City of Mandurah endorses budget with 2% rate increase

City of Mandurah endorses budget with 2% rate increase

REVITALISED community spaces, long-term job creation, tourism and empowering the community are the focal points of the City of Mandurah’s budget.

The budget and a rates increase of 2 per cent were approved for advertising at a special council meeting last night.

Mayor Rhys Williams said a significant focus of the budget was revitalisation of the city centre waterfront areas with a project team being formed to initiate the project.

He said the budget represented outstanding value for money and laid the foundation for the crucial next part of Mandurah’s journey.

“For just a small adjustment to the rates the value of the budget is immense as we deliver on enhanced recreation spaces, increased tourism, jobs for the future and building a stronger community,’’ he said.

Mr Williams said the City had also demonstrated a commitment to building stronger neighbourhoods.

“This year we are piloting a new program that will ensure our communities are safe, connected and enjoyable places to live.’’

Included in the budget is continued preparation work on the Mandurah-Murray Growth Plan, continued support for Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation, delivery of local and regional tourism marketing and product development, continuing to deliver the Entrepreneurial Capacity Building Program, starting stage 2 of the Novara Foreshore development and offering more than $187,500 in grants and scholarships.

The community can have a say on the proposed rates on haveyoursaymandurah.com.au or making a submission in writing.

Comments will be taken into consideration and included in a report presented to the council which will vote on the final rate.

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