Infrastructure the winner in City of Armadale’s annual budget

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones.
Picture: Will Russell   d450161
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones. Picture: Will Russell d450161

INFRASTRUTURE is the big winner in the City of Armadale’s 2018/19 budget, with millions of dollars allocated to local roads and buildings.

Adopted on July 9, the budget has set aside more than $46m for the construction and renewal of local infrastructure.

Sport and recreation was among the biggest beneficiaries, with $1.2m set aside for the Piara Waters (SE) playing fields and car park, $770,000 for the construction of a sports pavilion at Cross Park, $100,000 for a playground upgrade on Tredale Field and $50,000 for the renewal of the Skeet Memorial playground.

More than $9.96m has also been set aside for road upgrades, resurfacing or reconstruction in 31 locations.

Armadale mayor Henry Zelones said the City believed this budget was both practical and financially responsible.

“This year the City has budgeted over $46.7 million for investment into asset creation and renewal, developing things such as community facilities, roads, paths and parks,” he said.

“We are committed to continued delivery of excellence in facilities, services and programs.”

Mr Zelones said while the City’s annual budgets were developed based on a $0 year end position, the estimated carry forward of this budget was $16.3m.

He added big redevelopment projects such as the Armadale Aquatic Centre, Armadale District Hall, the Champion Centre and Seville Grove Library were all expected to be finished within the next 12 months.

Late last month the City signed off on a 1.8 per cent rate increase for 2018/19.