Cottesloe projects cut to make way for lowest rate rise in Perth

Cottesloe Beach.
Cottesloe Beach.

COTTESLOE council may have the lowest rates rise in the Perth metropolitan area, after slashing projects such as a new path for the Cottesloe Groyne to get there.

The groyne project is one of a number canned projects, along with a $180,000 windfall, that allowed council to bring the rate rise down from 2.5 per cent to 0.7 per cent.

“These funds have been quarantined and will be deducted from this proposed rates increase, meaning ratepayers will effectively pay approximately 0.70 per cent more in real terms,” a report said before the Town’s 2018-19 budget was passed at June’s meeting.

The report said that the projects cut or deferred included a review of local laws costing $25,000, the $50,000 resurfacing of the groyne and $25,000 community survey.

Uncosted projects that will not see the light of day include a toilet block for the beach at South Cottesloe, beach stormwater drains, a parking review and new trucks.

Cottesloe has suffered operating losses in the past, and in 2018-19 its loss will be $1.254m, compared to $621,059 in 2017-18.

However, the report said a long-term financial plan indicated this would reverse to a small surplus in the future.

Wages and salaries were up 9.23 per cent at the council because of projects being conducted, including the proposed refurbishment of the foreshore.

The report said income would increase 3.38 per cent overall in 2018-19, comprising 0.88 per cent from a rise in the rateable values of properties, a consumer price index of 0.9 per cent and one per cent for the operating loss.

Cr Sandra Boulter questioned expenditure, including rent for a Fremantle depot, staffing and $197,700 legal costs, but failed to change spending at the meeting.

Perth metro rate rises:

City of Rockingham 3.6 per cent

City of Kwinana 3.5 per cent

Shire of Mundaring 3.1 per cent

Town of Victoria Park 3 per cent

City of Joondalup 2.95 per cent

City of Nedlands 2.95 per cent

City of Wanneroo 2.95 per cent

City of Fremantle 2.9 per cent

City of East Fremantle 2.5 per cent

City of Mandurah 2.4 per cent

City of Kalamunda 2.1 per cent

Town of Claremont 1.9 per cent

City of Cockburn 1.9 per cent

City of Swan 1.8 per cent

City of Melville 0.9 per cent

City of Perth 0.8 per cent

Town of Cottesloe 0.7 per cent