The Town of Kwinana recently adopted the 2011/12 Budget at a Special Council Meeting held on 29 June.
Over $100 million has been identified in annual expenditure but only $24m of this spend will come from Rates income.
KEY CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS
Community Resource & Knowledge Centre
Set to open early in 2012 the $22m Knowledge Centre will provide office accommodation for charitable and non-government agencies providing community services in the Town.
A multi-purpose $7.5m youth facility is under construction adjacent to the Kwinana Recquatic. Set to open in December this year.
Wells Park upgrade
Wells Park facilities will be upgraded to improve beach goers’ amenities.
The majority of the funding for these projects will come from external contributions and grants thanks to a concerted effort by the Town to take advantage of special funding opportunities.
Mayor Carol Adams said she was pleased with the result of the budget adoption, saying that while a rate rise was inevitable, the Town had made some sensible decisions to lessen the burden on families.
“On average ratepayers will receive a 5.45% increase in rates, 1% of which is directly attributed to increases in utility charges by the State Government. Whilst council understands that times are certainly tough for a lot of families we trust that our community is seeing good value for their dollar,” Mayor Adams said.
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Town targets illegal off-road riders
The Town of Kwinana is sending a strong message of zero tolerance to those who ride off road vehicles (unregistered trail bikes for example) illegally throughout the Kwinana community.
In the past three months alone, Town Rangers have attended over 90 illegal trail bike matters. In that time 12 infringements have been issued and 12 trail bikes impounded, the last of which was less than three days ago.
The most effective method of dealing with offenders is to locate their home residence, this allows for an accurate identification and follow-up investigation.
How can residents help?
Any information regarding a description of the vehicle and the home residence of the offenders can help Rangers and Police identify and prosecute these people who otherwise remain anonymous.
The Town offers a $500 reward initiative for information resulting in a successful prosecution in court. The more information we receive from concerned residents the more likely we are to be successful in locating and prosecuting offenders.
Anyone with information can contact the Town of Kwinana Rangers on 08 9439 0200.
Modified penalties of a minimum of $50 per offence can be issued by Town of Kwinana Rangers. When combined, this can result in an on the spot penalty of more than $250, the off road vehicle may also be impounded.
Under the Control of Vehicle (Off-Road) Act 1978, Rangers also have the authority to prosecute offenders through court action, in which case heftier penalties and court costs may be incurred as well.
Offenders may also face prosecution by WA Police under the Road Traffic Act in which much larger penalties may be incurred as well as a criminal conviction being recorded.