ELECTION promises have materialised into more than $1.5 million of funding to the City of Wanneroo.
The State Government made a raft of commitments in the lead up to the March election for projects within the City.
These included $100,000 to the Girrawheen Hub, $61,000 for a seniors’ exercise park in Madeley or Darch, $226,000 for upgrades at Wanneroo Showground, $450,000 for a skate park in Yanchep, $290,000 for the Girrawheen Koondoola Senior Citizens Centre, $150,000 for traffic management on Blackmore Avenue in Girrawheen and $100,000 for bus shelters on Marmion Avenue.
Councillors voted to approve the budget variation to start developing the projects in 2017-18 at the September meeting.
Funding for election promises of beach access at Two Rocks and an observation tower at Quinns Beach are already in the budget.
A report by the City said it would need to appoint two staff to manage the projects until the end of June 2019.
“The State Government funding for projects within the City is being made available for projects usually delivered by the local authorities and will be of benefit to the City’s community,” it said.
“It is anticipated that the additional projects will create further employment opportunities for the local community.”
The government also pledged $500,000 for upgrades to Wanneroo District Netball Association’s clubrooms at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex.
City community and place acting director Michelle Brennand said they were working with the association on the project’s design and listed funding for construction within its Long Term Financial Management Plan (LTFMP) for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
“The City will work closely with the State Government to have the funds for the project released to coincide with the construction program in line the City’s LTFMP.”