Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale moves to assure community open and honest communication over $22m shortfall

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale moves to assure community open and honest communication over $22m shortfall

COMMUNITY groups have been assured open and honest communication as the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale looks to level the playing field when it comes to the hiring of its buildings.

Shire president John Erren said a recent report identified inequity between community groups.

“Some groups make substantial contributions to the cost of community facilities, while other groups are making little or no contribution,” he said.

Comment News revealed the Shire faced a $22.45 million shortfall in regards to its buildings.

It is looking to recoup some funds by considering an end to its subsidies for clubs and community groups.

“The Shire will be working closely with all community groups to ensure that all groups have fair, transparent and equitable access to facilities,” Cr Erren said.

“We will be collaborating with groups on how we can solve this together, as it is also about how the shire can support groups that are struggling, and groups trying to establish.

“As the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is the fastest growing locality in the nation, we are striving to balance the natural beauty of the area with the need for sustainable infrastructure growth.

“Infrastructure includes things such as roads, footpaths, drainage, sporting ovals, street lights, community buildings and recreation centres.

“The provision of quality infrastructure includes a component of maintaining and renewing what is already in place, as well as developing new infrastructure to meet future community needs.

“The community groups will get open and honest communication from the shire as we solve these issues together.”