick Bennett said Council was committed to delivering a responsible Budget that facilitated exciting growth and development within the Shire but with a balanced understanding of the financial pressures experienced by many householders.

Mr Bennett said it was heartening to look across the wide variety of projects, facilities and community assets to receive funding in this Budget.

“Facilitating the rapid pace of change is rewarding but comes with enormous responsibility to ensure our vision for the future is in line with our community’s,” Mr Bennett said.

“I think through the delivery of exciting new projects already with yet more in the pipeline over the next 12 months, combined with our investment in grassroots activities and community groups that improve people’s everyday lives, we are on the right track to achieving that.”

Stay tuned for more detail on where your rates are going in 2019/20…