THE Joondalup council approved a 1.95 per cent rates increase when it adopted its 2017-18 budget at Tuesday night’s meeting.
As well as being the lowest rates rise in the City for more than 15 years, it was also the third consecutive year with no increase in refuse charges.
Mayor Troy Pickard said this was “testament to the hard work and sound financial management from the council and administration over the past decade”
“The council was also mindful of 2017-18 being a revaluation year and that some homeowners may find their rates have gone up more than the average increase because of a change in the gross rental value of their property,” he said.
“A freeze on the City’s domestic refuse charge for the third straight year is proof the new, contemporary method of bulk waste collection, which was rolled out over the past 12 months, has achieved its goal to improve domestic recycling and limit the financial burden on the City to dispose of waste via landfill, as well as helping to prevent significant rises to the refuse charge for our community.”
The budget estimates a capital expenditure of $43.8 million, of which 77 per cent is the capital works program, 16 per cent is capital projects and 7 per cent is motor vehicle replacement and equity.
It also estimates an operating expenditure of $154.3 million, of which 42 per cent is employee costs, 33 per cent materials and contracts, 19 per cent depreciation, 4 per cent utilities and 2 per cent for insurances.
For revenue, it estimates an operating total of $147.7 million, of which 62 per cent is rates, 26 per cent fees and charges, 8 per cent grants and subsidies and 2 per cent interest. There is also an estimated $9.7 million in capital revenue.
The main areas of expenditure include $43.8 million for parks, sporting, leisure and community facilities, $37.8 million on roads, streetlights and landscaping, $20.6 million on waste and recycling, $13.2 million on libraries, community services and events, $6.7 million on planning, compliance and health and $5.3 million on rangers and community safety.
Highlights include funding to advance Boas Place and the Penistone Park redevelopment, street lighting upgrades, refurbishment works at Percy Doyle Reserve and the Joondalup administration building, continuing the Leafy City program, blackspot projects at Whitfords and Marmion avenues and Ocean Reef Road, intersection upgrades at Burns Beach Road and Joondalup Drive and funding for Kaleidoscope 2017.
There was also $3.8 million budgeted for the Joondalup performing arts centre, which the council later voted not to proceed to the design development phase.
At the meeting, Mr Pickard moved an alternative motion to give “a haircut” to six programs in the capital works program he believed were “an opportunity to save money” because they were not impacted by external grants and were “not fundamental core business”.
He said this would save $1.12 million to be transferred to the Strategic Asset Management Reserve.
However, the motion was defeated, with several councillors saying they had been through six “robust” workshops to finalise the budget as recommended.
Closer look at City of Joondalup’s 2017-18 budget
A FITNESS staircase similar to Jacob’s Ladder has received funding in the City of Joondalup’s 2017-18 budget.
Adopted at last Tuesday’s meeting, the budget allocates $420,000, of which $200,000 is from a government grant, to the “lookout staircase” at Whitfords Nodes Park.
The Hillarys park has also been allocated funding for outdoor fitness equipment as part of a health and wellbeing project as well as carpark lighting.
The Craigie Leisure Centre is also set for a three-year upgrade with works to the sports court, gym and carpark
Other facilities works include floodlighting and clubroom refurbishment at Warrandyte Park (Craigie), renewal of play equipment at Tom Simpson (Mullaloo), MacDonald (Padbury), Tarolinta (Ocean Reef), Granadilla (Duncraig), Poynter (Duncraig), Prince Regent (Heathridge), Timberlane (Woodvale), Wallangarra (Kingsley), Dampier (Kallaroo) and Thornton (Kinross) parks and barbecues installed at Hawker (Warwick) and Braden (Marmion) parks.
Changeroom and toilet block refurbishments will take place at Neil Hawkins (Joondalup), Mawson (Hillarys), Windermere (Joondalup) and Otago (Craigie) parks and significant irrigation projects are set for Callander (Kinross), Geddes (Duncraig), Keppell (Marmion) and MacDonald (Padbury) parks.
Roadworks will include improvements to parking on Barridale Drive next to Shepherds Bush Park in Kingsley, a pedestrian crossing on Marmion Avenue between Burns Beach and Kinross and a roundabout at Whitfords Avenue and John Wilkie Tarn in Hillarys.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the City had ensured the budget was “achievable and sustainable with challenging targets to contain operational expenditure growth”.
“There is an uncertain economic outlook due to factors such as significant fiscal challenges for the State and Federal Governments and shrinking opportunities for grant funding,” he said.
“However there is still a reasonable expectation from the community that the City has the capacity to continually provide or contribute to sporting and community infrastructure.”
