Rates to rise by 5 per cent

The council adopted the $162.8 million 2013-14 budget at its July 3 meeting, which included $37.8 million for recreation centres, public libraries and parks and $30.7 million for road works.

Mayor Charlie Zannino called the budget ‘sensible’ and said it was not disproportionate in its cost to ratepayers and in spending.

‘Average residential rate increases in the City of Swan will be less than $1.05 per week ” the difference will be less than $1.25 per week,’ he said.

‘With an influx of new residents over the past few years, there is a need to build new facilities for these developing communities; this need is reflected in the expenditure on capital works projects.’

Cr Zannino said the total cost of the capital works program for 2013-14 was $107.9 million.

Projects budgeted for this year include $3.8 million for the Ellenbrook District Open Space northern community building, an additional $7.6 million for the playing fields at the DOS and $1 million for a new Bullsbrook Community and Learning Centre. Roads in the Hazelmere Industrial Area ($2.1m) and Clayton Street ($1.3m) are also on the list.

The City will also continue to work on upgrading Gnangara Road to a dual carriageway from Alexander Drive through to Drumpellier Drive.