SIGNIFICANT projects listed in the City of Wanneroo’s 2015-16 budget included road upgrades and community or sporting facilities.
A report at the June 9 council meeting said the budget had a total of $56.477 million for the capital works program, excluding $25.123 million carried forward from 2014-15 projects.
“It balances the real need for services and infrastructure in the City’s north and coastal growth corridors while recognising the need for new, renewal and upgrade of facilities and services in the City’s established areas,” it said.
Compared to 2014-15, the 2015-16 budget predicts the City’s operating income will increase by $3.8 million to almost $170.9 million, while operating expenses will go up almost $10.6 million to $177.6 million.
The report said rates would make up 76.4 per cent of the City’s revenue, adding up to $130.6 million, as a result of the 4.6 per cent rate increase.
Deputy Mayor Dot Newton highlighted the $3 million to build the Pearsall Hocking community centre on Willespie Drive.
“When as Wanneroo ward we managed to get this listed in the 10-year capital works program, there were no schools or shops in these two growing suburbs,” she said.
“Now there are two public primary schools plus the recently opened St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School and each suburb has a thriving neighbourhood shopping centre.
“This clearly identifies the need for this long-awaited community centre – the residents will gladly take ownership of the design and the centre will be well used.”
Councillor Domenic Zappa said the budget included funds to create a memorial playground at Warradale Park for Landsdale toddler Sam Trott (2), who died last year.