City of Gosnells passes budget in six minutes, with road re-surfacing a priority

City of Gosnells passes budget in six minutes, with road re-surfacing a priority

IT took the Gosnells council all of six minutes to accept the 2016-17 budget, which included $3.6 million for road resurfacing projects.

Councillors accepted the budget at the July 5 special budget council meeting, where they also voted to accept a rate rise of 2.95 per cent.

The only discussion was from councillors David Goode and Dave Griffiths, both praising the work done by the council.

Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said during the financial year the City would open a new multimillion-dollar emergency operations centre, which would provide a much more appropriate base for the City’s fire and emergency service volunteers.

“The City’s sound financial management has meant that even with the $47 million redevelopment of Mills Park, ratepayers are not facing huge increases on rates,” she said.

“In addition, the rejuvenation of the Maddington and Gosnells town centres is progressing well with many years of groundwork now paving the way for some exciting housing and commercial developments on the horizon.”

More than $2.4 million will be added to the progress of widening Southern River Road to dual lanes between Ranford Road and Holmes Street.

There will also be $5.6 million to implement a subdivision around the perimeter of Robinson Park and create a large central public open space.