Residents face rate hike in range of 7pc

Residents in the Shire of Gingin are facing a rate hike of about 7 per cent.
Residents in the Shire of Gingin are facing a rate hike of about 7 per cent.

A special council meeting is expected to be held early next month to formally adopt the financial plan.

Shire chief executive Jeremy Edwards said the council’s budget this year would be about $15 million.

He said roads and infrastructure would be the largest expenditures, as the community had requested for more road maintenance.

‘We have a heavy works program, so this year will see a strong commitment to the upgrading and sealing of a lot of roads,’ he said.

‘We are looking at existing infrastructure and rather than going out and building more and more, we are going to do preservation works on existing infrastructure.

‘That is why we will be pouring money into projects like the Guilderton foreshore and upgrading the Iluka swimming pool.’

Mr Edwards said among major projects, the council plans to spend $25,000 resurfacing the football oval and hockey field in Gingin.

‘This is probably the most money the council has spent on revitalisation or improving a sports field surface in the Shire of Gingin.

‘It is a regional facility that attracts people from outside of the Shire’