Rates to rise five per cent

Mayor Charlie Zannino with the plans for the proposed Ellen Brook bridge.
Mayor Charlie Zannino with the plans for the proposed Ellen Brook bridge.

Specified area rates will also apply to some areas where big infrastructure projects need a funding boost.

Ratepayers within Midland Drainage District and the Hazelmere/Guildford Drainage District will pay an extra 0.519 cents for every dollar of their property’s gross rental value to help construct and maintain drainage.

Meanwhile, residents in all suburbs in the Ellenbrook vicinity will pay an extra 0.165 cents in the dollar to fund a new Ellen Brook bridge on Railway Parade.

City chief executive Mike Foley said construction of the bridge will start no later than the 2016/17 financial year.

‘Developers in the area will contribute 41 per cent of the anticipated cost of construction,’ he said.

‘Council introduced a specified area rate, effective from July 1, 2014 to fund the shortfall of funds required ” 59 per cent.’

The Ellen Brook bridge project includes a road link of Railway Parade between Apple Street and Maralla Road to provide better access to developments around The Vines. City Mayor Charlie Zannino said the 2014/15 Budget was a responsible budget, showing sustainable management of financial resources.

‘Included in the budget is $94 million in capital works spending, refurbishing existing infrastructure, as well as creating important infrastructure for our community.

‘The budget also provides for important services, such as the City’s leisure centres, sanitation services, urban planning and community development projects as well as maintenance of roads, parks and gardens.’