City of Joondalup 2017-18 budget highlights
- $3.8 million to progress the Joondalup performing arts centre
- $2.5 million to progress the Penistone Park redevelopment
- $533,000 to advance the Boas Place development
- $163,000 to advance the Ocean Reef Marina
- $4.8 million for street lighting, which includes $3.8 million for the Joondalup city centre lighting project
- $2.1 million for refurbishment works at Percy Doyle Reserve including the soccer and tennis clubs, Sorrento Bowling clubroom extension and Duncraig Leisure Centre upgrade
- $2.5 million for natural areas, landscaping and conservation including fencing, paths and firebreaks
- $1.9 million for parks, playgrounds, shelters, barbecues and irrigation
- $1.6 million for streetscape and landscape works, which includes $600,000 for the Leafy City program
- $1.2 million for refurbishment works at the Joondalup administration building
- $14.6 million for roads and drainage including blackspot projects, road preservation and resurfacing, stormwater drainage, footpaths, parking facilities
- $4.2 million to deliver the City Rangers service
- $694,000 for City’s free service to clean or paint over graffiti, CCTV and community safety programs
- $3.4 million to assess planning applications and building permits
- $3.2 million to ensure compliance with various legislation including pool safety, Building Act, local laws and health, food and environment acts
- $2.8 million to collect domestic waste
- $1.6 million to collect recycling
- $202,000 for free vaccination program for babies and children aged 0-4 years
- $182,000 for cafes, kiosks and restaurants
- $119,000 for parking machine upgrades
- $143,000 for public art
- $15,000 to purchase artwork
- $15,000 for commission for City’s art collection
- $600,000 for Kaleidoscope 2017
- $2.8 million for cultural events including Joondalup Festival, Valentine’s Concert, Music in the Park, Little Feet Festival, Sunday Serenades, Twilight Markets and Urban Couture
- $1.1 million for youth programs and drop–in centres
- $1 million to identify community needs and provide the Community Transport Program, Community Funding Program and Joondalup Volunteer Resource Centre
- $6.5 million for library services
- $812,000 for information and technology projects
- $408,800 (of which $295,000 is government grants) for CCTV projects
- $100,000 to finalise investigations and undertake detail design for a new community facility for Joondalup United Football Club
- $100,000 for Callander Park (Kinross) irrigation upgrades
- $110,000 for Thornton Park (Kinross) playspace renewal
- $80,000 for Iluka Foreshore lookout platform
- $3.8 million for the Joondalup city centre lighting project
- $300,000 for Joondalup city centre streetscape renewal program
- $49,000 for Joondalup city centre irrigation upgrades
- $70,000 for Shenton Avenue shared path renewal
- $50,000 for Marmion Avenue paths between Moore Drive and Delamere Avenue (Currambine)
- $117,000 pedestrian crossing on Marmion Avenue between Burns Beach and Kinross
- $384,000 (government grant) for roundabout at Burns Beach Road and Joondalup Drive (Joondalup)
- $120,000 (of which $80,000 is government grant) for blackspot project at Marmion Avenue and Burns Beach Road
- $90,000 (of which $60,000 is government grant) for blackspot project at Grand Boulevard and Shenton Avenue (Joondalup)
- $65,000 for Sir James McCusker Park (Iluka) path lighting
- $150,000 for Neil Hawkins Park (Joondalup) toilet block refurbishment
- $22,000 for Windermere Park (Joondalup) clubroom refurbishment
- $250,000 for site and feasibility analysis and design for the proposed Joondalup Men’s Shed
North Central Ward
- $280,000 for Tom Simpson Park (Mullaloo) playspace renewal
- $110,000 for Tarolinta Park (Ocean Reef) playspace renewal
- $110,000 for Prince Regent Park (Heathridge) playspace renewal
- $200,000 for Venturi Drive (Ocean Reef) median upgrade
- $130,000 for Herreshoff Ramble (Ocean Reef) median upgrade
- $30,000 for Herreshoff Ramble (Ocean Reef) on-street parking
- $265,000 (government grant) for dualling of Ocean Reef Road between Marmion Avenue and Swanson Way (Ocean Reef)
- $150,000 (of which $100,000 is government grant) for blackspot project at Marmion Avenue and Ocean Reef Road (Ocean Reef)
- $40,000 for Periwinkle Park catchment upgrades
- $110,000 for Timberlane Park (Woodvale) playspace renewal
