Shire of Murray rates to pay for improvements across the board

SERVICE delivery, asset renewal, infrastructure development and strategic investment in tourism and industry are at the forefront of the Shire of Murray’s agenda for the 2017-18 financial year

An average 4.1 per cent in rates and waste charges will be imposed with a minimum rate of $1099, equalling around $1.38 a week for the average ratepayer.

Shire president Maree Reid said the increase was the result of a balance between maintaining the shire’s asset renewal program, delivering a number of exciting projects and keeping rates as low as possible.

$1,800,000 has been allocated as seed funding to the Dwellingup National Adventure and Trails Centre project to seek the remain $3 million from State and Federal Governments to transform Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre into a national and future international trails centre with skate and pump park, adventure playground, realigned Hotham Valley rail lines, including a turntable, and increased parking and walk trails.

An allocation of $87,000 will allow preparation of detailed documents for landscape works in Murray River Square and the Murray River foreshore adjacent to the Exchange Hotel and swing bridge in preparation for foreshore development in 2018-19.