City of Joondalup delivers ‘best budget’

City of Joondalup.
City of Joondalup.

JOONDALUP Council approved the City’s 2019-20 budget on Tuesday  night, including a rates increase of 2.25 per cent but the refuse charge remaining the same for the fifth consecutive year.

Mayor Albert Jacob said at the meeting he believed this was “the best budget the City of Joondalup has brought down in its time”.

“It has had more budget sessions than others and gone through a range of questioning and testing,” he said.

He said preparing the budget continued to provide challenges in a tough economic environment.

“Growth and inflation are at very low levels and interest rates are at record lows, while opportunities for funding from Federal and State programs for the City remains constrained despite the City maximising grant opportunities when they present,” he said.

“It is pleasing this budget has delivered a significant improvement to the operating position, with the City budgeting a modest operating surplus for the first time in many years.

“The City is also proposing no new borrowings and is actually retiring 30 per cent of our total debt in the next 12 months.

“It is also very pleasing the City’s refuse charge again remains frozen, and this can be attributed to the successful implementation of initiatives such as the three-bin system which has been rolled out over the past six months.”

Mr Jacob said initiatives implemented over the past several years and in the 2019-20 budget had reduced expenditure.

“The 2019-20 operating budget includes real reductions in employee costs of $342,000, or 0.5 per cent, and materials and contracts of $1.5 million, or 2.9 per cent.

These have been achieved through efficiencies and program changes, particularly in waste and patrol services,” he said.

Highlights of the budget include upgrades at Craigie Leisure Centre including relocating and extending the group fitness and cycle rooms and extending the gym that is now at capacity, progressing the design and construction of cafes at Burns Beach and Pinnaroo Point, upgrades at Percy Doyle Reserve, and lighting upgrades in the Joondalup city centre.

“The balance of minimising the impacts of rising costs with maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure and facilities, and delivering services the community wants and expects, continues to present a challenge for the City,” Mr Jacob said.

The City is encouraging its ratepayers to sign up to the eRates service by noon on July 9 to receive their 2019-20 rates notices and instalment reminders by email.

2019-20 Joondalup budget highlights
– $2.5m for cafes at Burns Beach and Pinnaroo Point.
– $2.4m for stage one upgrades at Craigie Leisure Centre.
– $4m for street lighting, including $3.2m for the Joondalup city centre.
– $1.8m for upgrade works at Percy Doyle Reserve, including Mildenhall and Duncraig Community Centre refurbishments, floodlighting upgrades, Sorrento Bowling Clubrooms extension and utilities upgrade
– $5m for parks and playground equipment, shelters, barbecues and irrigation refurbishments.
– $1.3m for streetscape enhancement and landscaping works, including the Leafy City program.
– $3.3m for refurbishment and upgrade works at City-owned buildings.
– $13m for road construction, drainage and other infrastructure, including Blackspot projects at Ocean Reef Road and Hepburn Avenue and Warwick Road and Erindale Road intersection upgrade.
– $797,775 on maintenance and capital for natural areas, landscaping and conservation including fencing, paths and firebreaks and management of dedicated bushland areas, bushland in developed parks and foreshores.

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Highlights per suburb

BELDON
– $145,000 for Ocean Reef Road/Eddystone Avenue upgrade (includes grant funding)
– $110,000 for Gradient Park playspace renewal

BURNS BEACH
– $500,000 for construction of café at Burns Beach foreshore
– $250,000 for new parking facilities at Burns Beach foreshore
– $100,000 for Burns Beach to Mindarie dual-use path
– $40,000 Beachside Drive drainage improvements

CRAIGIE
– $2.28m for stage one Craigie Leisure Centre upgrades
– $152,000 for Amy Loop resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $110,000 for Chadstone Park playspace renewal
– $38,000 for Acadia Gardens resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $28,000 for Lina Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works

CONNOLLY
– $350,000 for Princeville Tor pollutant traps
– $70,000 for Huntingdale Park irrigation renewal

CURRAMBINE
– $125,000 for Caledonia Park pathway replacement
– $51,000 for Yorkshire Grove resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $36,000 for Albury Lane resurfacing and rehabilitation works

DUNCRAIG
– $326,000 for Mildenhall refurbishment
– $205,000 for Duncraig Community Centre refurbishment
– $190,000 for Chessell Drive road improvements
– $168,000 for Percy Doyle Reserve utilities upgrade
– $148,900 for Percy Doyle Reserve floodlighting upgrades
– $150,900 for Sorrento Bowling Clubrooms extension
– $138,000 for Kelvin Park playspace renewal and pathway replacement
– $60,000 for Readshaw Road/Marmion Avenue intersection upgrade
– $50,000 for Wanbrow Park drainage upgrade

EDGEWATER
– $202,000 for Quarry Ramble resurfacing and rehabilitation works (includes grant funding)
– $64,000 for Reflection Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $57,000 for Toona Gardens resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $55,000 for Magnolia Mews resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $39,000 for Tipuana Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works

