Boom city beats forecast

The July 8 special council meeting could result in an average 4.2 per cent rate rise and a $63 million capital works budget if councillors adopt the recommendations.

‘Our City continues to grow at an enormous pace ” since July last year we have seen over 4100 lots created,’ Mrs Roberts said.

‘This is a level of growth not experienced since the boom years of 2005-06.

‘In addition to this the City has already exceeded the forecast population growth ” reaching 180,000 residents some six months earlier than predicted.

‘As well as creating new communities in our northern areas such as Alkimos and Eglinton, the City is also anticipating redevelopment in our established areas such as Girrawheen, Koondoola and Wanneroo.’

She said they had identified savings in the $167 million operating budget in an attempt to keep the rate rise low.

Proposed funding for capital works projects includes $5 million for stage two of the Flynn Drive upgrade in Neerabup and $1.9 million for stage two of Brazier Road realignment in Yanchep.

It could include $350,000 for CCTV at Butler Community Centre and $530,000 to design Connolly Drive carriageway.