RATES will go up by two percent in the Shire of Murray.
The rate increase will allow council to continue to invest in infrastructure improvements, environment protection, economic development, community support and service-based initiatives.
The 2019/20 budget was approved at the Special Council Meeting on Thursday, August 1.
Shire President David Bolt said the Budget balanced the desire to limit the increase for ratepayers with the need to maintain a sustainable financial position in the provision of key community services.
“Over the course of the next financial year the Shire will, through collaborative relationships and a combination of revenue sources, continue to improve quality of life in Murray through project delivery, investment attraction, district level planning, tourism and place-making,” he said.
Funding priorities include the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre opening and landscaping, road, parking and path improvements, and the Agri-Innovation Precinct architectural designs and equipment requirements leading to construction $6.5m.
Murray River Square and Foreshore Redevelopment – $1.25m (Part funded by the State Government’s Regional Grant Scheme and Local Projects Local Jobs Grant Scheme, Lotterywest, Peel Development Commission and Alcoa)
District Structure Planning including District Traffic Review – $210,125
Bushfire Centre of Excellence, to ensure the Centre’s opening by December 2020 – in-kind support
Tourism, Place-Making, Economy and Business
Tourism Strategy and Tourism Marketing and Communication Strategy – $78,000
Supporting the delivery of initiatives by local place-making groups – $25,000
Dwellingup Local Place Plan preparation – $5000
Dwellingup 100 town activation to maximise economic opportunities – $9500
Economic development initiatives to continue investment attraction including Murrayfield Airport – $20,000
Business Capability Support Program – $10,000
Façade Refurbishment Subsidy Program – $10,000
Pinjarra Festival – $83,128
Christmas Celebration – $18,879
Youth Program – $10,000
Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Planning Strategy – $175,000 (Part funded by the Western Australian Planning Commission)
Serpentine-Jarrahdale Landcare Partnership – $25,000
Supporting biosecurity works and projects to build community capacity in weed and pest management – $10,000
Community assisted riverbank restoration – $20,000
Edenvale Homestead conservation works – $25,000
Edenvale Landscape Masterplan implementation of first stage works – $62,000
Ceiling replacement for Miss Adam’s House, 6 George Street, Pinjarra – $30,000
North Dandalup Oval and Play Space – staged construction pending income from lot sales at Lot 102 Lakes Road
Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre court one toilet and change room renewal – $64,500
24 hour gym access at Murray Aquatic and Leisure Centre – $42,500
North Pinjarra play space enhancement through access to toilets and hall kitchen upgrade – $9,853
Murray Street Masterplan development, Coolup – $25,000
York Street Park shade sails and green space, Furnissdale – $45,000 (Part funded by Alcoa)
Gowman Reserve playground and landscaping, Ravenswood – $75,000 (Part funded by Lotterywest and Alcoa)
Design of tip face for Corio Road Waste Transfer Station – $53,845
Pinjarra War Memorial relocation and landscaping – $70,000 (Part funded by Alcoa)
Sport and community facilities feasibility studies for South Yunderup, Ravenswood, Pinjarra and Dwellingup – $60,000
Roads – $3m
Pathways – $206,739
Drainage and kerbing – $102,388