Who pays for our pretty parks and gardens?

There are 66 separate areas of public open space covering a total area of 140.2 hectares within our boundaries and managed by the Shire of Dardanup.

An area of public open space could be a playground, oval, landscaped turf, garden or reserve.

All receive regular care and maintenance from our dedicated Parks & Environment Team.

Have you ever wondered where the funding comes from for these assets and facilities?

In case you would appreciate an insight…

For work on parks in Eaton and Millbridge only, the Shire of Dardanup collects a Landscaping Levy from residents living in Eaton and Millbridge as part of their annual rates notice.

In the 2016/17 financial year, it’s estimated that $223,500 will be collected via this levy and the money is allocated towards works for parks in Eaton and Millbridge only.

As well as the levy funds, a portion of general rates is also contributed to form the total Parks & Environment budget.

Some parks are handed over by developers to the Shire of Dardanup for ongoing management fully landscaped, while others come to us as vacant land allocated for public open space.

Receiving the biggest funding allocation in recent years has been redevelopment works associated with the Eaton Foreshore Master Plan.

As well as improving the amenity of the area, the Master Plan involves renewing shire assets which have reached the end of their useful lives such as the original toilet block and old playground.

Stage 1

New toilets, nature playground, lighting, pathways and hydro-zoned reticulation.

Total Cost: Approximately $655,000

$390,000 State Government funding via Royalties for Regions, Lotterwest and Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme.
$62,990 Eaton/Millbridge Landscaping Levy
$202,010 Shire of Dardanup

Stage 2

New boat ramp car park

Total Cost: Approximately $830,000

$500,000 State Government funding via Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme
$155,000 Eaton/Millbridge Landscaping Levy
$175,000 Shire of Dardanup