In the budget was $27 million to continue the city’s push for capital expenditure, $8.5 million of which is for new or upgraded community facilities, $1 million for bicycle infrastructure and $7.8 million for a new council operations centre in O’Connor. There was also $1 million for local government reform contingencies.
The city also announced a 5.9 per cent rate increase, including waste costs.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the city had carefully put the budget together to minimise rate increases while ensuring Fremantle remained on its current path towards a bright and sustainable future.
‘Council is in the final year of strategic plan 2010-2015 which has laid strong foundations for the future growth and sustainability of Fremantle and its suburbs,’ he said.
‘While we were mindful of keeping rate increases to a minimum, we also had to make sure the strategies that underpinned Fremantle’s revival continue and the budget adopted balances these factors.
‘We also have uncertainty surrounding council reform so a decision was made to allocate $1 million into a contingency fund to smooth out any costs associated with the major change in the next 12 months.’
Other projects include stage one of the Cantonment Hill upgrade ($150,000), realignment of Fremantle Public Golf Course ($1.1 million), a new facility at Hilton Mens Shed ($340,000), Fremantle Town Hall restoration works ($560,000) and more CCTV cameras ($65,000).