Kalamunda early birds catch cash on rates


Christine and Mervyn Stockman.
Christine and Mervyn Stockman.

CHRISTINE and Mervyn Stockman knew exactly what to do with $1000 cash they won recently as one of the Shire of Kalamunda’s early bird rate prize winners.

“We were so shocked when we got the letter,” Christine said.

“And it just so happened to be my son’s birthday that day as well, so we shouted the whole family to dinner.

“You always see these things promoted, but you just think ‘it’ll never be me’.”

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The Forrestfield couple have lived in the Shire of Kalamunda for 23 years and share a love of the Hills lifestyle with family members, who have all moved here from their homeland in New Zealand and live just streets from each other.

“We are totally committed to staying here now. We really think the area has everything going for it. All we need is right here and we can’t wait for the new train station to be up and running as well,” Christine said.

Christine and Mervyn were one of eight winners to receive a $1000 cash prize from the Shire, along with other residents who also won cash and a range of prizes worth $10,000.

Shire President Andrew Waddell said the Shire had been running the early bird rate prize program for 10 years.

“Revenue raised from rates forms a core part of the Shire’s operating budget and enable our service provision, as well as necessary upgrades and improvements to infrastructure,” Cr Waddell said.

Residents who for any reason may be experiencing difficulty making payments can call the Shire on 9257 9999 to discuss their options.

Arrangements can include weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments made on an agreed time/date via either direct debit or Centrepay.