FUNDING for community facilities and roads are being touted as the highlights of the City of Wanneroo’s 2015-16 budget, which raises rates by an average 4.6 per cent.
Adopted at a special council meeting on Tuesday night (June 9), the budget’s capital works program includes $17.4 million for roads, almost $10.4 million for community projects and $15.8 million for recreation and sports.
Saying it was the first time councillors had all collaborated, Cr Brett Treby moved to adopt the City’s corporate business plan and 2015-16 budget.
“Collaboration happened in every ward without exception; that’s probably a first, something that’s been a big feature in this budget,” he said.
“(This budget) is all about quality community facilities for both our existing community and the emerging families that are going to call Wanneroo home.
“Our significant growth into the future will increasingly attract a young and vibrant community, families who increasingly expect that their important cultural, sporting and recreational aspirations will be met.
“The community should be of no doubt that the 2015-16 budget has their best interests at heart.”
Seconder, Deputy Mayor Dot Newton, said the business plan, called ‘Building a future together’, was apt and reflected community values.
“We have acknowledged that in order for our City to grow and meet community expectations, it will take an all-of-government commitment,” she said. “For the first time, council conducted city-wide planning sessions with our sporting clubs and where possible, their comments and suggestions have been incorporated in the 10-year plan Cr Dianne Guise said they was budgeting for a climate of continual growth, with eight new houses and 21 people moving into the City each day.
Cr Guise said the rates increase, averaging 4.6 per cent, reflected increasing costs of providing services and facilities for the growing community.
“Our residents face many challenges this year given the Federal and State budgets,” she said.
“The City of Wanneroo continues to deliver as best to their ability, the much-needed community infrastructure.”
Cr Domenic Zappa said the capital works program total of $81.6 million included $56.48 million in new funds, with the balance carried forward from 2014-15.
“The amount of capital works is the highest amount of capital works that the City has seen,” he said.
Cr Sabine Winton said the city would create a coastal infrastructure management reserve, prompted by the emergency works at Quinns Rocks last financial year (2013-14).
“The erosion problem on our 30-plus kilometres of coastline isn’t going to get any easier,” she said.
Mayor Tracey Roberts said the council were “stewards of future communities” with 100sq km of greenfield land that would house the growing population.
“Many aspects of the budget relate to our everyday services,” she said.
Statements released by the mayor yesterday highlighted community facilities and transport infrastructure as key projects.
“Local government are responsible for about 80 per cent of the nation’s roads,” Mrs Roberts said.
“Allocation of funding for roads makes up a great deal of our budget because they play a massive part in our daily lives.
“Community infrastructure is vital to provide connections and social opportunities between residents, clubs and organisations.”
Councillors unanimously supported the motion to adopt the corporate business plan and budget on June 9.
Quinns Mindarie community centre $1.283 million
Quinns Rocks coastal maintenance $500,000
Pearsall Hocking community centre $3 million
Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club $1 million
Koondoola community centre $1.291 million
Marangaroo Golf Course $630,000
Connolly Drive widening $3.82 million
Old Yanchep Road $3.463 million
Wesco Road $1 million
Flynn Drive upgrades $800,000
Lenore Road $620,000
Marmion Avenue/Lagoon Drive/Peony Boulevard $510,000
Marmion Avenue (Butler/Jindalee) $400,000
Hartman Drive $360,000
Joondalup Drive/Cheriton Drive $240,000
Hainsworth Avenue $225,000.”