GREENWOOD
– $197,000 for Callistemon Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $124,000 for Madrona Crescent resurfacing and rehabilitation works (includes grant funding)
– $114,500 for Blackall and Warrigal parks bore renewals
– $113,000 for Mamo Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $105,000 for Hepburn Avenue/Cockman Road upgrade (includes grant funding)
– $100,000 for heritage precinct development
– $60,000 for Aspen Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $59,000 for Redgum Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $57,000 for Yulan Close resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $42,000 for Leith Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $28,000 for Sheoak Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $27,000 for Camelia Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works

HEATHRIDGE
– $99,000 for Strombus Way resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $93,000 for Estuary Way resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $72,000 for Montebello Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works (includes grant funding)
– $48,000 for Wampum Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $38,000 for Dosinia Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $35,000 for Neon Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $21,000 for Brewis Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $20,000 for Corona Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works

HILLARYS
– $500,000 for Whitfords Nodes health and wellbeing hub (includes grant funding)
– $392,000 for Whitfords Avenue/Northshore Drive roundabout upgrade (includes grant funding)
– $135,000 for Hillarys Animal Beach shared path (includes grant funding)
– $81,000 for Ellesmere Heights resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $80,000 for Whitfords Nodes South playspace renewal
– $60,000 for Scott Park playspace renewal
– $60,000 for Bage Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $30,000 for Gleddon Way drainage upgrade
– $25,000 for Orient Park irrigation upgrades

ILUKA
– $80,000 for Marmion Avenue/Shenton Avenue – Naturaliste Blvd shared pathway replacement
– $62,199 for Joondalup Bowling Club toilet construction (includes grant funding)
– $40,000 for Iluka Beach Park new lighting infrastructure
– $35,000 for Redondo Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works

JOONDALUP
– $3.175m for Joondalup city centre lighting (includes grant funding)
– $400,000 for city centre streetscape renewal program
– $192,000 for Burns Beach Road/Joondalup Drive roundabout works (includes grant funding)
– $100,000 for Boas Avenue intersections upgrades

KALLAROO
– $192,000 for Ranford Way resurfacing and rehabilitation works (includes grant funding)
– $91,000 for Triton Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $45,000 for Bridgewater Park cabinet renewal
– $28,600 for Dampier Park irrigation renewals

KINGSLEY
– $275,000 for Moolanda Park landscape master planning upgrades
– $200,000 for Kingsley Community Vision renewal of kitchen, bathroom upgrade, ceiling works (includes grant funding)
– $75,666 for Hepburn Avenue/Mitchell Freeway southbound on-ramp works (includes grant funding)
– $55,000 for Pillapai Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $48,000 for Coventry Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works

KINROSS
– $627,000 for Falkland Park extension
– $35,000 for Falkland Park security lighting
– $50,000 for Thornton Park pathway lighting

MARMION
– $100,000 for Marmion Beach toilet works
– $82,000 for Braden Park irrigation renewal

MULLALOO
– $135,000 for West View car park improvements
– $117,000 for Blackboy Park playspace renewal
– $113,500 for Laurel Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works (includes grant funding)
– $110,000 for Wolinski Park playspace renewal
– $80,000 for Tom Simpson Park LED upgrades

OCEAN REEF
– $117,000 for Lexcen Park playspace renewal
– $115,000 for Spinnaker Drive resurfacing and rehabilitation works (includes grant funding)
– $84,000 for Tiller Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $32,000 for Santiago Park cabinet renewal

PADBURY
– $225,000 for Simpson Park sump beautification
– $120,000 for Whitfords Avenue/Marsden Way – Mitchell Freeway pathway replacement
– $110,000 for Forrest Park playspace renewal
– $48,000 for Pierre Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $36,000 for Walter Padbury bore renewal

SORRENTO
– $255,500 for Clontarf Street/Cliff Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works (includes grant funding)
– $152,000 for Steele Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $110,000 for Geneff Park playspace renewal
– $88,000 for Martin Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $64,000 for Seacrest Park cabinet renewals
– $60,000 for Elfreda Avenue entry/exit treatments
– $60,000 for Sorrento Foreshore LED upgrade
– $56,000 for Nuytsia Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $50,000 for Hasper Place resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $47,000 for Kempenfeldt Avenue resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $30,000 for Hamersley Road drainage upgrade

WARWICK
– $810,000 for Warwick Road/Erindale Road intersection upgrade (includes grant funding)
– $500,000 for Ellersdale Park clubrooms refurbishment and floodlighting upgrade (includes grant funding)
– $275,000 for Beach Road WA Bicycle Network shared path (includes grant funding)
– $263,000 Chelsford Road resurfacing and rehabilitation works, drainage upgrade (includes grant funding)
– $132,360 for Warwick Bowling and Greenwood Tennis clubrooms refurbishments
– $99,000 for Fernlea Street resurfacing and rehabilitation works
– $82,000 for Hawker Park irrigation renewals
– $80,000 for Warwick Open Space secondary bore
– $31,000 for Devon Court resurfacing and rehabilitation works

WOODVALE
– $164,000 for Chichester Park clubrooms redevelopment and cabinet renewals
– $80,000 for Duffy Terrace catchment improvements
– $50,000 for Trappers Drive/Timberlane Drive roundabout pedestrian upgrades
– $35,000 for McCubbin Park irrigation renewal
– $23,500 for Woodvale Library surrounds cabinet renewal