- $110,000 for Dampier Park (Kallaroo) playspace renewal
- $200,000 for Warrandyte Park (Craigie) clubroom refurbishment
- $700,000 (of which $233,000 is government grant) for Warrandyte Park (Craigie) floodlighting upgrade
- $150,000 for Otago Park (Craigie) toilets and changeroom refurbishment
- $250,000 Craigie Leisure Centre upgrades
- $90,000 for Castlecrag Park (Kallaroo) irrigation upgrade
- $75,000 for Whitfords Park East (Craigie) path lighting
- $60,000 for Whitfords Park East (Craigie) slab path replacement
- $180,000 for Northshore Avenue (Kallaroo) sump renewal works
- $150,000 (of which $100,000 is government grant) for blackspot project at Ocean Reef Road and Trappers Drive (Woodvale)
- $120,000 (of which $80,000 is government grant) for blackspot project at Whitfords Avenue and Trappers Drive (Woodvale)
- $2.5 million (of which $412,500 is government grant) Penistone Park (Greenwood) facility redevelopment
- $100,000 Parin Pioneer Park (Greenwood) development works
- $60,000 for Wallangarra Park (Kingsley) playspace renewal
- $25,000 for Hartley Park (Greenwood) paths
- $45,000 for Calectasia Park (Greenwood) slab path replacement
- $135,000 for Collibah Park (Greenwood) sump beautification
- $125,000 for Oleaster Way (Greenwood) sump beautification
- $70,000 for Barridale Drive (Kingsley) traffic improvements
- $90,000 for Barridale Drive (Kingsley) parking bays
- $30,000 for Morrell Court (Greenwood) drainage upgrade
- $25,000 for Blackbutt Drive (Greenwood) drainage upgrade
- $245,000 (of which $125,000 is government grant) for Whitfords Avenue (Kingsley) shared path works
- $144,000 (of which $96,000 is government grant) for blackspot project at Warwick Road and Allenswood Drive (Greenwood)
- $692,000 MacDonald Park (Padbury) Landscape Master Planning
- $160,000 for MacDonald Park (Padbury) playspace renewal
- $70,000 for Macquire Park (Padbury) irrigation upgrade
- $50,600 for Forrest Park (Padbury) sump beautification
- $125,000 for Sandpiper Street (Sorrento) sump beautification
- $220,000 for Mawson Park (Hillarys) toilets and changeroom refurbishment
- $420,000 (of which $200,000 is government grant) for Whitfords Nodes (Hillarys) lookout staircase
- $35,000 for Whitfords Nodes Park (Hillarys) irrigation upgrade
- $65,000 for Whitfords Nodes Park (Hillarys) carpark lighting
- $75,000 for an additional universal access toilet facility
- $554,000 (of which $396,000 is government grant) for roundabout at Whitfords Avenue and John Wilkie Tarn (Hillarys)
- $822,000 (of which $537,000 is government grant) for Whitfords Avenue upgrades
- $560,000 Whitfords Avenue (Hillarys) median upgrades
- $150,000 for Pinnaroo Point (Hillarys) parking improvements
- $80,000 for Pinnaroo Point (Hillarys) carpark lighting
- $55,000 for Tom Walker Park (Sorrento) irrigation upgrade
- $30,000 for drainage upgrade at Waterford Drive and Tuxen Place (Hillarys)
- $140,000 for Geddes Park (Duncraig) irrigation upgrade
- $130,000 for Keppell Park (Marmion) irrigation upgrade
- $50,000 for Hawker Park (Warwick) barbecue equipment
- $40,500 for Braden Park (Marmion) barbecue, shelter, seating
- $110,000 for Granadilla Park (Duncraig) playspace renewal
- $110,000 for Poynter Park (Duncraig) playspace renewal
- $7000 for Glengarry Park (Duncraig) basketball pad and hoop
- $175,000 (of which $106,000 is government grant) for Warwick Train Station entrance intersection improvements
- $216,000 (of which $144,000 is government grant) for blackspot project at Marmion Avenue and Gilbert Road (Duncraig)
- $60,000 for Sanday Place (Warwick) on-street parking
- $20,000 for Halgania Way (Duncraig) drainage upgrade
- $50,000 for Nalpa Way (Duncraig) drainage upgrade
- $35,000 for Warwick Road drainage upgrade
- $25,000 for drainage upgrade at Addison Way and Adela Place (Warwick)
- $30,000 for drainage upgrade at Aberdare Way and Darkin Court (Warwick)
- $750,000 for Percy Doyle Reserve (Duncraig) utilities upgrade
- $627,800 for soccer clubroom refurbishment at Percy Doyle Reserve
- $592,400 for tennis clubroom refurbishment at Percy Doyle Reserve
- $102,400 for Duncraig Leisure Centre refurbishment at Percy Doyle Reserve
- $23,400 for Sorrento Bowling clubroom extension at Percy Doyle Reserve
- $20,000 for Arnisdale Road (Duncraig) median upgrade
- $270,000 for a community needs analysis and feasibility study for the establishment of a Warwick Activities Centre